UNFORGETTABLE: The New Empire Ballroom Ragtime Dance Orchestra brings you all your classic Christmas favourites at a special Morning Melodies Christmas celebration at Laycock Street Community Theatre from 11am on Wednesday, December 13.
UNFORGETTABLE: The New Empire Ballroom Ragtime Dance Orchestra brings you all your classic Christmas favourites at a special Morning Melodies Christmas celebration at Laycock Street Community Theatre from 11am on Wednesday, December 13. Supplied

What's On: Central Coast

Central Coast events in November/December

GIVE A LITTLE

Okay, I admit this could be stretching the 'What's On' label slightly, but it's for a good cause. Coast Shelter will house 150 men, women and children on Christmas Day. The Shelter provides over 150 meals each day, and donations at Christmas can make this a day to remember for people of all ages doing it tough. Contributions go towards items for Christmas Day celebrations and gifts for clients staying in refuges this Christmas. You can also donate unwrapped gifts to the centre at 346 Mann St, North Gosford, until December 11. Call 02 4325 3540 or go to coatshelter.org.au to help.

AUTHOR TALK

Judy Nunn has been part of Aussie culture as an actress and author for decades, and on Wednesday, November 29, she's talking about her 14th novel, Sanctuary, at The Hive at Erina Fair. Doors open at 6pm for a 6.30pm start. The book is inspired by a visit many years ago to the Houtman Abrolhos, a chain of 122 islands off the coast of Geraldton, in Western Australia. This is a free event, but bookings are essential on Eventbrite or contact Erina Library.

LIGHTING THE TREE

It doesn't matter how old you are, lighting the Christmas tree - whether it's your own or the community tree - is always magic. At the Entrance, it's traditionally a family event, this year listed for Friday, December 1 at Memorial Park. Unfortunately, no more details were available at time of print, so keep an eye out for more.

CHRISTMAS FAIR

The Central Coast Christmas Fair at Mt Penang Gardens is celebrating its 10th year on Sunday, December 3. Forget the hustle of the shops for a day and, for a gold coin donation, enjoy the Coast's largest free outdoor Christmas shopping experience in a relaxing environment on the water with plenty of free parking, free live music all day, kids' zones, rides, licensed bars and more from 9am-2pm. There's over 160 hand-picked local arts and crafts stalls, international food zones and fresh produce and cakes ... and even Santa. Entry is through Kangoo Rd only. Call 0416 097 707 or find them on Facebook.

WYONG CAROLS

While you're feeling Christmassy, also on Sunday December 3, why not head to the Wyong Town Centre Christmas Carols from 5.30-9.15pm at Wyong Park. Again, this is a free event, this time presented by Bendigo Community Bank Wyong, and supported by council, the local chamber of commerce and local businesses. It includes performers from Wyong Musical Theatre Company as well as lots of other local talents, fireworks ... and apparently this one's on Santa's list too. So bring your chair or rug and enjoy the music, a Rotary sausage sizzle and market stalls. Call 02 4351 1762.

KIBBLE MARKETS

Thursday, December 7 is the last monthly Kibble Markets for this year, running from 9am-2pm at Kibble Park. The aim is to allow workers in the Gosford CBD to enjoy a weekday market during their lunchbreak, with everything from fresh produce to cakes, gifts, crafts and buskers, while giving visitors a chance to see what the area offers. To find out more, call 4322 7726.

TWILIGHT MARKETS

Avoca, meanwhile, wants to lure you with the magic of twilight, with its markets under the trees at Heazlett Park on Saturday, December 9 from 5-9pm. This is described as "an intimate pop-up night under the trees of the village with festoon lights, Christmas stalls, great live music and a bar!" Sounds like a pretty nice night out.

DRYSDALE EXHIBIT

Gosford Regional Art Gallery pays tribute to Sir Russell Drysdale's Central Coast years from December 9-February 4 with a display of the work he produced in his studio at Bouddi Farm, Killcare, where he moved in 1966. The exhibit, bringing together loans from Australia's top galleries, explores his influence on other Australian artists. His realistic vision of the outback's brown and golden hues, ordinary people and places, revolutionised art in the 1940s, breaking away from English pastoralist influences and paving the way to modern Australian painting. Call 4304 7550.

MOUNTAIN BLUES

Blues on the Mountain presents 19-Twenty on Saturday, December 9. Doors open at 6pm for this night of live blues and roots among the gum trees at Mangrove Mountain Heritage Hall. Hailed as one of the country's best live acts, they've played at 23 festivals in 2017 alone and toured Australia eight times over the years, as well as playing Europe and the UK. So, if this is your type of music, you know where you need to be, with tickets just $25 adults. Profits go towards upkeep and restoration of the hall and Fairview Homestead. Call 0405 416 289 or find them on Facebook.

CHRISTMAS RAGTIME

The New Empire Ballroom Ragtime Dance Orchestra (phew) is set to get you in a festive mood with a special Morning Melodies Christmas celebration at Laycock Street Community Theatre from 11am on Wednesday, December 13. Forget the name, you'll remember all the Christmas classics this talented local band brings, along with special guests. Like all Morning Melodies performances, this one includes complimentary morning tea beforehand at 10am. Tickets are just $13. Call 4323 3233.


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