Christmas carols, moonlight movies and the Santa Claus Pub Crawl are on this week

Santa Fest mega carols are on this weekend PLUS the Santa Claus Pub Crawl - scroll down for more information. Picture: Adam McLean
Santa Fest mega carols are on this weekend PLUS the Santa Claus Pub Crawl - scroll down for more information. Picture: Adam McLean

THURSDAY December 7

Blue Official Trailer

Screening of BLUE at Hoyts Warrawong

This documentary is part of a campaign to preserve Australia’s oceans, charting the drastic decline in its health.

Filmed on location in Australia, Hawaii, the South Pacific, the Philippines and Indonesia, BLUE changes the way we think about our liquid world and inspires the audience to action.

Hoyts Warrawong, 6:30pm. Tickets $21.65 via tickets.demand.film

Speaking In Tongues is playing this weekend in Gwynneville. Picture: Supplied

Speaking In Tongues is playing this weekend in Gwynneville. Picture: Supplied

Speaking In Tongues

Wollongong Worskhop Theatre presents Speaking in Tongues as their final production of the 2017 season.

The popular love story was the basis for the Australian film Lantana with Georffrey Rush and Anthony LaPaglia.

The cast is made up of local theatre powerhouses Luke Berman, Suzi Villeneuve-Smith, Vu Moyu, and Damien Morley, who are very ably supported by Dayle Rafferty, Laura Bryant, Kelly Nicholson, Feargus Manning and Bryson Grenfell.

Running until Saturday at WWT, 190 Gipps Road, Gwynneville. Tickest via www.trybooking.com 

Thirroul musician Wolf Gordon. Picture: Supplied

Thirroul musician Wolf Gordon. Picture: Supplied

FRIDAY December 8

Wolf Gordon EP Launch

Wolf Gordon is nothing more than a humble singer-songwriter from Thirroul, and Broken Road is his debut EP formed out of nothing more than a steel string guitar, a set of harmonicas, a stomp-box and an old pair of boots.

Wolf teamed up with bass legend Matt Crawford and rhythm prodigy Paul Harrison, a musical combination that led to the trio’s unique sound. The trio are amping up for a big 2018 with a number of local shows booked including the Illawarra Folk Festival, and Jamberoo Music Festival.

Support acts are Black Moon Band and Lewis Iredale.

See them Friday at the Heritage Hotel in Bulli, doors open 7pm.

Bulli artist Rebecca Brennan. Picture: Supplied

Bulli artist Rebecca Brennan. Picture: Supplied

‘Ignite’ opening at Timber Mill Studios 

Award winning Bulli artist Rebecca Brennan has been teaching a variety of people to create – including people with disabilities and HSC students –  for the past 3 years.

Ignite 17 will showcase seven students most recent artworks across varied media.

“This is an exciting exhibition as not only is it the first time most of my students have exhibited but some have disabilities and it’s really about community participation and unity through their art practice.”

Meet the artists Friday from 6:30pm to the sounds of local blues artist RJ Ferry at the Timbermill Gallery 6 Molloy Street Bulli.

The show runs December 29.

Writer’s Christmas Picnic

The South Coast Writers Centre is celebrating the festive season with a picnic in the Wollongong Arts Precinct (near IPAC) from 5:30pm – 7:30pm.

Guest speakers, raffles, book launches, live readings and the most festively dressed wins a prize.

They will also announce the winner of the Spoken Medicine Writing Competition, who will be invited to receive their prize and read from their winning piece.

BYO picnic basket and rug. Details via Facebook.

Nathan Flint performing at the Shellharbour carols in 2016. Picture: Georgia Matts

Nathan Flint performing at the Shellharbour carols in 2016. Picture: Georgia Matts

Reddall Reserve Christmas Carols

The event will take place at Reddall Reserve, Lake Illawarra, starting at 5.30pm with a children’s concert, the Ronald McDonald show, before carols begin at 6.30pm. The show will end with a fireworks display at 8.30pm.

Performers include the Southern Lights Academy, SoOpera performing a song from their latest production Little Mermaid, the Illawarra Youth Arts Project and the Corpus Christi vocal ensemble led by Angela Quinn. Courtney Texeria will also make a return performance. 

SATURDAY December 9

FLASHBACK: Pub crawl revellers in 2015 at North Gong Hotel. Picture: Adam McLean

FLASHBACK: Pub crawl revellers in 2015 at North Gong Hotel. Picture: Adam McLean

Santa Claus Pub Crawl for Charity

Wollongong’s Santa Claus Pub Crawl is now in its 24th year!! It was originally started by a small group of friends as a means of raising some Christmas spirit – and having some fun at the same time.

This event is recognised as the longest continually run Santa Pub Crawl in the world and over 10,000 people are expected to attend this year. Over $110,000 was raised in 2016 for the Salvation Army!

For more information, maps and transport options CLICK HERE.

The Illawarra Choral Society a. Picture: Supplied

The Illawarra Choral Society a. Picture: Supplied

Handel’s Messiah

The Illawarra Choral Society and guests will perform Handel's Messiah at Wollongong Town Hall, 2pm.

It is one of the most performed works in the choir's repertoire and is an enduring favourite for audiences around the world.

Tickets on the door – $25 or $30.

Zootopia Official Trailer

Moonlight Movies

Bring your blanket to watch a FREE screening of Elf at Berkeley Sports Club Oval. 

This event will run after the Berkeley Christmas Carols Come along for Christmas songs, jumping castle, animal petting farm and other fun activities!

Gates open at 5pm and film screens at 8pm (on sunset). Event concludes at 10pm. 

Food and drink will be available for purchase. www.wollongong.nsw.gov.au/events 

SUNDAY December 10

Picture: Marina Neil

Picture: Marina Neil

Santa Fest Wollongong Christmas Carols

Wollongong’s Lang Park will become a sing-song fest of Christmas cheer from 3pm – 8:30pm (run by The Disability Trust and the Salvos).

The FREE family friendly event includes fireworks, food stalls and kids activities. While there’s rumours someone may visit from the North Pole!

BYO picnic blanket.

The Song Company – carols old and new

The Song Company brings you Australian and English carols old and new in their final program for the year, featuring the Coventry Carol Lully Lulla in its original mediaeval setting.

Mezzo-soprano Hannah Fraser returns for this Christmas tour, alongside Young Artist Chloe Lankshear.  The performances also mark the final tour for longstanding ensemble member, Richard Black as he departs The Song Company at the end of this season after many fruitful years.

See them at Wollongong Art Gallery, 3pm. More details CLICK HERE.