The Christmas decorations are up all around, and the festive season is really about to get underway! Here is a list of local carols and events – plus some fabulous ones further afield – where you and the family can get into the Chrissy spirit…
Christmas on the Green Brigidine, St Ives
Everyone is welcome to attend the Brigidine College Community Event, Christmas on the Green for carols by candlelight and Christmas Markets.
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.
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!
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!
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
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.
McClelland St, Willoughby
4pm – 8pm
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!
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
Crows Nest Carols
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.
Waterview Drive, Lane Cove West
From 6pm, December 4
Carols on the Grass, St Stephens Willoughby
What better way to celebrate the joy of Christmas than with carols?
Join us on Saturday 10th December at 5pm for kids’ games and dinner. Carols will begin at 5:30pm, featuring the Willoughby Public School band, children’s activities, a nativity play and carolling.
The evening will finish at 7pm. Bring your own picnic blanket and any additional drinks and snacks. Places are limited.
St Stephens Willoughby
211 Mowbray Road
Cost: $10 for adults, $5 for children, $25 for a family. Includes dinner and all activities.
Bookings via http://st-stephens.com.au/summer/
Green Park Carols, Cammeray
Green Park Carols is an annual community event hosted by NCAChurch. This year we are encouraging attendees to bring their own picnic dinner and get into the Christmas spirit by singing plenty of well-known carols.
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.
ICC Sydney, Darling Harbour
Tickets from $100
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.
4.30pm – 8.30pm
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
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.
Village Green at Sydney Adventist Hospital
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.
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!
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.
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.
The Domain, Sydney
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!
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!
Qudos Bank Arena
10am and 1pm
Tickets from $39
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.
Lionel Watts Reserve
Blackbutts Rd Frenchs Forest
4.30pm – 8.30pm
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.
Village Green Parade
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.
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.
Royal Botanic Garden
Mrs Macquaries Road
$18 per child
Do you know of any other Carols on the North Shore, or special Christmas events to add to the list? Please get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org