Ho Ho Ho…it’s only over a month to go until Santa comes down the chimney! As a Christmas gift from us to you, we’ve searched all over the place for all the merry things to do with your family and put them together in one handy spot – our ultimate Christmas Guide 2019. And it’s overflowing with Christmas cheer!

| Carols | Christmas Lights | Local Christmas Events | Christmas Storytimes | Fresh Christmas Trees | Craft |

Ultimate Christmas Guide 2018

There are more than 15 Christmas carol events, some jolly Christmas storytimes, a long list of fun Christmas community events, a sprinkling of Christmas craft activities and lots of dazzling Christmas lights to see. We also have you covered if you are looking to buy a fresh Christmas tree. And if you are after a new family tradition or a way to focus more on the giving of Christmas, we highly recommend doing a Random Acts of Christmas Kindness ‘Advent Calendar’.


Carols

Tis the season to be jolly….and thankfully there are plenty of events to experience and enjoy Christmas carols at. Of course the very special carols with Guy Sebastian and friends at Parramatta Park is a must for local families! Here’s a list of more than 20 carols events in the area. And for others, visit the Hope 103.2 website.

Dec 15 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm North Rocks Park Field 1
Carols by Twilight will be on again this year but moving to North Rocks Park due to the upgrade of John Wearn Reserve.  
Dec 15 @ 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm Golden Grove Kings Langley
The Annual Kings Langley Christmas Carols is on again this year with a new location, Golden Grove Park which is located next to the Kings Langley Shopping Centre. Gold Coin entry per person with all[...]
Dec 15 @ 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm North Ryde Commons
Join us for an authentic carols experience at Sydney’s second largest Christmas Carols in the heart of Ryde. PICNIC CONCERT – CAROLS – FIREWORKS – RIDES – FOOD STALLS The 27th annual Carols on the[...]
Dec 17 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm Ringrose Park
Join us for an evening of Christmas cheer on Ringrose Oval. Carols on Ringrose is a family event that will feature live entertainment from PAULINI and Adam Scicluna supported by Sydney Party Bands own Christmas[...]
Dec 17 @ 6:00 pm – 10:30 pm Melrose Park Public School
Join us at the Melrose Park Christmas Carols and Movie Event! Tuesday 17th December 2019 38-42 Wharf Road (Old Pfizer Site), Melrose Park 2114 6pm – Christmas Carols 8:30pm – Movie (Elf) ** Limited Parking[...]
Dec 18 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Halliday Park
The annual family festival Carols in the Park is back! The event will feature live entertainment, children’s activities, food and beverages and most excitingly, a special visit from Santa Claus! The event will also be raising much-needed funds[...]
Dec 19 all-day Winston Hills Mall
Enjoy live Christmas carols from various local performance groups along with live music from The Parramatta City Quartet Band & The Salvos on selected dates in the lead up to Christmas. Thursday 28th November: 5pm[...]
Dec 20 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm North Rocks Park
The amazing North Rocks Carols by Candlelight is back in 2019! More details to come soon.
Dec 21 all-day Winston Hills Mall
Enjoy live Christmas carols from various local performance groups along with live music from The Parramatta City Quartet Band & The Salvos on selected dates in the lead up to Christmas. Thursday 28th November: 5pm[...]
Dec 21 @ 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm Spence Park
Come celebrate the most wonderful time of the Year. Penrith Church of Christ, Soma and Word of life Church is hosting our Annual Christmas Festival and Carols for the whole family. Starting at 4pm the[...]
Dec 21 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm Anzac Park
Celebrate Christmas while enjoying a variety of exciting activities, including: Live music Carol singing The Christmas Story Santa arrival Free coffee Jumping castle for the kids Animal farm for the kids Don’t forget to bring[...]

 


There’s something very magical and mesmerising about a house decked out with Christmas lights. And even more so when experiencing them with kids.

The Google Map below shows Christmas light displays that we have visited in previous years. As well as ones fundraising for Lights for Kids this year. Most houses turn their lights on from the first weekend in December. And we will update the map gradually once they do.

