I’ve gone local this week on the blog. Christmas is just around the corner, and there is so much happening around the country throughout December that I just couldn’t squeeze it all in! So today, I’ve focused on what’s on in Whitehorse this December.

What’s On Whitehorse

December 2

Family Weaving: Christmas Wreaths, 1-3pm

The Box Hill Community Arts Centre is running a 2 hour workshop on how to weave your own Christmas wreaths from beautiful, natural materials. This workshop is designed for parents and children, and is perfect for kids aged six and up.  Prices start from $38.50 for 1 adult and 1 child.  Visit their website here to book.

December 4

Cricut Maker Festive Ornaments, Adults Session, 1:30 – 3pm

Are you looking for some unique Christmas ornaments to hang on your tree this year? Perhaps you’re after something different to give as Christmas gifts. Why not head to the Vermont Library for this interactive workshop where you’ll learn how to use the Cricut Maker to create your own, unique, personalised decorations. Spots for this workshop are limited, so head to the library website now to register and book your spot.

Cricut Maker Festive Ornaments, Children’s Session, 4:15 – 5:45pm

Are your children looking to get crafty this Christmas? Perhaps they want to make some gifts for Christmas, or decorations to personalise your tree or their room. This interactive, after school session is for school children ages 8 and over, where they’ll learn how to use the Cricut Maker to create unique, personalised decorations. Spots

for this workshop at the Vermont Library are limited, so head to the library website now to register and book your child’s spot.

December 7

Laser Cutting Christmas Decorations, 1 – 2:30pm

Have you ever wanted to try your hand at laser cutting? Or maybe you want to design some unique and intricate Christmas decorations. This introductory workshop will teach you the basics of laser cutting design and give you the opportunity to design and cut your own. This workshop is bound to be popular, so get in quick to book your spot.

Marshmallow Catapult, 4 – 5pm and 5:15 – 6:15pm

Are you looking for something fun and interesting for your kids to do? Are they interested in building things? Or maybe they’re interested in history.  This hands on workshop will teach them how to build a miniature wooden catapult. But the best part is the testing phase! Once the catapults are built, they’ll use marshmallows to see how far they can launch their missiles. What kid wouldn’t want to try that out?! Suitable for ages 8 and over, book early to enjoy either the early or the late session!

December 8

Box Hill Ballet: Dragon Dreaming, 2pm and 7:30pm

The Box Hill Ballet Association bring to life a beautiful tale about a young girl who befriends a baby dragon in her dreams. Together, they search far and wide, looking for the little dragon’s parents. Will they find them? You can get your tickets here to find out.  Full price tickets from $27.

December 9

Nunawading Farmers Market, 8am – 1pm

Are you after some local, fresh farm-grown or organic products? The fabulous Nunawading Farmers Market is back in December for its final 2018 market. With everything from fresh fruit and vegetables, eggs and spreads to baked goods and bottled drinks, the amazing growers and makers deliver their produce fresh and direct to you. Gold coin donation on entry, find out more information at their website.

Nunawading Christmas Market, 1 – 5pm

Directly following the December Farmers Market is the Nunawading Christmas Twilight Market.  If you’re looking for a unique Christmas gift, something delicious to take to a Christmas gathering or just something for yourself, you’ll want to check this market out.  The regular stallholders include handmade clothing, toys, jewellery and cards, gourmet food and fresh produce.  You never know what you’ll find. Pop over to their website for more details.

Box Hill Miniature Railway: Public Running Day & Memorial Day to Past Members, 11am – 4pm

An absolute local favourite, the Box Hill Miniature Railway has been operating for over 20 years. This December, they are holding their Special Public Running Day, and Memorial Day to Past Members. The 1.25km track twists its way through the scenic parklands, and passengers can often choose between steam, petrol or diesel engines. If you haven’t visited the Railway before, it’s a must-add to your list. Rides cost $3, and you’ll find loads of useful information over at their website.

December 10

Cricut Maker Festive Ornaments, Children’s Session, 4:15 – 5:45pm

Did your kids miss out on the Vermont Library session Cricut Maker session? If they are still hoping to make some gifts for Christmas, or decorations to personalise your tree or their room, this Box Hill Library session is for school children ages 8 and over. They’ll learn how to use the Cricut Maker to create unique, personalised decorations. Spots for this workshop are limited, so head to the library website now to register and book your child’s spot.

Cricut Maker Festive Ornaments, Adults Session 5:15 – 7:45pm

If you missed out on the session at the Vermont Library, or couldn’t make it that day, then you’re in luck!  Box Hill Library are also hosting a Cricut Maker session, where you’ll learn how to use the Cricut Maker to create your own, unique, personalised decorations. Spots for this workshop are also limited, so head to the library website now to register and book your spot.

