Find out where the best Christmas carols are being held around Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and the Hunter in 2019. Organise friends and family and celebrate the season with Christmas carols.

Here’s a list of local carols organised in date order.  There are so many events to choose from large events like King Edward Park Carols, Lake Mac Carols and Lambton Park Carols to smaller school and church carols.

Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College Community Christmas Carols (Fletcher)

Friday 29 November  | 5pm – 8pm | Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College, Fletcher | Free| Details

The Principal, staff and students of Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College invite you to a Community Christmas Carols event, featuring College Choirs and the wonderful Ms Francine Bell. There will be a fundraising sausage sizzle with proceeds towards the College Mission – 2020 Service Trip, the Hunter Ice Cream van and a visit from Santa Claus. All Welcome. Bring your picnic blanket!

Carols by the Lake (Toronto)

Sunday 1 December  | 5:30pm – 9pm | Toronto Foreshore | Free| Details

Celebrate Christmas under the stars in Toronto. Talented locals and visiting performers will be featured and the audience encouraged to participate in the community carols.  Santa will make a surprise appearance and delight the children with his interactive performance. 

Carols Under the Stars (Maitland)

Sunday 1 December  | 7pm – 9:30pm | Maitland Baptist Church, Rutherford | Free| Details

Come along and join Maitland Baptist Church for a fun-filled, family-friendly night of carols from a range of talented musicians and a guest appearance from Santa Claus. Carols start at 7pm at Maitland Baptist Church and will conclude with an amazing fireworks display! Refreshments available from 6pm.

Medowie Christmas Carnival

Friday 6 December  | 4pm – 9pm | Ferodale Sports Complex |Gold Coin Donation| Details

Bring a picnic blanket, relax and enjoy live entertainment and Christmas carols and immerse yourselves in the festive community spirit as you celebrate the countdown to Christmas! The Medowie Christmas Carnival will also feature a range of children’s rides, amusements, show bags and artisan market stalls.

Cessnock Carols in the Park

Friday 6 December  | 5:30pm – 9:30pm | Cessnock Sportsground | Free| Details

Celebrate Christmas under the stars at Carols in the Park. Bring your family and rugs and enjoy a night filled with Christmas entertainment, food vendors, market stalls and an amazing fireworks display. DECEMBER 5 UPDATE: FIREWORKS CANCELLED DUE TO BUSH FIRE RISK

Carols in Webb Park (Mayfield)

Saturday 7 December  | from 5pm – Main show 7pm | Webb Park in Mayfield | Free| Details

Celebrate Christmas in Mayfield at this family-friendly event. The fun kicks off at 5pm with free Megamania rides, camel rides, face painting, kids entertainment and sausage sizzle. The main carols event starts at 7pm and features nativity characters to help explore the very first Christmas.

Tilligerry RSL Carols on the Green

Saturday 7 December  | 5pm – 9pm | Tiligerry RSL, Tanilba Bay | Free| Details

Bella Choir will be performing at the Tilligerry Carols supporting the main acts and singing their own Christmas set!

Christmas Under The Stars (Newcastle)

Saturday 7 December  | 5:30pm – 11pm | King Edward Park | Free | Details

Newcastle Permanent’s Christmas Under the Stars, is coming to King Edward Park this December, brought to you by the City of Newcastle and Newcastle Herald! The event includes Christmas carols and a special outdoor screening of the Christmas family favourite, Elf.  Get in early to secure a great spot, soak up the atmosphere and enjoy special appearances from Santa and Newcastle Permanent’s much-loved community mascot, Herbie. There will be a collection point onsite for The Salvation Army’s Christmas Appeal, so be sure to bring a toy or gift voucher for those in need this Christmas.

Lake Mac Carols

Sunday 8 December  | 4pm – 9pm | Speers Point Park | Free| Details

Lake Macquarie City Council presents Carols by Candlelight in Speers Point Park. This will be a fun evening of fireworks, entertainment and special guests in the count down to Christmas. The family favourite carols event starts at 6pm and will feature The Voice finalists Lara D and Sarah De Bono, Golden Guitar-winner Troy Kemp, the Pacific Harmony Choir and children’s entertainers Little Scallywagz. Look out for a special guest appearance by Santa and enjoy the fireworks display from 9pm! Homegrown Markets will be at Speers Point Park from 4-8pm on the day. DECEMBER 5 UPDATE: FIREWORKS CANCELLED DUE TO BUSH FIRE RISK

Carols in Islington Park

Sunday 8 December  | 4:30pm – 10:30pm | Islington Park | Free| Details

Carols at Islington Park is back presented by Islington Baptist Church. Come sing your favourite carols with their live band. Bring your picnic rug, invite your friends and family. Free sausage sizzle. Everybody is welcome!!! Come drop by to listen to some carols, hear the real Christmas story, listen to adorable children from Islington Public School perform, get your free photo with Santa and even get your face painted.

