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It’s so wonderful to see some Christmas festivities popping up despite the year that’s been. If you want to get into the holiday spirit here are five nearby events for yuletide fun – and we’ll keep adding to the list…

Bridgemas at the Bridgeview – December 12

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Get ready for live music, special drinks, BBQ and burgers in the car park of the Bridgeview Hotel. Plus a ton of kids’ entertainment such as magic shows, balloon twisting and a craft’s corner. The Bridgey is much-loved for its community spirit and it’s going to keep to tradition with its energetic Christmas event, Bridgemas, on December 12. Book here.

Address: 580 Willoughby Rd, Willoughby, Sydney, NSW 2068
Phone: 02 8587 5300
Website: https://www.bridgeviewhotel.com.au/bridgemas
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BridgeviewHotel
Instagram: @bridgeviewhotel

Sydney Christmas Fair – December 11-13

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The Entertainment Quarter at Moore Park is hosting a Sydney Christmas Fair between December 11 to 13 to give your kids a huge grin while getting their photos taken with Santa. The big guy from the North Pole isn’t holding back though – he’d love your furry friends to get in the picture too! Continue the fun with a visit to the elf workshops to fill your stocking with loads of goodies, get the young ones to write a letter to Santa, and jump on one of the rides, get carried away with carnival games and more. Don’t forget to close out the night with a favourite Christmas classic at the open-air cinema or at the Gingerbread House Party where Jingelena will bring karaoke to a whole new level. Book here.

Address: 122 Lang Road, Moore Park, NSW 2021
Phone: 02 8117 6700
Website: www.sydneychristmasfair.com.au
Instagram: @sydneychristmasfair

Preschoolers’ Bush Christmas – December 10

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Get the little ones to experience nature with Willoughby Council’s Preschoolers’ Bush Christmas event on December 10 between 10am and 11:30am. “If you go down to the bush today, you’re in for a big surprise. Join the bush animals on a silly adventure with fairy treats to follow. Wear hats and bring your child’s snack and drink. You will meet in the grassy area beside the lowest car park at Artarmon Oval. Turn right at the end of Burra Road, Artarmon”. Book here

Address: Artarmon Reserve, Burra Road, Artarmon, NSW 2064
Phone: 9777 7942
Website: https://www.willoughby.nsw.gov.au/Events/Preschoolers-Bush-Christmas
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WilloughbyCityCouncil
Instagram: @willoughbycity

Christmas Concert at Taronga Zoo Sydney – December 19

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What’s more festive than a Christmas concert at one of Sydney’s most iconic locations? Head to Taronga Zoo on December 19 and sing your favourite carols set against the backdrop of Sydney Harbour. Enjoy amazing performances and don’t forget to keep a lookout for a very important guest who’s jumped on his sleigh and come to our city all the way from the North Pole. There will be various food and beverage options available so you and the family can enjoy a picnic as well. Book here.

Address: Bradleys Head Rd, Mosman, NSW 2088
Phone: 02 9969 2777
Website: https://taronga.org.au/sydney-zoo/events/christmas-concert
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tarongazoo
Instagram: @tarongazoo

Suddenly Magic Christmas at The Rocks – December 7-25

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Get lost in the magic of Christmas at The Rocks this year with twinkling lights, mouth-watering food, festive flavours and crafty creations. The bars and restaurants are welcoming you to come toast with them while the boutique stores are ready to cater to your Chrissy gift needs with artisan and bespoke products on offer. There’s Christmas Markets from Friday to Sunday, live music entertainment and plenty of workshops to decorate cookies and make wreaths. AND, don’t forget to sneak a kiss as you walk by Mistletoe Lane. Head here for more information.

Website: https://www.therocks.com/whats-on/campaigns/christmas
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/therocks
Instagram: @therocks