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From beautiful Christmas markets, to community carols, Santa photos and nearby Christmas events, there’s so much happening to celebrate the festive season in our local area…


Willoughby Carols, Willoughby Park, Saturday December 2, 4pm-8pm. An evening of rides, entertainment and caroling for all! Now in its 11th year, Willoughby Park Carols is one of those unmissable community events where you can set down a picnic rug or deck chairs and settle in for a night of relaxed festive fun. “The event will kick off at 4pm with entertainment and activities to get you in the Christmas mood. Entertain the kids with rides on the oval, interactive circus activities with Circus Akimbo and fun arts and crafts. Enjoy an extensive range of international food or pick up some Christmas gifts at the market stalls.  And don’t miss the opportunity to have your free photo taken with the big man in red! Enjoy pre-carols entertainment from Willoughby Ukestars, the Salvation Army brass band, Industry Arts and the Jazz Factory. As the sun sets, the popular Willoughby Symphony Choir and Willoughby Band return to perform all your favourite carols at 7pm – make sure to warm up your voices for a sing-along and get there early to secure a good seat! Click for more  


Lane Cove Concert Band – Carols by Candlelight, Hughes Park Lane Cove, Dec 2, 7pm-8.30pm. Click for more.

Carols at Crows Nest, Ernest Place, Sunday December 9, 4pm–7pm.

Green Park Carols, Green Park Cammeray, Sunday December 9, 5pm-8pm. Click for more.

Carols at Clanville, Roseville, Saturday December 15, 5pm-9pm. Click for more.

Christmas Carols, The Concourse, Saturday December 15, 5pm. Click for more.

Carols Under the Bridge, Milson’s Point, Saturday December 15, 5.30-9pm. Click for more

Carols at Balmoral, The Rotunda, Saturday December 15, 7.45pm–9.30pm. Click for more.

*Northbridge Carols – have unfortunately been cancelled this year due to the resurfacing of Northbridge Oval.  


Santa Photos

Chatswood Westfield, daily until December 24 
There’s a beautiful setting again this year (above) – a miniature village with picture windows to entertain children as they make their way to meet Santa. There are also special pet photography sessions and sensitive Santa times for children with special needs. Online bookings advised. Click for more.

Chatswood Chase, daily until December 24.
You can skip the queues and prebook a Santa ‘Fastpass’ via the website: Click for more.

David Jones, Chatswood, daily Nov 24-Dec 24.
Santa’s coming to town, so be sure to visit our Chatswood store from 24 November until Christmas Eve. Bookings are essential: Click for more. 

QVB, City. 
Experience the magic of a QVB Christmas with a visit to Santa and the Enchanted Garden. Bookings essential: Click for more. 

David Jones, City
Santa’s elves are busily getting a magical one-of-a-kind Enchanted Forest ready so be sure to visit Santa from Thursday 29 November 2018 until Christmas Eve and experience the magic of our Enchanted ForestClick for more

Myer, City
Take the Rocket Ship Lift from the ground floor and be transported through the clouds to Santa’s Wonderland on Level 6, where an interactive Christmas experience awaits the whole family – including the Santa Land Express. Click for more.


Christmas Lights

You may have just visited the residents of the Avenues in Willoughby for Halloween, and their efforts are replicated in their Christmas decorations – it always makes for a lovely family stroll at dusk.

Lane Cove Council now offers an online map of decorated homes, as well as prizes for best home, best street and people’s choice. You can register prior to, or view the map from Dec 8 (Click for more).

Chauvel St in North Ryde, Cambage Court in Davidson and Prince Albert Street in Mosman are also well worth visiting each year.

