The Central Coast is our idea of paradise for so many reasons, but we especially love how there are always plenty of things happening and something interesting going on.

With a jam-packed calendar of events including pop-up dining experiences, markets, festivals, outdoor cinemas, community sporting events and live music, you’re guaranteed to find fun things to do on the Central Coast, no matter what time of year you visit.

Still, while we love the Central Coast in every season, it can be hard not to have a favourite, especially when the sun comes out and makes everything bright and beautiful.

Summer on the Coast really is as good as it gets, making it the ideal time for a holiday or a staycation. The weather is glorious — perfect for hitting the beach or the pool or enjoying alfresco dining or coffee and cocktails next to the sea — and the funky local markets are in full swing. It’s also prime time for festivals and live music, and, as we gear up to the holidays, there are plenty of fun Christmas events on the cards too.

So, in honour of the warmer days — and to help you get into the holiday spirit — here’s a quick roundup of some of the amazing things happening on the Central Coast this Summer.

Weekly

Sunday Funkday at Terrigal Beach House, Terrigal

Is there anything better than spending an afternoon sitting next to the ocean, listening to great live music and enjoying fantastic food and drinks? We don’t think so.

On every Sunday throughout the summer months, Terrigal Beach House’s Sunday Funkdays have become a Central Coast staple and a great spot for a Sunday sundowner to finish the weekend on a high. Live music from the Shakedown Syndicate starts at 3 pm, but feel free to come down early to grab a cold one, grab a good spot and enjoy the sea view.

Sunday Funkday, Terrigal Beach House
Sunday Funkday, Terrigal Beach House

Need to know: free entry, every Sunday, live music from 3 pm.

Terrigal Beach House, 40 Terrigal Esplanade, Terrigal, NSW 2260

December

Christmas on the Coast, Gosford, The Entrance, Toukley & Wyong

‘Tis the season to be jolly and we have plenty of exciting things happening on the Central Coast throughout December to keep the holiday spirit high. From Christmas lights to sparkling trees, and a ‘Letters to Santa installation’, this year’s Christmas on the Coast looks to be better than ever.

Spanning across four towns in the Central Coast — Toukley, Wyong, The Entrance and Gosford — Christmas on the Coast kicks things off on December 1st and runs throughout the month leading up to the big day, with Christmas window displays, DIY Christmas photos, and Christmas carols events in each town centre.

Need to know: Christmas on the Coast runs throughout December, with Christmas lights and celebrations in Toukley, Wyong, The Entrance, and Gosford. Letters to Santa can be found on The Village Green in Toukley.

Avoca Beachside Twilight Market, Avoca

One of our favourite family-friendly summer events on the Central Coast, the Avoca Beachside Twilight Market is a special one-off December edition of the much-loved monthly Avoca Beachside Market.

Offering visitors (and locals) the chance to enjoy live music, squeeze in some last-minute Christmas shopping, and eat, drink, and get merry, this one-stop shop on the shores of Avoca Lagoon is full of festive fun.

Avoca Beachside Markets
Avoca Beachside Twilight Market. Image: Visitnsw.com

Need to know: Saturday 10th December 2022, 4 pm to 9 pm. Free entry, live music, pop-up food trucks and bars. Pet-friendly.

Avoca Beachside Markets, Heazlett Park Waterfront, Avoca, NSW, 2251

Central Coast Christmas Fair, Gosford

Back for its 15th year, this year’s Central Coast Christmas Fair is taking place on Sunday the 18th of December at Gosford Entertainment Grounds.

A great way to spend the last weekend before Christmas — and grab those last few bits and bobs — this seasonal celebration brings together makers and shakers from across the region, with plenty of produce and handicraft stalls as well as entertainment and games. Rumour says there might even be a special guest appearance from Santa himself.

Need to know: Sunday 18th December, 9 am to 2 pm. Gold coin entry fee (EFTPOS available). Free parking at Adcock Park and Surrounds.

The Entertainment Grounds, Racecourse Road, Gosford, NSW, 2250

Christmas Lunch at Crowne Plaza Terrigal Pacific, Terrigal

Update: NOW SOLD OUT

Christmas should be all about good food, good company, and, if you’re here on the Central Coast, good views. But it’s also a great time to treat yourself and let someone else do the cooking (and the washing up).

