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Christmas Events in the Southern Highlands 2021

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by Irenke Forsyth (subscribe)
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Published November 22nd 2021
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If you're looking for a regional getaway and you love all things Christmas, then head 90-minutes south of Sydney to the Southern Highlands for a wonderland of celebrations and sights that include a festival of lights, decorated shop windows, Christmas craft, markets and more.

From free to low cost and luxe, here's a selection of what's on during December:-

Retford Park Estate Christmas Styling Masterclass Bowral - 7th Dec

The stunning Italianate-style residence of Retford Park and its immaculate gardens are the setting for a 6hr Christmas styling masterclass presented by Coty Farquhar from Styling Magazine Australia.

This special day starts from 10am with a guided tour of the house, which has been decorated to inspire your creations. You'll then learn how to decorate, style and present your Christmas table, making gorgeous decorations for your home using natural materials, flowers and foliage sourced from the gardens of Retford Park, that are yours to keep.

A delicious morning tea in the garden is included in your ticket, along with a festive lunch set at their sumptuously decorated Christmas table and a glass of sparkling wine on the iconic front verandah (overlooking the formal gardens) to finish the day (around 4pm).

Bookings can be made through Eventbrite.

Where: Boardman Rd, Bowral
Further Info: 02 4861 1933

Tree Lighting Ceremonies - 7th to 10th Dec

To see Christmas trees lit up for the first time this year, head to these spots from 4.30pm:-

7th Dec - Corbett Plaza, Bowral
9th Dec - 68 Elizabeth St, Moss Vale
10th Dec - 62-70 Main St, Mittagong
10th Dec - Illawarra Hwy, Robertson (next to the Big Potato)

Berrima and Bundanoon will also be setting up trees but, at the time of writing, dates were unknown. Follow updates here or on Facebook page - Christmas in the Southern Highlands.

Southern Highlands Festival of Lights - 7th to 28th Dec

Taking place in multiple towns, this festival of lights features a multitude of colourful displays, from the shop windows to the Christmas trees in towns, and a mini Vivid Christmas Wonderland with stunning light installations illuminating Corbett Gardens.

Late night shopping, for all your Christmas needs, will be available on the dates below -

Bowral: 7th, 17th & 18th Dec
Moss Vale: 9th Dec
Mittagong: 10th Dec
Robertson: 10th Dec

When you need some sustenance there's plenty of alfresco dining options to choose from or you can take a picnic dinner to Corbett Gardens and enjoy some live music from local artists and choirs.

The three free concerts will be staged as part of the Christmas Wonderland in Bowral, as follows -

Tues 7th Dec - 4.30pm-7.30pm in Corbett Plaza
Fri 17th Dec - 7.30pm-9.30pm at Corbett Gardens
Sat 18th Dec - 7.30pm-9.30pm at Corbett Gardens

Children's activities and a visit from Santa are being planned for 17th-18th Dec as well.

Where: Above towns, along with Corbett Gardens in Wingecarribee St, Bowral
Further Info:

Robertson Dine & Shop Street Party - 10th Dec

The beautiful town of Robertson and its main street is the scene this Christmas for exploring a wonderful array of gourmet food, wine, craft beer, art and more. Local traders will be open late for Christmas gifts and vouchers, and the SHAC pop-up Makers Market will see 10 stalls showcasing works from local artisans.

Taking place from 5pm-8pm, children can see Santa on the fire truck, grab a bag of mixed lollies and jump for joy on the free jumping castle. Live street buskers will entertain visitors and there will be plenty of dining options.

Where: Illawarra Hwy, Robertson
Further Info: 02 4885 2665

Moss Vale Christmas Market - 12th Dec

Come along from 9am-3pm to pick up some unique Christmas gifts for your loved ones from stalls of all kinds. A selection of makers and growers will sell the likes of handmade artisan crafts, woodwork, goats milk soaps, garden art, plants, ladies and mens quality fashion, honey jams, delicious strudel, pastries and cakes, Gozleme and more.

If you're a collector, there's Pickers Place to wander through and find antiques, retro and collectors' items.

Grab a coffee, enjoy live music from popular South Coast duo Jocean, rides for the kids and some surprise happenings.

Where: Moss Vale Showground, 16 Illawarra Hwy, Moss Vale
Further Info: 0415 900 913

Berrima Schoolyard Christmas Market - 12th Dec

Over 50 stalls will provide a variety of intriguing items for sale, from gifts to Christmas wreaths, homewares and clothing, and gourmet foods to fresh produce.

