15 December 2023

Nine things to do in the Riverina this week (15 - 21 December)

| Chris Roe
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Christmas lights

If you’re looking for a free night’s entertainment, take a drive after dark and check out the lights. Photo: Chris Roe.

The school holidays are about to hit, the heatwave appears to have eased, the river is high and it’s shaping up to be a gorgeous weekend to get out and about.

There are movies, markets, carols and school holiday events happening right across the Riverina!

Willy Wonka

Timothée Chalamet in Wonka. Photo: Warner Bros.

Forum 6 Cinemas

When: Various times between 10 am and 8:30 pm
Where: 77 Trail Street, Wagga
Cost: Various. Tickets can be purchased here.

At the movies this week, Timothée Chalamet takes a crack at portraying a younger version of the beloved Willy Wonka in the prequel to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Couples can check out the third-wheel rom-com One True Loves, and there’s loads for the teens with the Marvels, FNAF, Hunger Games and Bottoms, and for the little kids, there’s the latest Trolls.


Hit the markets and the local shops for presents this Christmas. Photo: Markets by the Lake.

Christmas Shopping

When: As soon as you can
Where: Various
Cost: Probably more than you can afford.

If you’ve not done it yet, this should probably be on your to-do list! The message for 2023 as all of us are feeling the pinch, is to shop local to help keep our business community thriving!

There’s plenty going on around the Riverina, too, with Santas galore, kids activities and local buskers adding a festive flavour to your shopping experience.

Griffith Central is extending its monthly markets to a full week. Photo: Griffith Central.

Griffith Market Week

When: Saturday 16th of December – 23rd of December
Where: Griffith Central, Yambil Street, Griffith
Cost: Whatever you are prepared to spend!

A great way to shop local in Griffith is to head along to Griffith Central’s monthly Market Day, which has been extended to a special Christmas Market Week from 16 to 23 December.

Great opportunity for Christmas shopping!

The inflatables are back at Oasis! Photo: Oasis Aquatic Centre.

Inflatable Days at the Oasis

When: Saturday 16 December – February
Where: Oasis Aquatic Centre, Morgan Street Wagga Wagga
Cost: Various.

It’s perfect weather to hit the pool and Wagga’s Oasis Aquatic Centre is rolling out the floating fun once again with the giant inflatables back from this weekend.

Christmas with the Con

Christmas with the Con will be held at the Riverside for the first time. Photo: Riverina Conservatorium of Music.

Christmas with the Con 2023

When: Saturday 16 December, 4 pm to 6 pm
Where: Riverside Precinct, Wagga Wagga
Cost: Free!

Wagga is gearing up for the first major event to be hosted on the new stage in the Riverside Precinct; fittingly, it’s the Riverina Conservatorium of Music’s Christmas with the Con 2023.

Bring a blanket, claim a spot on the lawns and celebrate Christmas in style with the Riverina Youth Orchestra, instrumental ensembles, choirs, and fireworks!

people clinking glasses

De Bortoli wines have you covered for Xmas cheer. Photo: De Bortoli.

Christmas in DeBortoli Park

When: Saturday 16 December, 12 pm to 4 pm
Where: De Bortoli Road, Bilbul
Cost: $15.

De Bortoli wines are one of the Riverina’s great success stories, and they are spreading the Christmas cheer with a celebration of the season in De Bortoli Park.

Alaina’s Kitchen is covering the food, De Bortoli has the vino covered, and there’s live entertainment for the whole family.

man with guitar

Rory Phillips will be rocking the Old Junee Hall. Photo: Rory Phillips.

Rory Phillips @ Old Junee Hall

When: Saturday 16 December, 4 pm
Where: Old Junee Hall, Broad Street, Old Junee
Cost: Free.

For a great night of live music, Tumut musicians Rory Phillips and Andrew Wortes will be rocking the Old Junee Hall on Saturday as part of their Christmas Concert.

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Ardlethan Christmas Markets and Carols. Photo: Ardlethan Lions Club

Ardlethan Lions Club, Christmas Markets and Carols

When: Sunday 17 December, From 4:30 pm
Where: Lions Park, Ariah Street, Ardlethan
Cost: Free.

If you’re in the mood to sing some carols, bring your market bag to do some shopping at the markets, then roll out the rug for live music from 7 pm.

giant pears

Kath Powderly is selling up and moving north. Photo: Best Street Studios.

Best Street Christmas Art Sale!

When: Until it’s sold!
Where: Best Street Studios, 26 Best St, Wagga
Cost: Various

Veteran Wagga ceramic artist Kathryn Powderly is holding her last-ever Christmas art sale as she prepares to leave the Riverina and head north. It’s a great chance to get a unique gift this Christmas and farewell Kath.

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