16 December 2022

Nine things to do in the region this week (16 - 22 December)

| Evelyn Karatzas
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Last month Belmore Park hosted a Pictures and Popcorn in the Park event, and this weekend it’s Christmas in the Park. Photo: Goulburn Australia, Facebook.

There are lots of things to do in the region this week, and to make things even more exciting, there are less than two weeks to go until Christmas.

Whether you want to relax and unwind in the lead-up or want to go hunting for last-minute gifts, we have several markets in mind where you can pick that perfect present, as well as a comedy night, live music performances, a painting class, horse races to catch and a Christmas celebration in the park in Goulburn.

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Yule be laughing at Bean Central’s Christmas-themed comedy night. Photo: Humanitix.

Open Mic Comedy At Bean Central – Tis The Season

When: Friday, 16 December, 7 to 8:30 pm
Where: Bean Central, 111 Monaro St, Queanbeyan
Cost: Free, $5 donations welcome at door to go towards Terry Campese Special Forces Challenge.

To wrap up a year’s worth of comedy nights, Bean Central is hosting its final comedy night for the year.

The line-up features plenty of talented local comedians to entertain you, and you’re welcome to order food from the cafe too! To book for dinner at Bean Central, call (02) 6297 1040.

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Visit the Twilight Christmas Market at The Hive in Queanbeyan this Friday. Photo: Humanitix.

Hive & Seek Twilight Market

When: Friday, 16 December, from 5 to 9 pm
Where: The Queanbeyan Hive, 274 Crawford St, Queanbeyan
Cost: Free.

Come along with your family and friends to The Hive in Queanbeyan this Friday evening for the special Twilight Market.

From 5 pm, you will be able to enjoy coffee or tea in the lovely gardens, wander through the gallery, browse local stalls, and purchase handcrafted items and fresh local produce.

waratah painting

Come and paint your very own Sunset Waratah. Photo: Eventbrite.

Sip & Paint with Blossom Creative Therapy

When: Friday, 16 December, 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Where: Bay Pavilions, 12 Vesper Street, Batemans Bay
Cost: Tickets are $62.28, and can be purchased here.

Join local artist Jessie Thompson at the Bay Pavilions as she takes you through a guided evening workshop to paint your very own Sunset Waratah. This creative event invites people 18 and over to come and express their creative abilities, regardless of their skill levels.

Tickets include all the art materials, and you get to take your canvas home. Just BYO drinks and nibbles.

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Christmas races will keep punters happy in Goulburn this month. Photo: Leanne Snow.

Christmas Cup Race Day

When: Friday, 16 December, from 12 – 5 pm
Where: Goulburn Race Club, Racecourse Drive, Goulburn
Cost: Tickets are from $5, and can be purchased here.

Taking place in the lead-up to Christmas is the Christmas at the Races event in Goulburn.

As part of the Fred Cooper Cup, these races will give people the opportunity to book in groups or come along with a handful of friends and family, dress up and enjoy some equine action. Yummy food and coffee will be available for purchase, or BYO picnic basket.

Big Mama & The Hanged MenAre you ready to see Big Mama & The Hanged Men take the Moruya Golf Club stage? Photo: Big Mama – Fran Liddle & The Hanged Men.

Big Mama & The Hanged Men

When: Saturday, 17 December, 8 – 11 pm
Where: Moruya Golf Club, Evans Street, Moruya
Cost: Tickets are from $20, and can be purchased here.

Fran Liddle (aka Big Mama) is known for having the voice of an angel with her Australian and American blues music, and she’s bringing her talent to Moruya this month, alongside The Hanged Men.

The Hanged Men is a world-class trio consisting of George Rigatos on guitar, Ed Rodrigues on drums and Serg Coniglione on bass. They are known for their high-energy, funky blues and combination of hard-edged blues rock.

Having performed at the Thredbo Blues Festival this year, and now booked for Moruya Blues & Roots Festival in March next year, Big Mama & The Hanged Men are selling out shows wherever they go, so book your tickets quickly so you don’t miss out.

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Bring your family and friends to the Eden Community Market to pick up a range of fresh produce and locally produced items. Photo: Eden Community Market, Facebook.

Eden Community Market

When: Saturday, 17 December, 9 am – 1 pm
Where: The Uniting Church Hall and Community Garden, 17 Chandos Street, Eden
Cost: Free entry.

If you’re heading to the coast, why not make a pit stop at Eden? On Saturday, 17 December, the Eden Community Market takes place.

Here you’ll find a range of stalls selling items from books to bric-a-brac, jams, preserves, plants, vegies, other fresh produce and plenty of crafty items. This market takes place on the third Saturday of each month, and is one not to be missed.

Renae Stone

Renae Stone is performing in Queanbeyan this Sunday afternoon. Photo: Renae Stone, Facebook.

Renae Stone at Hotel Queanbeyan

When: Sunday, 18 December, from 2 pm
Where: Hotel Queanbeyan, 59 Crawford St, Queanbeyan
Cost: Free.

The talented acoustic musician from Sydney, Renae Stone, is coming to Queanbeyan for a free performance this weekend.

As the weather warms up, why not grab a drink, order a meal and sit back and relax as she plays a variety of covers, with genres ranging from pop to dance and R&B classics.

With her strong vocals combined with her guitar playing, Renae will deliver a classy performance.

farmers market

Come down to the Queanbeyan Hive and Seek market, the Edward Road Market Place or the Batemans Bay Sunday Market to grab all your fresh produce this weekend. Photo: Supplied.

Batemans Bay Sunday Market

When: Sunday, 18 December, from 9 am to 1 pm
Where: Clyde Street Waterfront, Batemans Bay
Cost: Free.

Held on the first and third Sunday of each month on the stunning Corrigans Beach Reserve in Batemans Bay, the Sunday Market is the perfect place for a leisurely wander.

Facilitated by Marine Rescue Batemans Bay and Rotary Batemans Bay, the market is home to more than 60 stalls selling food, collectibles, clothing, plants, gifts, second-hand wares, and more.

You’ll also enjoy live music and great coffee – sounds perfect to us.

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Goulburn. Photo: Christmas in the Park, Facebook.

Christmas in the Park Goulburn

When: Sunday, 18 December, from 4 – 9 pm
Where: Belmore Park, 173 Auburn Street, Goulburn
Cost: Free entry.

‘Tis the season to be festive, and the Goulburn community has a great event to get you into the spirit.

Returning for another year of fun festivities is Christmas in the Park. This much-loved event invites people from near and far to come together, sing Christmas carols, witness great performances by some of Goulburn’s finest bands, and enjoy a barbecue, food and drink stalls, ice cream and a special visit from Santa.

Bring your family and friends along to this free event and get excited for Christmas with the community.

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