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It’s Party Time! ‘Tis the season for reconnecting and celebrations

This Christmas and New Year’s, more than ever, is a time for reconnecting with family and friends. So why waste valuable time with loved one’s planning, cooking and cleaning. Sit back and relax this Christmas and let the Hunter Valley do all the work for you. We’ve got plenty of great events for you to enjoy this festive season. Celebrate Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years Eve and New Years Day, Hunter Valley style. It’s easy, just book one of these amazing offers below, organise your transport and you’re all set for a hassle-free lunch or dinner celebration.

Christmas Eve Dinner with Calais Estate

Kick off the festivities with Christmas Eve dinner at Calais Estate Wines. You’ll enjoy a 3-course dinner, featuring local seafood, slow roast lamb shoulder and traditional Christmas pavlova. Kawul’s full wine list will be available on the night for you to purchase.

Details:

- Where: Calais Estate, 151 Palmers Ln, Pokolbin NSW 2320

- Date: Christmas Eve, Thursday 24th December 2021

- Time: 5:30pm

- Cost: $60 per person

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Christmas Eve Dinner at the Great Northern Trading Post

Looking for some country charm and local hospitality? Head to Wollombi Valley for a night of festivities to get you into the Christmas spirit. The iconic Great Northern Trading Post has put together a Christmas Eve dinner menu so you can start your celebration early. Get in quick as this is the got to local spot and you wouldn’t want to miss out on the fun.

Get your friends together for a night of great food, live music and Santa may have time to make an appearance.

Details:

- Where: Great Northern Trading Post, 3718 Great North Rd, Laguna NSW 2325

- Date: Christmas Eve, Thursday 24th December 2021

- Time: Reserve your table at a time that suits you

- Cost: Based on menu selection

- RSVP: Call 02 4998 8244 to book.

Oaks Cypress Lakes Resort Christmas Day lunch Offers

Keep the celebrations going with Oaks Cypress Lakes Resort, your one stop shop for fun, food and festivities. Hosting both a Christmas Day buffet lunch and a festive 3-course dinner, your day is sorted from start to finish. Bookings are essential for both events, details below.

Lunch Details:

- Where: Oaks Cypress Lakes Resort, 15 Thompsons Rd, Pokolbin NSW 2320

- Event: Christmas Day buffet lunch

- Date: Christmas Day, Friday 25th December 2021

- Time: From 12pm until 3pm

- Cost: Adults $159 per person | Children (aged 13-17) $79.50 per child | Children (12 & under) $64.50 per child

- BOOK HERE: Call (02) 4993 1555 OR email RBMCypressLakes@theoaksgroup.com.au to book

Dinner Details:

- Where: Oaks Cypress Lakes Resort, 15 Thompsons Rd, Pokolbin NSW 2320

- Event: Christmas Day 3-course dinner with complimentary beverage on arrival

- Date: Christmas Day, Friday 25th December 2021

- Time: From 5pm

- Cost: Adults $129 per person | Children (aged 17 & under) $64.50 per child

- BOOK HERE: Call (02) 4993 1555 OR email RBMCypressLakes@theoaksgroup.com.au to book

Christmas Day Lunch at éRemo

Join éRemo Restaurant for a spectacular Italian influenced Christmas Day lunch. Head Chef, Michael Elfwing, has put together an incredible series of dishes that will make for an exceptional and memorable Christmas Day dining experience. Much in the spirit of both Italian and Christmas dining, dishes are served share style in courses per table.

Details:

- Where: éRemo Restaurant at Spicers Guesthouse, 57 Ekerts Rd, Pokolbin NSW 2320

- Date: Christmas Day, Friday 25th December 2021

- Time: Pending booking

- Cost: Adults $185 per person | Children (aged 12 & under) $65 per child

- BOOK HERE: Call 1300 590 075 or email events.guesthouse@spicersretreats.com to book

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Christmas Day Lunch at Restaurant Botanica

Christmas in the vines… sounds like the perfect way to spend Christmas Day. With outstanding cuisine, exquisite wine and warm welcoming service, Restaurant Botanica is the ideal place to spend Christmas lunch with your loved ones.

Head Chef, Chris Rhoney, has curated a festive menu using local produce straight from the garden that is certain to delight.

Details:

- Where: Restaurant Botanica at Spicers Vineyards Estate, 57 Ekerts Rd, Pokolbin NSW 2320

- Date: Christmas Day, Friday 25th December 2021

- Time: Arrival from 11:30am for a 12pm lunch

- Cost: Adults $229 per person | Vegetarian option $190 per person

- BOOK HERE: Call (02) 6574 7229 or email reception.vineyards@spicersretreats.com to book

Christmas Day Lunch at voco Kirkton Park Hunter Valley

Seafood and wine, it’s the perfect combo for Christmas Day. Celebrate Christmas at Kirkton Park and indulge in a seafood platter to your table on arrival, a festive banquet to follow and a three-hour beverage package.

Details:

- Where: voco Kirkton Park Hunter Valley, 336 Oakey Creek Rd, Pokolbin NSW 2320

- Date: Christmas Day, Friday 25th December 2021

- Time: 12pm – 3pm

- Cost: Adults $169 per person | Children $79 per child

- RSVP: Please call the hotel directly to book on (02) 4998 7680

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Christmas Day Dinner Degustation at voco Kirkton Park

The fun doesn’t stop there. Let lunch roll into dinner and revel in a festive four-course degustation dinner at Kirkton Park. With all the classic Christmas favourites, this will be the ultimate Hunter Valley Christmas dining experience. Beverages will be available to purchase from a specially curated Christmas wine list.

