There's no other time of the year like Christmas, and there's no better place to enjoy the festive season than the NSW North Coast.
THE Northern Rivers is packed with hundreds of backpacker 'orphans' who'll spend Christmas thousands of miles away from home.
WHILE most local church leaders prepare classic Christmas sermons about the birth of Jesus, at least two are taking not so traditional approaches.
WITH Santa's arrival only a few sleeps away, Ayla Eden, Ned Smith and Sam Smith swung into the Christmas spirit early at the ClunesCarols last night.
CHRISTMAS got under way in Lismore over the weekend with a carnival in the CBD and Southern Cross University Carols by Candlelight.