Free Santa PhotoSanta Claus will be at Waratah Village in December!

Come and get a free photo* with Santa!

December Calendar 2018
Santa Visits Photos   Time
Saturday 1st 10:00am to 1:00pm
Saturday 8th 10:00am to 1:00pm
Saturday 15th 10:00am to 1:00pm
Monday 17th Free photos with Santa 9:30am to 12:30pm
Tuesday 18th Free photos with Santa 9:30am to 12:30pm
Wednesday 19th Free photos with Santa 9:30am to 12:30pm
Friday 21st Free photos with Santa 9:30am to 12:30pm
Saturday 22nd Free photos with Santa 9:30am to 12:30pm
Sunday 23rd Free photos with Santa 9:30am to 12:30pm

* One FREE photo per child (additional photos have a fee). Photos only available certain days as indicated above.

Waratah Village’s Famous Christmas Lights Switch On

Friday 2nd November from 6:00pm onwards

Christmas Lights Switch On

Welcome Santa and Mrs Claus & their team of Merry Elves!

  • The Waratah Girls Choir
  • The Jitterbugs
  • Kozi & Pinky!
  • Magically Yours - the fabulous Joel Howlett
  • Kids craft activities
  • Face painters, sausage sizzle and more...

8:00pm – Roof Top Lights Switch On


Merry Christmas from Waratah Village Shopping Centre


Local sculptor Ms Julie Squires was commission by the centre owners to create a bronze art work that represented the old brickworks which occupied the site and the many workers associated with what once was a major industry which played a vital part in the development of Newcastle.


Storekeeper David Watson established a brickyard in 1886 on the site where Kmart is now located.

Brickmaking was a thriving industry in the late 1800s and David Watson saw it as a business opportunity.

The site’s famous smokestack was built in 1913, and in 1925 the old steam boiler was replaced by an electric turbine. The brickworks changed hands a number of times and by 1950 it was owned by W.H.Hudson, who further developed the site and increased production.

The last batch of bricks were baked in December 1969 and the brickworks closed down, to make way for the building of a new Kmart on the site.

The Waratah Brickyard featured a large and substantially built brick kiln, one of the best in the district, capable of burning a large number of bricks at the same time.

The large smokestack carried off the smoke from the entire site, and was the subject of many complaints to the Council over the years.

The smokestack was demolished in March 1970, much to the delight of the people of Waratah, who were looking forward to their new Kmart being completed.

A large crowd gathered to see the demolition of the smokestack, and cheered when it collapsed.


Sponsored by Waratah Village
World's Biggest Car Boot Sale

Life Education AustraliaThe World's Biggest Car Boot Sale is a fundraising event organised by Hunter Life Education.

The World's Biggest Car Boot Sale is a safe place to sell your collectables, antiques, original,vintage, 2nd hand and new items. It's a great day out for the whole family.

Due to the significant weather warnings predicted for Newcastle this Saturday and Sunday and in the best interest of our stallholders, Hunter Life Education and its Board will be postponing the World's Biggest Car Boot Sale to Sunday 26th June 2016

For more information go to

Waratah Weather





Humidity: 94%

Wind: 20.92 km/h

  • 16 Dec 2018

    Thunderstorms 28°C 21°C

  • 17 Dec 2018

    Thunderstorms 29°C 20°C

Opening Hours

Some stores have extended trading hours. For a complete list of individual store hours click here