CAROLS: Dennington’s Payne Reserve will host the annual Carols by the Merri on Friday with local school choirs and musicians to kick off the event from 6.30pm. A food court will serve up goodies from 5.30pm. The all-ages event includes local artists, ice-cream, a barbecue and visit from Santa. Entry by gold coin donation.
FILM: Port Fairy Film Society will screen Girl Asleep on Friday at 1.30pm and 7.30pm. The fundraising event, at the Riordan Theatre, is part of the Port Fairy Rotary Club’s student exchange program.
FITNESS: The Tower Hill Challenge is on Saturday from 8am. Three alternative routes – a 15-kilometre course, six-kilometre course and three kilometres for juniors – will take runners through mud, ice, tyres and wooden barriers to finish with food and drink at Koroit’s Victoria Park.
GARDEN PARTY: Fletcher Jones Gardens presents a Christmas market garden party on Saturday. There will be art markets, music, entertainment, food and drink, arts on the grass challenge and exhibitions from 10am. The event starts at 9.30am with a parade from the Kodak shop on Liebig Street to the Pleasant Hill site.
COASTER ART: Warrnambool’s Sweezy’s Emporium and laneway will host the inaugural Coaster Art Show opening party on Saturday from 3pm to 9pm in the Ozone laneway. The all-ages event will include toasties, pizza, coffee, music and art.
MARKET: The annual summer markets begin on Sunday at Warrnambool’s Civic Green, running between 9am and 1pm. Stalls will feature Christmas foods and gift ideas, local art, designer woodcraft, candles, toys, jewellery and clothing.
CAROLS: The inaugural Koroit Carols by the Railway event is on Sunday at Koroit Railway Station between 3pm and 5pm. The community event will showcase a number of talented locals, an Irish Santa, gifts, a joke competition and face-painting.
CRICKET: The annual Law versus Lore cricket game is at Warrnambool’s Harris Reserve on Sunday from 10.30am. Members of the south-west Aboriginal community and Warrnambool police officers will participate in the Twenty20 game.