Children's entertainment and activities include plaster painting where they can paint a shirt, a Santa sack and more.

The market is on from 9am-2pm and helps the school's Kitchen & Garden program to keep running. It allows students, teachers & parents to delight in weekly cooking and gardening lessons. The kitchen cafe will be on hand on market day for delicious coffee, cakes and a sausage sizzle.

A Christmas raffle will also run.

Where: Berrima Public School, Oxley St, Berrima
Further Info:

Santa's Grotto Bowral - 13th to 23rd Dec

Santa's Grotto

A walk through this wonderland provides something for everyone. During the day, children can enjoy a Christmas story, Christmas craft and a visit from Santa. The craft schedule from 10.30am-1pm is, as follows -

Monday 13th - Christmas cookies
Tuesday 14th - Christmas baubles
Wednesday 15th - Paper snowman
Thursday 16th - Glitter candles

Monday 20th - Gingerbread houses
Tuesday 21st - Bon Bon's
Wednesday 22nd - Christmas wreaths
Thursday 23rd - Jar nativity scene

Suitable for primary-aged children, registration is required for these activities as there are limited spaces.

During the evenings, both young and old can enjoy a stroll through Santa's Grotto, listen to live music and devour delicious street food on the following dates/times -

Fri 17th - 5pm-9pm
Sat 18th - 1pm-9pm
Sun 19th - 5pm-9pm

There's also free children's Santa photos, face painting, a petting zoo, fairy floss and popcorn for the kids, and a coffee van.

Where: Bowral Girl Guides Hall, 44 Boolwey St, Bowral
Further Info: 02 4861 7460

Clear Strings Presents: The Nutcracker at Mittagong RSL Club - 19th Dec

This cracking Christmas concert performance for children and their families is a beautiful classical rendition of The Nutcracker from the Clear Strings band. The captivating music experience will transport you to the Land of the Sweets as the musicians tell the classic Christmas story.

Designed to help foster a life-long love of classical music, the audience will be encouraged to dance, move and enjoy getting involved.

It's a morning show beginning at 9.30am and running for 50-minutes in the Carrington Room of the Club. Tickets are $15 per adult and $10 per child.

Where: Cnr Hume Hwy & Bessemer St, Mittagong
Further Info: 02 4872 6700

Christmas Lunches

The Loch Berrima - 5th, 12th & 19th Dec

If you want to ditch the cooking this Christmas and indulge in a menu with all the trimmings and no cleaning up afterwards then head to The Loch for a festive 3-course meal. With 3 sittings on each of the above dates, the feast includes a generous tasting plate of starters of sage and duck pistachio stuffed sausage rolls, smoked trout pate and more, a choice of mains of turkey or 12hr slow-cooked roast beef with accompaniments (a vegetarian option is available), pavlova for dessert, berry Christmas punch and a selection of local Southern Highlands wines.

It's a paddock to plate experience taking place outdoors in the fresh air on the terrace of the barn and costs $85p.p.

Where: 581 Greenhills Rd, Berrima
Further Info: 0411 511 244

Milton Park Country House Hotel & Spa Bowral - 25th Dec

This exquisite venue on the outskirts of Bowral is offering up two options on the big day - a Christmas buffet in the ballroom and a Christmas Lunch Tasting Experience in Hordens fine dining room.

The buffet includes a range of seafood, a carving station of ham and turkey, pork belly with apple sauce, marinated chicken breast, a Thai-style curry, hot vegetable, salads, bread and a selection of desserts, whilst the tasting experience consists of salmon, goats cheese crumble, duck breast, roasted pumpkin with feta, Christmas pudding, mouth-watering petit fours and more. There's also a vegetarian option.

For the full menus and pricing, contact the number below.

Where: 200 Horderns Rd, Bowral
Further Info: 02 4861 8100

The Southern Highlands is a beautiful region to spend time in, not just at Christmastime but year round with plenty to see and do in its 16 towns and villages. Whether you go for a day, a weekend or longer, you're sure to fall in love with this destination where you can relax with nature, celebrate with friends on a wine trail, devour delicious country food, shop for antiques, join a cycle tour and so much more.

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The scenic area of the southern highlands would make for a beautiful backdrop for these events
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