With Christmas just two months away, its time to start planning your festivity schedule. What better way to welcome the merry season than with an abundance of warm sunshine and a wide range of activities that you and your whole family can enjoy around Sydney. There are plenty of free events for you and the family to take part in without breaking the bank. Here's a list of Christmas markets, concerts, choirs and carols to get you and your loved ones into the festive spirit this December.
Get into the festive mood this coming Christmas season with a variety of choir performances every night at Martin Place and every Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday nights in Pitt Street Mall. Sing along to some of your favourite Christmas melodies while you shop for gifts in Sydney's number one shopping destination. Visit the website for programme details.
Set in a Christmas wonderland, performances from Sam Moran, the Sydney Philharmonia Choir, SplashDance, Ally Boom Boom & The Cool Bananas, DJ Peter Baecker and the Glorious Sousaphonics will bring the night to life. Kids can look forward to craft activities, table tennis, and games with Christmas elves. Santa stockings filled with special treats will also be on sale with proceeds going to Variety, The Children's Charity. Available for purchase on the night will be food, coffee and gelato. A guest appearance by Father Christmas himself will accompany the stunning firework display to end the night. For more information visit the website.
Time: 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Venue: Matron Ruby Grant Park Address: Zetland NSW 2017 Phone: 02 9265 9333
With a diverse range of market stalls selling everything from women's fashion to menswear, children's clothes, toys, gifts, homeware, fine art, ceramics, jewellery, pet accessories, leather goods and more, this is the place to be getting your Christmas shopping done. On site will be gourmet food vendors with a marvellous selection of food and drinks. There will also be rides and fun activities for the little ones! For more information, visit the website.
Time: 3pm – 9pm
Venue: Robertson Park, Watsons Bay
Address: 22 Military Rd, Watsons Bay NSW 2030
Phone: 0411 170 008
Every year, this event brings together the community to celebrate the arrival of Christmas. Organised by the Bayside Council, it is a splendid way to spend the evening with family and friends and celebrate the festive season with carols and entertainment for the kids. Don't forget to bring your Christmas Spirit with you, as well as your beautiful singing voices and a comfy rug to sit on. For more information on this festive event, visit the website.
Time:6:00 pm – 9:00 pm AEDT
Venue: Lady Robinsons Beach
Address: Brighton Le Sands, NSW
Phone: 1300 581 299
To welcome the festive season, the Roseberry Village Christmas Concert offers a range of performances entwining the Christmas spirit. Hosted by Sam Moran, with entertainment from Jimmy Giggle, SplashDance, Ally Boom Boom & The Cool Bananas and Suite Az, kids will be delighted to join in with the singing and dancing. There will also be craft activities, table tennis and games for children to enjoy. Santa stockings filled with special treats will be on sale, with proceeds going to Variety, The Children's Charity. Santa will make an appearance with a magnificent firework display to finish the evening on a high note. For more information, visit the website.
Head over to Dee Why Beach for a Christmas themed evening with traditional carols, a Christmas show for the family and a range of activities such as free face-painting. This great family evening out is made better with photo opportunities with Santa, as well as a jumping castle for kids to enjoy. Bring along a picnic blanket and enjoy some delicious cuisine from the onsite food vendors or pack something of your own. Supporting partner Cunninghams will be handing out battery operated candles at the entry gates so do come early! Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a leash. For more information, visit the website.
Time: 4pm – 8pm
Venus: James Meehan Reserve, Dee Why Beach
Address: Clyde Road, Dee Why NSW 2099
Phone: 02 9942 3201
Back again as the longest running carol event in Macarthur, this year's Carols in the Garden features a Christmas market which runs from 3pm to 7pm. Throughout the markets' open hours there will be entertainment for the kids with fantastic pre-carols stage programs with the official carols kicking off at 7pm. For more details, visit the website.
The annual Party in the Park is perfect for an evening out and a great way to celebrate the arrival of the festive season with family and friends. There are free activities for the kids, a variety of market stalls, a visit from Santa, and food and drinks. Personality duo, Me and Mrs. Jones are this years' entertainment line-ups, along with a few other local talents leading some Christmas songs. The night will end with a spectacular display of fireworks. For more information, visit the website.
Time: 5.30pm - 9pm
Venue: Hay Park
Address: 188 Pine St, Hay NSW 2711
Phone: 02 6993 4045
The largest free Christmas celebration in Australia is back at the Royal Botanic Gardens. Start planning your day and picnic as you join the country's celebrities and singers for an evening of spectacular live entertainment. Pre-show entertainments starts at 3pm and the main program at 7.45pm. For more information, visit the website.
Time: 12pm - 10.30pm
Venue: Domain, Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens
Address: 1 Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney NSW 2000
Enjoy contemporary and traditional carols at Annandale's Village Green and get into the Christmas spirit! This evening event is hosted by the Village Church in the inner suburb of Annandale. You can come along and join the chorus, or just sit back and enjoy the company of family and friends. For more details, visit the website.
Time: 7pm – 9.30pm
Venue: Village Church
Address: 122 Johnston St, Annandale NSW 2038, Australia
Phone: 02 9660 2444