Santa is on his way and a new year is around the corner. Thank goodness for that. It’s the last month of 2020, and boy-oh-boy what a year it has been.
Take the time this December to celebrate the simple things in life we so often take for granted: family and friends, sunshine filled days, fresh salty air and an abundance of opportunities to enjoy this stunning place we live and holiday in.
Read on for Christmas festivities, New Year’s Eve dance floors and plenty of wining and dining in-between.
Beerfarm turns 5 – celebrate with brews, tunes, bbq and a waterslide.
City of Busselton Art Award Opening Street Party | 4 December
The art work is just the beginning of the entertainment when it comes to the City Of Busselton Art Award opening Street Party. After you’ve checked out over 100 pieces of West Australian art, stick around for the announcement of the award winners and enjoy a smorgasbord of live music and aerial dance performances; accompanied by plenty of food and drink available to purchase.
Beerfarm turns 5 | 5 December
Party hats at the ready! The Beerfarm turns 5 and they’re celebrating with a good old fashioned hoe down. There’ll be plenty of beer flowing (of course), Burnt Ends BBQ, a waterslide for the kids, live music from Stumptown and giveaways.
Bubbles and Blooms at Howard Park | 5 December
A favourite fixture on the summer event circuit of the south west, Howard Park’s Bubbles and Blooms is a day filled with the best things in life: sparkling wine and floral delights. With a sparkling line up from Prosecco right through to Premier Cru Champagne, you’ll be able to wander in a bubbly bliss among the flower market stalls, before enjoying local delicacies and chilled out tunes from Kachina DJs.
Get into the festive season at a local christmas carol event.
2020 International Cabernet Tasting and Long Lunch | 5 December
If you’ve been waiting for a good reason to finally make it along to taste some of the world’s best Cabernet Sauvignon at Cape Mentelle’s International Cabernet Tasting and Long Lunch; then now’s the time. With the 50th anniversary of the winery, the 2020 event is bound to be an extra special event celebrating the king of the grapes, Cabernet Sauvignon.
Christmas Carols and Concerts | Various dates in December
Margaret River Region
One of the best parts of an Aussie Christmas is the outdoor Xmas Carolling. No need to rug up and brave the cold; here we are lucky enough to stretch out under the gumtrees in the warmth of the summer evening. Kicking off the season on the 4th December, Margaret River’s Christmas Carols in the Park includes music from the local concert band and community choir, under the stars on Gloucester Oval. At the other end of the region, the Busselton Foreshore Is home to Carols by the Jetty on the 12th December. Tickets are limited to this year’s event, due to Covid safety requirements, so be sure to register your seat in advance. Happs Classic Christmas Concert is perfect for those slightly more discerning music lovers, as the rose-framed amphitheatre of Happs Winery is set alive with classical carols by piano quintet from Perth. Finally, get in for the last of the Christmas sing-a-longs at Carols in the Park in Dunsborough on the 20th December.
Christmas Markets | Various dates in December
Margaret River Region
Almost as fun as Christmas Day itself, a morning spent pottering about a good old fashioned Christmas market is bound to get you in the festive spirit. First up is a truly magical setting at the Quill Collective’s Creative Christmas Markets. Cake, coffee and all things crafty – you are sure to find a few goodies for under the Xmas tree here on the 5th December. Pop over to Busselton’s ArtGeo courtyard for another Xmas fair on the same morning, with lots of local artisans setting up their wares for sale at the Courtyard Christmas Bazaar. Final stop on this Xmas shopping weekend is down in Margaret River at the TAFE campus for the Spirit of Christmas Fair on the following morning, Sunday the 6th December. A bouncy castle and free crafts for the kids is an added sweetener to shop local this festive season.
Enjoy a balmy summer’s night watching a movie under the stars.
Outdoor Movies | Various dates
Yalingup and Margaret River
Cape Mentelle’s Movies under the stars are one of the highlights of the year in Margaret River. A glass of wine, a starlit sky and a blockbuster on the big screen – it doesn’t get much better than that. Never fear, if you are a movie lover but Margs is a bit far to travel, Caves House has the northern end of the cape sorted with their summer season of Outdoor Movies. Settle in for a night in front of the big screen as the sun sets over the gardens of beautiful Caves House Hotel. Movies screen every Tuesday and Thursday, with drinks and food available at the main bar and pizza shack.
Summer Soltice at Passel Estate | 18 December
What better way to enjoy the longest day of the year, than with a glass of wine in hand as the sun sets amongst the vines? Well, it gets even better at Passel Estate’s Summer Solstice Celebration of Light, as you’ll also have a delicious hamper and an alfresco concert from some of Western Australia’s premier jazz musicians. Toast to long summer days, as Cassandra Charlick and her Gypsy Jazz trio fill the air with the sounds of French Manouche jazz guitar, accompanied by sultry vocals in the balmy evening.
Christmas Day Celebrations | 25 December
Margaret River Region
If you have ever enjoyed a Christmas Lunch outside of the family home, you’ll know what a difference a chef and service staff can make to the enjoyment of all. Let others get their kitchen messy this Xmas day, and head along to Christmas Day Lunch at Swings and Roundabouts, where you’ll wash down oysters with chardonnay. Even furry members of the family are welcome at this dog friendly venue. Alternatively, enjoy ocean views alongside a buffet fit for a queen at Pullman Bunker Bay’s Christmas Day. With 2.5 hour slots available to book from 12.30pm through until 8pm, you could even make it back for a second sitting for the evening meal!
