Top 5 Northern Beaches Christmas activities



With the pandemic still on our minds, Christmas is likely to look a little different this year. 

But after the year that was 2020, we could all use some Christmas cheer to remind us of the best things in life – food, fun and family. 

In the spirit of the season, we’re gifting you our top five festive picks for COVID-safe Christmas activities on the Northern Beaches. 

Christmas on the square

COVID-19 may have seen Northern Beaches Council, sadly, forced to pull the plug on its popular Christmas carols and New Year’s Eve fireworks, but that doesn’t mean the festive season is cancelled.

Council has decided to use the funds it normally would have spent on these large-scale events towards activating town centres and outdoor spaces with public art, street performers, carollers, bands, orchestras, light displays and Christmas decorations. 

Keep your eyes glued to the Council website throughout December to find out more about the pop-up festivities.

Sun, sand and Santa

Eager to keep up the tradition of the annual family Santa photo but unsure about social distancing?

Santa-on-the-Beach offers fun, memorable Christmas photos with an Aussie twist.

The company offers a creative take on the stock-standard festive family pic, laying out themed picnic tables, cushions, chairs and rugs for families to sit on, while Santa dons his beach hat in the background.

If you’d rather the family shot with the Jolly Red Man, there’s also the opportunity for Santa-free sessions.

Dog-friendly Christmas photos can be booked for Bayview and Clontarf, while Narrabeen Beach is a humans-only affair due to Council regulations.

Visit for more details.

A Christmas market with a difference  

This year has been a difficult one for rural families afflicted by fires, droughts, and financial stress. 

Manly’s Royal Far West are spreading the joy this season by hosting two Christmas markets over the first and second weekends of December.

Stalls will be offering Aussie made gifts and decorations, and you can also snap up a freshly chopped tree to adorn your home and flood it with that sweet, crisp Christmassy smell.

One hundred per cent of the profits from the tree sales and the market stall holder fees will be donated to Royal Far West Children’s Charity, which connects rural and remote children with the healthcare they need.

There will also be prizes won daily, including trees, wood decorations, fabric wall decals and more. 

Visit Christmas Trees & Markets at Royal Far West on Facebook for more details.

Carols on the couch

While Narrabeen’s beloved Carols by the Lake may be physically cancelled this year due to the pandemic, organisers Link Church have found a way to keep the Christmas spirit alive.

Carols by the Lake Re-Imagined will be an interactive, online event, allowing you to belt out all your favourite carols and enjoy the Christmas experience from the comfort and safety of your own home. 

So, start practicing your fa la la la las, whip up some Christmassy treats and bring the family together on 19 December for an evening of festive fun. 

Visit to register and find out more.

Christmas crafts!

Interested in giving a loved one an extra-special gift this year or finding a unique way to decorate your house while learning a new skill?

Warriewood arts and crafts studio Little Lane Workshops is offering workshops in Christmas candle making, cookie decorating, wreath making and printmaking for locals to get in the spirit and develop a new talent.

Why not share the fun by bringing along a friend or family member? No experience is required, and all materials are provided, including nibbles and refreshments.

For more information, visit

Stephanie Aikins, Journalist, Peninsula Living Magazine

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