The annual New Year's Eve fireworks display at Dinner Plain has been scrapped for a 10-day light festival aimed at "transforming" the high country village over the festive season. The Dinner Plain Festival of Light will showcase the alpine village every night until January 2, highlighting the snow gums and local architecture. Free entry.
Born-and-bred Wangaratta country music singer Jade Gibson did her first live gig in six months in early October at Echuca. Having lost six months' work overnight when the coronavirus crisis shut down the arts and entertainment sector in autumn, Gibson said the year just ran differently than planned. She will also perform at The Vine Hotel at Wangaratta on New Year's Eve. Gibson plans to tour the east coast of Australia this year. She will launch a new song in February and a new album is also in the works.
Catnip Kaiser, Beer Deluxe Albury, Sunday, December 27, 3pm
Catnip Kaiser's catchy new tune Sunshine - featuring Ionei Heckenberg from Ocean Sleeper - debuted at #4 on the Alternative iTunes Charts recently. To put that into perspective, Billie Eilish, Halsey, and Tones and I took out #1, #2 and #3. Sunshine debuted at #27 overall. The five-piece outfit formed in 2018 to play covers at Charles Sturt University - Thurgoona gigs. With only one original member left in lead vocalist Jack McDonald, the band has focused on making more original works.
Albury Boxing Day Races, Albury Racecourse, Saturday, December 26, gates open 12.45pm
Celebrate the festive season with a day out at the races. Albury Boxing Day Races will kick off with the first race from 2.37pm. Weather forecast is sunny and 31 degrees. Buy tickets now at alburyracing.com.au or at the gate.
December Farmers and Craft Market, Yarrawonga Foreshore, Sunday, December 27, 8am-12.30pm
Stock up on fresh stone fruit and cherries, sourdough bread, Danishes and croissants. Join the craze for indoor and outdoor plants or check out healthy seedlings for your veggie garden. Grab a coffee or milkshake and delicious doughnuts and churros.
Bogong High Plains, Saturday, December 26, and Sunday, December 27, any time
'Tis the season for wildflowers on the high plains of Victoria's High Country. Silver snow daisies can be found reaching for the sun across the Alpine National Park including around Falls Creek, Mount Hotham and Mount Buffalo at this time of year. Happy summer solstice!
Bogan Boxing Day at Beer Deluxe Albury, Saturday, December 26, from 10am
Chuck on your thongs, favourite singlet and bring out your inner bogan at this Bogan Backyard Boxing Day. Think epic beers, barbecue smoker, plenty of burgers and the cricket on the big screens. Brewchella will be in full swing. There's no better way to recover from Christmas Day!