Thank you for Loving Local in 2020 

As the unforgettable year of 2020 draws to a close, one feature of this year that we can all be thankful for is the amazing response we’ve had from the community to our Love Local campaign. 

The message of “Shop, play and stay local” has been embraced far and wide, with hundreds of business owners displaying Love Local posters in their shop windows, and thousands of people tuning into our many live streams of performances by local musicians. We’ve also seen scores of local tradies and business owners register on our Business Directory and have seen local talent grace our small screens as they’ve taught adults and kids a whole range of new skills as part of Love Local Lessons. Meanwhile, other members of the community have been discovering new parts of the beautiful Blue Mountains through our year long Love Local In Focus series which has shown a spotlight on different Blue Mountains towns and villages each month since February this year.  

Now, before you hit the shops for your Christmas shopping here’s a few local gift ideas that will not only save you from battling crowds in the City in 30 degree heat, but will also allow you to support our local economy. A total win win!

How can you Love Local this festive season? 


Image: Wollemi Artisan Markets at Blue Mountains Cultural Centre

Buy Christmas gifts at local markets

Christmas Wollemi Twilight Market, Blue Mountains Cultural Centre 
Friday, 4 December, 5.30 – 8.30pm

Join us for a special Christmas Wollemi Market featuring live music and a range of products from talented Blue Mountains artists, designers and food producers.

Showcasing art, jewellery, homewares, accessories and more, the market is the perfect opportunity to shop local and find unique, artisanal gifts this Christmas.

Social distancing and hygiene measures will be implemented at this event.

If you can’t make the upcoming Wollemi Markets you can also buy direct from a wide range of stallholders via our Virtual Marketplace



Image: Honey Gem Nursery, Springwood

Go late night shopping in Springwood and Leura

Springwood Late Night Shopping

From 26 November until Christmas 2020, Springwood shops on Macquarie Road will remain open after 5pm every Thursday night in the lead up to Christmas. Get into the festive spirit and get on top of those Christmas lists, and support our local businesses! 

A Village Christmas in Leura

A Village Christmas in Leura is on Friday, 18 December 2020. Leura Village shops, cafes and restaurants will keep their doors open and their lights shining for a sparkling celebration. In addition to late night shopping and dining, there’ll be lots of festive fun! A Village Christmas will feature a children’s lantern parade, a chance to see socially-distanced Santa, pop up performances, games and competitions and of course a chance for your furry best friend to up the fashion stakes in the annual Pooch Parade.



Image: Mtns MADE products

Buy from a range of MTNS MADE products

MTNS MADE products are now available at our Visitor Information Centres in Glenbrook and Echo Point, as well as from the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Shop where Insight members will receive a 10% discount on items in the shop.



Image: Cinema Under the Stars at the Blue Mountains Culture Centre

Buy an Insight membership at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre

Get to know your Cultural Centre with annual InSight Membership. Enjoy unlimited free entry to the exhibitions, discounts in the Gallery Café and Shop, members prices on art classes and events, plus many more exclusive benefits to inspire both artists and art lovers.

Have you been to our sister facilities in Springwood? With additional benefits at Blue Mountains Theatre and all the latest news from Braemar Gallery, InSight Membership brings you the very best from major Arts venues in the Blue Mountains.

Find out more 


Buy a pass to the gym and/or the pool

Shout your spouse, friend or another family member a pass to one of our swimming pools and/or leisure centres which are located at Glenbrook, Springwood, Lawson, Katoomba and Blackheath. 

We have a range of facilities, classes and passes available. 

Find out more



Image: Live performance at the Blue Mountains Theatre and Community Hub, Springwood

Give the gift of a live show at Blue Mountains Theatre

A gift certificate makes the perfect, thoughtful gift suitable for loved ones, friends, colleagues and clients.

Gift certificates can be redeemed towards any show playing at Blue Mountains Theatre - concerts, theatre, dance, comedy and more - and are valid for 3 years from the date of purchase. 

You can spend as much or as little as you like, and you can choose to print the digital voucher at home - ideal for that last minute gift!

If you would prefer a certificate to be mailed to you or the recipient directly, please contact our box office on 4723 5050.    

Click here to purchase a gift certificate online 

How else can you love local this festive season? 

•    Shop at your local butcher or fruit shop. 
•    Go out to dinner or lunch locally.
•    Stay somewhere in the Blue Mountains for a night, instead of going away. 


Image: Fairmont Resort, Leura 

What are the community benefits of loving local?

•    It boosts the local economy and invests in the broader community, who are usually your neighbours or friends.
•    It reduces the environmental impact. 
•    It helps create local jobs .
•    It keeps our villages unique by having businesses that are distinct.
•    It encourages local prosperity.


Enjoy Loving Local this Festive Season!