Upcoming Events - December 2017

Upcoming Events – December 2017

Check out some of the key events happening around the Great Lakes, Manning Valley and Mid North Coast region over the month of December. 

Summerfest 2017 - Saturday 2 December 2017
Harry Bennett Park, Taree

The annual Summerfest will be held once again at Harry Bennett Park, Taree on Saturday, December 2.

The event is the culmination of the Live ‘n’ Loud events that are held throughout the year.

Now in its sixth year, Summerfest is planned and run by local young people.

Everything from organising, marketing, production and performances is the responsibility of the Manning Youth Action Team (MYAT).

The event is drug and alcohol free, with tickets available online for $10.

Gates open at 4.30pm and will run until 9pm.

A barbecue and soft drinks will be available on the night.


Christmas BBQ in the Keys – Sunday 3 December 2017
Elizabeth Reserve, Forster Keys

Come along to Elizabeth Reserve and celebrate Christmas early. Enjoy live Christmas Carols plus a BBQ.

Bring a picnic rug and chairs plus nibbles and relax.

Bookings are essential. Please phone 0481 481 049.


Xmas Party in the Paddock – Sunday 10th December 2017
Great Lakes Winery, Wotton    

Come to the annual Xmas Party in the Paddock and bring your friends, family or work colleagues to enjoy the festive atmosphere and great live music with the BIG FINs!

Dress as Santa or one of his helpers and you could win a Christmas hamper full of delicious goodies!

Tickets are $15 available online or at the gate

Kids under 13 are FREE

Tasty food from the BBQ for meat lovers and delicious grazing plates with cheeses, salami, olives and fresh fruit from the bar also offering wine, beer and cider.

Food & Drinks packages are available for groups of 10 or more.....email or call 49977255 for more info.

You are welcome to bring your own picnic - but as we are licensed venue NO ALCOHOL is to be brought in.

Gates open at 11am - Music kicks off at 1pm Bring a chair or a rug or something to get comfy on the lawn for a fun day with us.


Tuncurry Carols by Candlelight – Monday 11th December 2017
John Wright Park, Tuncurry      

This year marks the 43rd anniversary of the Tuncurry Forster Christmas Carols presented by the Rotary Club of Tuncurry Forster.

This special event will be held at John Wright Park Tuncurry on Monday the 11th December 2017.

There will be a special visit from Santa Claus. Food and drinks, glow sticks and song sheets will be available. So just bring a chair or blanket, something warm and your best singing voice and join us to celebrate the coming of Christmas.


Christmas Party Raceday – Monday 11th December 2017
Tuncurry Race Course, Chapmans Road, Tuncurry

Buses will also be running to and from the event. Please visit website to see pickup locations.

Coastal Country racing at its best!



Carols on the Keys – Sunday 17th December 2017
Tuncurry Race Course, Chapmans Road, Tuncurry

Christmas will be celebrated in a unique style at Forster Keys with a procession of boats touring around in a seasonal candle-lit performance of Carols on the Canals.

Bring your own boat and join our convoy which will be spear-headed by Santa's boat, with Great Lakes Band on-board cruising the Keys playing Christmas Carols.

The lead party boat will be playing music so come along and support the multitude of singers both on board and along the waterside. 

Also enjoy a BBQ!


Carols by the Lake – Sunday 17th December 2017
Sundowner Tiona, Pacific Palms

Come along to the Conference Centre close by to the famously beautiful Green Cathedral for a Carols by Candlelight you will not forget!

This family friendly event is staged every year and has a great reputation for festive entertainment - come one, come all. Featuring the Green Cathedral Community Choir, PJ Willis, Bell Choir, Jumping Fleas Ukulele group and you!

Bring a chair, rug and picnic basket.  The Green Cathedral/Conference Centre is an alcohol free venue.


Grow Your Own Music Festival – Friday 22nd December 2017
Harry Elliott Oval, Tuncurry

Set in Forster-Tuncurry on NSW’s Mid-North Coast, Grow Your Own is a music and produce festival centred on homegrown talent & produce. 

