Central Coast Chronicle

Christmas in July – Lockdown Special




Christmas in July


Christmas in July, usually celebrated around the 24th or 25th of July, is a time to don an ugly sweater (or a festive wreath!)

For some fun, play our CHRISTMAS IN JULY PLAYLIST (you can thank us later!) and enjoy delicious food and wine.

While we may be in lockdown, certainly this year, we deserve to have a little joy!


Here are our suggestions to make your Christmas in July a little merrier.

Note: Company names link to social media profile, and links at the end of offer will direct you to their website /purchasing options.

A gift from us at the Chronicle

To say thank you to all the businesses of the Coast and coinciding with our 3rd Birthday, we’re offering 30% OFF our business membership packages.

Birthday and Christmas in July all at once? What a way to party!!!

When you join the Chronicle as a business member, you’ll get access to:

  • Content planning calendar (think 365 DAYS full of ideas for your social media posts, e-newsletters, or sales ideas)
  • Coast business event calendar (to see what events are coming up BEFORE the public know about them, so you can collab with these businesses or get the heads-up about some pretty awesome events!)
  • Access to a comprehensive list of Coastie influencers
  • Access to our Business database, which houses some of the biggest businesses on the Coast
  • Monthly e-newsletter with tips and advice for upcoming activities & news and how your business can connect, collaborate and grow through the Chronicle.


We have monthly and yearly packages; check out the options here, or if you want us to promote something, you can select the “one-off event listing”, which can be applied to ANY service during the lockdown. 

All you have to do is enter “bday” in the discount code on the registration page.

Chronicle Christmas in July offer


Deepwater Plaza has you covered with Coles and Bakers Delight and Nev & Jims. Please check individual stores for their opening hours, and remember to check in with the NSW QR code app and wear your face mask when entering the store. For the latest information, click here.

Deepwater Plaza

Note: Image was taken before lockdown


Gosford RSL has you covered – gather around the TV or laptop and watch the live raffle on Friday 23rd – the best way to start the “Christmas in July” weekend. Buy your tickets here.


Darrons Seafood – Christmas isn’t Christmas without seafood, and “Christmas in July” is no exception. Darron will have fresh seafood (raw fish fillets, whole fish, oysters, green and cooked prawns) and on the cooked side – the legendary Darron’s fish and chips! Open 9 am – 7 pm Tuesday – Sunday. Located 666 The Entrance Road Wamberal Phone: 4385 5944

Gosford RSL is offering takeaway from 88 Alley or Luminous Brasserie at Gosford RSL is also running a special at the moment, 1st filled growler $20 – Refill $10 Take-away info here.

Gosford RSL meal


Mailbu Wamberal Dinner Packs – Available from Thursday 22nd, on the menu this week:

  • Chinese five-spiced pork belly with special fried rice, bean sprouts, spring onion, chilli and coriander.
  • Italian pork meatballs, tomato and basil sauce, served with spaghetti, garlic and rosemary ciabatta.
  • Persian style roasted lamb shoulder, pomegranate molasses, ancient grains, served with smoked almonds, labneh, mint, coriander and green olive.

Local Member Adam Crouch MP said, “Jill and I just enjoyed our second night of the Beef bourguignon. It was fantastic 👍”  Don’t miss out on your dinner pack.   LINK

Malibu Wamberal


Sorrento Pizzeria – Located in Empire Bay, Sorrento has three package deals for locals to choose from  (see graphic below). To order phone: 0401 861 250 with your deal, name & time you’ll be collecting. Want delivery? Order through Door Dash!

Sorrento Empire Bay



Safran Ettalong – offering hatted dining at home – Awarded One Hat 2021 – Australian Good Food Guide – Sulo, along with wife Natalie, opened Safran in 2013 with the inspiration to showcase Turkish cuisine beyond kebabs and pide, and they’ve done the Central Coast proud with their incredible menu. Check out their menu here. 

Open WEDNESDAY TO SUNDAY 4:30 PM TO 7:30 PM to order call 4342 7030



A’Grazing Deco – offering an incredible collection of grazing tables, boxes and LUXE picnic options, A’Grazing Deco has a fabulous selection for every type of celebration. LINK

A'grazing Deco



Upstairs Wines – Although we don’t need an excuse to enjoy a fine wine in these times, we thought Christmas in July seemed appropriate.

Introducing the “Upstairs Chrissy in July pack!”

We’ve teamed up with our friends over at Get Parched to create a DIY Mulled Wine Pack; you will get the wine, the spice & a recipe card to create your perfect winter warmer! We’ve also thrown in a bottle of our favourite From Sunday Wine Palloncino because it’s a celebration, right!?

