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Our local area certainly does Christmas well with lots of events and happenings to celebrate the festive season!

Special Events

Sydney Santa Spectacular

Christmas Family Fun Day, HomeHQ Artarmon, Sunday, December 1
Come along to Home HQ Artarmon on Sunday, 1st December as we count down the days till Christmas.  There’s something for everyone on the day: Our Whole Centre Will Be On Sale! Face Painting, Succulents Terrarium Workshop, Jumping Castle, Animal Farm, Mini Putt Putt Golf, Fairy Floss, Popcorn and Snow Cones, Choir and Live dance performances. All proceeds will go towards purchasing LEGO bricks for Royal North Shore Hospital. Click here for more

Lane Cove’s Lighting of the Christmas Tree, Friday December 6 
“The annual Christmas extravaganza for the whole family! Featuring free kids activities, live music, roving entertainment, a special acrobatic Christmas show and Santa. Be sure to check out the interactive Christmas Wonderland display on the day and get a photo in the giant snow globe.” Click for more

Chatswood Fair Trade Market, Saturday December 7

Featuring ethically sourced handcrafted items with an inspirational story, the vibrants markets are the perfect place to find gifts that give back to the person who made them, with money going to support economically disadvantaged artisans, farmers and producers. Check out the wide range of fashion accessories, toys, homewares, beauty products, jewellery, cards and lots more – gifts for the whole family and of course, yourself! Quality goods from fair trade businesses include Colombian bags and tagua jewellery from Koguis, Panama hats and hammocks from the Toucan Shop, embroidered cushion covers from Global Conduct, summer fashion from Stitch’d, Sri Lankan toys from Apsara, beautiful woven baskets from Bozy, silver jewellery from Eden Ministries, block printed quilts from Kalai and unique recycled beaded jewellery from Afribeads. Click for more

Bridgemas, The Bridgeview Hotel Willoughby, Sunday December 8
Head to the Bridgey for an afternoon of festive family fun, with activities for little ones including face painting, a jumping castle, and petting zoo. Adults can enjoy the outside bar and Christmas strawberry daiquiris. Click here for more

Christmas in Paris Market, Willoughby, Sunday December 8
The French Markets have become a hugely popular event on the local calendar so the Christmas Market is extra exciting. Experience Christmas in Paris with over 50 pop up shops of authentic french food and unique artisans! There will be a live French singer, activities for the kids and Santa! This is Xmas shopping with a French twist! Click for more


Sydney Santa Spectacular, Penrith  – Saturday 23 November – Thursday 26 December
Penrith Panthers club will be transformed into a winter wonderland complete with rides, magical ice rink, enchanted forest and the all important meet and greet with Santa. Click for more

Christmas Lights Spectacular, Hunter Valley Gardens, now – Jan 26.

Over three million lights illuminate the beautiful Hunter Valley Gardens for their Christmas Spectacular. Popular kids entertainment group Little Scallywagz will be returning this year with their Rock’n Elfy’s show to share the Christmas cheer, alongside the events’ most-loved magicians and entertainers. Guest can also enjoy a ‘White Christmas” with white treetops, a snow cave and arctic animals, light tunnels with hundreds of lights as you wander through, ‘Around the World’ with the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge, Centre Point Tower, London Big Ben and Edinburgh Castle. There’s also inflatable zones, jumping castles and thrill-seeking rides. Fan favourites include the majestic Venetian Carousel, a Ferris Wheel which gives you a beautiful view of the gardens from above, the classic Swing Chair and a 35 metre Superslide to top off the fun. Plus there’s food and beverage stalls, roaming entertainment including carollers (until Boxing Day). The Gardens giant Walk-Through Bauble will be back, as big and bright as ever, as well as the all-time favourites of Princess Castle, Fairyland and Candyland. Be sure not to miss their famous fireworks display to be held on New Year’s Eve. For more details on Christmas Lights Spectacular, tickets and program please visit: www.hvg.com.au  



The wonderful Willoughby Park Carols

Greenwich Carols by Candlelight, December 2. Click for more

Willoughby Carols, Willoughby Park, Saturday December 7, 4pm-8pm. “Bring your deck chairs and blankets and settle in for an evening of festive family fun at this year’s Carols in Willoughby Park! Now in its 12th year, entertain the kids with fun activities, fairground rides on the oval and take your own photo with our special guest Santa. Indulge in an extensive range of international food then sit back, relax and enjoy pre-carols entertainment from the Ukulele All Stars and Spanish guitarist Joseph Zarb. As the sun sets, get your voices ready for a spectacular carolling sing-along extravaganza from 7pm. The Northern Voices choir and band, Dance Republic, Willoughby Band and Willoughby Symphony Choir will get you into the Christmas spirit with traditional carols like Deck the HallsAway in a Manger and Silent Night and funky favourites including Jingle Bell RockRocking Around the Christmas Tree and Santa Claus is coming to Town. This year you can make Christmas special by contributing to a Christmas hamper for a family in need. Bring your non-perishable food items to Lifeline’s collection point at the carols. You’ll also be contributing to the Salvation Army by purchasing a carols booklet. Click for more