This year, the Crowne Plaza Terrigal Pacific is offering two different buffet options for Christmas lunch: a family-friendly feast in the Grand Ballroom or an extravagant festive affair at the Seasalt Restaurant — complete with lobster and bubbles. Including live entertainment and a visit from Santa, this is the place to go for Christmas on the Central Coast.

You could even go all out and spend Christmas here at the Crowne Plaza Terrigal Pacific and enjoy a few days of relaxing on the beach, sipping drinks by the pool, or catching up on Christmas TV and having a well-deserved snooze in your luxurious room.

Seasalt Restaurant
Christmas Lunch at Crowne Plaza Terrigal Pacific

Need to know: 25th December. Grand Ballroom: 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm; Seasalt Restaurant: 1 pm to 4 pm. Fixed Christmas buffet menu with deluxe beverage package. NOW SOLD OUT.

Crowne Plaza Terrigal Pacific, Pine Tree Lane, Terrigal, NSW, 2260

New Year’s Eve with a Beach Breeze, Terrigal Beach House, Terrigal

Ring in the new year in style by spending the night dancing away under the stars next to the beautiful Terrigal beach at the Terrigal Beach House’s exclusive new year’s event. Featuring live entertainment by headline act, Friendless, as well as beautiful night-time views over the Central Coast’s stunning coastline, we honestly can’t think of a better way to say farewell to 2022 and welcome in 2023.

You can also take all the stress of finding a ride there and back — and enjoy a holiday getaway — by booking a night (or two) at the Crowne Plaza Terrigal Pacific. Located right next door to the Terrigal Beach House, you’ll not only be able to walk there (and back), but you’ll also get to wake up to the beautiful sea breeze and celebrate the new year with a new year’s day dip in the pool or the sea. Talk about getting the year off to a good start!

New Year's Eve, Terrigal

Need to know: 18+ only. 31st December from 7 pm. Pre-bookings essential.

Terrigal Beach House, 40 Terrigal Esplanade, Terrigal, NSW 2260

New Year’s Eve – Step back into the Roaring ’20s, Crowne Plaza Terrigal Pacific, Terrigal

Ring in the New Year with an elegant cocktail event at Lord Ashley Lounge, inspired by the glamour, fashion and music of the roaring ’20s. Dance the night away with live entertainment, plus enjoy roaming canapés, food stalls and a 5-hour beverage package.

Need to know: 18+ only. 31st December from 7 pm. Pre-bookings essential (coming soon).

Crowne Plaza Terrigal Pacific, Pine Tree Lane, Terrigal, NSW 2260

January

Outdoor Movie Night – Shrek, Gosford, Wyong & Toukley

We love a good community event here on the Central Coast, where people from far and wide can come together and enjoy spending time together. We also really love outdoor movie nights and can’t think of a better way to spend a balmy summer evening than sitting on a picnic blanket watching an old classic come to life on the big screen.

Offering free showings of family favourite, Shrek, as well as a circus play space, lawn games, and crafts for the kids, this roving community cinema event can be found at three different locations, Gosford, Wyong and Toukley, on the 13th, 14th, and 21st January respectively.

Need to know: Free event, all welcome. BYO picnic blanket or chairs and snacks (limited seating provided). 5 pm start. Arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Friday 13 January 2023, Kibble Park, Gosford, NSW, 2250
Saturday 14 January 2023, Chapman Lawn, Wyong, NSW, 2259
Saturday 21 January 2023, Village Green, Toukley, NSW, 2263

Pop-Up Dining Experience, The Entrance

Bringing together local restaurants and producers into a central location for one night only, this pop-up dining experience at The Entrance on Friday 20th January is a must for foodies and lovers of supporting local.

A great opportunity to try something new and show your love to the Central Coast’s restaurants and eateries, this low-key laid-back dining event includes plenty of delicious food options as well as live music and entertainment.

Need to know: Friday 20th January 2023, 12 pm to 8 pm.

Waterfront Plaza, The Entrance Road, The Entrance, NSW, 2261