Events in Armidale in December

Events in Armidale in December
December 1, 2016 Events in Armidale

There is so much to see and do in Armidale in December!  If you are planning to be in the Armidale area anytime in December, make sure you book your Armidale accommodation, as you will need extra time to enjoy the variety of activities on offer for the whole family.

Events in Armidale in December

**Christmas in the Mall – Thursday 1st December

VENUE: Central Mall, Beardy Street.

TIME: 5.00-10.00pm.

Bring the family along to enjoy the spirit of Christmas with the Christmas Tree in the mall. Santa and his elves will be there; there will also be a variety of market stalls, and live music.  The surrounding shops will stay open throughout.

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**”Lion King Jr” – TAS Junior School – Thursday 1st to Saturday 3rd December

VENUE: Hoskins Centre, The Armidale School (enter from Chapel Street).

TIME: 1.30pm (Thursday and Friday)), 6.00pm (Friday and Saturday).

COST: $15 (adults), $10 (student/concession) – visit or

Don’t miss this lively,entertaining production, with music and lyrics by Elton John and Tim Rice; with additional music and lyrics by Lebo M, Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin and Hans Zimmer.  From the book by Roger Allers and Irene Mecchi; and based on the Broadway production. The music is adapted and arranged by (and additional music and lyrics and “Luau Hawaiian Treat” written by) Will van Dyke.  This is definitely a show for the whole family – not to be missed!

For more information, phone 02 6776 5800.


**Jazz @ Red Grapevine – Thursday 1st December

VENUE: Red Grapevine Restaurant, 113 Jessie Street.

TIME: 8.00-10.00pm.

COST: $10 – at door.

Music to relax by! Featuring Luke Oppenheimer, guitarist from Glen Innes.

For more information, visit


**Live Music @ Red Grapevine – Friday 2nd December

VENUE: Red Grapevine Restaurant.

TIME: 8.00pm.

For more information, phone 02 6772 2822 or 0423 932 788.

**Open Mic @ Red Grapevine – Wednesday 7th December

VENUE: Red Grapevine Restaurant.

TIME: 8.00pm.

For more information, phone 02 6772 2822 or 0423 932 788.


**2016 Indent Tour – MusicNSW – Tuesday 20th December

VENUE: Police Citizens Youth Club (PCYC), 176 Rusden Street.

TIME: 7.00pm.

COST: $11.80 (, $15 (at door).

Featuring “Tired Lion” and local support acts.

For more information, phone 02 6772 1023.



**Aboriginal Cultural Centre & Keeping Place Exhibitions – 1st to 23rd December

VENUE: Aboriginal Cultural Centre & Keeping Place, 96-104 Kentucky Street.

TIME: 9.00am-4.00pm.


Christmas Toy Exhibition – This is an exhibition of native animals, including koalas, kangaroos, kookaburras, emus, dingoes, wombats, quolls, bilbies, echidnas and Tasmanian tigers.

There will also be dolls made by Aboriginal elders from Uralla and Armidale.  This exhibition is a great opportunity to purchase great Australian gifts in time for Christmas.   

Nothing Over $300 – This annual exhibition feature works from 25 Aboriginal artists from various communities.  Experience a variety of NSW Aboriginal art at its best

Walcha – Aboriginal Significant Sites (Black and White Photography)The Photography Club, which meets monthly, visited Walcha significant sites, the Aboriginal cemetery and the carved tree at the Walcha Pioneer Cottage Museum.  This exhibition features photos taken during the trip.

For more information, phone 02 6771 3606.


**NERAM Exhibitions Programme – Throughout December, except Mondays

VENUE: New England Regional Art Museum, 106-114 Kentucky Street.

TIME: 10.00am-4.00pm.

An amazing line-up of exhibitions:

Views of Landscape – This is a collection of paintings depicting the landscape in different eras, by various artists, from NERAM’s collections.  They have been inspired by the land, the ocean, and the city.

I do love paint: Euan Macleod – This small exhibition from the NERAM collection is the works of New Zealand-born artist, Euan Macleod, and includes portraits, landscapes, and other paintings.

Kangaroos in My Blood – This exhibition includes works by New England artists, depicting the relationship between rural Australia and the Kangaroo.

Warakurna – All the stories got into our minds and eyes – These are paintings from the artists of the Ngaanyatjarra lands in Western Australia (300km west of Uluru). The paintings tell the story of their history, from the coming of white explorers, building the roads, and their return to their homeland.

Ephemera – the art of the impermanent – This exhibition includes a range of works by five eco-artists: Andrew Parker (ceramic artist), Gabi Briggs and Amy Hammond (artists and weavers), Greer Taylor (sculptor and poet), Tanja Beer (eco scenographer). You can meet them at the opening.

For more information, phone 02 6772 5255.

**Booloominbah Open Day -Sunday 4th December

VENUE: Booloominbah @ UNE

TIME: 10am – 4pm

COST: free

You can view the University’s private art collection, with over 1,000 artworks, including a diverse range of paintings, drawings, watercolours and prints.  The exhibition will include works by renowned Australian artists Arthur Streeton, Norman Lindsay, Thea Proctor, Russell Drysdale and William Dobell.

This is an opportunity not to be missed.  There will also be live music, complimentary cake and tea, and hands-on science activities for the kids.

A shuttle bus will depart every 30 minutes from the Visitor Information Centre to Booloominbah from 10am.

For further information contact: Sarah Burrows – +61 2 6773 3217



**Uralla & District Kennel Club Championship Show – Thursday 8th to Saturday 10th December

VENUE: Armidale Tourist Park, 39 Waterfall Way (enter from Cookes Road).

TIME: 9.00am-3.30pm.

COST: $2.

This will include a variety of dog shows and events (including working dogs, hounds, gundogs, non-sporting) – and will include competitions.

Stalls, raffles, and free jumping castle. Canteen and refreshments are available.

For more information, phone Debbie on 02 6772 6775 2545.

**NE Brumby Sanctuary Open Day – Sunday 11th December

VENUE: 326 Fleetwood Road (off Boorolong Road).

TIME: from 10.00am.

Come along and join in a fun day for all the family. Horses will be available for adoption, and there will be new foals on display.

For more information, phone 02 6655 2224 or 02 6775 5232 or email

**Armidale Birdwatching Group – Sunday 4th December

VENUE: Blackfellows Gully TSR, Bundarra Road.

TIME: 8.00am (depart Visitor Information Centre, 82 Marsh Street).

Bring along morning tea and lunch, water, binoculars, sunscreen, and hat – and wear good walking shoes.

For more information and register to join the group, phone Shirley on 02 6772 7262.


**School’s Out Pool Party – Friday 16th December

VENUE: Monckton Aquatic Centre, Dumaresq Street.

TIME: 3.00pm to 7.00pm.

There will be a free sausage sizzle – come along with your school friends and celebrate the end of the school year!

For more information, contact the council on 1300 136 833


**New Year’s Eve Party @ Ashwin’s – Saturday the 31st of December

VENUE: Ashwin’s Restaurant, All Seasons Motel, 208 Dangar Street.

TIME: 5.30pm. Alfresco dining, cocktails and music in the garden.

For more information/bookings, phone 0497 918 590 or email

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