When you think back to your childhood Christmas memories, what comes to mind? Perhaps it’s the sparkle of Christmas lights on a hot summer’s night or the twinkle of candles at the local Christmas carols. Christmas is a fun and magical time of the year – especially for kids. Amongst the busy-ness of the festive season, the Sutherland Shire offers some fabulous ways to enjoy time together as a family. Here are four suggestions that may just become part of your children’s Christmastime memories.
The family Santa Claus photo is a long held tradition in many families. Older children neatly dressed and smiling, while younger siblings cry horrified by the man with the big white beard. At Cronulla you can find a unique and fun twist to the traditional Santa photo. The backdrop includes beach views and you can even jump on a surfboard with Saint Nick! The furry members of the family are also welcome to join in.
Cronulla Mall Stage
Everyday until Sunday 24 December
See more event information here
Other locations for Santa photos in the Shire include:
There is something magical and marvellous about fairy lights. The Sutherland Shire has some of Sydney’s best Christmas light displays to be enjoyed by kids both big and small. Once the sun sets, pile the kids into the car in their pyjamas and swing through your local drive-thru to indulge in some hot chocolates (or perhaps ice-creams for those who prefer not to pretend they are going to the North Pole!). Head to one or a few of these locations and wonder at the lighting displays created by local residents:
One of the fabulous things about the festive season is all the amazing food that you can share with your family. Hidden in the car park behind Officeworks at Taren Point you will find some award winning puddings and gourmet treats at Itha’s Puddings and Gourmet Foods pop-up shop. Inside you will find a range of delicious holiday treats to enjoy with your family. They even have DIY fruit mince pie kits so you can enjoy some Christmas baking with your kids without any of the stress of making it from scratch! What an easy and fun Christmas tradition to start!
Another local gem serving unique Christmas fare is Paper and Poppies in Woolooware. The sweetly decorated tea shop is serving up a range of Christmas themed cupcakes, cookies and other treats. Take a moment to enjoy a pot of tea brewed to perfection with a fluffy cupcake before grabbing a sugar cookie drawing pack which includes festively shaped cookies covered in white icing ready to colour with edible ink textas. Yet another fun and easy food activity to do with the whole family.
Itha’s Puddings and Gourmet Foods:
Open Friday to Sunday from 9am to 4pm
Shop 1 Officeworks Carpark, Taren Point Road, Taren Point
Paper and Poppies:
Open Tuesday to Friday from 9.30am to 4.30pm and Saturday 9am to 2pm
38 Wills Road, Woolooware
There are few places in Sydney where you can enjoy Christmas carols while watching the sun set over the water – and at Gunnamatta Park in Cronulla you can do just that. The annually held carols include performances by the Sutherland Shire Brass Band and you can enjoy the great Aussie tradition of holding a sausage sandwich in one hand and a glow stick in the other while singing heartily Away in a Manager! All while watching the sun go down over the Port Hacking River. Another memorable Christmas experience for the whole family! Check out the list below for details and other great carol locations:
These are just a few of the fun Christmas family traditions that the Sutherland Shire has to offer. So get out there and make some memories with your kids this Christmas time.
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522 Kingsway (Corner of Jackson Avenue), Miranda
T: 1800 004 321
Gerrale Street, Cronulla
Old Princes Highway, Engadine
20-38 Gerrale Street, Cronulla
T: 02 9710 0333
20 - 26 The Kingsway, Cronulla
T: 02 9527 3100
1 Kingsway, Cronulla
T: 02 8536 3600
Bonnie Vale Picnic Grounds Off Sea Breeze Lane, Bundeena
T: 0419 254 981
104 President Avenue, Caringbah
T: 02 9710 0333
Corner Rawson Avenue (Old Princes Highway) and Pitt Street Adjacent to Loftus Railway Station, Loftus
T: 02 9542 3646
1 Tonkin Street Public Wharf, Cronulla
T: 02 9523 2990