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Christmas Countdown events: Time to get jingly - Christmas countdown begins across our region
Self-drive Christmas Lights tour: Christmas Lights map for Port Macquarie-Hastings
Until December 12: Operation Art 2020 - 10am-2pm at The Glasshouse, Port Macquarie. Operation Art is an annual exhibition celebrating its 26th Anniversary this year. These 50 artworks created by students across New South Wales will tour the state before finding their home at The Children's Hospital at Westmead, where they will help make sick kids feel better through the power of art.
All December/January: The Hastings Summer Waves markets run every Wednesday until the end of January from 5pm to 9pm, weather permitting, at Town Beach featuring handmade creations and food stalls and vans. Musical acts will provide the entertainment.
December 7, 8 and 16: Christmas Lunch Cruise 11am to 2pm Port AdVenture Cruises Rhythm Boat, Town Wharf (end of Clarence Street, Port Macquarie) Bookings essential: www.cruiseportmacquarie.com.au Ph: 0434 393 199
December 7 and 8: Christmas with Mamamia ABBA Tribute Show 7pm to 10pm Port AdVenture Cruises Rhythm Boat, Town Wharf (end of Clarence Street, Port Macquarie) Bookings essential: www.cruiseportmacquarie.com.au Ph: 0434 393 199
December 8: Mobile Library Van @ Sovereign Hills 10am-12pm at 15 Chancellors Drive, Thrumster (public carpark opposite the shopping centre entrance); 12.15pm-12.45pm at 59 Sovereign Drive, Smartland Childcare Carpark.
December 9: Mobile Library Van at Lake Cathie 10am to 12pm Lake Cathie Community Centre Lot 3 Mulloway Drive, Lake Cathie
December 8: Bonny Hills CWA Christmas Stall at Bonny Hills Community Hall, 10am-2pm
December 9-31: Kempsey Rotary Club is holding its annual Book Sale. Thousands of second-hand books will be sold on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 9am to 3pm from December 9-31. The book sale will be held in the shop next to NRMA in Smith Street, Kempsey. Volunteers to help with the sale are welcome.
December 10-12: Wildside Adventure Race Port Macquarie Edition - The Wildside Adventure Race will have everything - challenging trek legs, demanding mountain biking and scenic paddle legs. The course is rich in history. You and your team will get a real adventure experience while you get to know the Camden Haven region of Port Macquarie. www.wildsideadventurerace.com.au
December 10: Australia's most successful Tenor, internationally acclaimed sensation Mark Vincent will be presenting his popular new concert "The Impossible Dream" at the Glasshouse, Port Macquarie.
December 10: Desperado The Eagles Show 7.30pm Port Macquarie Panthers, 1 Bay Street, Port Macquarie Tickets here. Ph: 02 5380 2300
December 11: Neurodiversity Collection Launch 10am to 11.00am, Port Macquarie Library 32 Grant Street, Port Macquarie
December 11-February 6: Exhibition: Sophie Howarth - Behind the Lens at the Glasshouse Regional Gallery, Clarence Street, Port Macquarie
December 11: Creedence Clearwater Revival Tribute Show 6pm-10pm (8pm show) Hibbard Sports Club 52 Boundary Street, Port Macquarie. Tickets here.
December 11: Low N Slow at Hastings IGA, Sovereign Hills, Port Macquarie. Tastings and book signings with Adam Roberts 10am-12 noon. Some great in-store all-day specials in the delicatessen, produce, grocery and meat departments.
December 12: Christmas with the Choristers 2pm at St Agnes Church, Port Macquarie. Tickets from the Glasshouse Box Office and at the door. $20 or $10 for those under 18. QR check in and proof of vaccination is required.
December 12: Michael Buble Experience with Mitch Capone 2pm at Port Macquarie Panthers
December 12: Christmas Under The Stars at Westport Park Port Macquarie from 6pm. Santa, carols, entertainment and special guest Gina Jefferys. Tickets $5 from Westport Club.
December 12: The Nambucca Valley Arts Council (NVAC) are known for their exhibitions at the Stringer Gallery Art Gallery, but this December, they are presenting something a little different, a concert promised to be like no other. Titled Joy to the World, the performance will see multi-genre, multi-instrumentalist and teller of silly jokes Heather Rose do what she does best on Sunday, December 12 at the Senior Citizens' Hall in Nambucca Heads. The Joy to the World concert will run from 2 to 4pm, doors open at 1:30pm. Tickets are $20 and are available at Hello World Nambucca Heads, online at Eventbrite or at the door.
