Santa Runs – Sunday 24 December – Christmas Eve

Talk about a Hills tradition! For over 40 years now, volunteers have been spreading joy throughout the Hills on their annual Santa Runs. This is a fabulous event that brings neighbours together and it’s the perfect way to say thanks and offer a small donation if the firies are collecting. Here’s a summary of what’s on in the Hills. Enjoy!

  • Baulkham Hills Santa Run (The Hills SES) – 24 December
  • Castle Hill Santa Run (The Hills SES) – 24 December
  • Kellyville Santa Run (The Hills SES) – 24 December
  • Cherrybrook Rural Fire Brigade Santa Run – 24 December
  • Glenorie Village Santa Run (Glenorie and Hillside Rural Fire Brigade) – 24 December
  • Santa’s Sleigh Run North Rocks (Carlingford Rotary Club) – 24 December

See the following article for full details – Santa Runs in the Hills.


Christmas Lights

We produce a list of lights in the Hills each year. Click here to view. If we’re missing any great lights or you can provide an exact address, please email us at [email protected]. If any listed are not going ahead, please let us know. Also, if you have a photo of any we’d love to see it – send it to us at [email protected].


Sydney Zoo’s Christmas Animal Kingdom

From 24 November to 24 December, Sydney Zoo in Eastern Creek will transform into a magical Christmas wonderland blending wildlife, wonder, and the spirit of the season. The event will feature millions of festive lights, breathtaking Christmas displays, 4,000 animals, entertainment and FREE activities for all.

Explore the Magical Snow Land, zip down the giant snow slide, wander into Candyland and decorate your own gingerbread, get crafty at the Elves workshop, check out Rudolph’s Barn, take a spin on the roller rink or post a letter express to the North Pole at Mrs. Claus’ Post Office. Plus, no visit would be complete without the jolly man in red. You can even capture the moment with a professional Santa photo to take home. And every child will receive a FREE gift from Santa!

Don’t miss your chance to be part of the ultimate Christmas celebration alongside your favourite animals at Sydney Zoo’s Christmas Animal Kingdom. For more details and to purchase tickets see here.


Get your photo with Santa

Santa has arrived at shopping centres. Final chance to get a photo!

  • Castle Towers – Bookings can be made here.
  • Rouse Hill Town Centre
  • Winston Hills Mall – Bookings for photos can be made here.
  • Seven Hills Plaza – Bookings for photos can be made here.
  • Stanhope Village
  • North Rocks Shopping Centre

Also from Wednesday 20 December until Saturday 23 December you can meet Santa at Castle Mall.  You can find him roaming the Centre from 10am, 11am and 12 noon and take your own photo.


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