MEGA GALLERY: The Mid North Coast celebrates Christmas

IT'S the most wonderful time of the year and residents across The Mid North Coast are wasting no time spreading the Christmas Cheer.

From beach bashes to the humble Christmas barbeque and Christmas parties across the coastal stretch. 

Fairfax newspapers have gathered some of their best Christmas photos from the area and thrown them into one special gallery for your viewing.

Enjoy and Merry Christmas!

Santa giving blood at Taree Blood Bank as part of the Blood Blitz., assisted by Greg French, the Red Cross Blood Service's community liaison officer. Photo:The Manning River Times.

Santa giving blood at Taree Blood Bank as part of the Blood Blitz., assisted by Greg French, the Red Cross Blood Service's community liaison officer. Photo:The Manning River Times.

 Santa Race down the main st of Port Macquarie. Photo:Port News

Santa Race down the main st of Port Macquarie. Photo:Port News

COUNT DOWN: Riley Judd,4, is counting down the days until Santa arrives. Photo: The Great Lakes Advocate.

COUNT DOWN: Riley Judd,4, is counting down the days until Santa arrives. Photo: The Great Lakes Advocate.

Clary and Krysten Foster at the Rotary Club of Tuncurry-Forster's 39th annual Carols by Candlelight at John Wright Park.  Photo:The Great Lakes Advocate.

Clary and Krysten Foster at the Rotary Club of Tuncurry-Forster's 39th annual Carols by Candlelight at John Wright Park. Photo:The Great Lakes Advocate.

Willow Mackay and Madison Darlington from Krambach at the carols. Photo:The Great Lakes Advocate.

Willow Mackay and Madison Darlington from Krambach at the carols. Photo:The Great Lakes Advocate.

Charlie, 3, William, 5, and Lilah, 2 from Forster. Photo:The Great Lakes Advocate.

Charlie, 3, William, 5, and Lilah, 2 from Forster. Photo:The Great Lakes Advocate.

Lakyden,1, and Jerramye, 3. Photo:The Great Lakes Advocate.

Lakyden,1, and Jerramye, 3. Photo:The Great Lakes Advocate.

Aaliyah, 14 months and Laykyden,1. Photo:The Great Lakes Advocate.

Aaliyah, 14 months and Laykyden,1. Photo:The Great Lakes Advocate.

Kyle Doran and Jaiden Stewart. Photo:The Great Lakes Advocate.

Kyle Doran and Jaiden Stewart. Photo:The Great Lakes Advocate.

Dyarna, 7, and Emily, 8. Photo:The Great Lakes Advocate.

Dyarna, 7, and Emily, 8. Photo:The Great Lakes Advocate.

Amalia Perkins in the arms of Santa at the Taree Early Intervention Christmas party. Photo:The Manning River Times.

Amalia Perkins in the arms of Santa at the Taree Early Intervention Christmas party. Photo:The Manning River Times.

Elsie, Henry and Megan Ayres at the Taree Early Intervention Christmas party. Photo:The Manning River Times.

Elsie, Henry and Megan Ayres at the Taree Early Intervention Christmas party. Photo:The Manning River Times.

 Santa arrived on his Harley Davidson at Kempsey West Public School on December 18 and surprised local children. Photo:The Macleay Argus.

Santa arrived on his Harley Davidson at Kempsey West Public School on December 18 and surprised local children. Photo:The Macleay Argus.

Kew Country Club kids Christmas party saw Santa arrive on the golf course in a helicopter, hand out presents to members' children and hear their Christmas wishes. Thanks to John Parrot and helicopter pilot Grant Burley for donating their time for the kids. Photo: The Camden Haven Courier.

Kew Country Club kids Christmas party saw Santa arrive on the golf course in a helicopter, hand out presents to members' children and hear their Christmas wishes. Thanks to John Parrot and helicopter pilot Grant Burley for donating their time for the kids. Photo: The Camden Haven Courier.

Kew Country Club kids Christmas party saw Santa arrive on the golf course in a helicopter, hand out presents to members' children and hear their Christmas wishes. Thanks to John Parrot and helicopter pilot Grant Burley for donating their time for the kids. Photo: The Camden Haven Courier.

