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It's Christmas in the Grampians!

9 Dec 2019 by Amanda Cochran

Hamilton carols

Hamilton Carols by Candlight

Join for Children's Activities followed by Carols by Candlelight in the Hamilton Botanic Gardens. Bring the family to enjoy games, crafts and kids entertainment from 6:00pm to 7:30pm and stay for the festive performances by local choirs, a children's choir, soloists and groups from 8:00pm to 9:30pm. BYO picnic, chairs and rug, food and coffee available to purchase. The wet weather venue will be the Peace Memorial Hall at the Presbyterian Church, McIntyre Street, Hamilton.

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Ararat Carols by Candlelight

The Ararat Y's Men's Club presents the annual Ararat Carols by Candlelight at the Alexandra Gardens on 14 December 2019. The activities start at 6 pm, carols at 7 pm. Includes face painting, jumping castles, fairy floss, and balloon animals, barbecue, candles, and fireworks display.

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The Coleraine Christmas Carnival and Street Parade

The Coleraine Christmas Carnival and Street Parade is a great family event with a parade, a large range of sideshows, stalls, music, entertainment, and food to suit all ages.
Raffles will be drawn on the night and parade winners will be announced. Join for an evening of festive family fun.

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Hamilton hamper

Amazing gifts of Grampians local produce and artisan goodness from The Hamilton Hamper & Hamilton Makers Market

The Hamilton Hamper invites you to be inspired and enriched, and experience an escape to the serenity of the country wherever you may be – an experience to share in their meticulous passion and dedication for all things local, considered and 100% from the Grampians region and surrounds.

Driven by a passion for fine artisanship, The Hamilton Hamper has an unrelenting focus in helping the makers and growers of the region flourish and by carefully curating an encapsulated countryside experience, with their Cafe, Food Store, Gifts and Hampers they invite you to share with them and discover and create an emotional connection with everything this rural region has to offer.

The Hamilton Hamper is a destination unto itself and a must-visit in Hamilton, while you're there don't forget to drop into the Hamilton Makers Market too, with over 60 local and regional stallholders including makers, artists and growers together under one roof for a one-stop Christmas shopping destination!

For those folks who "have it all", don't buy them more stuff! Get them an experience The Grampians Way instead, that will ensure memories that last a lifetime... Here are our top picks!

Grampians Grape Escape 2020 tickets

One for the foodies and winos, a Grape Escape ticket will give them the opportunity to wine, dine and dance in the Grampians foothills. This weekend away includes meeting winemakers, learning from local producers, and tasting the best artisan wine and food on offer in Western Victoria. With the freshest produce, best wine and beer, there’s no better gift to give your favorite food lover!

Grampians Music Festival tickets

Returning for a bigger and even better year Grampians Music Festival will showcase talented Aussie acts playing on the Grampians main stage in 2020. Listen to some of the best Aussie artists on the scene, whilst sampling local produce, boutique wines and craft beer from some of the most exciting producers around! This ticket gets you more than just a music concert; set in a beautiful location the atmosphere of the Grampians will make this the perfect present for all your festival head friends.

Porch Sessions in Dunkeld tickets

Dunkeld welcomes Adelaide's award-winning travelling backyard music festival; The Porch Sessions, for one memorable night of live music and great vibes. The 1840's Mt Sturgeon Homestead, at the base of the stunning Southern Grampians National Park, will be adorned with Persian rugs, festoon lights and bunting for a summer night of accessible, family-friendly entertainment. The stellar line-up includes three incredible touring artists from across Victoria and South Australia - it's going to be an amazing event and tickets to this would definitely be well-received on Christmas Day!

Grampians wineries 'Wine Club' memberships

Give the gift that keeps on giving! Sign a friend up to become a valued member of any Grampians wineries wine clubs for our iconic cool-climate award-winning wines all year round! They'll enjoy generous discounts on all wine purchases, and exclusive wine event invites. With over a dozen to choose from, check out the wine clubs of Grampians wineries including Montara Wines, Seppelt, Grampians Estate, Best's Great Western, Mount Langi Ghiran, ATR Wines and more!

Looking for a free gift? How about a day out in nature?

Take the time to explore the Grampians diverse natural landscape and iconic wildlife. Discover ancient rock art vibrant wildflowers, rugged mountains and majestic waterfalls, while getting up close to the natural inhabitants as you go. If you only have limited time be sure to see Mackenzie Falls: Victoria’s largest waterfall flowing all year round, Boroka Lookout: The famous lookout platform revels 180-degree views and Reeds lookout & The Balconies: The unusual rock outcrop that provides stunning views over the entire Victoria range.

Lantern Ghost Tours J Ward

Ghost or history tour with Eerie Tours, Lantern or Jward

If you know someone who enjoys all things spooky then why not give them the chance to experience the abundance of diverse historical attractions in Ararats chilling J-Ward Gaol and Aradale Asylum. These unique institutions will captivate all who walk through their ghostly steel doors. Book your tickets to the night time ghost tours online.