Christmas Events For the Family


Below are some wonderful events to celebrate Christmas and the festive season. This is just a few events and is by no means a full breakdown of things to do.

The kids will love them and I’m sure adults will as well. Take the whole family and enjoy.

Christmas in the Sky at Sydney Tower Eye
Santa’s Highest Grotto 3rd December – 23rd December 2016

Santa waiting to hear what you want for Christmas. Come along to the Sydney Tower Eye to meet Santa and get your photos taken as well.

Santa waiting to hear what you want for Christmas. Come along to the Sydney Tower Eye to meet Santa and get your photos taken as well.

Who knew that Santa had a grotto 250 metres above street level. It is here that you can experience the magic of the North Pole in the heart of Sydney.

Parents and children will be amazed that Santa’s festive grotto is decorated just like it would be if he was at home, fireplace, Christmas tree and music to make you all feel welcome.

Santa likes to keep updated with the conditions for the reindeer for optimal toy delivery.

Santa likes to keep updated with the conditions for the reindeer for optimal toy delivery.

What: Santa’s Highest Grotto at Sydney Tower Eye
Where: Sydney Tower Eye, 100 Market St, Sydney
When: Saturday 3 December to Friday 23 December 2015
Hours: Weekdays: 4:00pm – 7:00pm
Weekends: 11:00am – 6:00pm
11:00am to 6:00pm every day from Saturday 17 December
Cost: Included in price of admission

Where: Sydney Tower Eye, 100 Market Street, Sydney
Opening hours: 9.00am – 10.00pm daily. Last admission at 9.00pm
Cost: Best price guarantee when you book online. Walk-up price – Adults: $26.50, Children (4-15yrs): $17. Combination tickets are available with Madame Tussauds Sydney, SEA LIFE Sydney, WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo and Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary
PHONE: 1800 258 693

For more information please visit:



Gingerbread Village by Epicure – Melbourne
1st December – 24th of December 2016
Corner of Little Collins and Swanston Street, Melbourne Town Hall, 90-120 Swanston Street

Gingerbread creations from EPICURE

Gingerbread creations from EPICURE

The Gingerbread Village is now in its sixth year and looks like it is going to be bigger and better than previous years. EPICURE’s award-winning Executive Pastry Chef Deniz Karaca and his masterful team have spent about 2000 hours constructing the display, which requires 500kgs of gingerbread, 360kgs of royal icing, 150kgs of marzipan, and is topped off with 800 mini Christmas trees.

The Gingerbread Village has already raised over $100,000 in donations. Proceeds of the Gingerbread Village will go to the Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation. If you would like to make a donation, please go to

EPICURE is going to be including Melbourne landmarks such as, The Melbourne Cricket Ground, Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation, Melbourne Town Hall, Luna Park, and The Melbourne Zoo.

If you wish to get more into the spirit of the season, then why not bake your own gingerbread too. I have Deniz Karaca’s prized gingerbread recipe. Make your own and impress your friends with gingerbread gifts.


Christmas Lights Spectacular at The Hunter Valley
4th November – 26th January 2017
Closed 25th December


Costs: Check out the costs at the Christmas Lights Spectacular website.

Adult $28

Children (4-15 yrs) $23

Children 3 yrs & under FREE

Family (2 Adults + 2 Child) $92

Day + Night passes available

For more details on Christmas Lights Spectacular, tickets and the full program please visit:

Download the Christmas Lights Spectacular program

What Can You See?

  • Santa’s Workshop
  • Christmas Around the World
  • Underwater Scene – whale, shark, fish and more
  • Cinderella’s Castle and her pumpkin carriage
  • Fairy Garden
  • North Pole
  • Santa’s Plane
  • Christmas Lights Fun Zone (Please note that the Fun Zone requires an additional entry fee alongside Christmas Lights entry. Open from 6:30pm – 10:00pm, $7.50 per person) – This area is just for kids. Jumping castles, obstacle courses, super slide
  • Santa Photos these are at additional costs and are all supplied on 4GB USB. Santa Photos are only available from 4th November to 24th of Dec 2016


Location: Nestled at the foothills of the Brokenback Ranges, in the heart of the Hunter vineyards

Contact Details: 

Open 7 days from 9am – 4pm and 6.30pm – 10pm
(Closed 25th December).
Phone 02 4998 4000 – 
Email  – Fax  02 4998 4071

This event looks amazing and we wanted to go last year, however I was very pregnant with our little boy at the time. As we had no idea he would be born on his due date of 7th of Jan we did not want to be too far from the hospital. This year I’m keen to take the kids to the Christmas Lights Spectacular and I cannot wait to see their faces light up as much as the lights are already.

What great event have you been to in the lead up to Christmas? Let us know.

I hope you have a lovely time if you do go to these great events and if you have some other fab place to tell us about I cannot wait to hear about that too. Have fun!

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