2023 Christmas Carols & Major Events Around Ryde

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These fantastic FREE events are what memories are made of. Connect with your community, have a good time out with the kids and get in the Christmas spirit!

North Ryde RSL Youth Club Christmas Carnival

When: Saturday 25th November 2023, 3pm till 8pm

Where: North Ryde RSL Youth Club, 231 Pittwater Road, North Ryde

The North Ryde RSL Youth Club Carnival 2023 is back for another year! Get ready for some family Christmas Fun for the whole family! This year the carnival includes:

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More info here.

Pyrmont Christmas Concert

When: Friday 1st December 2023 from 6-8pm

Where: Pirama Park

It’s time to dust off your reindeer ears, put on your party shoes and kick off Christmas at our free concert in Pyrmont.

Join The Listies, Tiptoe Giants, Endeavour Harmony, The Beanies and The Baker Boys Band to sing and dance in the spirit of Sydney Christmas. Santa will also make a special guest appearance.

There’ll be craft activities, table tennis and giant Jenga and other games for the kids (and the kids at heart).

Pack your picnic rug and get in early for the best spots. There’ll be a community barbeque, food trucks and Gelato Messina available to buy or bring a picnic.

More info here.

Strathfield Christmas Carols

When: Saturday 2nd December 2023 from 6 – 10pm

Where: Strathfield Park

This family fun-filled event will see Strathfield Park turned into a Christmas wonderland with a carols stage program, a petting farm, face painting, a jumping castle and more. Plus keep your eyes peeled for a visit and photo with the Big Man in the Red Suit…

A special Christmas-themed Movies in the Park screening of Elf (PG) will be sure to get the kids in the Christmas spirit.

Parking is available along Chalmers Road, Homebush Road and surrounding side streets.

A free shuttle bus service will be running from Strathfield Station (kiss and ride area) to Strathfield Park (Homebush Road bus stop) from 5pm – 10pm.

Find out more.

Hunters Hill Carols

When: Sunday 3rd December 2023 from 5pm

Where: Boronia Park Ovals

Join in for:

  • Food stalls
  • Market stalls
  • Entertainment
  • Fireworks

More info here.

North Epping Carols

When: Friday 8 December 2023, from 6.30pm

Where: Epping Oval (on Norfolk Rd)

Join in for some Peace on Earth and come together to experience oneness as a local community. Invite your friends to come along too! Carol singing begins at 7.15pm and finishes with fireworks ~ 9pm. Food, drinks, and glowsticks are available for sale.

More info here.

West Ryde Christmas Carols

When: Saturday, 9 December 2023, 6-8pm

Where: Anzac Park, Wattle Street, West Ryde

Join in for a wonderful evening of festive cheer at the West Ryde Christmas Carols! Get ready to sing your heart out and celebrate the joy of Christmas with your family and friends.

Immerse yourself in the spirit of the season as we gather together to enjoy enchanting carols, live performances, and delightful entertainment. This in-person event promises to be a memorable experience for all ages.

Enjoy a fantastic lineup of talented local performers who will fill the air with beautiful Christmas carols, as well as fun for the whole family at the petting zoo, pony rides, FREE face painting and food vans plus so much more.

Bring your picnic blankets, chairs, and a sense of community as we come together to celebrate this joyous occasion. Indulge in delicious food and drinks available from local vendors, and don’t forget to keep an eye out for Santa’s special helpers who may make a special appearance!

Please check the Facebook event and website for updates.


Cinema in the Park – How the Grinch Stole Christmas

When: Saturday 9 December 2023 from 7pm

Where: Fontenoy Park, Fontenoy Rd, Macquarie Park

Come and enjoy a free movie, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, rated PG. The event starts at 7.00pm, with the movie starting approximately 8.00pm or sundown.

  • Entry is free 
  • Limited free popcorn will be available
  • Bring your own low chair, beanbag or picnic rug
  • All venues are wheelchair accessible
  • There will be food trucks on site at each Cinema

Visit the Cinema in the Park page for more information.

Carols by Candlelight Sydney Adventist Hospital

When: Sunday 10 December 2023 from 4pm

Where: Wahroonga Seventh-day Adventist Church – 183 Fox Valley Rd, Wahroonga

This year’s event holds special significance as the SAN celebrates 120 years of Sydney Adventist Hospital, caring for our community, and promises to be a heart-warming celebration of the hospital’s rich history while embracing the joyous Christmas spirit that San Carols brings.

Join in on the front lawn of the San from 4pm for Family Activities, including Santa photos and a meet and greet with The Beanies! The Kids Concert starts the night at 7pm with the Main Carols Concert following at 7:30pm.

Visit the website.

Epping and Carlingford Carols in the Park

When: Sunday 10 December 2023 from 5pm

Where: Boronia Park, Epping

Market stalls and entertainment from 5pm, Carols at 7.15pm and Fireworks at 9pm! Visit the website to download your carols book.

More info here.

Ryde Wharf Markets Christmas Special

When: Sunday 10 December 2023 from 10am – 4pm

Where: Anderson Park, Meadowbank

The Ryde Wharf Market at Anderson Park Meadowbank on Sunday 10 December, will be a special Christmas Market running longer from 10am-4pm. It will have a particular focus on fresh food for all your pre- Christmas entertaining needs, as well as speciality gifting stalls. Santa will be making an appearance, along with live Christmas tunes.

More info here.

The St Ives Christmas Market

When: Saturday 9 to Sunday 10 December 2023

Where: St Ives Showground, Mona Vale Road, St. Ives

Spanning over two days, the event will run 3-9pm on Saturday and 10am-3pm Sunday. With a handmade and artisan pavilion, indoor boutique pavilion, outdoor stalls, food trucks and more, this new market will be an Annual Christmas must-do!

Do your Christmas shopping at the artisan stalls, boutique retailers, local makers & emerging brands at the region’s newest market.

More info here.

Christmas Carols @ Halliday Park

When: Wednesday 13 December 2023, 5 – 9pm

Where: Halliday Park, McGrath Avenue, Five Dock

Communities for Communities’ Annual Christmas Carols in Halliday Park Five Dock event is scheduled to take place on Wednesday 13 December.  Come along and enjoy this FREE community event and get into the festive spirit. Food and drink will be available for purchase and the one and only Santa will be visiting all the way from the North Pole!

In partnership with the City of Canada Bay, join in for a fun family night of Carols and spread the Christmas Cheer!
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More info here.

Rotary Carols on The Common

When: Sunday 17 December 2023 from 5pm – 9.30pm

Where: North Ryde Common

Join in for an authentic carols experience at Sydney’s second-largest Christmas carols in the heart of Ryde.

Kicking off at 5pm and running through the night is the Carols on the Common performance, featuring all your favourite classic carols with the best performers from all over Sydney. To close out the night, the whole family will be treated to an awe-inspiring fireworks display.

Come in early to experience the amusement activities and keep the kids entertained with the giant slide, or dodgem cars and dozens of other rides. Food vendors and a sausage sizzle will be served throughout the night.

Limited parking is available on-site with a gold coin donation.

More information here.