Beat the Christmas New Year Rush in Byron Bay

Xmas Sand

Summer is here. The days are getting longer, the nights balmy and the weather tropical. As our minds turn to holidays, relaxing in the sun and days spent with the family, now is a great time to visit Byron Bay. This is a magnificent time of the year to enjoy everything Byron Bay has to offer and beat the post-Christmas and New Year holiday rush. Enjoy uncrowded beaches, long leisurely lunches, alfresco BBQ dining and loads of local events and activities.

Get away with family and friends this December for a camping holiday at the Suffolk Beachfront Holiday Park. To help make your trip even more enjoyable, please find below a list of what’s on in the local area up until to Christmas:

“The Heart & The Sea” A Surfing Movie Premiere by Nathan Oldfield

The Heart & The Sea is the third release from independent Australian filmmaker Nathan Oldfield, the creator of the highly regarded left-of-centre surf films ‘Lines From a Poem’ and ‘Seaworthy’. Over three years in the making, The Heart & The Sea explores the joy that lies at the very centre of a surfing life: family, friends and a shared intimacy with the sea. Filmed in Australia, New Zealand, France and Spain, this is a gently refreshing & quietly enchanting contribution to the surf film genre.

19th December 2012


Byron Community Centre

UPLIFT 2012 Festival

Join global evolutionary leaders, scientists, visionary activists, indigenous elders, musicians, artists and poets for a 4 day celebration of conscious evolution in Byron Bay from 20th to 23rd December 2012. Presenters will include Barbara Marx Hubbard, Bruce H. Lipton, Dr. Hunter Adams, Jonathan Goldman plus many more. Artists and musicians include Deva Premal & Miten, Shye Ben-Tzur, The Future Sound of Yoga plus 12 other talented performers.

20th to 23rd December 2012

Byron Bay Community Christmas Carols

Carols by the sea in Byron Bay. Don’t miss this opportunity to bring all the family to sing along with the Christmas carols. Enjoy 2 hours of sitting on your picnic blanket with some nibbles while you watch the kids sing silent night! This is a free public event. Pick up your free Carols booklet from Byron Shire News and other local businesses.

14th December 2012 6.30pm – 8.30pm Apex Park, Bay Street Byron Bay (across the road from the Beach Hotel close to the beach)

Bangalow Christmas Eve Carnival

Join in the festivities of this delightful community event held every Christmas Eve in the main street of Bangalow. This carnival has a real family feel to it, bringing everyone together to celebrate. With an abundance of flavorsome foods, quirky and fun street performances, many musicians, bands, face-painting and puppet shows, there really is something for everyone to enjoy. The streets shops will be open; there will be a carnival of rides and a special guest appearance by Santa Clause!

24th December 2012

Main Street of Bangalow


The Northern Rivers is famous for its spectacular markets, held every week throughout the region.

Local Markets

1st Saturday, Brunswick Heads, Memorial Park

2nd December, Byron Bay Community Market, Butler Street Reserve

2nd December, Lismore Car Boot, Lismore Shopping Square (undercover)

9th December, The Channon, Coronation Park

9th December, Lennox Head, Lake Ainsworth foreshore

15th December, Mullumbimby, Cnr Stuart and Myocum Streets

16th December, Byron Bay Community Market, Butler Street Reserve

16th December, Nimbin Community Market, Nimbin Community Centre

19th December, Brunswick Heads Christmas Twilight Market, Banner Park, 3pm

23rd December, Bangalow Market, Bangalow Showground

Every Saturday, Byron Artisan Market, Railway Park, 4pm – 9pm

Farmers Markets:

Every Tuesday, New Brighton Farmers Market, New Brighton Oval

Every Thursday, Byron Bay Farmers Market, Butler Street Reserve 8-11am

Every Saturday, Bangalow Farmers Market, Bangalow Hotel Carpark 8-11am

Every Saturday, Lismore Farmers Market, Lismore Showground

Great Northern Gig Guide

Coming up at the Great Northern:

THE FUMES – 1st of December

TIN CAN RADIO – 7th of December

HTRK w/ Guerre/ Colourwaves – 8th of December

THE OWLS – 21st of December

To make a booking or find out more click here:

Pig House Flicks

Coming to the Pig House Flicks in December are the following films:

The Angel’s Share

Damsels In Distress

Valtari Film Experiment

You Will Be My Son

Seven Psychopaths

For session times click here:

We look forward to welcoming you to Byron Bay this December.


Thank you,