Some of our top picks include 7 Mallee Street in Quakers Hill, Grasmere and Dorset Avenues in Northmead and Chauvel Street in North Ryde. For the full list, see our Christmas Lights Displays article.


Fresh Christmas Trees

There’s something delicious and very Christmassy about the smell of a fresh pine tree. If you are in the market for a fresh Christmas tree you can also help support a local community group while you are at it. Here are the key places to pick up a fresh Christmas tree.

For other areas, check out the Scouts NSW list.


4CHRISTMAS STORYTIME

Cumberland Council Libraries – 11am

Come to the annual end of year storytime parties,  celebrating with stories, songs, games and a visit from Santa himself. These sessions are free and suitable for children 2 to 5 years of age. To book your child’s space, please call the Library.

  • Regents Park Library: Monday 2 December. To book call 02 8757 9066
  • Wentworthville Library: Tuesday 3 December. To book call 02 8757 9067
  • Lidcombe Library: Wednesday 4 December. To book call 02 8757 9064
  • Granville Library: Thursday 5 December. To book call 02 8757 9061
  • Auburn Library: Monday 9 December. To book call 02 8757 9060
  • Greystanes Library: Tuesday 10 December. To book call 02 8757 9062
  • Guildford Library: Wednesday 11 December. To book call 02 8757 9063
  • Merrylands Library: Thursday 12 December. To book call 02 8757 9065

I think we all love some craft time without a mess to clean up afterwards! And if these Christmas craft events leave you and your kids wanting more, here is our list of 25 simple Christmas craft activities to do at home.

Bunnings Santas Little Helper Workshops (from 1st December)

  • Seven Hills: Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 3pm
  • Blacktown: Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 2pm

Cumberland Council Libraries – 3:30pm

Join us as we create some Christmas magic to take home. These craft workshops are free and a great activity for school aged children. No bookings required.

  • Granville Library and Guildford Library: Tuesday 17 December
  • Regents Park Library and Wentworthville Library: Wednesday 18 December
  • Greystanes Library and Lidcombe Library: Thursday 19 December

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There’s ho ho ho many great local Christmas community events and activities over the next few weeks, including shows, markets, carols, craft and fairs. Our top 5 picks are:

