Where to go and what to see this festive season

The Christmas decorations are up all around, and the festive season is really about to get underway! Here is your definitive list of carols and events where you and the family can celebrate the end of 2022.

Christmas on the Green Brigidine, St Ives

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Everyone is welcome to attend the Brigidine College Community Event, Christmas on the Green for carols by candlelight and Christmas Markets.

November 25
Brigidine College
Mona Vale Rd, St Ives
4pm – 9pm

Sing Noel, Wahroonga

Sing Noel is an annual Christmas Carols concert presented by Wahroonga Seventh-day Adventist Church in Sydney. Soaring strings, majestic brass and magnificent vocalists will lift your spirits as we usher in the Christmas season together with singing. Funds raised in ticket sales will bring hope to thousands of Aussies this Christmas through the incredible work of ADRA Australia.

November 26
Wahroonga Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 183 Fox Valley Road, Wahroonga
Doors open 6:15pm, Concert starts 7:00pm
Tickets adults $30, children $20

Sydney City Brass Christmas Concert, Mosman


Get into the spirit for Christmas 2022 with an uplifting brass performance from Sydney City Brass. They’re promising a special fundraising concert after 2 years of delays and disruptions!

November 26
Mosman Art Gallery
1 Art Gallery Way Mosman
Doors open 6.30pm, concert starts 7pm
Adults $40, concession $30, children under 12 go free https://www.facebook.com/events/688816075625144?ref=newsfeed

Christmas in Lane Cove Village

Bluey and Bingo are coming back to Lane Cove and they’ll be there for the lighting of the Christmas Tree! This is one for locals and Bluey fans not to miss!

December 2
Lane Cove Plaza
24-28 Burns Bay Rd Lane Cove
Bluey Live Christmas Experience 3pm/3.40pm/4.40pm
Lighting of the Christmas Tree 3.30pm-8pm
Free entry

 Carols in Willoughby Park

Bring your deck chairs and your blankets and settle in for a night of family fun including rides for the kids, and a range of delicious food stalls. Sing along to all your favourite carols with the Willoughby Band and Willoughby Symphony Choir.

December 3
Willoughby Park
McClelland St, Willoughby
4pm – 8pm
Free entry

Festive Freshie

This is an annual day to showcase of all the amazing Freshwater businesses, old and new.  There are special offers, children’s activities and live music. Join in with some festive crafts and get a head start on some Christmas shopping!

December 3
Freshwater Village

Christmas Gingerbread house decorating, North Sydney

Making a gingerbread house is a classic Christmas tradition, and you can learn all about the different piping techniques and the perfect cookie base from a professional during this 3-hour class. And the best thing is, you get to take your delicious creation home!

December 3
North Sydney Community Centre
220 Miller St, North Sydney
$75 per person https://www.northsydneycentre.com.au/courses/23/CLS112174/creative-activities/christmas-gingerbread-house-decorating-class

Kids Christmas Movies, Mona Vale

Head to the Mona Vale Library for a Christmas movie experience for the whole family to get you into the festive spirit. And there are colouring in activities too!

December 3/10/17
1.30pm – 3pm
Mona Vale Library
1 Park Street Mona Vale
Free, no bookings required

Christmas at Northside, Turramurra

You’ll enjoy jumping castles, an animal farm, face painting, a commando challenge, food vans, and of course… carols!

December 4
217 Bobbin Head Road Turramurra

Crows Nest Carols

Image: Crows Nest Community Carols Facebook
The Crows Nest Carols are an annual, free, family-focused community carols event in Ernest Place, Crows Nest. This event is proudly brought to you by Crows Nest Mainstreet and Love Crows Nest, in partnership with Big Music, the Crows Nest Centre, and North Sydney Council.
December 4
Ernest Place Crows Nest

Freshwater Community Carols

This is an event for the whole community with Christmas stories and carols, and a sausage sizzle. Hosted by the Churches of Freshwater; St Peter’s Uniting Church, St Mark’s Anglican Church, and St John The Baptist Church.