Carols by Candlelight on the Lawn

Sunday 8 December  | 7:30pm – 10:30pm | St John’s Cooks Hill | Free| Details

Enjoy Christmas carols on the lawn at St John’s Anglican Church in Cooks Hill.

Street Party & Carols (East Maitland)

Sunday 8 December  | 5pm – 8pm | Maitland Grossmann High School | Free| Details

The Street Party is a great community event Hosted by Maitland Evangelical Church and supported by Maitland City Council at Maitland Grossmann High School. It will be a great evening together for young and old to celebrate Christmas. There will be carols as part of a festive atmosphere with jumping castles, petting zoo, face painting, Zorb soccer and other entertainment. Feel free to BYO picnic or purchase food from a variety of food trucks. Bring rug/chairs and family along with a festive spirit. It is a drug and alcohol-free event.

Christmas Carols (Raymond Terrace)

Sunday 8 December  | 6:30pm | Raymond Terrace Community Church | Free| Details

You are invited to join us for a free sausage sizzle at 6:30pm followed by a night of carol singing and performances under the stars at 7:30pm.

LIVEfree Project Community Carols (Adamstown)

Sunday 8 December  | 3pm – 9pm | Henderson Park, Adamstown| Free| Details

Enjoy a fun-filled afternoon with face painting, petting zoo, jumping castles, market stalls, BBQ and coffee van. End the evening with a concert from 5.30pm7pm of carols and a community concert with local groups participating including schools and other guest artists.

Abermain Carols

Monday 9 December  | Abermain Public School | 6pm – 9pm | Free| Details

Enjoy Carols by Candelight at Abermain Public School. More details to follow.

Carols Singalong in Mayfield

Thursday 12 December  | Mayfield Baptist Church | 6:30pm9:30pm | Free| Details

Come and celebrate the Christmas Season with the Hunter Valley Chorus. They will be hosting a kid-friendly Carols Singalong.

Coco’s Christmas Carols (Valentine)

Friday 13 December  | Valentine Public School Oval| From 5:30pm | Free| Details

Enjoy Christmas carols hosted by Valentine Public School P&C. Everyone is welcome. There will be student performances, Christmas raffle, food tricks, P&C run BBQ and drinks. There’s glowsticks and flashing items for sale along with pudding. Bring gold coins to play games. Gates open from 3:30pm so bring a picnic rug to claim your position.

Carols on the Hill (East Maitland)

Friday 13 December  | St Peter’s Church, East Maitland| 6pm – 9pm | Free| Details

Celebrate Christmas in East Maitland presented by St Peter’s Church, Anglican Parish on East Maitland. This event is a fun-filled community carols event featuring quality performers, food stalls and singing. The event is open to all to attend and get into the Christmas spirit.

Carols under the Stars at Wallsend

Saturday 14 December  | Federal Park, Wallsend| 6:30pm – 8:30pm | Free| Details

Celebrate Christmas in Wallsend presented by Wallsend Baptist Church. The carols feature WBC’s music team with appearances from other performance groups around the Newcastle area. BBQ, drinks, glow sticks & electric candles are provided at a low cost along with free jumping castles for kids. Santa arrives on the back of a fire truck for kids. The night ends with fireworks.

Carols by the Lake (Croudace Bay)

Sunday 15 December  | T H Holten Park, Croudace Bay| 6pm – 9:30pm | Free| Details

Celebrate Christmas at Lake Macquarie. Pre-show entertainment begins from 6pm with the carols band on-stage from 7:30pm. There will be fun for the whole family with stalls, sausage sizzles, sideshow alley, kids entertainer The Pretty Amazing Jono – and so much more. Get ready for a night to remember!

