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.
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
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!
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
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.
Freshwater Surf Lifesaving Club
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
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
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
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!
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
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