Kick back with a spritz, pizzas and live tunes at Aravina Estate.
15 Days of Summer @ Aravina Estate | 27 December – 10 January
Celebrate 15 days of summer at Aravina over the festive season. There’ll be live music everyday with a rotating list of local artists, plus freshly shucked oysters and the launch of Aravina’s new taphouse serving up local brews and cider. Kick back with a spritz in hand from the aperol bar whilst feasting on gourmet pizza. Added bonus: they’ve recently upgraded the playground so it’s kid-friendly too.
New Year’s Eve | 31 December
If there was ever a year to party on out, it’s got to be 2020. Goodness, it’s been a clanger of a year, hasn’t it? Take your pick from two of Margs best live music venues. Settlers tavern kicks off with a Passport to Party, where you’ll arrive with a ticket to party and travel the world with the help of the ‘Mile High Club’ and DJ Erik. Not keen to travel yet? The River will be going off with the best tunes from the 80s fighting it out against the hottest hits from the 90s. It’s bound to be a dance floor that keeps grooving well into the night at this Boom Box 80’s vs 90’s NYE. Party.
Festival of Busselton | 31 December – 31 January
This month-long festival has a huge number of events to take your pick from this year including live music, the biggest family picnic in the South West and the Festival History Exhibition. Whether you like to get busy with outdoor activities, art galleries, or love food and wine – there is something here for everyone!
For the Diary
Here Comes the Sun Music Festival | 2 January
Get set for an epic afternoon in Dunsborough at Here Comes The Sun Music Festival. The stellar line up includes Birds of Tokyo, Crooked Colours, Drapht, Great Gable, Carla Geneve, Your Girl Pho, Get Down Club. Summer never looked so good down south.
For a comprehensive list of what’s on this month, check out our events guide.
Aravina EstateMonday to Thursday - Closed Fri, Sat & Sun - 10am - 5pmGreat For: Child Friendly,Disabled Access,Outdoor Playground,Seated Tastings
61 Thornton Rd, Yallingup WA 6282
Happs WinesMonday - Sunday: 10:00 AM until 5:00 PMGreat For: Child Friendly,Dog Friendly,Grazing Platters & Hampers,Indoor Play Area,Outdoor Playground,Seated Tastings,Takeaway
575 Commonage Rd, Quindalup WA 6281
BeerfarmVenue Sunday-Thursday 11am-6pm Friday 11am-9pm Saturday 11am-7pm Kitchen Sunday-Thursday 11am-4pm Friday 11am-3pm Raise the Steaks 5pm-8pm Saturday 11am-5pm Slip n Slide December - April only Saturday-Sunday 11am-2pm School holidays 11am-2pm everydayGreat For: Cellar Sales,Child Friendly,Dine In,Dog Friendly,Outdoor Playground,Vegan Beer
177 Gale Rd, Metricup WA 6280
Margaret River Farmers MarketEvery Saturday: April to October 8am - 11:30am AND November to March 7:30am - 11:30amGreat For: Child Friendly,Picnic Spot
Lot 272 Bussell Hwy, Margaret River WA 6285
4.4 From $10
Cape Mentelle VineyardsMonday - Sunday: 10:00 AM until 5:00 PMGreat For: Cellar Sales,Disabled Access,Dog Friendly,Seated Tastings
331 Wallcliffe Rd, Margaret River WA 6285
Caves House Hotel - Restaurant, Bar & EventsMonday - Sunday: 7:00 AM until 10:30 PMGreat For: Dine In,Fireplace,Rainy Day,Sunny Day
18 Yallingup Beach Rd, Yallingup WA 6282
Passel EstateMonday: 10:30 AM until 5:00 PM
Wednesday - Sunday: 10:30 AM until 5:00 PMGreat For: Cellar Sales,Seated Tastings
655 Ellen Brook Rd, Cowaramup WA 6284
Swings & RoundaboutsMonday - Sunday: 10:00 AM until 5:00 PMGreat For: Cellar Sales,Child Friendly,Dine In,Dog Friendly,Fireplace,Outdoor Playground,Seated Tastings,Takeaway
2807 Caves Rd, Yallingup WA 6282
Pullman Bunker Bay ResortOpen 24 HoursGreat For: Fireplace,WiFi
42 Bunker Bay Road Off, Cape Naturaliste Rd, Naturaliste WA 6281
Howard Park & MadFish WinesMonday - Sunday: 10:00 AM until 5:00 PMGreat For: Cellar Sales,Child Friendly,Disabled Access,Dog Friendly,Fireplace,Indoor Play Area,Seated Tastings
543 Miamup Rd, Cowaramup WA 6284
Settlers TavernMonday - Sunday: 11:00 AM until 12:00 AMGreat For: Child Friendly,Dine In,Fireplace,WiFi
114 Bussell Hwy, Margaret River WA 6285
4.2 From $189
Margaret River Resort & The RiverReception Opening hours Mon - Fri: 8:30am - 6pm Sat - Sun: 8:30am - 4pm Bar / Restaurant Opening hours Mon - Fri: 12:00pm - late Sat - Sun: 12:00pm - lateGreat For: Disabled Access
40 Wallcliffe Rd, Margaret River WA 6285