Held in the height of summer as the town bustles with holidaymakers & prodigal ex-pats, the event seeks to bring national music to a regional area. Our key focus is on supporting homegrown talent, whether that comes in the form of a band, a local farmer or producer or a local clothing label.

Migrating from the inaugural site of Club Forster’s Backyard to Tuncurry Footy Fields, Grow Your Own will swell to a capacity of 3000 for it’s second installment, with scope to further expand the event in subsequent years. 

We are part of a generation that wishes to return to all things homegrown & strive to celebrate this mindset through all aspects of the event. We are all about Australian companies, environmental sustainability, locally grown produce & collaborating with local creatives, communities, & cultures.

2017 Grow Your Own Lineup

Cloud Control
The Belligerents
The Babe Rainbow
The Gooch Palms
Ruby Fields
Alex the Astronaut
Los Scallywaggs
The Ruiins
Little Quirks Band 


New Years Eve Celebration – Sunday 31st December 2017
John Wright Park, Tuncurry

Celebrate New Years Eve Great Lakes Style!

From 6:45pm John Wright Park, Tuncurry will be filled with music and entertainment for the entire family.

The celebrations lead into one of the largest fireworks displays on the North Coast, which kick off at 9.00pm on the dot!

Bring along your picnic rug and join in the fun. This is a family friendly event not to be missed!


Waterworld Central – 27th December 2017 – 7th January 2018
Lakeside Tavern

WATERWORLD CENTRAL, Australia’s first portable water theme park, will be sliding into FORSTER at the Lakeside Tavern from the 27th December through the 7th January 2018 these school holidays!

Waterworld is Australia's first mobile waterpark. There are loads of water attractions from a massive drop on the Colossal Dino Slide, walking on water in a Zorb Ball. Bump your friends with Bumper Boats and spray each other with water guns.

Tickets Prices

$10 for adults (2 hours on the Dino Slide only)

$25 for children 2-16 years (2 hour unlimited rider)

 The daily unlimited Rider Wristband Session times are as follows:

10am - 12pm

11am - 1pm

12pm - 2pm

1pm - 3pm

2pm - 4pm


December Markets
Fri 1st December:

Rudi’s Market, Taree (8am – 2pm)

Sat 2nd December:

Buladelah Markets (8am – 1pm)

Wingham Farmers Market (8am – Midday)

Sun 3rd December:

          Blackhead Bazaar (8.30am – 1pm)

Thurs 7th December:

          Secret Farmers Market, Taree (8am – 1pm)

Fri 8th December:

Rudi’s Market, Taree (8am – 2pm)

Sat 9th December:

          Wingham Community Markets (8am – Midday)

          Gloucester Farmers Markets (8am – Midday)

Sun 10th December:

          Forster Town Markets (8am – 2pm)

Thurs 14th December:

          Secret Farmers Market, Taree (8am – 1pm)

Fri 15th December:

Rudi’s Market, Taree (8am – 2pm)

Sat 16th December:

          Forster Farmers Markets (8am – Midday)

          The Hub Market, Taree (8am – Midday)

Sun 17th December:

          Pacific Palms Markets (9am – 1pm)

          Krambach Markets (8.30am – 1pm)

          Great Lakes Museum Carboot Sale (9am – 1pm)

Thurs 21st December:

          Secret Farmers Market, Taree (8am – 1pm)

Fri 22nd December:

Rudi’s Market, Taree (8am – 2pm)

Sat 23rd December:

          Tuncurry Markets (8am – 1pm)

Sun 24th December:

          Old Bar Markets (7am – 1pm)

Thurs 28th December:

          Secret Farmers Market, Taree (8am – 1pm)

Fri 29th December:

Rudi’s Market, Taree (8am – 2pm)

Sun 31st December:

          Pacific Palms Markets (9am – 1pm)


What a month! Make the BIG4 Great Lakes your base to explore and check out of some of these events by booking a cabin or site for a day or more. 

For more information, you can also access the Great Lakes Tourism website here, Manning Valley Tourism website here, or Gloucester Tourism website here


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