The festive season has arrived on the Northern Beaches and the lead up to Christmas sees markets and shopping events, community Carols, Santa photos plus much more happening in our area. Here’s what not to miss!


Manly – Christmas Choral Concert – Thursday December 5, 2019 5pm to 8:30pm, Manly Oval
The jewel in the crown for Christmas Carols on the beaches, the Manly Christmas Choral Concert is the first of the local Carol’s to take place. Featuring the Northern Beaches Orchestra and a Community Choir plus special guest artists and a visit from Santa. Entry is Free. Bring your picnic blanket and food or choose from one of the food vendors who will be operating. Click for more

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Avalon – Carols at the Beach– Saturday, December 7, 2019 4pm-9pm
Rumoured to include special guest performances from Bananas in Pyjamas and Elsa and Olaf! Click for more

Carols at Curl Curl Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 4:30 PM – 8 PM Curl Curl Sports Centre Click for more

Dee Why – Christmas By the Beach Friday, December 13, 2019 at 4 PM – 8 PM, James Meehan Reserve
Free face painting and Santa photos are sure to be a draw card for this event! Along with all the favorite traditional carols and a children’s Christmas show bringing entertainment for the whole family there will also be a jumping castle for the kids. Click for more

Mona Vale – Rotary Christmas Carols in the Park Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 6 PM – 8:30 PM Mona Vale Village Park
Organised by Rotary Northern Beaches, an evening of Christmas music featuring talented local musicians and singers. Bring a picnic or a variety of refreshments will be available. Santa will arrive during the performance. Entry to the event is free. Click for more

Grace City ChurchDee Why RSL Club, Sunday, December 15, 2019 at 6 PM – 7 PM Click for more

Narrabeen – Carols By the Lake – Saturday, December 21, 2019 at 6 PM – 9 PM, Lakeside Park Narrabeen
Always popular and sure to draw a big crowd are Narrabeen’s Carols’ By the Lake. Aside from Carols there will be Food Trucks, a visit from Santa, a Fireworks finale and more! Hosted by the Link Church who also have a website with all the details. Click for more

Image: The Link, Carols by the Lake

Santa Photos

Santa On The Beach at BayviewPet Friendly – Saturday 30 November, 2019, 1pm Bayview Dog Park, and Saturday 14 December, 2019, 8am Bayview Dog Park Click for more

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Santa at Stockland Balgowlah From November 30
Welcome Santa and Mrs Claus, plus all your favourite Christmas Characters for a very special parade around the centre on Nov 30. The Santa’s Arrival Parade will commence from Level 1. The parade will then continue through to Ground Level, finishing at the Santa set. Beat the crowds this Christmas and visit Santa after the show to have your photos taken. For more information, visit Click for more.

Warriewood Square Thursday 28th Nov – 5th December 6:00pm-9:00pm, Kmart Court
Santa will be at the square daily for visits and photos up until Christmas Eve. Pet Friendly – Bookings essential! Click for more

Westfield Warringah Mall now – Dec 24
Pre-book your Santa photo online by selecting a time that’s convenient for you. Online bookings are recommended; however, walk-ins are also welcome. Click for more

Christmas Lights

The famous Cambage Court Christmas lights

Taking a drive around the Beaches at Christmas time is a great way to get into the festive spirit. Some streets are known for going above and beyond and are worth seeking out, such as: Collins Street and Gondola Road in Narrabeen, Elaine Avenue and Eastbourne Road in Avalon, Katrina Avenue in Mona Vale, Child’s Circuit in Belrose, Tor Road in Dee Why and the very famous Cambage Court and Borgnis Street in Davidson.

Shopping and Markets

Newport Shopfest, Saturday November 30, 8am-5pm
Live music and Kids entertainment alongside a fresh produce market and wares from local Newport businesses right on their doorsteps. Click for more

Creative Made Markets, Saturday, 30 November 2019 – 9:00am to 3:00pm
Now into its fifth year, Creative Made has become a destination for contemporary craft and design on the Northern Beaches. 36 carefully curated stalls will offer locally made art, homewares, accessories and skincare with a distinct beaches flavour. They will be sure to appeal to a range of interests – and might make lovely Christmas presents! Click for more

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Aggy’s Christmas Market Sunday, December 1, 2019 at 8 AM – 2 PM Balgowlah
Join us for the annual Christmas Market at Aggy’s Corner on Sunday, December 1st. We have partnered with like-minded brands to bring you a curated selection of art, ceramics, fashion, food, flowers and jewellery from some of our favourite local brands. So, come sip on coffee, eat delicious food, and get your Christmas shopping sorted all at the same time, whilst supporting local. Click for more

Home on Darley Christmas Shopping Night Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 3 PM – 7 PM Mona Vale Click for more

The Beaches Christmas Market, Sunday 15th December, 9am-2pm Warriewood
Grab your last minute gifts, enjoy musical entertainment and delicious Hot Food. Some fresh produce available. Fashion, Jewellery, homewares, candles, plants and more! Jumping castle, ponies and face painting. Click for more

Avalon Christmas Shopping night Thursday December 19, 2019 6pm-7:30pm Avalon
Come down to Avalon for a Christmas shopping night with live jazz from the Thomas Odell Trio Click for more

Special Events

Christmas Craft Workshops at Belrose Super Centre
Unleash your creativity in support of emerging local artists and Dementia Australia with a series of workshops at Belrose Super Centre.
Xmas Baubles Sunday 1st December, 2,3 & 4pm.
Kids (and adults) will create their own ceramic bauble using highly pigmented alcohol inks that can be swirled and moved to create beautiful layers and magical effects. The inks dry very quickly so the finished bauble can be taken same day. Parents or Guardians must always be present. Cost: $10 per person.
Wreath Making Wednesday 4th December, 11am-1pm.
Learn the secrets of good floral Christmas wreaths. Kids over 10 are more than welcome to join. Book online to secure your spot. Cost: $25 per person. Click for more

Pittwater RSL Charity Christmas Auction Sunday December 1, 2019 at 2 PM – 5 PM
Get in before Christmas and bid for the perfect gift, present or item for friends, family or yourself. Grab a bargain and raise funds at the same time…… entry is free. Click for more

Freshwater Fair Sunday, 8 December 2019 – 8:00am to 2:00pm
Enjoy a summery, Christmas day out in Freshwater Village. ‘Freshwater Fair’ will get you in the Christmas spirit, with festive music and entertainment. You can get some Christmas shopping done, or grab some fresh produce, get pampered or take a load off at a local eatery. The event features the Organic Scarecrow market, specials and sales, live music and entertainment. Free face painting is being sponsored by Freshwater’s own Dry Cleaners. Click for more

A Lot like Christmas, Glen Street Theatre, Belrose Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at 11 AM – 12:30 PM
Part of Music at the Glen 2019 matinee concerts program. Get into the Christmas spirit and sing along to Christmas favourites and musical classics! Click for more

Christmas Pantomime. Image: Northern Beaches Council

Christmas Pantomime, Mona Vale, Belrose, Dee Why and Manly. Thursday 19th and Friday 20th December
Join us for a fun-filled show of catchy songs, costumes and characters. When a jealous Jack Frost makes it impossible for Santa to fly his sleigh out for Christmas;… Click for more

Main image credit: Northern Beaches Council

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