The joyful sound of carols will ring out across the Illawarra in the lead up to Christmas, with Shellharbour once again delivering the biggest event in the region.
Thousands of carollers flock to Reddall Reserve at Lake Illawarra on the first Friday of December each year for a feelgood night of singing in the dark, food trucks, family activities and fireworks displays.
This year, Shellharbour council has brought in acclaimed Australian musician Elana Stone, of All Our Exes Live In Texas fame, to direct the event's music program and select musicians, to be announced at a later date.
Other carolling events taking place include:
SUNDAY, DEC 1
- Carols In The Park, Woonona: Hosted by Woonona Lions Club at Strachan Park from 6:30pm. Santa and BBQ. Details.
FRIDAY, DEC 6
SUNDAY, DEC 8
- Carols on the Green, Thirroul: Hosted by C3 Thirroul at Club Thirroul from 5.30pm. Barefoot, food, activities.
- Carols in the Street, East Corrimal: Corrimal Community Church on Augusta Street from 4.30pm. Food, market. Details.
TUESDAY, DEC 10
- Albion Park Community Carols: Albion Park High from 6pm. Jumping castle, petting zoo and food. Details.
WEDNESDAY, DEC 11
- Kiama Community Carols in the Park: Hindmarsh Park from 7pm. Singer Colin Buchanan and Santa. Details.
- Figtree Community Carols: Hosted by Figtree Anglican at Figtree High from 5.30pm. Face painting, rides, food and fireworks. Details.
- Christmas by the Lake, Kanahooka: Dapto Community Christmas Festival at Lakeside Reserve from 4pm. Food, stalls and activities. Details.
- Berkeley Carols and Moonlight Movie: Hosted by CareSouth at Berkeley Community Park from 5pm. Rides, petting zoo, food, Santa and a free screening of Rise of the Guardians. Details.
- Carols In The Burgh, Helensburgh: Hosted by Helensburgh Anglican at Rex Jackson Oval from 6pm. Fireworks display. Details.
SUNDAY, DEC 15
- Illawarra Santa Fest Carols, Wollongong: Hosted by Salvos Illawarra and the Disability Trust at Lang Park from 5pm. Food, rides and fireworks. Details.
TUESDAY, DEC 17
- Carols on the Green, Kiama: Kiama Golf Club from 6pm. Petting zoo, food and Santa. Details.
SATURDAY, DEC 21
- Carols by the Harbour, Shellharbour: Little Park in Shellharbour Village at 5pm. Fireworks. Details.
SUNDAY, DEC 22
- Carols in the Car Park, Port Kembla: Held at Port Kembla Baptist Church from 6.15pm. Petting zoo, Santa and food.