Details:

- Where: voco Kirkton Park Hunter Valley, 336 Oakey Creek Rd, Pokolbin NSW 2320

- Date: Christmas Day, Friday 25th December 2021

- Time: Booking times available at 5:30pm, 7pm, and 8:30pm

- Cost: $99 per person

- RSVP: Please call the hotel directly to book on (02) 4998 7680

Christmas Day Dinner Degustation at Redsalt Restaurant

Perfectly situated in the heart of the Hunter Valley, Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley is your one stop shop for the ultimate Christmas getaway. Whether you’re staying at the resort or elsewhere, head on over to their on-site restaurant, Redsalt Restaurant, and treat yourself to an elegantly festive dining experience. Enjoy a five-course degustation dinner, specially curated by Executive Chef, Jason Hawker, that’ll have your mouth watering. Completing your dining experience, there will also be live music at the venue for you to enjoy.

Details:

- Where: Redsalt Restaurant at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, 430 Wine Country Dr, Lovedale NSW 2325

- Date: Christmas Day, Friday 25th December 2021

- Time: Please contact venue direct

- Cost: Adults $149 per person | $199 with matching Hunter Valley wines per person

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CP New Years Eve degustation dinner

Say goodbye to 2021, Hunter Valley style. To say it’s been a tough year for everyone is an understatement, but we’re ready to celebrate making it through another year and toast to the New Year. Whether you’re spending New Years Eve with family, friends or loved ones, the Hunter Valley is the place to be. Join in with the locals and bring in the New Year with celebrations at one of the many venues below hosting New Years Eve and Day events.

New Year’s Eve Degustation Dinner at Redsalt Restaurant

With live music, a five-course degustation dinner and a festively decorated Redsalt Restaurant, Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley knows how to host a party. The festive themed dinner menu has been specially curated by Executive Chef, Jason Hawker, to bring together local cuisine and your favourite celebration foods.

Details:

- Where: Redsalt Restaurant at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, 430 Wine Country Dr, Lovedale NSW 2325

- Date: New Year’s Eve, Friday 31st December 2021

- Time: Please contact venue direct

- Cost: Adults $149 per person | $199 with matching Hunter Valley wines per person

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New Year’s Eve 2021 VIP Party – Harrigan’s Hunter Valley

A place we all know and love. Harrigan’s Hunter Valley, formally Harrigan’s Irish Pub, has got your New Year’s Eve plans sorted. No stranger to hosting big and small celebrations, their New Year’s Eve party is certain to excite and deliver.

Enjoy sparkling on arrival followed by a specially created three-course menu, private bar facilities and live entertainment on the terrace. Plus, a spectacular midnight fireworks display!

Details:

- Where: Harrigan’s Hunter Valley, 2090 Broke Rd, Pokolbin NSW 2320

- Date: New Year’s Eve, Friday 31st December 2021

- Time: 7pm

- Cost: $99 per person

- BOOK NOW

Visit their website for more details.

New Year’s Eve – Havana Nights – Goldfish Hunter Valley

The hottest New Year’s Eve Party in the Hunter Valley! Watch the sun go down over Roche Estate with a cocktail in hand and live music. Say hello to 2022 with an amazing four-course dinner spent with friends and family.

Details:

- Where: Goldfish Hunter Valley at Roche Estate, 2144 Broke Rd, Pokolbin NSW 2320

- Date: New Year’s Eve, Friday 31st December 2021

- Time: Pending booking

- Cost: $160 per person

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New Year’s Eve Degustation Dinner at voco Kirkton Park

Toast to the new year and welcome 2022 with an elegant five-course degustation dinner carefully paired with Audrey Wilkinson Wines. This menu has been curated by Chef Vinnie to showcase amazing Hunter Valley produce.

Details:

- Where: voco Kirkton Park Hunter Valley, 336 Oakey Creek Rd, Pokolbin NSW 2320

- Date: New Year’s Eve, Friday 31st December 2021

- Time: Booking times available at 5:30pm, 7pm, and 8:30pm

- Cost: $169 per person | $110 per person for food menu only

- RSVP: Please call the hotel directly to book on (02) 4998 7680

New Year’s Eve Party at Leogate Estate Wines

Celebrate the end of a year like no other at Leogate Estate Wines. With champagne on arrival followed by a delicious five-course degustation prepared by The Gates Restaurant and paired with their award-winning wines.

Details:

- Where: Leogate Estate Wines, 1693 Broke Rd, Pokolbin NSW 2320

- Date: New Year’s Eve, Friday 31st December 2021

- Time: 6pm

- Cost: Enquire direct to find out more

- RSVP: Please call (02) 4998 7499 or email reservations@leogate.com.au to book

New Year’s Eve Fireworks at Wollombi Tavern

For the ultimate country celebrations to bring in the New Year, look no further than Wollombi Tavern. Known as the local hub, Wollombi Tavern will not disappoint with its rustic charm and community spirit. With fireworks from 9pm, gather your friends and family and experience afireworks display like no other. Make it a night to remember!

Details:

- Where: Wollombi Tavern, 2994 Great North Road, Wollombi, NSW, 2325

- Date: New Year’s Eve, Friday 31st December 2021

- RSVP: Please call the venue directly to book on (02) 4998 3261

- Find out more HERE

New Year’s Day Lunch at the North Terrace Dining Room – Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley

Kick 2022 off with a bang at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley and treat yourself to a lazy long lunch on New Year’s Day. With limited spot available for this private function, be sure to reserve your seat. Hosted within Redsalt Restaurant, the North Terrace Private Dining Room, offers privacy and exclusivity as you indulge in a special share plate four-course menu.

Details:

- Where: North Terrace Private Dining Room within Redsalt Restaurant at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, 430 Wine Country Dr, Lovedale NSW 2325

- Date: New Year’s Eve, Friday 31st December 2021

- Time: Please contact venue direct

- Cost: Adults $79 per person

BOOK HERE

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