For the first time, Parramatta will get its very own massive carols event this year! Singer-songwriter Guy Sebastian will head the free all-star carols concert in Parramatta Park on Saturday 15th December from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Along with lots of singing, there will be rides and food stalls to enjoy with your family plus some special appearances.
Families will also have the chance to help The Sebastian Foundation support a domestic violence shelter for families in the Parramatta area. So please share some Christmas cheer and donate to help other families.
Carols in the Crescent is set to be Sydney’s second biggest carols event, after the Carols in the Domain. This event replaces the City of Parramatta Council’s Christmas in Parramatta event that was held in Centenary Square – which outgrew the location last year. Thankfully the Crescent at Parramatta Park can fit about 15,000 people and we hope to see it full of families. Here is what you can look forward to!
1Star Studded Entertainment (6:30pm to 8:30pm)
Along with Guy Sebastian, the free community event will feature great performances by:
- Children’s entertainer Sam Moran
- Tenor Mark Vincent
- Australian pop sensation and winner of 2011’s The X Factor Australia Reece Mastin
- Singer and actor Johnny Ruffo
- Singer Chris Sebastian
- The X Factor Australia 2016 finalist Chynna Taylor
- The Voice Australia 2012 winner Karise Eden
- The charming, yet somewhat bitter Christmas Grinch Dave Eastgate
All performers are volunteering their time in support of The Sebastian Foundation.
2Visit from Santa and the Grinch
Of course, the man of the season – Santa – will make a special appearance, as well as a grouchy Christmas Grinch.
3Rides (4pm to 9:30pm)
A short walk from the Crescent, you will find a range of rides for your family to enjoy at Pavilion Flats, near the George Street Gatehouse entrance. Rides include chair-o-plane, cup and saucer, storm ride, jumping inflatable and flying saucer. Tickets are $5 each, or $4 each when you buy five or more tickets.
4Food Stalls (4pm to 9:30pm)
Can’t be bothered taking a picnic dinner? No probs, you can grab something to eat at Carols in the Crescent. And even if you do take a picnic dinner, you may want a sweet treat afterwards. Some of the food stalls that will be to the right of the stage are: Gozleme Truck, Waroo Lamb, Samaras Lebanese and Sheri & Candy’s Milkbar.
Handy Info and Tips
- There’s a playground nearby at Pavilion Flats in Parramatta Park, just in from the George Street Gatehouse. The playground at Domain Creek is behind the Crescent, about a 500m walk away. Keep in mind that there are water pumps there.
- You will have a chance to donate to The Sebastian Foundation and help them support a domestic violence shelter for families in the Parramatta area.
- Parramatta Park will be closed to cars for the event.
- Car park is available a short walk away (700m).
- Food and drinks can be brought with you to the event. And there will be food available for purchase from 4pm to 9:30pm. Keep in mind that there are no ATMs in the park.
- Water re-fill stations will be available so remember to bring your water bottle.
- No shade tents/ domes are allowed at Carols in the Crescent. But you are bring low back chairs.
- There will be toilets (portaloos) at the Crescent.
- Pets on a leash who are socially behaved are allowed.
- You can get ID wristbands for little children (where you write your phone number) at the information booth to the left of the stage. There will also be a first aid tent here.
- The event is pram friendly and wheel chair accessible.
- There will be no fireworks at Carols in the Crescent.
Getting to Carols in the Crescent
Carols in the Crescent is in Parramatta Park, overlooking Parramatta River (and the new stadium) on the eastern side, along Byrnes Avenue.
- Driving: Parramatta Park will be a car free zone for the event. The nearest car park is Justice Precinct car park. You then walk to Parramatta Park at the Pitt Street entrance and the Crescent is about 700m away. Alternatively, you can park next to the new Parramatta Stadium and walk across the bridge. Or at Horwood Place car park and walk down Macquarie Street.
- Public Transport: Parramatta Park is a short walk from the Parramatta Transport Interchange, where you can catch buses and trains.
- Walking/ Riding: Enter Parramatta Park at the George Street Gatehouse and go right for about 450m until you reach the Crescent.