Northbridge Carols, Northbridge Oval is back for 2019! To be held on December 7, “the activity usually begins between 6:00pm and 6:30pm when families start to arrive and join the celebration with family and friends and a picnic to share. From 6:40pm there will be music from The Northbridge Public School Band. The carol singing program will begin at 7pm, and will conclude by 8:30pm.” Click for more

Mowbray Carols, Lane Cove December 7, 3.30-7.30 Celebrate the holidays with a sing-a-long and BBQ with friends! Special guest – Santa! Kids Choir | Activities | BBQ | International Food Stalls. Click for more

Crows Nest Carols Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 4 PM – 7 PM, Ernest Place. Click for more

Green Park Carols Cammeray TBA Click here for updates 

Carols at Balmoral, December 14 Click more more

Carols Under the Bridge, Kirribilli Saturday 21 December Click for more

Carols by the Bay, Neutral BaySunday 22 December Click for more


Christmas Lights

The Halloween decorations have just gone away but the Christmas light season will soon be in full flow.

There are several areas on the Lower North Shore where residents go above and beyond including our very own The Avenues in Willoughby, as well as Prince Albert Street in Mosman. In Lane Cove, the Council runs a Christmas lights competition and runs an interactive map with the best places to see the lights click here. And for a festive field trip, head over to Davidson, where Cambage Court has garnered a huge Christmas reputation. 


Santa Photos

The man in red is magically appearing at a number of local venues:

Home HQ, Artarmon – Get your pet’s photo with Santa! Saturday and Sunday from 7-22 December, 10am-3pm. Stay tuned for booking details. Click for more

Chatswood Chase – Saturday 16 November – Tuesday 24 December Click for more

Luna Park – with its stunning harbour backdrop, Luna Park is a favourite place to get your Christmas memories in print. Details coming soon on the Luna Park website. Click for more. 

Santa on the Beach, Mosman – for an Australian taste of Christmas, Santa will be pitching up his sleigh at Sirius Cove on Sunday 17 and Sunday 24 November and four legged friends are most welcome. Click for more

Chatswood Westfield – Friday 15 November – Tuesday 24 December Click for more

David Jones Chatswood –  from Saturday 30 November Click for more


Christmas Charities

Enter into the true spirit of the season by supporting one of these charities:

Kmart Wishing Tree, Chatswood – our nearest Kmart is in Chatswood Chase to leave a present for a family facing hardship this Christmas. Click for more

Joy Through Toys, Northbridge Toys in great condition are being collected again this year for distribution via Anglicare. The drop-off location is the box at the top of the steps at the front of St Mark’s Hall in Malacoota Road, Northbridge. The collection runs from Saturday November 16 to Saturday December 7. Click for more

Lane Cove Christmas Drought Fundraiser – help drought affected communities by donating gift cards by Thursday 12 December Click for more


Christmas Concerts and Pantomimes

It’s the perfect time of  year to celebrate with one of these traditional Christmas performances – after all what is Christmas without The Nutcracker?

The Toys that Made Christmas Dance Concert NORTHS, December 15 Click for more

The Nutcracker, Chatswood – Thursday 19 December – Sunday 22 December Click for more

The Nutcracker, Sydney Opera House – Saturday 30 November – Wednesday 18 December Click for more

The Magic of Christmas, Chatswood – Sunday 8 December Click for more


Christmas Craft and Cooking

It’s the season to get involved with the gingerbread, glitter and crafting. There are many Christmas craft activities happening in the next few weeks, for both the young and the young at heart.

Gingerbread Cookie Decorating, HomeHQ Artarmon Saturday 7 & 14 December 10.00am – 2.00pm Click for more

Makers Loft, Cammeray – there’s a full program of Christmas crafts on from this North Shore favourite, from wreath making to ornament decorating. Click for more

Christmas Wreath Making, Neutral Bay – Thursday 5 or Friday 6 December. Bookings are essential by Monday 25 November. Click for more

Gingerbread House Decorating, Willoughby Anglican Church December 1 Bookings by November 18 Click for more


Christmas Feasts

NORTHS Cammeray’s The Pantry

If the idea of cooking Christmas dinner is bringing you out in a cold sweat, there are a number of local dining options so you don’t have to be battling with carving the turkey or the Christmas Eve queues in Woollies.

NORTHS, CammerayClick for more

The Kirribilli Club – Click for more

Ripples Milson Point Click for more

Via Alta, Willoughby Click for more


If you know of any other events that should be included please email naomi@thelivingcollective.com.au We’ll keep adding to the Guide as new events come through, so keep checking back in. From the team at Willoughby Living, have a wonderful Christmas!