Locals will be getting into the holiday spirit this Saturday with a number of fun activities and market stalls at the Kempsey Riverside Markets Christmas Festival.
The event will be held at the Kempsey Showground to comply with COVID-19 restrictions, but organiser Belinda Fowler said the change in location won't impact the incredible activities and entertainment lined up for the day.
"COVID may have meant that we have had to relocate, but that hasn't stopped us from getting stuck into organizing our amazing annual Christmas event," she said.
"There is a full day of family fun lined up, kicking off with our spectacular Show'n'shine in the main ring from 9am and the Twilight Christmas markets starting at 12pm until 8pm."
There will also be plenty of live entertainment throughout the day including a marching parade by the Kempsey District Silver Band, the Danae Cantwell School of Dance performance, live music from the South West Rocks African Drumming group, the Macleay Valley Pipes and Drums, Minnie Marks, Raku One O'Gaia and many more.
"There will be plenty of fun for the kids including jumping castles, a bungee run, obstacle course, water slides and gauntlet. There will also be face painting, Christmas Carols and over 100 market stalls and plenty of street food," Belinda said.
Santa himself will be arriving by fire truck at 6.30pm and the night will finish off with a laser light show.
"The Showground is an ideal place for us to hold the event this year and hopefully for our markets in February we will be back at Riverside Park," Belinda said.
Registrations for the Show'n'shine cost $5 and all vehicles will need to be registered by 9am. Locals are encouraged to bring their own blanket or chair and there will be additional shade provided by marquees.
"Kempsey Macleay Dragon Boat Club volunteers will be manning the gate ensuring that everyone registers and counting the numbers in and out of the space so we can be COVID compliant," Belinda said.
"It will be a great day and we're looking forward to seeing locals come out and enjoy the festival."