(photo: Paul Melham)

Christmas Markets

Eryldene Christmas Fair, November 24 and 25, 10am-4pm.
As the Jacarandas flower, experience the personal attention of over 50 stallholders showcasing their Christmas gift products, amongst the beauty of Eryldene and its late spring garden. Entrance: $5 Adult / Conc. Children free. Click for more

Chatswood Fair Trade Christmas Market, December 1, 10am – 4pm.
Our popular Fair Trade Christmas Markets are back! This is the place to find your ethically sourced handcrafted gifts with an inspirational story. Give twice this Christmas by kicking off a chain reaction of goodwill. Choose to spend your money where it can make a real difference by supporting opportunities for economically disadvantaged artisans, farmers and producers. Click for more

Wahroonga Christmas Fair, December 2, 9am–4pm.
Take the opportunity to do your Christmas shopping and pick up some unique and interesting items. Have a great family day browsing through the many stalls for that special Christmas gift or sought after collectable. Click for more.

Mosman Twilight Christmas Market, Thursday December 6, 4.30pm-9.30pm.
The Mosman markets are a special twilight Christmas event. The Twilight Market will feature live entertainment, face painting for the kids and a visit from Santa! Click for more


Special Christmas Events

Gingerbread House Building, Willoughby Uniting Church, December 8, 2pm-5pm.
Come along for an afternoon of fun making a gingerbread house for Christmas. Gingerbread kits and lollies are provided. Registration is essential to ensure that a kit is available for you. Cost is $35.00 per kit. Registrations must be received by November 23. Click for more

Christmas Craft and Baking, The Maker’s Loft Cammeray (throughout Dec).
From Christmas wreaths to ceramic ornaments and messy Christmas craft to beautiful baking, the wonderful Maker’s Loft has so many workshops to choose from to get you in the Christmas spirit. Click for more

Bridgemas, Bridgeview Hotel Willoughby, December 9, 12pm.
Round up the kids and come on down to The Bridgey as we celebrate our 2nd annual Bridgemas! Join us from midday for an afternoon of festive fun. There will be plenty of activities for the little ones, such as face-painting, jumping castle & a petting zoo. For the grown-ups, be sure to try out the Christmas themed cocktails. Santa will also be making a surprise appearance! To book your table for lunch or dinner call us on (02) 9958 4145
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The Magic of Christmas Concert, The Concourse, December 9, 2pm
The Willoughby Symphony present an enchanting concert for the whole family this festive season Click for more

Edible Christmas Cooking Classes for Children, Cammeray, December 9, 14, 19, 21
Children (8-12) can learn the joy of cooking and giving baked goods and treats for Christmas with local chef Sheridan Rogers. On the menu, depending on the date, are Christmas Angel, Blondies, Reindeer Cupcakes, Gingerbread Men and more. Click for more

Lah-Lah’s Christmas Spectacular, NORTHS Cammeray, December 15, 10am.

There’s a disaster at Santa’s workshop and they need to cancel Christmas! But what about all the children? What will inspire the elves to work? What could bring back Mrs. Claus’ love of baking. How do we get Rudolf off the trapeze and back to the sleigh? Music of course! Lah-Lah’s Big Live Band and Santa team up for a spectacular festive concert to bring back the Christmas cheer, and they need your help.. Lah-Lah’s Christmas Spectacular! 50 minutes of live music, dancing plus full band meet & greet. Click for more

The Toybox, Mosman, Dec 16, 11am
A Christmas event, free for kids! This Christmas bring your kids on a musical journey through Claude Debussy’s The Toybox. Open their eyes and capture their imaginations with this ‘ballet for children,’ as it reveals all the secrets of the toybox. From Sydney ensemble Thoroughbass, this 2018 interpretation of the 1919 ballet is a magical entrée to one of the most influential French composers of all time. Inviting little bodies with big imaginations to join us in the round on the floor, and get up close to some of the earliest musical instruments. (Fixed seating for parents and grandparents). Suitable for ages 4+. Held at Mosman Art Gallery. Kids free, adults $35. Enquiries: 0411 375 821 or E: Diana.thoroughbass@gmail.com Click for more.


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!