What’s On – 297

Carols on Norton

Carols are a staple of this time of year; is it really Christmas if you don’t sing along to some carols? Luckily our local community carols are here to fill that void and are taking place on December 18th at the Rotunda in Pioneer’s Memorial Park on Norton Street, kicking off at 7.30pm.

The Leichhardt Espresso Chorus, which comprises over 100 vocalists, and the Carols on Norton Children’s Choir will perform the carols, with the Children’s choir open to any interested kids. Families from the Leichhardt area and beyond are encouraged bring a picnic along and relax on the grass with friends and family.

This year is particularly special as the event will be emceed by Julie McCrossin, a notable journalist, broadcaster, comedian and activist.

With all that entertainment, completely free of charge, why not come and join the local community in celebrating the Christmas period.


Twilight Christmas Market

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… to eat your body weight in jam and cheese and the perfect place to stock up on these items is the second ever Carriageworks Christmas Market.

The event will take place on Friday December 23rd, meaning it’s made for those of us – put your hand up – who are prone to leaving gifts and Christmas lunch planning to the last minute. And better still, if you really want to leave it to the last possible second, the market is open from 4pm to 9pm.

Inside, you will find 160 stallholders, displaying everything from artisan home wares and clothing to seasonal fresh produce from award winning Australian farmers. After the Christmas shopping list is ticked off, plenty of stallholders will be cooking up a feast for dinner, while Inner West favourites Young Henry’s will be there to keep you hydrated and stock you up for Christmas lunch.

Entry to the market is free of charge.


Every Thursday, 8pm
Hive Bar Stand-up

You can never have too much laughter in your life, right? To that end here is another local comedy hotspot to check out. Taking place each week and featuring a list of Sydney’s best comics, it’s a good one to keep in your diary. Not only that, the Hive Bar is happy to chuck in five dollar beers and burgers to keep you going all night. We say these could potentially be the cheapest burgers in the Inner West. Win! Entry is five dollars at the door.

 Where: The Hive Bar, 93 Erskineville Rd, Erskineville


Sun 11 Dec, 10am-3pm
Dawn Fraser Baths Open Day

Everyone’s favourite heritage swimming hole is upping the stakes for their Open Day. Featuring a live DJ and free Paddle Pops from the Paddle Pop Lion himself. Better yet – entry is free all day. With views over the harbour on one side, and tranquil parkland on the other, there is truly no better place to cool off in the Inner West. It is so relaxing; you may even forget you are in the city.

Where: Dawn Fraser Baths, Elkington Park, Fitzroy Av, Balmain


Sat 17 Dec, 9.30-10.30am
Pop-Up Meditation

Why is it that the times of the year so-called “holidays” always end up being more stressful than any other time? Between checking off present wish lists, booking flights for interstate cousins and trying to tie up all loose ends at work, we recommend taking an hour for yourself and breathing. Properly. This pop-up meditation event is completely free and hosted by an experience meditation professional. Located in the beautiful Camperdown Memorial Park and with no need to bring anything but yourself; take some time for you.

Where: Camperdown Memorial Park (behind the church), 158 Australia St, Newtown


Sat 17 Dec, 2pm
Make Your Own Gift Wrapping

Christmas is one time when sustainable living is easy to forget: you’re stressed, you’re having fun and you’ve probably had a glass of wine or two. But it doesn’t have to be that way. One easy way to reduce your environmental footprint is to use your crafting skills to good use and make your own gift-wrap. Not only is it better for the environment, cheaper and fun, we bet that your loved ones will appreciate the personalised effort.

To register visit www.greenlivingcentre.eventbrite.com.au.

Where: Green Living Centre, 218 King St, Newtown  


Sat 17 Dec, 10am-3pm
Glebe Artisan Christmas Market

We may not have the snow, but we sure can recreate the Christmas markets popular in the Northern Hemisphere. As the name suggests, this particular market focuses on handmade and unique goods. In fact, this is the perfect place to find that original, hand sculpted vase for your mother in law this Christmas. Ciao believes there is nothing quite as satisfying as buying (and gifting) something beautiful, directly from the person from whom it was created.

Where: HJ Foley Rest Park, 140 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe


Wed 11 Jan, 11am-12pm
Summerama: Rock Pool Wildlife Show

Living in the Inner City is wonderful, but come summer you might find yourself pining for a shack on the beach and the sound of waves. Not to worry; there are ways to survive summer in the Inner City, when you are too busy to get down to the beach. One of these ways, is to bring the kids down to Whites Creek Valley Park, where rangers will bring the sea and all its wildlife to you. Kids will be able to get up close and personal with the rock pools and all their natural inhabitants.

This is a free event. To register visit www.innerwest.nsw.gov.au.

Where: Whites Creek Valley Park, Piper St, Annandale