Merry and bright Yuletide events!
With Christmas and New Year’s fast approaching, North Shore Living looks at the top five events for you and the family to get involved in this festive season.
Fair Trade Christmas Markets
Saturday, 4 December, 10am to 4pm
The Concourse, Chatswood
If you want to finish off your Christmas shopping and feel good about the products you’re purchasing at the same time, look no further than the Fair Trade Christmas Markets at The Concourse this festive season.
The markets offer a variety of meaningful gifts, as well as stocking stuffers, so you can round out your Christmas shopping with a few weeks to spare.
Learn about how the environmentally friendly artisan products on offer were made with workers’ rights in mind from the friendly stallholders.
In the spirit of the season, your purchase will make a difference towards reducing global poverty.
No bookings are necessary, but you can register at willoughby.nsw.gov.au to be sent a reminder one week out from the markets.
Mosman Christmas Night Market
Thursday, 9 December, 4:30pm to 9pm
Mosman Square and Village Green
Markets, markets, markets. The North Shore is full of them at this time of the year, but Mosman’s Christmas Night Market stands out for its festive atmosphere and ambience.
Here, you’ll find items from every category you can think of including clothing, textiles, ceramics, and eco-friendly and Fair Trade products.
When you’re done with the shopping part of the evening, take some time to kick back and indulge in the market’s plentiful food and drink options. There will also be some live entertainment for the whole family to enjoy.
So, come along to enjoy a nice summer evening in Mosman and unwind under the fairy lights.
Carols in Willoughby Park
Saturday, 11 December, 4pm – 8pm
Corner of Fourth Avenue and McCelland Street, Willoughby
Willoughby City Council’s popular Carols in Willoughby Park will return for its 13th year this month.
Locals are encouraged to grab the deck chairs and picnic blankets and head on down for an evening of festive family fun, complete with fairground rides and a range of international food.
Carols singing will begin from 6.30pm, with the Willoughby Band and the Willoughby Symphony Choir to be joined by special guests Northern Voices.
Expect traditional carols, funky favourite tunes and, if you’re lucky, a special appearance by the Big Man himself – Santa Claus!
For further information, please visit willoughby.nsw.gov.au.
Taronga Christmas Concert
Saturday, 18 December, 6.30pm to 8.30pm
Get in the Christmas spirit while enjoying the delightful ambience and stunning harbour views at Taronga Zoo.
The annual family-friendly Christmas concert features an all-star line-up of performers, singers, musicians and, of course, Mr and Mrs Claus!
A range of food and beverage options will be available for purchase on the night, or you can pack a picnic to enjoy with the family.
Gates open from 6pm, with tickets $27 for adults; $24.30 for concession; and $22 for children (aged 4 – 15). Entry for infants under three is free.
So, grab your ticket, pack a picnic rug and pop on a pair of antlers for this not-to-be-missed Christmas extravaganza!
To purchase tickets, visit the Taronga Zoo website.
New Year’s Eve fireworks
Friday, 31 December, 9pm and midnight
It wouldn’t be a list of essential holiday events without Sydney’s very own New Year’s Eve fireworks.
The elaborate display of pyrotechnics is perhaps the quintessential New Year’s event that has hundreds of thousands of people in attendance, with millions watching from their lounge rooms across Australia and the world.
At this stage, public access to this year’s display will not be affected, according to the NSW Government’s COVID-19 roadmap.
We recommend checking out Balls Head Reserve or Bradfield Park to get an excellent view of the fireworks and ensure you say goodbye to 2021 in style. But be warned: these vantage points are sure to be popular, so make sure you arrive nice and early to secure your spot.