Kew Country Club kids Christmas party saw Santa arrive on the golf course in a helicopter, hand out presents to members' children and hear their Christmas wishes. Thanks to John Parrot and helicopter pilot Grant Burley for donating their time for the kids. Photo: The Camden Haven Courier.

Kew Country Club kids Christmas party saw Santa arrive on the golf course in a helicopter, hand out presents to members' children and hear their Christmas wishes. Thanks to John Parrot and helicopter pilot Grant Burley for donating their time for the kids. Photo: The Camden Haven Courier.

Kew Country Club kids Christmas party saw Santa arrive on the golf course in a helicopter, hand out presents to members' children and hear their Christmas wishes. Thanks to John Parrot and helicopter pilot Grant Burley for donating their time for the kids. Photo: The Camden Haven Courier.

Chelsea Bollard is all smiles after getting her face painted at Jumbos Playland during the Australian Hearing Port Macquarie Christmas party. Photo:Port News

Chelsea Bollard is all smiles after getting her face painted at Jumbos Playland during the Australian Hearing Port Macquarie Christmas party. Photo:Port News

Darcy and Louise Every about to tuck into a candy cane at Jumbos Playland during the Australian Hearing Port Macquarie Christmas party. Photo:Port News

Darcy and Louise Every about to tuck into a candy cane at Jumbos Playland during the Australian Hearing Port Macquarie Christmas party. Photo:Port News

Joan Hartman Shirley Kroeskop and Lucy Kensit. Photo: Port News.

Joan Hartman Shirley Kroeskop and Lucy Kensit. Photo: Port News.

Zena Michelmore and Edna McIver. Photo:Port News.

Zena Michelmore and Edna McIver. Photo:Port News.

 Festive fun: Santa is flanked by Harrington branch librarian, Di Pasfield and library assistant, Caroline Pattison and lots of happy preschool children (not in order) Lily Wells, Mia Wells, Cooper Mason, Lara Wallis, Quinn Ryan, Maddison Mason, Tia Benson, Mikayla Schroder, Olivia Plant, Alice Plant, Piper Gornell, Hannah Gornell, Kate Moore and Nate Hardy. Photo:The Manning River Times.

Festive fun: Santa is flanked by Harrington branch librarian, Di Pasfield and library assistant, Caroline Pattison and lots of happy preschool children (not in order) Lily Wells, Mia Wells, Cooper Mason, Lara Wallis, Quinn Ryan, Maddison Mason, Tia Benson, Mikayla Schroder, Olivia Plant, Alice Plant, Piper Gornell, Hannah Gornell, Kate Moore and Nate Hardy. Photo:The Manning River Times.

 At Old Bar's Carols by Candlelight, Allana Hancock with Tilly and Samantha Hollis. Photo:The Manning River Times.

At Old Bar's Carols by Candlelight, Allana Hancock with Tilly and Samantha Hollis. Photo:The Manning River Times.

Andrea Rowsell Academy of Dance students perform at the Old Bar carols. Photo:The Manning River Times.

Andrea Rowsell Academy of Dance students perform at the Old Bar carols. Photo:The Manning River Times.

 Emily Bushell, Hannah Sherry, Sarah Saad, Hannah MacKenzie, Sarah Hammond, Seryan Burke-Low and Annabelle Hanson in a festive mood at the Old Bar carols evening. Photo:The Manning River Times.

Emily Bushell, Hannah Sherry, Sarah Saad, Hannah MacKenzie, Sarah Hammond, Seryan Burke-Low and Annabelle Hanson in a festive mood at the Old Bar carols evening. Photo:The Manning River Times.

Nathalie Dogle, Kalani Cross, Zoe O'Bryan, Bonnie Grice and Grace Cai at the Taree Carols by Candlelight.Photo:The Manning River Times.

Nathalie Dogle, Kalani Cross, Zoe O'Bryan, Bonnie Grice and Grace Cai at the Taree Carols by Candlelight.Photo:The Manning River Times.

 Ivana Agapiov, Amanda Galbraith and Mandy Pead. Photo: Port News.

Ivana Agapiov, Amanda Galbraith and Mandy Pead. Photo: Port News.

Werner Coetzer and Ross Cargill. Photo:Port News.

