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City of Stonnington -  Carols Concert – Featuring Lucy Durack, Thalia Smith, Josh Piterman, Casey Bennetto,South of the River Choir and Stonnington City Brass
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Christmas carols in Sydney

Hark the herald angels sing, all around Sydney

By Alannah Maher and Time Out editors

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and that means its time for some good old fashioned carolling. Of course, the festive season looks a little different this year. While many of the Christmas carols events we know and love are on hiatus, some are forging on to spread the festive cheer in new forms.

We've found star-studded lineups crooning contempoary tunes for 'Santa Baby', classical choirs sending chills down spines with 'The First Noel', and wholesome community gatherings where the whole family can do the 'Jinglebell Rock'. 

But before you settle in, make sure you bring the Christmas spirit into your home with our guide on where to buy real Christmas trees in Sydney, and visit one of these sparkling Christmas markets to fill stockings and your stores of festive condiments.

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View of church graveyard.
Photograh: Flickr/Jules Antonio

Carols in the Graveyard

The merry season gets a spooky twist with this afternoon of jazzy carols and picnicing in the church graveyard at Camperdown Park. Pack a rug and head down to this family-friendly event hosted by Newtown Erskineville Anglican Church from 3pm on Sunday, December 13. Register here.

Two people in fairy costumes.
Photograh: Supplied/The Bestest Virtual Christmas Carols

The Bestest Virtual Christmas Carols

With many of IRL carols gatherings going on hiatus this year, this virtual event is stepping in to fill the void with some festive cheer you can watch from home. Hosted by Natalie Bassingthwaighte, the line-up features entertainers by the likes of Chris Sebastian, Timomatic and sparkling duo act The Fairies. The event is streaming live on Sunday, December 6 from 6.30pm. Find out more and register here.

Guy Sebastian and his wife on stage with microphones.
Photograph: Bronwyn Keller

Carols from Parramatta

Guy Sebastian and Human Nature lead this streamed take on the popular annual concert on Friday, December 18 from 7pm. Some of the country’s finest singers join this yuletide sing-a-long including pop starlet Samantha Jade, Johnny Manuel and former Wiggles frontman Sam Moran. The concert is free to watch, but donations to the Sebastian Foundation are encouraged to help them raise funds to deliver meaningful change in the lives of adolescents struggling with mental health issues. Register to watch online from the comfort of home here.

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Giant bell light installations.
Giant bell light installations.
Photograph: Darling Harbour/Bronnie Barnett

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There are some pockets of Sydney that go all out for Christmas and you'll always see a family or two on an adventure around local neighbourhoods to see the extravagant light displays outside people’s houses. 

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