  1. Carols in the Crescent with Guy Sebastian and friends on 14th December at Parramatta Park
  2. Bunnings Christmas Family Night on 5th December
  3. Christmas in the Gardens on 7th December at Auburn Botanic Gardens
  4. Carols at the Park on 8th December at Boronia Park in Epping
Dec 15 @ 8:30 am – 3:00 pm Westleigh
The Westleigh Rural Fire Brigade Annual Santa Run will be held on Sunday 15 December 2019, commencing from Warrigal Drive, Westleigh at 8.30am and visiting Westleigh and parts of Thornleigh, Normanhurst and Pennant Hills. We[...]
Dec 15 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am Westfield Parramatta, Level 2, Centre Court.
Save the date it’s Santa’s Breakfast. Stay tuned for more details to come.
Dec 15 @ 9:30 am – 6:00 pm Westfield Parramatta
Santa’s elves are on their way from the North Pole to visit Westfield Parramatta and stay right through Christmas! Elves’ Lane will be an immersive zone for both the young and young at heart to[...]
Dec 15 @ 10:30 am – 3:30 pm Sydney Olympic Park train station
Direct from the North Pole, don’t miss Santa’s Vintage Train for two days only! Take a 45-minute ride aboard Sydney’s vintage electric train with Santa from Olympic Park Station to Parramatta (Saturday), or to Rhodes[...]
Dec 15 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm Glenorie Bakery
A visit to Glenorie Bakery is always magical at Christmas time (and yummy all year round!) but more so when the reindeers are there! You can get up close to some reindeer on Sunday 15th[...]
Dec 15 @ 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm Wenty Leagues
Santa Claus and his little helper will be paying Wenty Leagues a visit or two throughout the festive season so don’t miss your chance to meet the man in the red suit! Join us for[...]
Dec 15 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm Strathfield Plaza
Join us for Christmas craft at Santa’s workshop! Find elf helpers and most importantly plenty of Christmas fun. Dec 7th & 8th – Design a Christmas tote bag Dec 14th & 15th – Decorate a[...]
Dec 15 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm Ryde Eastwood Leagues Club
Join us for our MAD HATTER’Z CHRISTMAS PARTY and meet all the wonderful characters from this crazy, zany world. But be careful of the Evil Queen, as she is always around! A song and dance[...]
Dec 15 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm North Rocks Park Field 1
Carols by Twilight will be on again this year but moving to North Rocks Park due to the upgrade of John Wearn Reserve.  
Dec 15 @ 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm Golden Grove Kings Langley
The Annual Kings Langley Christmas Carols is on again this year with a new location, Golden Grove Park which is located next to the Kings Langley Shopping Centre. Gold Coin entry per person with all[...]
Dec 15 @ 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm North Ryde Commons
Join us for an authentic carols experience at Sydney’s second largest Christmas Carols in the heart of Ryde. PICNIC CONCERT – CAROLS – FIREWORKS – RIDES – FOOD STALLS The 27th annual Carols on the[...]
Dec 15 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm Jacaranda Square, Sydney Olympic Park
Join in the Christmas spirit with a nightly celebration in Jacaranda Square. Bring your colleagues, family, friends and neighbours to the Square from 21 November to 24 December to celebrate the festive season. Each night[...]
Dec 16 @ 9:30 am – 6:00 pm Westfield Parramatta
Santa’s elves are on their way from the North Pole to visit Westfield Parramatta and stay right through Christmas! Elves’ Lane will be an immersive zone for both the young and young at heart to[...]
Dec 16 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm West Ryde Library
Come and celebrate at West Ryde library and look back on another successful year in 2019, with the lively sounds of the West Ryde Ukes! Everyone is welcome to join.
Dec 16 @ 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm Wenty Leagues
Santa Claus and his little helper will be paying Wenty Leagues a visit or two throughout the festive season so don’t miss your chance to meet the man in the red suit! Join us for[...]
Dec 16 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm Jacaranda Square, Sydney Olympic Park
Join in the Christmas spirit with a nightly celebration in Jacaranda Square. Bring your colleagues, family, friends and neighbours to the Square from 21 November to 24 December to celebrate the festive season. Each night[...]
Dec 17 @ 9:30 am – 6:00 pm Westfield Parramatta
Santa’s elves are on their way from the North Pole to visit Westfield Parramatta and stay right through Christmas! Elves’ Lane will be an immersive zone for both the young and young at heart to[...]
Dec 17 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm Castle Hill RSL
Join us for our Christmas Kids Day on Tuesday December 17 from 11am-2pm for Gingerbread Decorating, Christmas Craft, Face Painting and Balloons. Santa will be making special appearances on the day and you can also[...]
Dec 17 @ 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm Wenty Leagues
Santa Claus and his little helper will be paying Wenty Leagues a visit or two throughout the festive season so don’t miss your chance to meet the man in the red suit! Join us for[...]
