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Published November 7th 2015
O Come, All Ye Faithful
The joy of Christmas is heightened by many a caroller singing and lighted candles glowing in the dark. Sydney and its suburbs have many Carols by Candlelight events providing a memorable and moving experience.
In Sydney's north-west at Bella Vista Farm, home to many an event, you will find a day and night of Christmas markets, food stalls, games and plenty of entertainment. This year's ambassador is yellow Wiggle, Greg Page, and you never know maybe we'll see the skivvied group perform.
Tours of the farm will be available and Santa will be dropping in. Carols in the evening will be followed by fireworks.
Entry is $5 per person or you can get a family ticket for $15. Proceeds go to charities – Lifestart, Tallowood School and Woodbury – assisting special needs children.
When: Weds 16th December, 3pm-10pm (carols from 7pm) Where: Cnr Elizabeth Macarthur Drv & Norwest Blvd, Bella Vista Website: www.christmasinthehills.com.au
On the front lawns of Sydney Adventist Hospital, stage performers Gretel Scarlett and Sam Moran will entertain along with Dorothy the Dinosaur, Wags the Dog and friends, this year's The Voice winner Ellie Drennan, Wahroonga Adventist Primary School choir and Dave Martin & The Carols Band.
A day of activities include a petting zoo, balloon artists and face painting for the children. Meet Henry the Octopus and a load of roving entertainers before the main carols kick off at 8pm.
A variety of food stalls available at this free event with free parking to boot.
The event ends with a Hallelujah chorus and some spectacular fireworks.
Televised live on Channel 7 from 8.30pm and broadcast on Smooth FM radio, this well known event is the largest free Christmas concert in Sydney and crowds flock to it year after year. A star studded line-up of Australian and international celebrities will grace the stage and this year sees the likes of home-grown talent Dami Im, Mark Vincent and Justine Clarke performing once again. More local and international stars will be announced closer to the date.
Samantha Jade is this year's Ambassador and the theme for 2015 is 'Christmas Together', so share the festive season with family and friends. Share time with the greater community and lend a hand to someone in need.
For the first time this year, VIP tickets will be available giving access to premium seating and a copy of the official Carols Songbook. They're strictly limited, so get in early. Cost is $99 per person. Else you're encouraged to bring a picnic rug or low ground seating. Some seats will be available to hire for $9 (plus deposit) for the whole day.
There's plenty of food from traditional takeaway to Turkish, Thai and Yum Cha available from noon along with carnival entertainment. At 3pm, carolsTV and pre-show entertainment begins. The main concert starts at 8.30pm and concludes at 11pm.
When: Sat 19th December, from 12pm
Where: Adjacent to the Botanic Gardens between Art Gallery & Hospital Rds, Sydney
Iconic Bondi Beach is the scene for this Carols celebration with spectacular views and entertainment coming from local musicians, Bondi Brass, acapella group Heartbeat and Christmas band, Kale and the Chrissie Smoothies.
Enjoy a sausage sizzle with loved ones, children's entertainment, a walk on the beach, a swim, and sing along to favourite tunes. Bring your Christmas spirit and a rug to sit on.
The event is free but donations of cash or non-perishable foods are welcome. Glo sticks available to purchase. All proceeds go to charity.
The local council will be decking the streets in decorations and lighting up the CBD this festive season with a bigger and better display than ever before. Huge Christmas trees will sparkle in The Strand, Burwood Park and Railway Square whilst fluffy garlands will grace shopfronts.
The annual Carols in the Park at Burwood Park will entertain all with a medley of traditional tunes, free children's activities and workshops. Real reindeer in the petting zoo will mesmerize whilst a chill out zone for parents will give some breathing space.
A range of food and drinks stalls as well as merchandise stalls will be onsite. You're also close to many shops and cafes with this event.
Roaming performers, a visit from Santa and fireworks lighting up the night sky will transfix young and old.
Over at Koshigaya Park, there's a family festival from 5pm with free activities that include face painting, a giant worm and adventure playgrounds. A BBQ fundraiser will cook up sausage sangas and food stalls will serve up tasty tidbits, fairy floss, snow cones, drinks and more.
Grab a free song book and get ready for orchestra-led carols from 7.30pm. Glow sticks available to purchase. Bring a blanket or chair and stay for the fireworks at 9.30pm.