December 11

Kris Kringle Book Swap and Circle, 10:15 – 11:45am

If you love books, why not join the Box Hill Book Circle for a special Christmas book swap. Bring along a book to gift, and enjoy a coffee, cake and a chat with other local book lovers. The group is suitable for all ages and all are welcome. Held at the Box Hill Library, their website has all the information you need to know.

Storytime – End of Year Christmas Session, 11 – 11:30am

Nunawading Library will be hosting a special, Christmas themed storytime for toddlers and young children. With a Christmas story to be read, and a visit from Santa, this is a great morning out for younger children! Visit the website for more information.

December 12

Christmas Spectacular, 10am and 1pm

This stunning performance of Christmas carols and songs is headlined by tenor Roy Best. Guests will be greeted with a wonderful morning or afternoon tea when they arrive, after which they will treated to an incredible concert performed by a cast of 4. With only 2 shows and tickets at $19 each, make sure to get your tickets early!

Japanese Paper Cutting (Kirigami), 4 – 5:30pm

A special workshop for primary school aged kids, they will learn the art of Kirigami to design, cut and fold paper, creating fabulous cards that fold out. Held at the Nunawading Library, the children will learn to use a computer cutter to easily control the cutting. The range of cards that could be created with this technique is endless. Register at their website to secure your child’s spot in this unique workshop.

December 13

Storytime – End of Year Christmas Session, 11 – 11:30am

Blackburn Library will be hosting a special, Christmas themed storytime for toddlers and young children. With a Christmas story to be read, and a visit from Santa, this is a great morning out for younger children! Visit the website for more information.

December 15

Kids’ Christmas Art Day, 9:30 – 3:15pm

Imagine a whole day spent doing Christmas crafts. Specifically designed for children aged 6-12 years old, this day long, interactive workshop gives your children the opportunity to do just that! With a wide variety of art media to explore, your children will create a range of Christmas decorations and ornaments. This class is very reasonably priced at $62.50, and is perfect for any budding artists, tactile learners and crafty explorers. Book now to secure your child’s place in this wonderful, crafty day.

Christmas Market, 9 – 1pm

Technically this market isn’t in Whitehorse, but it’s a fabulous event, and just barely across the border, I wanted to share it with you anyway! Held monthly at Holy Trinity in Surrey Hills, the Treasures and Tastes @ Trinity Market features a wide range of craft and food stalls, and the Christmas market is no exception! Once you’re done shopping and exploring the wonderful goods for sale, pop into the tearoom for a cake and coffee, or grab a sausage from the sausage sizzle. More information about the market is available at their website.

December 16

Whitehorse Carols, 4:30 – 9:30pm

Held in the Whitehorse Civic Centre Precinct at Nunawading, the Whitehorse Carols is an afternoon of family fun followed by a fabulous line-up of performers entertaining the crowd. There are free rides and other amusements around the precinct from 4:30, as well as photo opportunities with Santa and his elves.  At 5:30, the concert kicks off, with The Mik Maks opening this year’s event. With a combination of local groups and popular entertainers performing, there will be sing-a-long fun all night long! For more details on how to get there, visit the website.

December 17

Christmas with the Band, 8pm

Come and join The City of Whitehorse Band for a night of Christmas songs and show band tunes in their 65th showcase event. Held at the Whitehorse Centre, this performance features a number of well known, local musicians and the vocal talents of Kelly Auty.  Tickets start from $15, and are available now through the Whitehorse Centre website. It’s bound to be a wonderful night of music!

Santa Photography

Santa is at Forest Hill Chase from November 18 until December 24, just waiting to have his photo taken with all the boys and girls (and pets apparently!).  Opening times vary by day, so be sure to check the website for all the details.  Pet photography is available until December 12, and bookings are essential.  This year, there will also be Sensitive Santa sessions each Saturday and Sunday morning, which guarantee a quiet and stress free visit with Santa.  Bookings for these sessions are also essential.

Storytime with Santa

Come and join Santa at Forest Hill Chase for some magical Christmas stories.  Runs daily just prior to the start of his photography sessions, until December 19. No need to book, but check the website for up-to-date start times.

 

Whew! There are so many exciting things happening around our area this Christmas, I have no idea how I’m going to squeeze some of these in.  if you’re looking for things to do in your area, try looking at the webpages for your local council, local libraries and local shopping centres for some great, local inspiration.