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Christmas in Coffs 2020

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Well sadly Covid is having an effect on the way we celebrate Christmas this year.

To my knowledge all carols have been cancelled for 2020.

There are various places where you can get Santa photos (socially distanced) with your kids or furbaby, but you MUST book online (check out Park Beach Plaza or Coffs Central).

HOWEVER, there’s still lots going on to help us all celebrate Christmas. I am keeping a close on eye on events and happenings and regularly adding them to the EVENTS tab on our Facebook page.

You can find it here, and this is a small section of some of the events on offer:

Here is another page to check out if you want to see the Christmas lights of Coffs Harbour – this is one activity you can do with your family that IS Covid Safe!

Click the image to request to join the group:


Park Beach Plaza have just launched a game  “Search for Santa and Win.”

Download the FREE CreativiTek App on your smartphone or tablet to see who you can find with the interactive Augmented Reality Quest.

Pick up a kid’s Christmas Gift from Customer Information to take the Magic Of Christmas home with you! While stocks last.
Visit for more information.


I’ve heard Coffs City Centre are putting together something special for the kids in the city square- follow their FACEBOOK Page for news!


Another huge push this Christmas season is to BUY LOCAL.

Local businesses have really suffered the past 12 months, so we are all being encouraged to really think about where we spend our Christmas gift money.

Of course, Sawtell, Bellingen, Nambucca, the Orara Valley, Dorrigo and lots of other little towns have fabulous local shops – but Coffs Harbour and Woolgoolga both have campaigns running this year.




Please send me a message if there are any Christmas events that I’ve missed!

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Calling Creative Kids 

Young artists from across the Coffs Coast are invited to pick-up a pencil, a paintbrush or even a crayon, to create a portrait for the Young Archie competition, now open in Coffs Harbour.

The Young Archie is the junior version of Australia’s most famous portrait competition, The Archibald Prize, coming to Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery in January as part of its much-anticipated 2019 regional tour.

Cash prizes from ANZ are on offer for winners in each age category from 5 to 18 years, plus the chance to have their work exhibited at Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, right alongside the 2019 Archibald Prize finalists.

The Young Archie has a proud tradition of inspiring and showcasing the next generation of Australian artists. It’s a real boost for kids of all ages interested in art and is an exciting opportunity for teachers to get creative in the classroom. A free online education kit provides plenty of engaging activities to enthuse both primary and secondary students.

Like the Archibald Prize, young artists can create their portrait entry by ‘painting or drawing from life’ while their subject has a sitting, or a photo is taken for easy reference. Entries are to be A4 in size and of someone who is known and special to the artist.

The Regional Gallery can’t wait to see what students create and the faces of many Coffs Coast residents are expected to reach the Gallery before entries close 20 November.

To enter the Young Archie Coffs Harbour, download the entry form including all the competition details. Also spread the word with your friends, family and school community. Poster, education kit and more information on the website:




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Active AND Creative Kids Coffs Harbour

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The NSW Government is helping kids get active with the Active Kids program.

Running for the second year now, parents, guardians and carers can apply for a $100 voucher per calendar year for each student enrolled in school.

The voucher may be used with a registered activity provider for registration, participation and membership costs for sport, fitness and active recreation activities.

The voucher can be used at any time during the calendar year it was issued.

To use the voucher, give your voucher details to an approved Active Kids Provider.

The program runs year-round, so kids can get active at any time!

To find out more and download your voucher, click here.

To to a search on what local providers are participating, click here.

NEWS FOR 2019!

NSW Government is helping your cost of living with more than 40 rebates and savings including Creative Kids, which is all about making it easier for school-aged kids (4.5 to 18 years old) to get involved in creative and cultural activities.

Parents, guardians and carers can claim a $100 voucher per year to put towards the cost of lessons and fees with registered providers.

It’s a great opportunity to let kids find their passion and learn new skills.

Vouchers can be used to contribute to registration, participation and tuition costs for performing arts, visual arts, coding, languages, literature, music and other creative and cultural activities with our approved list of activity providers.

To find out more and download your voucher, click here.

To to a search on what local providers are participating, click here.

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Circus Rio is coming to town!

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