What’s Happening this Festive Season?


What's Happening In December?

The region's top spots to get in the festive spirit and celebrate this silly season.

It’s officially the silly season! Read on for the region’s top spots to get in the festive spirit and celebrate.

How did that happen? 2018 has whizzed past and we have just one month until the new year kicks in. There is plenty happening down in the Margaret River region now the days are long, the sun is shining and holiday time is on the horizon. Brace yourself – this is a big month of things to do…

There are ample Xmas events to ho-ho-hop along to and enjoy the Christmas magic with all the family. We have carols, Christmas lights and community events to get your bells on for. Alternatively, get your dancing shoes out with gigs galore – perfect to help work off the feasting and drinks that seem to be never needing at this time of year. Finally, it is time to say goodbye to 2018. There are New Year’s Eve events for all tastes: from indulging in a dego through to dancing into the first dawn of 2019.

Yalls Summer Fest | 1st December


Kick off summer with a cruisy afternoon in the gardens of Caves House at Yalls Summer Fest. A full festival awaits ticket holders at the Yallingup home of live music, with a line up filled with local acts such as Blue Child Collective and Valentine, as well as national guests such as The Jungle Giants and the Holy Holy Clews. It’s going to be a cracking afternoon kicking on into a beat fuelled evening under the stars.

Yallingup Malibu Classic 2018 | 1-2 December


The annual Yallingup Malibu Classic surfing competition hits Yallingup again this Summer. A home-grown event, the local surf crew first held the comp back in 1985 and it has since grown to one of the premier longboarding competitions on the surf calendar. After a day in the sun and surf there is nothing like an ice-cold beer down the road with the longboard royalty!

IRONMAN Busselton | 1-2 December


This year sees three events for fitness fanatics to get excited about. Ironman 70.3 Western Australia will be staged on the Saturday with a pontoon start at the end of the jetty. Sunday sees IRONKIDS Busselton kick off for little legs – a chance for all the family to get involved! Earlier in the morning the pros will get their race started; the race is one of the flattest in the world so now is your chance to catch the competitors attempting some epic personal bests!

Cape Nat Star Gazing Night | 1 December

Cape Naturaliste

Starry eyed dreamers, this one is for you! Bring the kids along to Cape Nat Star Gazing Night for an evening of wonder. The team from Cape Naturalist and Bunbury Observatory will be getting out the giant telescopes, but be sure to remember your binoculars for the chance to catch all of the out-of-this-world action.

Bubbles & Blooms | 1 December


There are so many events to choose from for the first weekend of Summer! Always one of the most popular, Howard Parks brings back Bubbles and Blooms this year with an outdoor sparkling, food and flower market. Take your pick from a host of foodie delights alongside 5 different types of sparkling wine and champagne on offer at the alfresco bar. Live music completes the picturesque scene, filled with blooms to purchase or to simply brighten eyes on the day.

Laze on the Lawn & Underground Cellar Sale | 1 December

Margaret River

Voyager Estate has one of the most stunning gardens in the region, not to mention award winning wine. Wine lovers, this is your once- a-year chance to delve into their cellar and stock up on some bargains. Why not make the most of the trip and enjoy a leisurely afternoon filled with live music, picnic platters and lawn games.

Cape Lodge Art Escape | 1 – 2 December


Arty types, prick up your ears. Local artist and experienced teacher Fi Wilkie will be running two workshops over the Cape Lodge Art Escape weekend. Wine and cheese, paintbrushes and natures inspiration, plus an optional gourmet Sunday morning breakfast. Sounds like the recipe for creative genius!

Cooking Classes at Wildwood Valley | 5 and 12 December


Take your pick from hearty Tuscan fare or spicy Thai dishes with these two cooking classes. Siobhan and Carlo have a series love of food and will share with you all the tips and tricks to create your own international delights in the kitchen.

Fervor Book Launch At Riversmith | 7 December

Paul Iskov’s highly anticipated book, Fervor, is out this month and you’re invited to the official launch. Hosted by acclaimed food writer Max Veenhuyzen, the launch will celebrate this hugely relevant and beautifully produced book which shares Fervor’s passion for native ingredients, sustainable cooking (and eating) and the Aboriginal cultures of Western Australia. This is a free event, but RSVP’s are essential!

Christmas Carols in The Park | 7 December

Reuter Park, Margaret River

It’s not Christmas until you have had your fill of carols! Grab a picnic rug and warm up those pipes for Christmas Carols in the Park – everyone will be singing along with the Margaret River Concert Band and community and school choirs under the gum trees. Be sure to get in early for the best spot to sing along.

