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A Northern Beaches Christmas 2023

Christmas on the Northern Beaches is a magical time, not only is the weather beautiful, but the days are longer and you can celebrate long into the evening. A specialty on our beaches is the Christmas Light streets, once dusk falls the streets come alive with gorgeous twinkling lights and moving Santas. The children just love watching all the lights at night! We will be highlighting those we find for you and also listing loads of great local events and places to have your Santa photo taken. We hope you have a safe and enjoyable Christmas this year! And don’t forget to keep an eye on our calendar of events as we will add new Festive activities and events whenever we find them.

Christmas Light Displays on the Northern Beaches

One of the highlights of Christmas is the amazing Christmas lights displayed by homeowners to get into the spirit of Christmas. Go for an after-dinner wander through the streets after dark and enjoy the dramatic displays that await you. Many homeowners and whole streets take this opportunity to collect money for charity so take along your loose coins and drop them in their buckets – it’s for a great cause and can brighten up someone’s Christmas! Send us an email ( if you have a Christmas lights location to add for the Northern Beaches.

Borgnis Street Christmas Lights

Visiting the Borgnis Street Christmas lights in Davidson is a much-loved tradition on the Northern Beaches. Each year the residents of Borgnis Street deck out their homes in a multitude of Christmas lights in spectacular displays all for the purpose of bringing some of the Christmas cheer and fun to many visitors on the street.

From Saturday 2nd December until Monday 25th December, from 6.30pm to 10.30pm. The lights will start twinkling at on the houses and the fire station with thousands of visitors staring in awe and wonder at the wonderful displays.

Starting from the display at the Davidson local rural fire bridge, through to the top of the street at number 1, you will be amazed at the many displays you will encounter on your walk or drive.

The street also has a serious side to their displays; they raise money for Bear Cottage, a children’s hospice in Manly, where seriously ill children and their families can go for some respite from their treatments. One of the best days/nights for the street is when the kids from the hospice come to visit the displays and are grateful for the small wonder the lights evoke when they view them. For many years, the street has collected donations and awarded a Warringah Council Australia Day community award for their efforts in this regard.

If, during your visit, you do like what you see, and would like to leave a small donation for Bear Cottage, there are a number of buckets placed at some of the displays and the lovely Rotary personal will also be manning various collection points on the street.

The residents are looking forward to seeing you on the street soon. Have a Merry Christmas from all at Borgnis Street.

Christmas Events

Avalon Christmas Tree Decorating

When: Thursday 7th December, 3.30pm – 6.30pm
Location: Dunbar Park, Avalon

Join the Place & Economic Development Team in spreading festive cheer by decorating real trees in Dunbar Park, Avalon.

A fun after-school activity where kids and adults can craft sustainable decorations together using natural elements and repurposed fabrics.

Event details.

Christmas Choral Concert

When: Thursday 7th December, 5pm – 8.30pm
Location: Manly Oval, Sydney Road and Belgrave Street, Manly

Join in for your favourite Christmas carols performed by the Northern Beaches Orchestra, the Community Christmas Choir, and local artists who will have you singing together all night long. There will be face painting and even a visit from Santa himself!

This is a FREE event. Gates will open at 5pm with the concert commencing at 6.30pm.

Bring your picnic blanket and feast, or choose to order from the delicious food vendors.

Event details.

Pittwater Christmas Market

When: Saturday 9th December, 10am – 4pm
Location: Winnererremy Bay, Mona Street, Mona Vale

Patrons can expect a cornucopia of delights, from handcrafted artisanal goods to delectable culinary treats, perfect for gift-giving or personal indulgence.

The market pulsates with an air of festivity, featuring vibrant stalls showcasing unique wares, merry entertainment, and a jubilant atmosphere that resonates with the joy of the holidays. With an aim to create a truly enchanting experience, the Pittwater Christmas Market is an unmissable highlight for anyone seeking the perfect blend of seasonal cheer and delightful discoveries.

Event details.

Christmas fun in Manly

When: Saturday 9th November, 10am – 4pm
Location: The Corso, Manly

Bring the family to Manly and enjoy a meet and greet with Aussie Santa and photo opportunity with assistance from his elf. Listen to Christmas music/carols on the stage and roving entertainment throughout the day.

Event details.

The St Ives Christmas Market 2023

When: Saturday 9th December, 3pm – 9pm
Location: St Ives showground, 450 Mona Vale Road, St Ives

With a hand made and artisan pavilion, indoor boutique pavilion, outdoor stalls, food trucks, and more, this new market will be an Annual Christmas MUST DO!

Join the ever-evolving collaboration of artisan stalls, boutique retailers, local makers, and emerging brands at the region’s newest market.

Event details.

The McGrath Pittwater Carols at the Beach

When: Saturday 9th December, from 4pm
Location: Avalon Beach Surf Life Saving Club, 558A Barrenjoey Road, Avalon Beach

A market-style food fair opens at 4.00pm, offering a variety of delights. Pre-carol entertainment is provided by talented local community members, along with face painting and roaming characters to keep the little ones happy. 

Official proceedings commence at 6.00pm, featuring the talented Jubilation choir. The night includes a special visit by Santa and concludes with a spectacular fireworks display over the beach.

Event details.

Carols in the Park

When: Saturday 9th December, 5pm – 8.30pm
Location: Ararat Reserve, Bantry Bay Road, Frenchs Forest

Join Frenchs Forest Anglican again for Carols in the Park. There will be jumping castles, Kindy farm and food stalls.

