Festive frivolities are coming to Wagga: The events you shouldn’t miss this December!
There’s fun for the whole family this Christmas season in Wagga. Here’s just a taste of the events you’ll want to mark on your calendar now.
Dash into December with the Xmas Party Race Day at Wagga’s Murrumbidgee Turf Club. The race meeting on Saturday 2 December is the best way to kick off the festive season with family and friends.
Really keen to get into the festive season spirit? Warm up your vocal chords, pack a picnic rug and sing along to the carols at the annual Wagga Wagga Inter Church Carols in the Park (pictured). A free event on Saturday 9 December, it’s perfect for all ages to enjoy in the shady surrounds of the Victory Memorial Gardens.
Make a weekend of it and tick some items off your Christmas shopping list on Sunday 10 December at the River & Wren Boutique Markets. Held in Kyeamba Smith Hall at the Wagga Wagga Showground, the market is a favourite for both locals and visitors. Grab a coffee (or a cool drink – it is summer after all!) and wander the stalls showcasing the work of some of our very talented local and regional creators.
If you’ve got kids to keep entertained, the Light the Night Christmas Village held in the Civic Centre Precinct around the picturesque Wollundry Lagoon is for you! Be enchanted by a Christmas village for the whole family over two nights - Friday 15 and Saturday 16 December. Kids can meet their favourite characters including Elsa and Anna from Frozen, Cinderella, Buzz Lightyear, Woody and Jessie from Toy Story and even Santa Claus himself!
Wind down on the Sunday at the Music Bowl in Wagga’s Botanic Gardens. The ever-popular Wagga Wagga Christmas Spectacular (pictured below) is back for another year! The Australian Army Band Kapooka are not to be missed along with a stellar line-up of local artists, choirs and dance groups showcasing the city’s incredible local talent.
Throughout the month you can see a Christmas-themed digital projection on the side of the Civic Centre (see top image) so be sure to pop by if you’re out at events or cruising for Christmas lights. The projection, animated by Andrew Hagan, is visible from the Wollundry Lagoon side of the Civic Precinct each night from dusk.
To see out 2017, head to Lake Albert on New Year's Eve for family-friendly fun at Wagga Skyworks. It'll be a fantastic way to welcome in the new year with a fireworks finale at 9.30pm.
P.S. In the spirit of the season, think about giving to those less fortunate than yourself. The Combined Riders of Wagga Toy Run will be collecting toys and donations for underprivileged children on Saturday 2 December, starting at Jubilee Park in Wagga.
First published: 16 Nov 2017.