Dec 17 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Cumberland Council Libraries
Join us as we create some Christmas magic to take home. These Christmas craft workshops are free and a great activity for school aged children. No bookings required. Granville Library: Tuesday 17 December Guildford Library:[...]
Dec 17 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm Ringrose Park
Join us for an evening of Christmas cheer on Ringrose Oval. Carols on Ringrose is a family event that will feature live entertainment from PAULINI and Adam Scicluna supported by Sydney Party Bands own Christmas[...]
Dec 17 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm Jacaranda Square, Sydney Olympic Park
Join in the Christmas spirit with a nightly celebration in Jacaranda Square. Bring your colleagues, family, friends and neighbours to the Square from 21 November to 24 December to celebrate the festive season. Each night[...]
Dec 17 @ 6:00 pm – 10:30 pm Melrose Park Public School
Join us at the Melrose Park Christmas Carols and Movie Event! Tuesday 17th December 2019 38-42 Wharf Road (Old Pfizer Site), Melrose Park 2114 6pm – Christmas Carols 8:30pm – Movie (Elf) ** Limited Parking[...]
Dec 18 @ 9:30 am – 6:00 pm Westfield Parramatta
Santa’s elves are on their way from the North Pole to visit Westfield Parramatta and stay right through Christmas! Elves’ Lane will be an immersive zone for both the young and young at heart to[...]
Dec 18 @ 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm Wenty Leagues
Santa Claus and his little helper will be paying Wenty Leagues a visit or two throughout the festive season so don’t miss your chance to meet the man in the red suit! Join us for[...]
Dec 18 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Cumberland Council Libraries
Join us as we create some Christmas magic to take home. These Christmas craft workshops are free and a great activity for school aged children. No bookings required. Granville Library: Tuesday 17 December Guildford Library:[...]
Dec 18 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Halliday Park
The annual family festival Carols in the Park is back! The event will feature live entertainment, children’s activities, food and beverages and most excitingly, a special visit from Santa Claus! The event will also be raising much-needed funds[...]
Dec 18 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm Jacaranda Square, Sydney Olympic Park
Join in the Christmas spirit with a nightly celebration in Jacaranda Square. Bring your colleagues, family, friends and neighbours to the Square from 21 November to 24 December to celebrate the festive season. Each night[...]
Dec 19 all-day Winston Hills Mall
Enjoy live Christmas carols from various local performance groups along with live music from The Parramatta City Quartet Band & The Salvos on selected dates in the lead up to Christmas. Thursday 28th November: 5pm[...]
Dec 19 @ 9:30 am – 6:00 pm Westfield Parramatta
Santa’s elves are on their way from the North Pole to visit Westfield Parramatta and stay right through Christmas! Elves’ Lane will be an immersive zone for both the young and young at heart to[...]
Dec 19 @ 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm Wenty Leagues
Santa Claus and his little helper will be paying Wenty Leagues a visit or two throughout the festive season so don’t miss your chance to meet the man in the red suit! Join us for[...]
Dec 19 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Cumberland Council Libraries
Join us as we create some Christmas magic to take home. These Christmas craft workshops are free and a great activity for school aged children. No bookings required. Granville Library: Tuesday 17 December Guildford Library:[...]
Dec 19 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm Jacaranda Square, Sydney Olympic Park
Join in the Christmas spirit with a nightly celebration in Jacaranda Square. Bring your colleagues, family, friends and neighbours to the Square from 21 November to 24 December to celebrate the festive season. Each night[...]
Dec 20 @ 9:30 am – 6:00 pm Westfield Parramatta
Santa’s elves are on their way from the North Pole to visit Westfield Parramatta and stay right through Christmas! Elves’ Lane will be an immersive zone for both the young and young at heart to[...]
Dec 20 @ 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm Wenty Leagues
Santa Claus and his little helper will be paying Wenty Leagues a visit or two throughout the festive season so don’t miss your chance to meet the man in the red suit! Join us for[...]
Dec 20 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Lollipops Parramatta
Join us on Friday the 20th of December for our Christmas Disco with Belinda from Hypo Entertainment from 1pm-3pm! Pre-Book your ticket now for ONLY $10 here.
Dec 20 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm North Rocks Park
The amazing North Rocks Carols by Candlelight is back in 2019! More details to come soon.
Dec 20 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm Jacaranda Square, Sydney Olympic Park
Join in the Christmas spirit with a nightly celebration in Jacaranda Square. Bring your colleagues, family, friends and neighbours to the Square from 21 November to 24 December to celebrate the festive season. Each night[...]