Werner Coetzer and Ross Cargill. Photo:Port News.

 Santa arrived on his Harley Davidson at Kempsey West Public School on December 18 and surprised local children. Photo:The Macleay Argus.

Santa arrived on his Harley Davidson at Kempsey West Public School on December 18 and surprised local children. Photo:The Macleay Argus.

 Santa arrived on his Harley Davidson at Kempsey West Public School on December 18 and surprised local children. Photo:The Macleay Argus.

Santa arrived on his Harley Davidson at Kempsey West Public School on December 18 and surprised local children. Photo:The Macleay Argus.

 Santa arrived on his Harley Davidson at Kempsey West Public School on December 18 and surprised local children. Photo:The Macleay Argus.

Santa arrived on his Harley Davidson at Kempsey West Public School on December 18 and surprised local children. Photo:The Macleay Argus.

 Santa arrived on his Harley Davidson at Kempsey West Public School on December 18 and surprised local children. Photo:The Macleay Argus.

Santa arrived on his Harley Davidson at Kempsey West Public School on December 18 and surprised local children. Photo:The Macleay Argus.

 Santa arrived on his Harley Davidson at Kempsey West Public School on December 18 and surprised local children. Photo:The Macleay Argus.

Santa arrived on his Harley Davidson at Kempsey West Public School on December 18 and surprised local children. Photo:The Macleay Argus.

 Santa arrived on his Harley Davidson at Kempsey West Public School on December 18 and surprised local children. Photo:The Macleay Argus.

Santa arrived on his Harley Davidson at Kempsey West Public School on December 18 and surprised local children. Photo:The Macleay Argus.

Mykayla Trevenar, Jordan Trevenar & Jacqueline Voltz,  Angie and Luke Trevenar and Dan and Debbie Voltz get ready for the santa fun run.Photo:Port News

Mykayla Trevenar, Jordan Trevenar & Jacqueline Voltz, Angie and Luke Trevenar and Dan and Debbie Voltz get ready for the santa fun run.Photo:Port News

Celebrating with friends:Tori McGrath, Tia McGrath, Kiara Edwards, Molly Black and Emma Freeman are all smiles for the countdown to Christmas and (below) Khiara Bourke and Amica Tuddenham enjoy the carol performances. Photo: Port News

Celebrating with friends:Tori McGrath, Tia McGrath, Kiara Edwards, Molly Black and Emma Freeman are all smiles for the countdown to Christmas and (below) Khiara Bourke and Amica Tuddenham enjoy the carol performances. Photo: Port News

Best friends: Eva Fritsch, Emily Rourke and Steffani Adams get into the spirit of Christmas at their school’s end of year carols night. Photo:Port News

Best friends: Eva Fritsch, Emily Rourke and Steffani Adams get into the spirit of Christmas at their school’s end of year carols night. Photo:Port News

Festive fever at Mondrook Lane, off Tinonee Road (between Wingham and Tinonee) in the Manning Valley. Photo:The Manning River Times.

Festive fever at Mondrook Lane, off Tinonee Road (between Wingham and Tinonee) in the Manning Valley. Photo:The Manning River Times.

Festive fever at Mondrook Lane, off Tinonee Road (between Wingham and Tinonee) in the Manning Valley. Photo:The Manning River Times.

Festive fever at Mondrook Lane, off Tinonee Road (between Wingham and Tinonee) in the Manning Valley. Photo:The Manning River Times.

Festive fever at Mondrook Lane, off Tinonee Road (between Wingham and Tinonee) in the Manning Valley. Photo:The Manning River Times.

Festive fever at Mondrook Lane, off Tinonee Road (between Wingham and Tinonee) in the Manning Valley. Photo:The Manning River Times.

Festive fever at Mondrook Lane, off Tinonee Road (between Wingham and Tinonee) in the Manning Valley. Photo:The Manning River Times.

Festive fever at Mondrook Lane, off Tinonee Road (between Wingham and Tinonee) in the Manning Valley. Photo:The Manning River Times.

