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Wollongong City Council

Christmas in Wollongong

Wollongong has lots of activities for all ages to get into the festive spirit!

Learn about our local Christmas activities below, and make sure you check back regularly for the latest updates.

City of Wollongong Giving Tree Appeal and Bikers Toy Run

10 November - 5 December

Our much-loved City of Wollongong Giving Tree Appeal and Bikers Toy Run helps to make Christmas brighter for those in our community who are doing it tough.

To keep everyone safe, we're encouraging online donations directly to our two charity partners. We'll also have a range of local drop-off points, including two outdoor options. See below for details.

How to donate

Links to donate directly to our charities can be found below.

You can also drop off unwrapped gifts suitable for ages 0-16 years, or gift cards, at these locations:

  • Dapto Mall, Moombara Street
  • Corrimal Village, 270 Princes Highway
  • Warrawong Plaza, corner of King and Cowper streets
  • Wollongong Central, 200 Crown Street
  • Crown Street Mall, Wollongong (outdoor location)
  • South Coast Floor Coverings, 299 Keira Street, Wollongong (outdoor location).

Gifts need to be dropped off by Sunday 5 December so they can be quarantined and safely distributed in time for Christmas. Online donations can be made at any time.

Bikers Toy Run

Around 150 local bikers will ride from Shellharbour to Crown Street Mall, bringing donations for the City of Wollongong Giving Tree Appeal on Saturday 4 December. Check our Events information on this page for details.

Our charities

Anglicare is a Christian not-for-profit organisation supporting people at all stages of life. Anglicare cover Sydney, Blue Mountains, Southern Highlands, Illawarra, Shoalhaven and Northern Inland areas.

To make a financial donation to Anglicare, please visit the Anglicare donation webpage

More information about this charity can be found on the Anglicare website

Anglicare logo

The St Vincent de Paul Society assists people experiencing poverty and inequality, and works to shape a more just and compassionate society.

To make a financial donation to the St Vincent de Paul Society, please visit the Vinnies fundraising page.

Visit the St Vincent de Paul Society website to find out more about this charity.

St Vincent de Paul Society NSW - good works

The Joyful Project

We invited people to share images of things that brought them joy - and now they're part of a free outdoor exhibition in Crown Street Mall this festive season!

Check them out next time you're in the Mall, or visit the Joyful Project page for more information.

Letters to Santa

All of our library locations have a special mail box for you to send letters to Santa! Letters need to be posted by Friday 10 December, and should include your name, age and address so Santa can write back.

Please note: people over 16 years of age must show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination to enter our libraries. If you are over 16 and not fully vaccinated, you can place letters to Santa in the return chute and our librarians will make sure they are placed in Santa’s mailbox.

Christmas events

See our full calendar for more events.

Christmas in the CBD

From finding the perfect gift, to pet photos with Santa, there's plenty of festive fun to be had in Wollongong CBD.

Visit the Wollongong CBD website to find out what's happening this Christmas season.

Christmas news and stories