Newcastle is a popular location to spend Christmas and the summer months in Australia. This beachside city is large enough to have great shops, facilities and entertainment, but remote enough to offer beautiful and isolated beaches.
Many Sydney-siders head north to Newcastle to get away from the inner-city hustle and bustle. They enjoy the convenience of the close location, an also the attractions that the city of Newcastle has to offer. Newcastle at Christmas offers great beaches and hot summer weather, and also fantastic opportunities to shop, dine out or relax at one of the numerous café spots that are located around the city.
The convenient distance away from Sydney also means that residents in Newcastle can make a quick drive, or a trip on the train, into the city of Sydney, for Christmas time celebrations. Many residents in Newcastle make the effort to journey into Sydney at this time of year, for the Christmas carols or to view the sights of the decorated city, including outdoor Christmas lights, decorations and Christmas trees. The city of Sydney lights up bright at this time of the year, and it is well worth the journey in to see it all.
If you are planning on staying locally within Newcastle then you can enjoy many of the offerings that the area has. If you want to get out of the house during Christmas time, then you can easily head to one of the Newcastle town beaches, take a ferry over to Stockon beach where you can enjoy fish and chips in the park, or a stroll on Stockton Beach itself.
Stockton Beach also offers many Christmas activities and adventure tours, including 4 wheel driving and beach drives. Stockton is a long and isolated beach and is perfect for getting away from it all, without needing to travel too far away from the city. Stockton is just the other side of the river from Newcastle and it can be accessed by boat or ferry. It is perfect in the summer months and around Christmas time, when the skies are clear, the air is warm and the water is cool.
Visitors and residents of Newcastle can also enjoy a short drive up to Nelsons Bay at Christmas, for a quick get-a-way. This tranquil, beachside suburb is perfect for weekends away and is also a short drive north from Sydney. It caters for singles, couples and families who want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, and who want to enjoy the Christmas seasons in beautiful surroundings, including beaches, bushwalks, cafes, restaurants and a marina.
Christmas Carols in Newcastle
Every year, Christmas carols are held in Newcastle’s King Edward Park. There is a free shuttle bus to the service, and also parking nearby, and the event offers a fantastic way to celebrate Christmas with music, entertainment and professional performances.
The Christmas carols in Newcastle always host a selection of local musicians who are well-known for their success. They take turns to perform a range of Christmas songs that are suitable for the entire family, and are familiar enough so that everyone can sing along.
The Christmas carols in Newcastle are held in December and bring the local community together with fun, music and seasonal cheer. Take the children and relax on the grounds under the stars, with candles or torches and a picnic meal to share.
Christmas Shopping in Newcastle
Newcastle may not be as big as Sydney, however it still has a diverse range of shopping locations including shopping malls and designer boutiques. The Junction, Darby Street, City Centre and Hamilton are all great locations if you are heading out to do your Christmas shopping. These are perfect for picking up Christmas gifts for family and friends, but also for purchasing fresh food for your Christmas Day lunch.
The shops in Newcastle are also well decorated at this time of year. You can find fantastic Christmas lights and Christmas decorations, including large indoor and outdoor Christmas trees and also window displays with a Christmas theme around the streets and shopping malls.
Children will love shopping in Newcastle over Christmas, including meeting Santa in the street, or having their picture taken with him in the shopping malls. He often gives our lollies or small gifts and will brighten your child’s face with Christmas cheer.
The city of Newcastle lights up over the Christmas season and there are lights in the shops, in the streets and public venues, and also in the houses. You can visit many of the suburban areas to find entire houses decorated with Christmas cheer, twinkling and shining in the dark.
The best locations for Christmas lights in Newcastle include E K Avenue in Charlestown Bressay Close in Cardiff South and Watson Street in New Lambton. Take a drive through these suburbs and take the children with you. Many houses are decorated with care and feature many elaborate Christmas decorations. Many also collect money that is donated to their charity of choice.