December 4
Freshwater Surf Lifesaving Club
Kooloora Avenue

Christmas in the Park Lane Cove

Join the Lane Cove Concert Band as they perform all the classic carols, featuring the Burns Bay Big Band, Karingal Concert Band, and Turrumburra Concert Band.

Hughes Park
Waterview Drive, Lane Cove West
From 6pm
Free event

Christmas by the Beach, Dee Why

Superstars from Paw Patrol will headline this event for the whole family, so bring a picnic or enjoy some foo from one of Dee Why’s many restaurants and vendors on site. There will also be traditional carols brought to you by Northern Beaches Chorus and Northern Beaches Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and a visit from Santa!

December 9
James Meehan Reserve
Clyde Rd, Dee Why
4pm – 7.30pm

The Muppet Christmas Carol, State Theatre

The Muppet Christmas Carol sees The Muppets perform the classic Charles Dickens holiday tale, with Kermit the Frog playing Bob Cratchit, the put-upon clerk of stingy Ebenezer Scrooge (Michael Caine). Gonzo, as Dickens, narrates the story with the help of Rizzo the Rat. The film also features Miss Piggy as Emily Cratchit, Gonzo as the narrator Charles Dickens, Fozzie Bear as Fozziwig and Robin the Frog as Tiny Tim.

Scrooge receives visits from spirits of three Christmases — past, present and future. They show him the error of his self-serving ways, but the miserable old man seems to be past any hope of redemption and happiness.

December 10
ICC Sydney, Darling Harbour
Tickets from $100

Pittwater Carols At Avalon

For a true Aussie Christmas event, head to Carols at the Beach to enjoy the choir, food trucks and stalls, face painting, kids characters and a visit from Santa. And there will be fireworks over Avalon Beach when it gets dark!

December 10
Avalon Beach Surf Life Saving Club
58A Barrenjoey Rd Avalon
4pm – 9pm

Carols in the Park Frenchs Forest

Kids will love this event, with a puppet theatre,  jumping castle, kindifarm and children’s entertainment including a performance from the Australian Girls Choir, as well as traditional Christmas carols.

December 10
Ararat Reserve
Frenchs Forest
4.30pm – 8.30pm
Free entry

Christmas Cupcakes Class, Mosman

A festive family activity for children aged 10 and over, where you will learn to create Christmas cupcakes using piping techniques and the famous whipped buttercream and fondant from the Classic Cupcake Company. There are only 10 students in each class, and the price includes all materials.

December 10 3pm-5pm/5.30pm-7.30pm
December 16 6pm-8pm
The Classic Cupcake Company
1/167 Avenue Road Mosman
$99 per person
Children aged 10-15 must be accompanied by a paying adult

SAN Carols, Wahroonga

Image: Adventist Record

Returning to the Village Green at Sydney Adventist Hospital, this years’ Carols event will commence at 4pm with our kids and family activities, food stalls and Santa photos, followed by our popular kids concert at 7pm.

The main event will this year feature a returning San Carols performer in Ian Stenlake, alongside TV and musical theatre star Penny McNamee and Sydney singer/song-writing duo Jess & Matt. They will be supported by local Carols regular Jana Aveling, the talented Wahroonga Adventist School Choir, and Dave Martin and the Carols band.

December 11
Village Green at Sydney Adventist Hospital
Free entry

Christmas Actually, Sydney Opera House

An all-star cast of Australian music theatre sweethearts deliver the festive event of the year: Christmas Actually – the music of Love Actually live on stage.

December 14-17
Sydney Opera House
Tickets from $89

Sip and get crafty with cupcakes, North Sydney

Create your own Christmas theme cupcakes with tips from a professional pâtissier while enjoying a glass of wine. No experience necessary!

