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Maryborough and Surrounds will come to life, with some awesome events and end of year celebrations, fireworks, live music and fun experiences.

There are some excellent options for Christmas Dinner, Carols by Candlelight and Christmas Eve.

With plenty of live music and first-class entertainment, you'll want to see the New Year in at Maryborough & Surrounds.


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Carols By Candlelight

Come along and enjoy a festive evening and be entertained with local talented vocalists and musicians performing your favorite Christmas carols at Station Domain.

Embrace the festive atmosphere from 6pm Saturday 16th December. 

Food vans will be available.

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Light Up Talbot

Come along on Friday December 1st to the annual Light Up Talbot Christmas Festival and join in a friendly festive atmosphere.

  • Street Performances from Talbot Primary School (5pm)
  • MEC (5.30pm)
  • Smith & Holiday Project (6.15pm-7pm)
  • Talbot Town Hall (7.30pm): music from Sweet Mona's Choir, Sarah Landy, Jason Wasley and the Ballarat Vocal Studio. (gold coin entry)

There'll be a community BBQ and food vendors.

See the Christmas Lights and effects get turned on.



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Local Shopping Christmas Promotions

The Maryborough District Advertiser are supporting our local retailers with the Christmas Shopping Promotion, with almost 70 businesses participating in it's biggest year yet.

Pop into the participating retailers and make a purchase, then go into the weekly draw to win your prize.

A great initiative supporting our local businesses.


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Community Christmas Party

You don't need to be alone at Christmas.

Once again the Carisbrook Lions Club are inviting you to celebrate Christmas with them and join in the festivities with a free traditional Christmas meal provided.

On Christmas Day Monday 25th December from 11am, at the Maryborough Trotting Complex.

If you have no way of travelling out, the Carisbrook Lions Club have a bus pick up, starting from 10am.

Bookings are essential via the Visitor Information Centre: 5460 4511.

Proof of double vaccination is required. QR code scan on entry or sign in.


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Christmas Dining Options

If you're wanting to dine out with your family or friends on Christmas Day then here's some great venues on offer:

Bookings essential.

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New Year's Eve Party At Station Domain

Everyone is welcome to attend New Year's Eve at the Domain, to welcome in the new year in style from 6pm to midnight.

Join in fun night of entertainment for the whole family and all ages.

BBQ and drinks (gold coin donation), live music, and food vans in attendance.

Free activities, Parkers Mini Circus, Laughing Clowns, raffle draws.

Come and see Elmo, Scooby Doo, Mickey & Minnie Mouse.




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New Year's Eve Entertainment

If you're looking for a great night of entertainment on New Year's Eve, then we have an excellent variety of talent, to help you celebrate the new year.

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The Maryborough Highland Gathering + Concert + Fireworks


The 160th Maryborough Highland Gathering holds a long and proud history, with gold-rush origins that date back over 150 years. Formed by Scottish prospectors and businessmen who wanted to organized an event to re-create their traditional New Year Highland celebrations in their adopted land.

This iconic event is Australia's oldest continuous sporting event.

• Street March at 11.00 a.m.

• Highland Pipe Bands and Brass Bands on display

• Max Martin Memorial 120 metre Maryborough Gift 

• Sheaf Tossing for height and accuracy

• Highland Dancing (two Stands)

• Athletics - Men’s and Women’s events (70 metres to 1500 metres)

• Local and Inter State competitors

• Bookmakers on Athletics and Racing

• Massed Highland Dancers

• Girl on the Drum spectacular

• Massed Highland Bands

• Highland Games and Caber Tossing

• Sideshows and novelties

• Pipe and Brass Bands on oval renditions

• Strong Man events

• Most appropriately dressed male and female patrons with Scottish theme

• Sideshows Ample catering

• Evening concert and fireworks display

• Comprehensive Program - Lucky prizes

• Reasonable admission prices

• Picturesque venue