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Top Christmas Festivals in Australia 2015 - Part 1

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Celebrate the joy of this festive season with these events

This year celebrate the joy of this festive season with these free & ticketed festivities that the whole family will love and enjoy!

New South Wales

1. Santa Fest

When: 27 November 2015- 24 December 2015
Where: Darling Harbour, Sydney
Cost: Free
Details: Enjoy Christmas with this magical fun festival that will transform Darling Harbour into a Santa celebration. It will include free Christmas films at the Santa Fest Open Air Cinema, Santa's Maze, Santa Train Express, take a ride on the Ferris Wheel, snap a selfie with the Santa Sculpture, storytelling, roving performers, live music, competitions and more. Click here for website.

2. Christmas Lights Spectacular
When: 8 November 2015- 26 January 2016
Where: Hunter Valley Gardens, 2090 Broke Rd, Pokolbin (Hunter Valley)
Cost: For all ticket pricing & purchases click here
Details: In its ninth year, the Christmas Lights Spectacular is back on and will feature millions of Christmas lights on lights, sound and light displays, live entertainment, visit from Santa and more. See website for more information

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3. Carols in the Domain
When: 19 December 2015: 12pm-11pm
Where: The Domain, Royal Botanical Gardens, Sydney
Cost: Free
Details: Australia's biggest Christmas Concert is back on again this year and it will include food stalls, carnival events, pre-show entertainment, carols, concert, fireworks and more... Click here for website.

4. Southern Highlands Christmas Fair
When: 12 & 13 December 2015: 9am-4pm
Where: Cnr of Illawarra Highway & Oldbury Rd, Sutton Forest
Cost: Adults: $3pp & Children (1-15yrs): $1pp
Details: There will be around 180 quality craft and produce stalls, Christmas presents and gifts, food and refreshments stalls, wine tastings, visit from Santa, free balloons, face painting, balloon artist, amusement rides, entertainment, performers, children activities and more. Click here for website.

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1. Santa's Christmas Spectacular
When: 14 November 2015- 24 December 2015
Where: Wonderland Fun Park, 120 Pearl River Rd, Docklands
Cost: Click here for ticket pricing & purchases.
Details: The event will host a magical wonderland of fun that will include Christmas events, entertainment Christmas treats, Talking Tree, Santa's Mailbox, amusement rides, elves, and more. Click here for website.

2. Frankston's Christmas Festival of Lights
When: 28 November 2015
Where: Davey St, Frankston
Cost: Free
Details: This event will include a night of excitement, entertainment, shows, performances, carols by candlelight, arts & crafts, markets, food courts, amusement rides, be inspired with the sounds of Christmas as the more than 100 year old Norfolk pine tree lights up in a magical display of lights, fireworks and more. Click here for website.

3. Santa's Christmas Spectacular & Fireworks
When: 28 & 29 November 2015
Where: Sandown Racecourse, 591-659 Princes Hwy, Springvale
Cost: See website for ticket pricing & purchases
Details: Enjoy the Christmas festivities with this event! The event will showcase a visit from Santa, elves, Santa's Stables, animal farm, live shows, performances, children characters, music, face painting, activities, entertainment, amusement rides, Christmas Party, fireworks and more. Click here for website

4. Magical Christmas Wonderland
When: 5 December 2015: 11am-4pm
Where: Royal Geelong Showgrounds, 79 Breakwater Rd, East Geelong
Cost: General Admission Adults & Children: $35pp & Family (2 adults 2 kids): $125- for more information click here
Details: This event will feature a magical Christmas wonderland of fun with activities, entertainment, performances, amusement rides, workshops, face painting, carols, pantomimes, food trucks, photos with Santa, games and more. Click here for website.

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1. Christmas by the Sea
When: 5 December 2015: 1:30pm- 8pm
Where: Scarborough Beach Waterfront Park, Landsborough Ave, Scarborough
Cost: Free
Details: This event will include a Christmas Street Parade, fireworks, entertainment, markets, kid's rides, jumping castles, carols by candlelight, food stalls, performances and more. Click here for website.

2. Surfers Paradise Carols on the Beach
When: 20 December 2015: 6:30pm-8pm
Where: Surfers Paradise Foreshore, The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise
Cost: Free
Details: Bring your picnic blanket and enjoy an evening of fun and Christmas Spirit with this family friendly and Gold Coast's biggest Christmas Carols Event! There will be family entertainment, carols, visit from Santa, fireworks and more. Click here for website.

3. The Wonder of Christmas
When: 27 November 2015- 25 December 2015
Where: See website for venues.
Cost: Free
Details: Brisbane will be celebrating Christmas with a four-week extravaganza of free Christmas events! Events include performances, entertainment, festive delights, giant decorations, sparkling lights, Christmas markets, Christmas Parade, fireworks and more.
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Why? Celebrate the joy of this festive season with these family-friendly events
When: 9 November 2015- 26 January 2016
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Cost: Free & Ticketed events- see above
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