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Great summer holiday events on Tassie’s East Coast

Are you coming to Tassie’s East Coast for the holidays? If you’re lucky enough to say yes, there are lots of great gatherings happening all along the coast – there’s bound to be one that’s close to you. So kick up your heels and join the locals to celebrate summer the east coast way.

Here’s a sampling of what’s on:

December 21

Triabunna Christmas Parade

  • Starts at 5.30pm (assembles at Triabunna Marina at 5.00pm).
  • Parade will walk from the Marina to Charles Street and along Vicary Street
  • The Derwent Scottish Pipe Band will lead the parade and carols.
  • There will be floats, the Balloon Lady and a free barbecue provided by the Spring Bay Lions Club

December 22

Swansea Christmas Parade

  • 3pm – 6pm, starting outside Morris’s IGA the parade will continue along Franklin Street and Victoria Street before finishing on Swansea Recreation Ground.
  • Activities include: Carol Singing / BBQ & Raffle / Coffee + Ice Cream / Santa / PCYC Trailer / CWA gift table / Badge Making / Coloured hair / Judging of floats / Winners of Yard / Decorating comp / Jumping Castle / Sea Boot Throwing / Fire Truck water games / Jeeps

A Baroque Noel

  • Starting 3pm, 555 Freestone Point Road, Triabunna
  • Van Diemen’s Band, Tasmania’s Baroque super-group brings Christmas to Spring Bay Mill.
  • A program of seasonal tunes including the Christmas Concerto by Arcangelo Corelli, excerpts from Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s “Noels sur les Instruments”, works by Stradella, Torelli & Handel, and a selection of carols.
  • Come for the Baroque. Stay for the mince pies.
  • Book here

December 23

Fingal Christmas Parade

  • Starting at 5pm from the Town Hall
  • The parade will go up Talbot Street to the Recreation Ground

December 24

St Marys Christmas Eve Parade

  • Starting at 5pm
  • Spreading cheer throughout the main street

St Helens Christmas Eve Parade

  • Starting at 5pm, the BBQ will be fired up ready to go. There’ll be a children’s raffle followed by a prize wheel at 6pm with crayfish and hams to be won.
  • Parade starts at 7pm and straight after there’ll be a prize draw for around $1000 worth of prizes.

Swansea Fire Brigade Lolly Run

  • Once again Santa has arranged a quick stop over with the Swansea brigade, and will be hitching a ride on the local fire truck.
  • 7.30pm onwards along Franklin Street and Victoria Street

December 25

Gala Kirk Christmas Day Service

  • Starting at 9.30am / All Welcome
  • Come along & join us for a celebration of Christmas at Gala Kirk, Cranbrook
  • Tasman Hwy, Cranbrook

December 27 – January 29

Parks & Wildlife Summer Discovery Ranger Program

  • Offers visitors to Tasmania’s National Parks the chance to join in a wide range of free activities such as guided walks, evening talks, children’s’ activities and more.
  • Discovery Rangers will also be out in local communities sharing the wonder of the surrounding reserves at community events throughout the summer holidays.
  • Discovery Rangers will also be hosting a series of community Discovery Days in various locations around the State. These will involve a wide range of activities, from live snake and lizard shows, Aboriginal cultural stories and interactive workshops, Fishcare activities, BBQ lunches, theatre, rockpool rambles with marine specialists and much more!
  • For the full schedule visit the website here

December 31

New Year’s Eve at Swansea Football Club

  • From 5pm, Swansea Football Oval Franklin Street, Swansea
  • Gold Coin Donation on arrival
  • No B.Y.O Alcohol
  • Bring a blanket & chair to relax on the oval
  • Lyons Chocolate Wheel with great prizes, Jumping Castle & more!
  • Live band ‘SHOTS’ 8pm – 12am
  • Fish & Chips, BBQ, Melshell Oysters, Lickalicious Ice Cream, Coffee, local wine.

New Year’s Eve Party at Freycinet Golf Club

  • Pete from Big Pete’s Eats is hosting a New Year’s Eve party with free entry
  • Local DJ Tom Pierce 9pm-1.00am / Bar open from 12 noon / Spit Roast 5pm – 9pm / Families & children welcome.
  • Freycinet Golf Club, 1 Swanwick Drive, Coles Bay

January 1

St Marys Races

  • Annual St Marys Harness Races will be held on New Year’s Day
  • A great way to welcome the year.
  • Harefield Road, St Marys

January 5

Live music at Devils Corner

  • 12pm – 3pm
  • Flamenco, Latin and Cuban inspired music by Karavana Flamenca
  • Free entry
  • Sherbourne Road, Apslawn

January 6

Shape and Ride Bike Skills for Kids

  • 9am – 11:30am / $30 per child
  • Teaches children 12 fundamental skills for mountain biking and general bike skills
  • Fun games, challenges and free stickers
  • St Helens Foreshore next to the skate park

January 12 / 13

Lego Brixhibition

  • Jan 12 10am – 5pm / Jan 13 9am – 2pm
  • Tasmania’s premier Lego Exhibition
  • Adults $3 / Children $2 / Family $10
  • St Marys District School, 13 Gray Rd St Marys
  • Visit Website

January 17

Where Song Began Musical Celebration

  • A Musical Celebration of the evolution of Song: Australia’s Birds and how they shaped the world.
  • Portland Hall, 39 Cecelia St, St Helens from 7pm.
  • Tickets: Adults $25 / $20 / U18 $5

January 19

St Helens Athletics Carnival

  • Gates open at 8.30am, St Helens Sports Complex Tully Street
  • The last in the Tasmanian Summer Carnival Series.
  • Over 50 athletes competing in running, jumping, track and cycling and woodchopping featuring national and international axemen.
  • Tickets: Adult: $10 / Pensioner $8 / Children U15 Free / Programs $3.50
  • For more information and a timetable visit the website

January 25

Australia Day Celebration, St Helens

  • 5pm, Portland Hall and Memorial Park in St Helens
  • Night market until 9pm featuring local artisans hand crafted items, clothing, pottery, homewares & more.
  • Official ceremony starts 6pm featuring announcement of the Australian and Young Australian Citizens of the year.
  • Live music from 6:45pm – 8:45pm
  • Food & drink including wine, cider and roti wraps, sausages, hamburgers, infamous Wonks fish cakes and soft drinks by Marine Rescue.

January 26

Wheels Wine and Dine

  • Annual event held on St Helens foreshore
  • Car show, food vans, live music, rock-a-billy dancing, Xtreme rides, fireworks and more.

January 27

Live music at Devils Corner

  • 12pm – 3pm / free entry
  • Music by Ollie Falconner – from Byron Bay
  • Sherbourne Road, Apslawn

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