What’s on in December and January

What’s on in December and January

What’s on in December and January 2560 1709 Table Under a Tree

Writing our regular round-up of things to do in the Northern Rivers is something I always enjoy. There’s often something quirky, usually something challenging, and always things that reflect this community’s uniqueness!

So with no claim to completeness, here some suggestions of great things locals and visitors alike will enjoy this December and January:

  • Flicks in the Field returns to Bangalow on 11-12 December. Relive your childhood and enjoy a drive-in movie. Friday night is for the family (Elf is showing) while Saturday night is a real throwback (Gremlins).
  • While most of the local carols by candlelight have been cancelled, Byron Carols have gone online. They’ve recorded a special which will be streamed online on 11 December. Check out the Facebook page for details.
  • If you miss that night of carols, Lismore’s Carols in the Heart is also going online, on Sunday, 13 December.
  • Do some late-night shopping, Mullum style. On 17 December, the shops in Mullumbimby have banded together for a night of fun. Enjoy yourself while supporting local shops.
  • Or do the same thing in Brunswick Heads, with Santa even coming by boat on 17 December.
  • Don’t let a lack of carols diminish your festive cheer. Head to Lismore’s The Quad until 20 December (Wednesdays-Sundays) to visit Santa’s Wonderland. Take a photo with Santa, check out the window displays and enjoy some live performances.
  • There’s plenty of daytime markets on over the summer, but for an evening option, head to Ballina for the On Dusk Markets on 9 January.
  • If you want something to cool you down over January, why not go ice skating… Yep, Cherry Street Sports Club in Ballina has a temporary rink set-up. Book your slot and start singing let it go…
  • Go to the movies, but with a difference. Lismore’s Star Court Theatre dates back to 1921 and has some quirky offerings in the calendar.
  • Check out some huge vegetables in Kyogle. Seriously! The annual Giant Pumpkin and Watermelon Festival is back on 9 January (we’re attempting to grow a pumpkin entry here at Three Paddocks Farm). A hoot!

Of course, there’s the usual array of community markets and farmers’ markets to enjoy. And while the annual woodchop and fireworks at Brunswick Heads has been cancelled for 2021, word has it that the McGregor Family Carnival will be going ahead in some capacity from mid-late December to mid-January. And even if that doesn’t happen, you can always look for fairies instead!

However you choose to spend your summer in our region, make sure to stay safe! And make sure you recover and replenish with some awesome local food from the fantastic local farmers, growers and producers who call the area home.



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