The Spirit of Christmas Fair | 8 December


Grab the last of the Christmas pressies before it gets too last minute at the Busselton Christmas Fair! Shop local from stall holders and artisans who have a collection of unique gifts for those hard-to-buy rellies.

Carols By The Jetty 2018 @ Busselton Foreshore | 15 December


For those up the Busselton end of the region, here is your chance to sing your heart out. Deck the kids out as their favourite nativity characters and they will have the chance to win spot prizes – along with a free lolly bag to keep energy levels up!

Mr Barval Cellar Door’s First Birthday Party | 16 December

Margaret River

One year on and everyone is welcome to celebrate Mr Barval’s first birthday party. With wine all day, live music and cheese boards available to purchase if you didn’t bring a picnic. Settle in and whilst away the arvo in their beautiful Margaret River haven.

The Cat Empire at Caves House Hotel | 16 December


Need a break from the Xmas dos? Get your groove on at Caves House for one of the hottest concerts this Summer – The Cat Empire. Consistently playing to sell-out crowds around Australia, The Cat Empire never fail to entertain. Add in the beautiful surrounds of Caves House and it’s a winner.

Dunsborough Christmas Carols | 18 December


Those vocals should be warmed up by now. Sing along with local musicians at the Dunsborough Christmas Carols. Non-flammable candles are on sale to add that extra bit of Xmas sparkle to the sundowner. Bring a picnic or let the good old sausage sizzle fill your belly.

Margaret River Night Market | 21 December

Margaret River

It’s back! Take a trip around the world without leaving the shores of home at the Margaret River Night Market. A selection of international food stalls will tempt tastebuds, while ears will be serenaded by local musicians. Keep an eye out for some Xmas flare at this one!

Native Series Collaboration Dinner | 21 December


Fervor’s Paul Iskov and the Beer Farm’s Josh Thomas are collaborating for a very special Native Series Collaboration Dinner. A 5 course degustation will be paired with 5 unique beers – all created with sustainable native ingredients. Ever thought you would hear of a Desert Lime & Lemon Myrtle IPA or a Strawberry Gum Stout?

Christmas Day | 25 December

Across the Margaret River Region

Holidaymakers, never fear – there are still several options for Xmas lunch down in the region. Pullman Bunker Bay has to be one of the most stunning views to gaze at whilst chowing down on a decadent Xmas buffet. For something a little more casual, the Dunsborough Tavern in Dunsborough, The Ship Inn in Busselton and The Willow Grill in Margaret River all have a Xmas lunch buffet spread. Abbey Beach Resort also have a buffet for lunch, or let the team at the luxurious Cape Lodge wine you and dine you with a 6 course degustation.

New Year’s Eve | 31 December

Across the Margaret River Region

If there is one night of the year where you can let your hair down it’s the 31st December. Take your pick from events throughout the region to ring in the new year. Yallingup has a massive party with Caves House hosting their famed NYE party. Live music and DJs keep things pumping until the early hours – Asta is headlining the night for 2018. The Beerfarm also has an epic night planned with their ‘Are We There Yet?’ NYE party in Metricup. Busselton crew can get their Tropicana on at The Firestation’s Tropical Disco, whilst Margies will be getting the dance floor happening at The River’s NYE party. Make sure you have the hair crimpers out…dress up to your heart’s desire and win prizes at Settlers Tavern’s ‘Back to the 80’s’ themed NYE party. Live music and a DJ will be pumping out those tunes all night to take you back to the good ol’ days. Prefer to sup than sway? Pullman Bunker Bay have a 5 course degustation on offer, or down in Margaret River get along to the Morries Speakeasy. Finally, Leeuwin Estate’s combination of degustation dining, fine wines and live jazz is one to dress up for.

The festive season is a popular time for visitors to the Margaret River region, so things tend to book out quickly. Now that you know what you’ll be doing, be sure to book your stay ASAP.

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Cassandra Charlick

Author Cassandra Charlick

Cassandra Charlick is a hat collector. Current hats on the stand include freelance writer, singer, actress, communications consultant and marketing specialist at Brillig Communications. Travelling the globe with her career on stage and off she has a deep curiosity and passion for connection and storytelling. After living in London for 8 years, a move to Margaret River saw a shift in pace and she now enjoys travelling throughout the beautiful region and sharing the stories of the people and communities that call this place home. Instagram: @casscharlick Web: cassandracharlick.com

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