Pack includes:
1 x From Sunday Geologie Cabernet Sauvignon
1 x From Sunday Palloncino Prosecco
1 x Mulled Wine Spice Pack
1 x Mulled Wine Recipe Card


upstairs wine



Something Sweet:

Duff’s Craft Ice Cream – At Duff’s, we are doing a “Make A Snow Man Ice Cream Kit.” It serves 4.
The kit includes:
🍦1 tub (473ml) of Duff’s Ice Cream- “Snowy Guy” (Vanilla Ice Cream with White Choc Chunks & marshmallow swirl)
🍦4 waffle cones
🍦4 sets of snowman eyes & mini candy cane sprinkle (for snowman nose)
🍦a container of Christmas colour sprinkles
🍦 a container of choc chips (for “coal” eyes and smile)
🍦 4 sour strap (snowman scarves)
🍦 a piping bag of Duff’s handmade fudge ripple

The kit cost is $30 and is free delivery within a 10km radius of Noraville. Delivery with be Saturday 24th July (Christmas in July Eve).
The perfect treat and activity for a lockdown winter Christmas! Thank you so so much!! I’ll attach some photos too! LINK



The Marshmallow Co. 

If you love Christmas like the team at The Marshmallow Co. (and the team at Central Coast Chronicle 😉), you don’t want to wait another 6 months for the big day! There’s nothing like a Winter Christmas, which is why some of us (the fun ones😆) celebrate Christmas in July in Australia!

We know it will be a bit different this year with the lockdowns, so we’ve created a Christmas in July Bundle for you to send as a gift to your friends and family… Or to spoil yourself with!

Merry Christmas in July!

Included in the bundle:

  • Gift Box of our Special Edition Gingerbread Marshmallows
  • 200g Packet of our famous Thicc Hot Chocolate
  • 4 Vanilla Bean Snow Man Marshmallows, perfect for hot chocolates, roasting over fires, or just snacking on!



For those who crave hot chocolate in the mornings, this one is FOR YOU (or perhaps you may want to direct one to the Central Coast Chronicle offices?😉😉😉)!

The Marshmallow Co have created a special little bundle to help you survive lockdown – the Thicc Hot Chocolate Bundle and it’s as decadent as it sounds…

  • 2 x Custom Stay Mallow Mugs
  • 1 x 300g Thicc Hot Chocolate
  • 1 x 6 pack Vanilla Bean Marshmallow




The Lolly Barn – For those who can visit in-store, we are open at 9:30 am daily (we are Covid safe and have a hand sanitiser station on entry & QR code check-in); those that can’t visit we are offering local delivery 🚚 on the Coast from just $10!

You can order over the Phone on 024332 5282.

We’ve put together some special hampers/packs to help Coasties get through isolation with our “Get me the F$$K out of Isolation Hamper” in $30 & $50 sizes, and this includes sweet treats and playing cards, UNO cards & games, including Jumanji, “Smart Ass” & Truth or Dare.

We’ve also got over 2000 products in-store at 2/38 The Entrance Rd, The Entrance (parking at the door, halfway between KFC & Lakes Hotel) or online at www.thelollybarn.com Afterpay is available online and in-store. LINK



Something to Give (even if it’s to yourself!):


The Billy Button Florist – Offering a *beautiful* (editor’s emphasis) special on fresh native bouquets $50 with free local delivery for the whole of July. You really don’t want to miss out on this one. Phone: 0451 467 437




Central Coast Hampers & Gifts – Just because we’re in lockdown doesn’t mean gift-giving has to be difficult offering Luxury Hampers, Grazing Platters & Gifts with local delivery & national shipping, Central Coast Hampers and Gifts can help – LINK



Little Strong Home – Is offering a “Pantry Edit” for just $47 USUALLY $147 – A downloadable guide that helps you through how to complete a pantry – with tips on what to buy, where to buy it how to save $$ when shopping and SO MUCH MORE! (Editors note: Clicking add to cart to organise my pantry that’s in desperate need of help😉!) LINK

Little Strong Home


Home at Noraville Green – Now’s the time to add to your plant collection, even if the family says there are *too many plants!* Contactless free delivery for homewares within 10km. LINK



Alira Hair – ARE YOU SUFFERING FROM ” I DON’T CARE” LOCKDOWN HAIR? Have you run out of shampoo or conditioner? Or perhaps your hair needs a treatment mask.  You can order all your KEUNE hair products direct from Keune using Alira’s exclusive salon link, AND it will be delivered right to your door! LINK

Post-Christmas in July Recovery:

Inner Glow Kiosk – We all know that we can overdo it at Christmas time and Christmas in July, in lockdown sure can lead to some excess. So let the team at Inner Glow Kiosk help with their range of juices and delicious muffins or heat at home vegan burrito bowls. LINK


Don’t forget our list of other local businesses that are open during lockdown CLICK HERE to check them out.