Music & carols start at 6.30pm.

Experience the joy of the holiday season by rejoining Frenchs Forest Anglican for a magical evening at Carols in the Park. Delight in the festivities with jumping castles, a Kindy farm, and an array of delectable food stalls.

Event details.

The Christmas Rose Story Time with Wendy Blaxland

When: Tuesday 12th December, 10am – 11am
Location: Mona Vale Library, 1 Park Street, Mona Vale

Join local author Wendy Blaxland as she leads a special story time event to celebrate her picture book, The Christmas Rose.

Join for stories, songs and craft activities. Suitable for ages 3 years to school age. 

Event details.

Christmas by the Beach

When: Friday 15th December, 4.00pm – 7.30pm
Location: James Meehan Reserve, Clyde Road, Dee Why

Head to James Meehan Reserve for the annual Christmas By The Beach to enjoy all your favourite traditional carols and a children’s Christmas show with fun entertainment for the whole family. Bring your own picnic, takeaway from one of Dee Why’s many restaurants or choose something delicious from a range of food vendors operating onsite from 4pm – 7.30pm.

The event opens at 4pm with free face painting as well as free Santa photos which will be available for download after the event. The show starts at 5pm and is headlined by The Vegetable Plot, ARIA-nominated Australian Children’s band to keep the kids entertained. Aspara Gus, Sir Paul McCarrotney and Ru Barb will be serving up a funky-fresh soundtrack for the kids, families and foodies.

Following The Vegetable Plot, they will have traditional Christmas carols brought to you by Northern Beaches Chorus and Northern Beaches Symphonic Wind Ensemble and even a visit from Santa himself.

Event details.

Carols by the Lake

When: Saturday 16th December, 6pm – 9.15pm
Location: Lake Park Road, North Narrabeen

Carols by the Lake is a fantastic Christmas community event with traditional carols, a visit from Santa and a spectacular fireworks display over Narrabeen Lake.

There will be some food vendors on-site.

They encourage people to arrive early (from 4pm) and enjoy the atmosphere by the Lake. Pre-entertainment will commence from 6pm with the main carols event at 7pm.

Event details.

Sydney Mandolin Orchestra Christmas Carols

When: Monday 18th December, 3pm – 4.30pm
Location: Lane Cove Plaza, Longueville Roadd/Burns Bay Road, Lane Cove

This free gathering welcomes everyone to join in the festive spirit and enjoy the musical delights presented by the orchestra. 

Come and celebrate the season with the Sydney Mandolin Orchestra at this inclusive and joyous Christmas event!

Event details.

Carols on the Beach

When: Sunday 17th December, 4pm – 7pm
Location: Collaroy Beach, 10 Birdwood Avenue, Collaroy

Get ready for a day brimming with family-friendly delights, including the playful bounce of the Kids Jumping Castle, the artistic flair of Face Painting, and the melodious charm of Live Carols courtesy of The Roslyns.

As if that wasn’t enough, brace yourself for the excitement of their Mega Ham Raffle, where incredible prizes await. And guess who’s making a special appearance? None other than the man in red himself – Santa! 

Event details.

Kids on the Coast – Natural Christmas Art and Craft

When: Monday 18th December, 10am – 3pm
Location: Coastal Environment Centre, Entrance Pelican Path, Lake Park Road, North Narrabeen

Join Coastal Environment Centre for a day of designing and creating some beautiful Christmas crafts, utilizing all that nature provides as resources.

It will be an action-packed day for children with an interest in arts and crafts and a love of the environment. Designing, creating, and having lots of fun! This event is for children aged 6-12 years.

Event details.

Christmas Pantomime: Carol Claus

When: Tuesday 19th December, 9.30am – 10.15am
Location: Glen Street Theatre, Corner Glen Street and Blackbutts Road, Belrose 

Join in 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; Santa must send Rudolph to find his long lost sister, Carol. She once wrote everyone’s favourite Christmas songs, but has since forgotten her love for Christmas. Will Rudolph and the children succeed in their mission to bring Carol back and help her believe in Christmas again?

Event details.

Santa Photos

Westfield Warringah Mall

Santa Photography Sessions – book here.

Pet Santa Photography Sessions – book here.

Sensitive Santa Photography Sessions – book here.

Warriewood Square

Santa Photography Sessions – book here.

Pet Santa Photography Sessions – book here.

Sensitive Santa Photography Sessions – book here.

Stockland Balgowlah

Santa Photography Sessions – book here.

Christmas Trees

Belrose Scout Group
 Saturday 3rd December, from 7.30am
Location: Wakehurst Public School, 8 Glen Street, Belrose
Cost: from $80.00
Purchase online.

Harbord Scouts
 Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th December, 7.00am – 4.00pm
Location: Freshwater Campus, 153 Harbord Road, Curl Curl

Christmas in the City

Woolworths Carols in the Domain

Join the gang for a magical night of Christmas celebrations at the 41st Woolworths Carols in the Domain. You’ll see the stars of song, stage and screen, spectacular fireworks (and maybe even snow) all from the convenience of your very own reserved beach chair.

Get right into the Christmas spirit and make a day of it with pre-show entertainment and fun-filled activities starting at 1pm, there’s fabulous food and drinks, the star-studded Carols Red Carpet at 5.30pm and the big event at 8pm.

Visit their website to find out more.