Christmas in the Southern Highlands is my favourite time of year. There is always something fun, festive and inclusive going on. I love how our wonderful communities coming together to celebrate and truly shine.

Here’s a wrap up of some fun family activities this year, as well as some important shopping events you won’t want to miss!

Christmas Happenings in Moss Vale

Late night Christmas shopping is coming to Argyle Street, Moss Vale this Thursday December 13th. The most stylish shopping strip in the Southern Highlands will be open for food, shopping and overall fabulousness between 6pm and 9pm for some Festive Foraging.

You’ll get to meet Santa and sing along with our local carollers, as well as pick up some exclusive offers from participating outlets. Best of all, one lucky ‘forager’ who follows the Christmas map and explores each of the participating Argyle Street outlets by 9pm, will win a special Festive Forager prize pack valued at over $1500, plus there are other prizes on offer, to a total value of $3000.

The prizes will be drawn at The Taphouse at 9:30pm, where you can rest your weary shopper’s feet and relax with a well-earned locally brewed lager.

Argyle Street is home to a diverse range of distinctive and unique service, retail and food outlets, stretching from the Vale Cafe at the North end near the new service station, right along to Hunters & Gatherers at the Sutton Forest end of the strip.

For more details, look up the hashtag #festiveforagingmossvale on Instagram.

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Carols In The Park

Leighton Gardens on Argyle Street in Moss Vale, will come alive with singing, dancing, food stalls, face painting and more, brought to the community by the local churches. Mark your calendar for Saturday December 15th, at 6pm. Be sure to get there early, set up a picnic rug and be prepared to sing your heart out!

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This gorgeous family owned property in Werai operates as an Agritourism destination. It offers a range of farm stay experiences, farm shop and full licensed café, as well as interactive farm and visitor adventures. Farm Club produces grass fed Angus x Wagyu beef, free range pork and farm fresh eggs, honey, conserves, small goods, gifts and hampers. So. it’s a great place to get your Christmas catering supplies.

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From December 12th – 16th and again from December 19th to 23rd, Farm Club’s fully licensed café is hosting festive lunchtime feasts. They will include a Christmas Mezze Board with meat terrine, smoked ham, cheese, salads and breads. Vegetarian and vegan options are also available. The café is fully licensed with delicious local wines on offer.

Bonus: On Sunday December 16th at 10am, there will be a kids’ Christmas farm walk with a Santa visit, where family photos can be taken and festive cheer will be in abundance.

Tel: 0436 398 864


The beautiful and historic Holy Trinity Church on Argyle Street in Berrima will hold its annual Christmas Carols on Sunday December 16 from 6.30pm.

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Everyone is welcome. Simply bring chairs, picnic rugs, a torch and a picnic hampers. You can also purchase sausage sandwiches, coffee and soft drinks. Aussie icon and local legend, Geoff Harvey and his musicians will be playing your favourite Christmas Carols. Santa will be visiting all the children.


Mittagong Presbyterian Community Church will be holding its annual carols on Sunday 16th December. Located on the corner of Alice and Edward Streets in Mittagong, it’s easy to get to and you’ll find parking a breeze. There’s a wet weather plan in place (they will move to the hall).  Plus, there’s a sausage sizzle, ice cream and supper! Call 02 4871 2683 for more details.


Hot on the heels of the hugely successful Jimmy Barnes show, The Loch is hosting a Christmas lunch every Sunday until Santa leaves pressies under your tree.

From 11.30am to 4.00pm, a traditional Christmas feast will be served. You can also pick up a selection of gourmet treats to take home for your own Christmas dinner.

You may well find some great gifts for foodies too, such as Loch spiced salts, jams and chutneys. If you’re after something really special, the beautifully restored antiques displayed in the stables are hard to resist. Bookings essential:


The Sturt Gallery and Studio’s end of year festival will feature the Artisans’ Night Market and the opening of two exciting new exhibitions. The event brings together skilled artisans and makers in an enchanting garden setting, along with live music, food and wine. For more information,


On Sunday December 23, the Southern Highlands Christmas School is hosting a community Christmas feast. All are welcome, but bookings are essential. With a roast dinner and dessert (all dietary requirements will be catered for) and transport available, it’s hard to resist! The night commences at 5.30pm and finishes at 8.30pm, so it’s not too late for the little ones. Call 0410 401 089 for more details.


Thursday December 13th and Thursday December 21st mark the final two Farmers’ Market on the corner of Railway Avenue and Spring Street, Moss Vale for 2018. You’ll be able to buy some farm fresh food direct from the growers. I can’t think of a better way to make your Christmas dinner. Don’t miss out! Open from 3.00pm to last light.Christmas happenings


This iconic market is one of the oldest and best attended markets in the Southern Highlands. Be sure not to miss the last one of the year, which will be held on Saturday December 22nd from 8.00am to 1.00pm. There will be dozens of stalls offering an eclectic array of produce, plants, clothing, jewellery, gifts and more.

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