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Find Joy

Take the time to pause, and find a little moment of joy in Wollongong this Christmas. It's all here in one easy place, from magical decorations, to night life and fun things to do. With just weeks until the big day, don't miss the opportunity to grab your loved ones and get festive.

The City Christmas Tree

Soak up the Christmas spirit with a glimpse of our 8.5metre Christmas tree in the heart of Crown St Mall. The classic tree is adorned with shiny baubles, and golden star. Don't forget to make a wish!

Enjoy the tree from the Crown St Mall stage

Day and Night

Stop by day and night and see the tree transform with twinkling lights. Sit under the fairy light draped stage, and wander through hanging lights and candycane striped decorations throughout the outdoor Mall.

Santa's Magical Castle

Watch their faces light up with a visit to Santa himself in his magical new castle inside Wollongong Central. Find Santa on Level 1 Crown, next to Michael Hill jeweller.

Music and sunshine

Live @ Lunch Jazz

Take a pause from work or shopping, grab a coffee or takeaway lunch, and enjoy free live music on the Crown St Mall stage between 12pm-2pm. You'll have the perfect view of the Christmas Tree! We're thrilled to support local musicians with live performance opportunities, including:

  • Every Wednesday - enjoy mellow jazz trios from the Wollongong Conservatorium of Music.
  • Every Thursday - get toe-tapping with folk bands from the Illawarra Folk Club.
  • Every Saturday - soak up the good vibes with chilled out acoustic duos and beautiful classical guitar.
  • Saturday 18th December - find a moment of joy as the Harmony Chorus sings your favourite Christmas carols.

Letters to Santa

Don’t forget to post your wish list to Santa! Wollongong City Libraries offer a personalised mail service. Pop your letter into the special North Pole mail box inside the library, and you’ll receive a reply!

Letters can be posted up until Saturday 12 December.

Find the Library on the corner of Burelli St and Corrimal St (across from the Performing Arts Centre).

Sit in Santa's Sleigh

Take a break from shopping and let the kids take a seat in the beautiful life size Santa sleigh complete with reindeer! It's the perfect place to grab a family photo.

The Sleigh is located inside Wollongong Central, right next to the children's playground on Level 1 Gateway building (outside David Jones).

Little moments of joy

This Christmas we're celebrating the resilience of our community with The Joyful Project. During lockdown we asked the Illawarra to reflect on the everyday moments that bring joy to their lives. People from all walks of life responded, and to share these little joys, we've filled Crown Street Mall with a free outdoor exhibition.

The exhibition will be on site until the end of January.