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Posted on 11 November by Erina Fair

Festive season essentials at Erina Fair!

It’s been a big year, and we can all do with a little extra help, especially as Christmas is just around the corner!

To assist with keeping track of tasks in the countdown to the special day, we’ve come up with the perfect Christmas countdown checklist. Everything you need to help you plan, get organised and enjoy more of that festive feeling!


  • Book your visit with Santa

It’s time to book your photo with Santa, so jump online to secure your spot. We’ll be continuing to make sure your health and safety remains our highest priority, and of course, ensuring that Santa and his helpers are also kept safe.

We have socially distanced photos with Santa available this year, including Sensitive Santa and Pet Photography. Remember, online bookings are essential, so get in quick!

For more information about your Santa experience and the COVIDsafe measures in place, visit our website here. 


  • Make a list, and check it twice!

Take the pressure off and do as Santa does, make a list! More than ever, this year is all about pre-planning to make the most of your Christmas shopping.

Create a master gift list of everyone you need to buy for, allocate an appropriate budget and check out our website for the latest retailer offers and products for inspiration. With some of our loved ones or friends a little further away this year, triple check addresses to send gifts or cards. This year at Erina Fair we’ll also have extended shopping hours for your convenience, so you’re able to shop whenever suits you. Plan for the big day and get your hands on all the greatest pre-Christmas offers here! 


  • Book your group lunch or dinner

While end of year events may look a little different this year, there’s still plenty of ways you can celebrate and connect with colleagues or loved ones over a delicious meal.

Book your end of year lunch or dinner at one of our restaurants or plan now for your takeaway or delivery order. Think Mexican from Mad Mex, Sushi Train, or San Churro for something a little sweet. Erina Fair has all the flavours you need for a festive celebration!


  • Plan your Christmas deliveries

With many parcels to be delivered this year, now’s the perfect time to organise any Christmas gifts to be sent to loved ones internationally or interstate. Visit Australia Post to confirm delivery cut off dates and arrange safe delivery of your special parcels. If you’re looking for ideas suitable for post and guaranteed to bring Christmas cheer from afar, our Gift Guide has everything you need. For more information on deliveries from the Central Coast see here.


  • Give back to the community

Christmas is the season for giving, and we’ll have our gift-wrapping service available in centre again this year. Not only will it help with ticking off another task on your list, but you can also feel good about doing so with proceeds donated to Ronald Mc Donald Family Room Gosford. 

Plus, be sure to visit one of our three dedicated hamper donation drop off points in centre. Erina Fair is thrilled to be supporting Coast Shelter this Christmas, donating food items that will brighten someone’s day. Visit Coles, Woolworths or the Erina Fair Customer Service desk from Monday 23 November and embrace the gift of giving this festive season.


  • Shop the Sales

With the end of November comes sales, and what better time to revisit that list you’ve already created!

Get an early start on the gifts you’ve had an eye on for the family, shop for new Christmas decorations or home décor, and grab your wrapping paper and cards so you’re ready to go. Tick off those big-ticket surprises such as technology or outdoor products so you don’t miss out.

Now is also a good time to organise gifts for teachers or work colleagues as we head into the last few weeks before Christmas. We have everything you need for the perfect Secret Santa gift!

It’s the season to sparkle, so while you’re in centre, pop into our fashion and beauty retailers or hairdressers for inspiration to create that special Christmas look for you and the family. Even if you are shopping on a budget, Erina Fair has great sales across the centre that will help you work down your list with ease. See our offers page here and get your hands on a top deal!


  • Finalise your menu

No matter what it looks like for you, a feast with the family is one of the best things about Christmas Day. Finalise your menu and create your fresh food shopping list so you’re all ready to go.

Tick off your main Christmas food items such as hams, turkey or seafood by pre-ordering now with your local fresh food retailers. You may also want to start adding non-perishable items or favourite wines for Christmas to your weekly grocery shop. Visit Harris Farm for fresh produce, Coles and Woolworths for your all-time favourite menu items and Aldi if you’re looking for a great saving. Plus, don’t forget your fresh bread to start from Bakers delight, and plenty of yummy nibbles from The Source to kick off Christmas day the right way.


  • Create that Christmas feeling

It’s December and time to create that Christmas feeling at home! Decorate the tree, bring out your festive home décor and make Santa proud.

We’ll also be in full Christmas swing in centre with extended hours, so you can immerse yourself in the festivities safely and with confidence. For added assurance, consider visiting during quieter times such as early morning, late afternoon or evening.

Erina Fair cannot wait to roll out the same Christmas moments you know and love, think Brass Band performances, Augmented Reality fun, Charity Gift wrapping and of course that tokenistic photo with Santa. Make your booking here!


  • Shop for the essentials

With a few days left to go, pop in to pick up your remaining fresh ingredients, collect pre-orders and any last-minute items. Grab some beautiful festive blooms for your table setting, and don’t forget the practical essentials – batteries are a must for those exciting gifts that Santa brings!

For any recipients still on your gift list, visit Customer Service and pick up a Gift Card - it's a great gift they'll love, and super easy to purchase. Give the gift of choice and buy a Gift Card here.


  • Celebrate Christmas Eve

It’s the day before Christmas and that familiar sense of excitement and magic is in the air. Finish your last-minute wrapping, set the table and prepare your Christmas Day outfit. Hang your stockings and set in for the night with your favourite Christmas film.

Whatever your Christmas Eve plans look like, relax and enjoy this special time with your loved ones – you’ve earned it, and Santa is on his way!


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