December 12: Crescent Head Surf Life Saving Club is celebrating 100 years and wants to mark the milestone with a community celebration. If you are interested in celebrating the rich history of the club, the event is being held on Sunday, December 12, 10am until 6pm at the Crescent Head Surf Club.
December 12: Philomusica returns to Kendall. The performance at Kendall School of Arts Hall at 2pm is introduced in a philosophical pre-concert talk on music and Identity commencing at 1pm by Goetz Richter. Attendance at the pre-concert talk is free with admission to the concert. All proceeds from the event benefit the Kendall National Violin Competition. To book tickets ($30) please go to events.humanitix.com/kendall-philomusica-music-and-identity You can also phone Mavis Barnes 6559 4339 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
December 14: Christmas Concert at the Davis Farm from 10am with the School of Hard Knocks Choir.
December 16: Creative Souls Collective Arts Networking Group 5.30pm-7.30pm Sunset Framing & Gallery, 2/25 Central Rd, Port Macquarie. Bookings essential www.sunsetgallery.com.au. Ph: 02 6583 4100
December 16, 19, 23: Town Square Holiday Markets in Port Macquarie at the Town Green end of Horton Street.
December 16: Aperture Photography Group, 5.30pm-7.30pm Sunset Framing & Gallery, 2/25 Central Rd Port Macquarie. Bookings essential www.sunsetgallery.com.au
December 16: Santa's Jolly Lolly Run 4pm-6pm Sovereign Hills, 14 Sovereign Drive, Port Macquarie
December 17: Sunset Christmas River Cruise 6pm-9pm Port AdVenture Cruises Rhythm Boat, Town Wharf (end of Clarence Street, Port Macquarie) Bookings essential.
December 17: Christmas Celebration Exhibition Opening 6pm Glasshouse Regional Gallery, Clarence Street, Port Macquarie
December 17: Belle Property on William Street from 5pm with the Hastings Pipe Band. All donations will be made to Salvation Army.
December 17: The Rock Show Oz Edition at the Glasshouse Port Macquarie. Featuring Steve Mulry from the Ted Mulry Gang, along with band members from Jon English's last rock show, Trilogy of Rock, Cameron says The Rock Show Oz Edition celebrates "an outstanding repertoire of classic Aussie Rock from the '60s, '70s, and '80s." Steve, the brother of Ted Mulry from hit 70's band the Ted Mulry Gang, who now fronts the reformed original band in his brother's place, says he was humbled when asked if he'd help carry on the show in Jon's memory. Tickets are available on line at glasshouse.org.au or from the box office on (02) 6681 8888.
December 18: Carols on the Farm at Davis Farm, Sancrox from 5.30pm.
December 18: Conversation Space with Sophie Howarth 11am Glasshouse Regional Gallery, Clarence Street, Port Macquarie
December 18-January 30: Exhibition: Cloth, Canvas & Glass by Rose Burke, Yvonne Kiely & Gloria Muddle Glasshouse Regional Gallery, Clarence Street, Port Macquarie
December 18: Christmas Markets & Christmas Carols 12pm-5pm, Christmas Markets 6pm, Christmas Carols Hibbard Sports Club 52 Boundary Street, Port Macquarie
December 19: Mid-North Coast musicians, Phil Jamieson and Blake O'Connor are coming together this holiday season for a little bit of country and a little bit of rock n roll to raise funds for headspace Port Macquarie. On a mission to support local youth, this duo who are actual neighbours are joining forces for a one-off, all ages gig at Hello Sailor, Sunday 19th December 4pm. Click here for tickets.
December 19: Christmas with ABBA and The Bee Gees Tribute Show 8pm Glasshouse Theatre, Clarence Street, Port Macquarie
December 20-22: Eastern Air Services School Holiday Flying Camp 9am-3pm, Hangar 5, Keena Place, Port Macquarie
December 22: The Ten Tenors: Celebrating 25 Years 1pm & 7.30pm Glasshouse Theatre, Clarence Street, Port Macquarie
December 22: Carols on the Green 5.30pm to 9pm Wauchope Country Club, 24 King Street, Wauchope
December 22: Dan Hopkins Live Music 6.30pm Botanic Wine Garden, Shop 3 Garrison Building 26 Clarence Street Port Macquarie
December 27: Thirsty Merc - Live at The Barn 6pm Hibbard Sports Club 52 Boundary Street, Port Macquarie Tickets here.
December 23: Carols By Candlelight at Trial Bay Gaol, South West Rocks, 5pm-8pm
December 30: Oysters in the Vines, 11am-7pm at Cassegrain Winery, 10 Winery Drive, Port Macquarie
January 1: New Year's Day Race Day - Port Macquarie Race Club 11.30am Port Macquarie Race Club, Oxley Highway, Port Macquarie