Northlakes Carols (Elermore Vale)

Sunday 15 December  | Macquarie College, Elermore Vale| 5pm – 10pm | Free| Details

The Northlakes Salvos Community Carols are back! Join them on Sunday 15 December for free rides, amusements & family fun. Bring your family, picnic rugs & your best singing voices because it’s the best time of the year!

Carols at the Bay (Nelson Bay)

Sunday 15 December  | Fly Point Park, Nelson Bay| 5:30pm – 9pm | Free| Details

Enjoy Christmas carols at Nelson Bay. Combined Churches of Tomaree Peninsula are once again hosting Carols at the Bay. Come with your family, friends, esky & picnic blanket and celebrate everything Christmas in our beautiful region. Positioned next to Nelson Bay waterfront under a summer night sky, experience local talent & a fireworks spectacular to end the night. Santa and his elves will be there with a gift for every child.

Lambton Park Carols

Sunday 15 December  | Lambton Park | 5pm – 9pm | Free| Details

The annual Lambton Park Carols is a family-friendly, community celebration of Christmas organised by Hunter Bible Church. The popular event includes food stalls and a grand fireworks finale.

New Vine Carols Under The Stars

Sunday 15 December  | New Vine Church, Maryland | 6pm – 9pm | Free| Details

People flock to this free community event for a great family night that celebrates all the joy of the season. Little ones will have lots to do with free jumping castles, Sideshow Alley and a special visit from Santa. There’s coffee, cold drinks and a barbecue for dinner so there’s something for the whole family to enjoy. Pre-show entertainment will kick off at 6pm with activities for the kids. There will also be chilled live music from talented local acts. Bring some nibblies, a rug or camping chair and get there early for a good spot and to soak up the cool atmosphere. Carols will start at 7:30pm

Christmas Carols in the Carpark (Swansea)

Sunday 15 December  | Swansea District Baptist Church | 6pm – 7:30pm | Free| Details

Join Swansea District Baptist Church for a session of carols. Bring your chairs & bring your singing voices. Don’t forget insect repellent and maybe some snacks.

Christmas Under The Stars (Anna Bay)

Tuesday 17 December  | Gateway Presbyterian Church | 5:30pm – 9pm | Free| Details

Enjoy Christmas carols and a live nativity play presented by Gateway Presbyterian Church. Watch as Mary and Joseph arrive on a donkey and the shepherds bring their flocks to see the baby Jesus. The Wise Men arrive on their camels and present their gifts. Festivities start at 5.30pm with entertainment, food, kids activities and camel rides. Carols and nativity play from 7.30pm. Bring you family, friends and a picnic rug!

Greenhills Community Carols (East Maitland)

Saturday 21 December  | 4pm – 9pm | Living Hope Maitland, East Maitland | Free| Details

For the 6th year in a row Living Hope Maitland are hosting the Greenhills Community Carols by Candlelight as a gift to the Maitland community. There will be food, fun, candles and a great time for everyone. Bring a picnic blanket or a camping chair and enjoy the time with your neighbors.

Carols By The Beach (Bar Beach)

Sunday 22 December  | 7pm – 9pm | Empire Park, Bar Beach | Free| Details

The popular family-friendly is on again! Join the Merewether and Newcastle community in gathering beachside at Empire Park for Carols by the Beach, an evening of vibrant summer festivities. There will be live carols to sing along to, fun activities for kids (from 6pm), a dazzling fireworks display and maybe even a visit from Santa Claus himself.

Carols By Candlelight (Stockton)

Sunday 22 December  | 6:30pm – 8:30pm | St Paul’s Stockton, Stockton | Free| Details

Join St Paul’s for a special all-age Christmas event. Expect traditional Christmas carols, a historic pipe organ, candles, nativity play and more.
Arrive at 6:30pm for a free BBQ on the lawn. Carols by Candlelight kick off at 7:30pm.

Christmas Eve Carols in Caves Beach

Tuesday 24 December  | 5:30pm – 8pm | C3 Southern Beaches, Caves Beach | Free| Details

Spend your Christmas Eve enjoying a fun-filled evening of carols in Caves Beach. There’s a sausage sizzle, baby animals and kids entertainment. All welcome.

* These listings were accurate at time of publication but we always encourage you to check again before heading out because cancellations happen. We’ll be adding more events as we hear about them. If you know of other Christmas carols that haven’t listed on the website, please email us.

Feature photo credit: Lambton Park Carols

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