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SHOP LOCAL: The Hunter’s ultimate Christmas gift guide

With Christmas just around the corner, Newcastle Live is once again encouraging everyone to embrace the spirit of community and shop local with our 2023 bumper Christmas Gift Guide.

This year we’re highlighting an array of extraordinary offerings. From local retailers, captivating events, and engaging activities, to meaningful contributions to charities – The region is stacked with an abundance of amazing and unique things to put under the tree.

Below you’ll find an assortment of local gems, festive events, dynamic activities, and opportunities to support charities. Whether you’re looking for the perfect gift or thinking about ways to contribute to the community, our guide has you covered with the best options to make your Christmas gift one to remember.


The holiday spirit will shine bright in Maitland this year with a calendar full of fun and festive spirit.  From Christmas celebrations and free Santa photos at The Levee, a giant Christmas tree, outdoor movies, street Christmas light competition or one of the many kids’ activities held at Maitland Regional Art Gallery, Maitland Libraries and Maitland Gaol – there’s plenty to do with loved ones this year. Maitland City Council has uploaded a dedicated festive calendar of community and Council events to the My Maitland website. 


Australia’s largest Hobby Store is located right here in Newcastle! Frontline Hobbies is family fun for all ages. They offer a HUGE range of unique Toys, Radio Control, LEGO, Slot Cars, Games (traditional, roleplay and wargaming), Puzzles, Model Railway, Diecast Models and the best range of Model Kits. Thier friendly and knowledgeable staff are ready to answer all your questions, so gather the family and visit them in-store or online to find your next hobby! It’s a one-stop shop for FUN! You can find them at 5 Lang Road, in Broadmeadow.


Give the gift of Led Zeppelin IV Live this Christmas! Presented by Aussie supergroup Australian Rock Collective (ARC) consisting of Darren Middleton (Powderfinger), Mark Wilson (Jet), Davey Lane (You Am I) and Kram (Spiderbait). Hitting the road for a national tour in June 2024, ARC will perform Led Zeppelin IV in full, to be followed by a second set playing classics and fan favourites selected from Led Zeppelin’s lauded catalogue. Hailed as one of the most innovative, successful and influential bands of modern music, their fourth album Led Zeppelin IV features the epic Stairway to Heaven, Going to California, Black Dog, and Rock and Roll.


Cancer steals childhood. It puts a cloud over every part of family life, not only for the diagnosed child but their brothers and sisters too. The carefree innocence, that playfulness that being a kid is all about. Gone. Replaced with hospital stays and painful treatments. Donate now to give childhood back to kids with cancer at a Camp Quality Family Camp.


Looking to build or renovate in 2024? Then you must visit the HIA Home Inspirations Centre, Mayfield West. Over 100 exhibits including modern kitchens and bathrooms, an alfresco living display plus more! Discover hundreds of the latest products, services and trends on the market. Whether you are building from scratch or re-designing what you already have, you will find ideas, inspiration and the trades you need to make your dream home. Why not visit during the Christmas holidays at 17 Murray Dwyer Circuit, Mayfield West, Steel River Estate (off Industrial Drive). They are open 7 days from 10 am until 3 pm excluding public holidays.


Santa and his elves are coming to town for free Santa Selfies & Pawtraits in Wheeler Place. Bring the whole family down, fur babies and all, for a festive DIY picture under the Christmas tree while local choirs serenade you. 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Friday 1 & 8, Saturday 2 & 9 December. Or why not join in the chorus with Newcastle’s pop-up community choir The Sum of the Parts? Join in the One Song Sing along to Paul Kelly’s How to Make Gravy presented by Civic Theatre Newcastle on Thursday 21 December at 5:30 pm.


Spend Christmas amongst the stars with an out-of-this-world experience at Newcastle Museum. Budding astronauts can command a rover on Mars, step onboard a space station for a celestial selfie ‘in orbit’ above Australia, and discover the surprising challenges of everyday life in space. The new interactive exhibition Australia in Space explores Australian innovations in the space sector and is open until 10 March 2024. Australia in Space is developed by Questacon and supported by Create NSW.


Nothing looks better than an icon under the Xmas tree! Give the gift of Tom Jones Ages and Stages tour this holiday. Tom Jones is indeed a living legend, one of the few musical artists whose profession began at the dawn of modern popular music who continues to have a vital recording and performing career to this day. His irresistible show traverses musical eras and genres, cuts across class divides and appeals to young and old, male and female, mainstream and cutting edge.


Treat your loved ones with a Hunter Valley Gardens Gift Card. Whether redeemed for entry tickets, ride tickets, or food*, HVG gift cards are the perfect gift for any age. Gift vouchers can be used for entry to Christmas Lights Spectacular which is on now until 28 January. Create lasting memories as you stroll through magical-themed light displays – featuring over 4 million lights! Experience our Christmas-themed stage shows throughout November and December, plus a range of performances the kids will love in January. Get your adrenaline pumping with our amazing rides the whole family will enjoy! *Accepted at Hunter Valley Gardens food marquee only.


Immerse yourself in history and thrills with Get Out Escape Rooms at The Maitland Gaol. Set within the eerie, real-life confines of a former prison, this unique experience offers an unparalleled blend of suspense and authenticity. No other escape rooms can claim such a spine-tingling backdrop. As you decipher clues and solve puzzles, you’ll sense the whispers of the past and feel the tension of a bygone era. It’s a one-of-a-kind adventure that combines the intrigue of a historical site with the excitement of escape room challenges. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to ‘get out’ of both history and locked cells.


Find over 110+ local makers at The Station in Newcastle on Saturday 25 November and Sat 9 December. The perfect event to tick off that Chrissy list with some incredible unique gifts. Bring your crew, enjoy the live music, grab some yummy street food & soak up all this wonderful community has to offer. Easy parking can be found at the Foreshore or Bolton Street Car Parks.


Join as a member before November 30 for guaranteed delivery by Christmas! Secure a reserved seat in the grandstand to every remaining home game, or pick 3 or 6 games of your choosing to attend – every schedule and budget is catered for. 3 Game Memberships start from just $65 for an Adult, and Kids aged 12 & under go free in our blue and red categories (with a paying adult). Sign up by 5 pm, November 30 for guaranteed pre-Christmas delivery of your Member Pack. But don’t worry, if you sign up after November 30, your membership card will be sent digitally in time for Christmas.


The Queens Wharf foreshore is set to light up for NYE2023. Expect a vibrant carnival with rides, inflatables and amusements, roving entertainers, three DJ dance floors, maker stations and art workshops, and a dedicated Sensory Area. All eyes will be on the skies for two show-stopping aerobatic flyovers by Paul Bennet, and a trio of fire dancers will dazzle audiences on the ground before a massive fireworks finale at 9 pm being launched from Dyke Point. Come down to the Queens Wharf foreshore precinct and join in the fun for all ages and abilities from 4:00 pm – 9:15 pm. Presented by City of Newcastle.

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