December 16
North Sydney Community Centre
220 Miller St, North Sydney
6.30pm – 8.30pm
$75 per person https://www.northsydneycentre.com.au/courses/23/CLS112178/creative-activities/sip-and-get-crafty-with-cupcakes

Christmas Mini Chef Cooking Classes, Cammeray

Teach your children how to prepare a wholesome, nutritious meal for Christmas festivities with a kids cooking class, led by food writer and teacher Sheridan Rogers. They’ll learn how to make chicken schnitzels with red & green salad, gingerbread men, angels & stars cookies with decorations, and homemade christmas shortbread.

December 16/19/21/23
Lytton St, Cammeray
$75 per child

Carols in the Domain

Known as Australia’s Biggest Christmas Party, 2022 will be the 40th anniversary of the Carols in the Domain near the famous Sydney harbour and Royal Botanic Gardens.  Festivities start at 1pm, before the show begins at 8pm.

December 17
The Domain, Sydney
From 4pm
Free entry with ticket purchased via Ticketbooth

Taronga Zoo Christmas Concert

Join in the family fun at Taronga Zoo for this outdoor concert featuring an all-star line up of performers, singers, musicians and Santa Claus himself!

December 17
Taronga Zoo
Gates open from 6pm, concert from 7-8.30pm
Adults $29, Children 4-15 $24, Children under 4 free

The Wiggles Holiday Party Big Show, Qudos Bank Arena

Experience the magic of The Wiggles’ brand-new The Wiggles Holiday Party Big Show tour this November and December!

December 17
Qudos Bank Arena
10am and 1pm
Tickets from $39

Christmas Paddle, Narrabeen

If you’re a fan of dragon boating, you can decorate your boat and join in for another Christmas Lights Paddle to link to the Christmas Carols on the Lake. Hosted by the Narrabeen Lake Dragonboat Club.

December 17
Jamieson Park
40 The Esplanade, Narrabeen Lakes
6pm – 9pm

Carols by the Lake Narabeen

Bring the family for pre-entertainment from local artists, followed by traditional Christmas carols, a visit from Santa and a stunning fireworks display over Narrabeen Lakes.

December 17
Lakeside Park
Lake Park Rd North Narrabeen
Free entry

Mona Vale Rotary Club Carols

This will be the 19th annual Mona Vale Carols, back after a two year hiatus. Hosted by the Rotary Club of Upper Northern Beaches.

December 17
Village Park
1A Park St Mona Vale
6.30pm – 9.30pm
Free entry

Turramurra Community Carols

Come and join us for a great night of fun and community carol singing and experience the true meaning of Christmas. The night includes Sausage Sizzle and Drinks, Activities for kids and families, Songbooks and Candles, Carol Singing with our band from 6:30pm, A visit from Santa.

December 18
Cameron Park, Turramurra

Frenchs Forest Lions Carols

Now in its 45th year, the Lions club of Frenchs Forest host this event which includes kids entertainment, farm animals, lots of food and ice cream! Money raised goes to the Lions children’s cancer research foundation.

December 18
Lionel Watts Reserve
Blackbutts Rd Frenchs Forest
4.30pm – 8.30pm
Free entry

Chanukah on the Green, St Ives

Join in with the Jewish community to celebrate the festival of Chanukah (Hanukkah) with amusement rides, carnival games, live music and entertainment. There’s also arts and craft, and a giant Menorah lighting.

December 18
Village Green Parade
St Ives
5pm – 8pm
Free entry with pre-booked ticket: https://events.humanitix.com/green2022/tickets
More information here: https://www.facebook.com/events/3045387175758689?ref=newsfeed

Christmas Stories with RA Spratt, Belrose

Come and hear author R.A. Spratt (Friday Barnes, Nanny Piggins) as she performs her favourite Christmas tales, and carols written by Nanny Piggins herself! It promises to be fun event for the family who enjoys a giggle.

December 18
Glen Street Theatre
$25 per person, $22 pp for groups of ten +

Santa’s Studio, Botanic Garden

Bring your child in Christmas costume for a special festive art and craft session in a beautiful garden setting. All art materials are included in the cost, for your little elf to make presents grandparents will love.

December 21/22/23
Royal Botanic Garden
Rathborne Lodge
Mrs Macquaries Road
$18 per child


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