Local Escapes

7 Things To Do In Regional Victoria This December

By Sophie Hodges - 30 Nov 2018

We’re closing in on the end of the year. Definitely a time to start thinking about relaxing.

So, if you’re looking to get out of the city in the lead up to the busy holiday season, we’ve got you covered.

Here are 7 things worth checking out this month in regional Victoria.

Castlemaine Twilight Market

Get prepared for Christmas this year at the Castlemaine Twilight Market. Shop for presents and fresh produce, with an amazing selection of fresh produce grown and made by Goldfield's farmers and more than 100 established and emerging makers and craftspeople from across the Goldfields region. There will also be live music, food stalls and booze

When: 15 December, 4pm to 8:30pm
Where: Castlemaine Artists Market
For more info, click here.

Sunday Sippers At Avon Ridge Vineyard

As the name suggestions, on the third Sunday of every month, Avon Ridge allows you to have a wine and enjoy some of Gippsland’s finest produce. Live music, great food, even better booze and views over the vineyards and rolling Avon River Valley.

When: 16 December
Where: Avon Ridge Vineyard
For more info, click here.

Guildford Christmas Market

The Guildford Christmas Market is back and bigger than ever. Find home-made gifts from some of the best food producers, winemakers, artists and makers and enjoy food, drinks and music while you shop.

When: 22 December, 4pm to 8pm
Where: Guildford Family Hotel, Midland Highway, Guildford
For more info, click here.

SkyHigh Boxing Day Buffet Lunch

If you’re not heading to the Boxing Day test, we suggest booking a table at SkyHigh’s buffet lunch. Road trip to Mt. Dandenong and enjoy a long lunch with beautiful views over Melbourne.

When: 26 December
Where: SkyHigh Mt. Dandenong
For more info, click here.

New Beers At Red Hill Brewery

Mornington Peninsula's Original Craft Brewery, Red Hill Brewery, has undergone a costume change and this December are revealing a new look and officially launching two styles of session beers, previously only on tap, in their new packaging—the can. Get down, have a bevvy and then take some home to enjoy.

When: December onwards
Where: Red Hill Brewery
For more info, click here.

Puffing Billy Steam And Cuisine Luncheon Trains

Who doesn’t love Puffing Billy? This December they’re stepping it up a notch, travel on the Puffing Billy while enjoying a long lunch, cruising to Lakeside and exploring the picturesque Emerald Lake Park.

When: Daily, 12:30pm
Where: Puffing Billy
For more info, click here.

High Tea At Coombe Yarra Valley

Coombe Yarra Valley is putting on high tea every Wednesday and Sunday, and it’s well worth the trip. Featuring a glass of Blanc de Blancs and all your favourite high tea treats—freshly baked scone with jam and cream, need I say more?

When: Every Wednesday & Sunday
Where: Coombe Yarra Valley
For more info, click here.

Looking for something to do in the city instead? Head to our Things To Do section.

Image credit: Visit Victoria | Michelle Jarni

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