Dec 21 all-day Winston Hills Mall
Enjoy live Christmas carols from various local performance groups along with live music from The Parramatta City Quartet Band & The Salvos on selected dates in the lead up to Christmas. Thursday 28th November: 5pm[...]
Dec 21 @ 9:30 am – 6:00 pm Westfield Parramatta
Santa’s elves are on their way from the North Pole to visit Westfield Parramatta and stay right through Christmas! Elves’ Lane will be an immersive zone for both the young and young at heart to[...]
Dec 21 @ 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm Wenty Leagues
Santa Claus and his little helper will be paying Wenty Leagues a visit or two throughout the festive season so don’t miss your chance to meet the man in the red suit! Join us for[...]
Dec 21 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm Strathfield Plaza
Join us for Christmas craft at Santa’s workshop! Find elf helpers and most importantly plenty of Christmas fun. Dec 7th & 8th – Design a Christmas tote bag Dec 14th & 15th – Decorate a[...]
Dec 21 @ 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm Spence Park
Come celebrate the most wonderful time of the Year. Penrith Church of Christ, Soma and Word of life Church is hosting our Annual Christmas Festival and Carols for the whole family. Starting at 4pm the[...]
Dec 21 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm Anzac Park
Celebrate Christmas while enjoying a variety of exciting activities, including: Live music Carol singing The Christmas Story Santa arrival Free coffee Jumping castle for the kids Animal farm for the kids Don’t forget to bring[...]
Dec 21 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm Jacaranda Square, Sydney Olympic Park
Join in the Christmas spirit with a nightly celebration in Jacaranda Square. Bring your colleagues, family, friends and neighbours to the Square from 21 November to 24 December to celebrate the festive season. Each night[...]
Dec 22 @ 9:30 am – 6:00 pm Westfield Parramatta
Santa’s elves are on their way from the North Pole to visit Westfield Parramatta and stay right through Christmas! Elves’ Lane will be an immersive zone for both the young and young at heart to[...]
Dec 22 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm Glenorie Bakery
A visit to Glenorie Bakery is always magical at Christmas time (and yummy all year round!) but more so when the reindeers are there! You can get up close to some reindeer on Sunday 15th[...]
Dec 22 @ 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm Wenty Leagues
Santa Claus and his little helper will be paying Wenty Leagues a visit or two throughout the festive season so don’t miss your chance to meet the man in the red suit! Join us for[...]
Dec 22 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm Strathfield Plaza
Join us for Christmas craft at Santa’s workshop! Find elf helpers and most importantly plenty of Christmas fun. Dec 7th & 8th – Design a Christmas tote bag Dec 14th & 15th – Decorate a[...]
Dec 22 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm Jacaranda Square, Sydney Olympic Park
Join in the Christmas spirit with a nightly celebration in Jacaranda Square. Bring your colleagues, family, friends and neighbours to the Square from 21 November to 24 December to celebrate the festive season. Each night[...]
Dec 23 @ 9:30 am – 6:00 pm Westfield Parramatta
Santa’s elves are on their way from the North Pole to visit Westfield Parramatta and stay right through Christmas! Elves’ Lane will be an immersive zone for both the young and young at heart to[...]
Dec 23 @ 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm Wenty Leagues
Santa Claus and his little helper will be paying Wenty Leagues a visit or two throughout the festive season so don’t miss your chance to meet the man in the red suit! Join us for[...]
Dec 23 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm Jacaranda Square, Sydney Olympic Park
Join in the Christmas spirit with a nightly celebration in Jacaranda Square. Bring your colleagues, family, friends and neighbours to the Square from 21 November to 24 December to celebrate the festive season. Each night[...]
Dec 24 @ 9:30 am – 6:00 pm Westfield Parramatta
Santa’s elves are on their way from the North Pole to visit Westfield Parramatta and stay right through Christmas! Elves’ Lane will be an immersive zone for both the young and young at heart to[...]
Dec 24 @ 4:30 pm – 8:30 pm Various around North Rocks
Santa will be visiting North Rocks again this Christmas Eve on his special sleigh run! This lovely community event is brought to you by the Rotary Club of North Rocks. All donations to Santa go[...]
Feb 8 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm 6-8 Cutler Pde North Ryde
Our next Twilight Community Market on Saturday, 14th December between 4.00-8.00pm will have a special Christmas theme. Visitors from near and far come to connect and shop while supporting our friendly and talented stall holders.[...]
Mar 14 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm 6-8 Cutler Pde North Ryde
Our next Twilight Community Market on Saturday, 14th December between 4.00-8.00pm will have a special Christmas theme. Visitors from near and far come to connect and shop while supporting our friendly and talented stall holders.[...]

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