The Christmas school holidays are a magical time in the Hunter Valley wine region, especially in the enchanting area of Lovedale. It’s a season filled with joy, lights, and an array of activities suitable for families, couples, and solo travelers.
Hunter Valley Gardens Christmas Lights Spectacular
A visit to the Hunter Valley Gardens during the Christmas Lights Spectacular is an absolute must. As the Southern Hemisphere’s largest lights display, it offers a dazzling array of themed light installations. Wander through the Candyland, Fairy Garden, and the all-new White Christmas scene. It’s an enchanting experience for all ages, with food stalls, beverages, and entertainment adding to the festive atmosphere.
Winery Tours in Lovedale
Lovedale, known for its boutique wineries, offers a serene escape from the holiday rush. Enjoy family-friendly winery tours where you can taste the region’s finest wines while your children enjoy the vineyards’ open spaces. Many of the local wineries like Gartelmann Wines, Stomp Wines, Saltire Estate, Emma’s Cottage and Allandale Winery often have special events and tastings during the holiday season.
Art and Craft Workshops
Several local studios and galleries in Lovedale offer art and craft workshops, perfect for igniting a creative spark during the holidays. These workshops are not only fun but also a great way for children and adults to learn a new skill. Check out our upcoming Lovedale events for inspiration.
Outdoor Family Picnics
Visit one of our amazing picnic-friendly venues and enjoy a family-friendly meal in Lovedale. Leaves & Fishes has tasty, causal bites mostly with a seafood, street food twist while Lovedale Smokehouse has the BBQ fans covered with their delicious range of meaty favourites. Prefer cheese? Head up to Binnorie Dairy to enjoy their locally made, award winning soft cheese range alongside pantry and charcuterie staples.
Hot Air Balloon Rides
For an unforgettable Christmas holiday experience, book a hot air balloon ride. Floating gently over the vineyards at sunrise offers a unique perspective of the region’s beauty. Balloon Aloft and Beyond Ballooning both centred in Lovedale operated most days a week, making it a memorable holiday treat.
The Hunter Valley is renowned for its gourmet cuisine. Lovedale’s restaurants and cafes offer special holiday menus featuring local produce. It’s a perfect opportunity to indulge in some festive dining with family and friends. Enjoy a drink together at Jimmy Joans or Lovedale Bar + Grill or an early Christmas catchup at Emerson’s, Lillino’s or Wandin. Spend those slow, summer mornings with breakfast favourite The Deck Cafe.
For those who enjoy a round of golf, the Hunter Valley offers superb golf courses. The Lovedale region is home to the Hunter Valley Golf Club, where you can enjoy a leisurely game in a stunning setting.
Relaxing Spa Days
After all the festive excitement, a day at the spa can be just what you need. Ubika Spa offers various treatments to help you relax and rejuvenate during the holidays.
The Hunter Valley wine region, particularly Lovedale, is a wonderland of festive joy and activities during the Christmas school holidays. From the spectacular lights at the Hunter Valley Gardens to the tranquil vineyards and engaging workshops, there’s something to delight everyone in this picturesque part of Australia.