 Abby McQuoid and Eva Fritsch. Photo:Port News

Abby McQuoid and Eva Fritsch. Photo:Port News

Pam Denning and Bev Meldrum. Photo:Port News

Pam Denning and Bev Meldrum. Photo:Port News

Susie and Aaron Gaskil. Photo:Port News

Susie and Aaron Gaskil. Photo:Port News

Steffani Adams, Emily Rourke and Lily Curtis Photo:Port News

Steffani Adams, Emily Rourke and Lily Curtis Photo:Port News

Jay and Kayden Southwell at the carols. Photo:Port News

Jay and Kayden Southwell at the carols. Photo:Port News

Shelley Mureau, James O'Neal, Fred Camilleri, Gemma Tobler,Brian McCauler, Phil Brown, Sue Brown, Rob Hefren, Max Davies, Lee Hefran, Carol Allen, Karen Davies, Julz Brown and Anita Rogers. Photo: Port News

Shelley Mureau, James O'Neal, Fred Camilleri, Gemma Tobler,Brian McCauler, Phil Brown, Sue Brown, Rob Hefren, Max Davies, Lee Hefran, Carol Allen, Karen Davies, Julz Brown and Anita Rogers. Photo: Port News

Peyton Hote, Gabe Low, Jonas Minturn. Middle: Jenaya Hoye, Liam Richards-Brown, Jenna Richards-Brown, Belle Woods, Tyler Foo and Noah Woods. Front: Summer and Ezekiel Minturn with Santa. Photo:Port News

Peyton Hote, Gabe Low, Jonas Minturn. Middle: Jenaya Hoye, Liam Richards-Brown, Jenna Richards-Brown, Belle Woods, Tyler Foo and Noah Woods. Front: Summer and Ezekiel Minturn with Santa. Photo:Port News

IN THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT: (back row) Paul Judd with volunteer fire fighters Thomas O’Byrne, Frank Vrbanc and Mick and Katie Reeve. (front) Lisa, Laura, 2, Matthew, 5, and Riley Judd, 4 out the front of the Manning Lane residences which have been decorated for Christmas. Any donations received will go towards the Tuncurry Rural Fire Brigade. Photo:The Great Lakes Advocate.

IN THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT: (back row) Paul Judd with volunteer fire fighters Thomas O’Byrne, Frank Vrbanc and Mick and Katie Reeve. (front) Lisa, Laura, 2, Matthew, 5, and Riley Judd, 4 out the front of the Manning Lane residences which have been decorated for Christmas. Any donations received will go towards the Tuncurry Rural Fire Brigade. Photo:The Great Lakes Advocate.

An animated Christmas tree. Photo:The Great Lakes Advocate.

An animated Christmas tree. Photo:The Great Lakes Advocate.

Mathew Judd, 5, meets Santa. Photo:The Great Lakes Advocate.

Mathew Judd, 5, meets Santa. Photo:The Great Lakes Advocate.

Molly Gamblin, Aaron Johnson, Lleyton Blackman, William Jackson and Kyle Blackman ready to play in the Camden Haven Concert Band. Photo: The Camden Haven Courier.

Molly Gamblin, Aaron Johnson, Lleyton Blackman, William Jackson and Kyle Blackman ready to play in the Camden Haven Concert Band. Photo: The Camden Haven Courier.

St Joseph's Primary School Choir have a group hug before performing at carols on the deck. Photo:The Camden Haven Courier.

St Joseph's Primary School Choir have a group hug before performing at carols on the deck. Photo:The Camden Haven Courier.

The Blokes Notes choir on stage at carols on the Deck. Photo: The Camden Haven Courier.

The Blokes Notes choir on stage at carols on the Deck. Photo: The Camden Haven Courier.

Lleyton Blackman playing trumpet in the North Haven Public School Band at Christmas Carols on the Deck at Wauchope Bonny Hills Surf Club. . Photo: The Camden Haven Courier.

Lleyton Blackman playing trumpet in the North Haven Public School Band at Christmas Carols on the Deck at Wauchope Bonny Hills Surf Club. . Photo: The Camden Haven Courier.

North Haven Public School Choir were on song at Christmas Carols on the Deck at Wauchope Bonny Hills Surf Club. Photo:The Camden Haven Courier.

North Haven Public School Choir were on song at Christmas Carols on the Deck at Wauchope Bonny Hills Surf Club. Photo:The Camden Haven Courier.

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