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No more silent nights: Where to get your Christmas fix in Sydney

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A Very Kransky Christmas

Cramming their musical instruments into their 1958 Morris Major, sisters Mourne and Eve and half-sister Dawn are once again making the trip from Esk in Queensland to Sydney to share their unique brand of Christmas cheer. “We have a cheese grater and a toilet brush and we’ve got a shaker with rice in it that makes a lovely sound,” says Mourne. “But the main instruments we use are Dawn’s tuba and an old wind-powered keyboard. And Eve also plays. Her main instrument is the musical saw.” Expect an eclectic songbook ranging from traditional carols to songs by Enya and Daft Punk, Lady Gaga and Sia. December 8-9, Seymour Centre, Chippendale

Die Hard

For fans of this action classic, there’s nothing more Christmassy than hearing Bruce Willis utter the words, “Yippie-kay-yay motherf—–“. Since its release in 1988, Die Hard has morphed into something of a festive tradition for movie lovers, as it covers all the big themes of the season – faith, love, forgiveness, bad jumpers – plus explosions and this retro screening is perfect stress buster for any last-minute shopping. December 8, Cremorne Orpheum, orpheum.com.au

Silent Night at the Eternity Playhouse

Silent Night at the Eternity Playhouse. 

Silent Night

Playwright Mary Rachel Brown’s comedy is set in North Ryde, home of the Lickfolds, a family determined to win the annual Australian Regional Christmas Excellence Award for best decorative display – that is, if the world doesn’t end first. Wharf Revue alumna Amanda Bishop stars. Until December 10, Eternity Playhouse, darlinghursttheatre.com

Christmas in the Hills

The halls of the historic Bella Vista Farm are decked with holly and the like in this sunset event raising funds for local charities. The precinct will be buzzing with food stalls, events for kids, amusement rides and pop-up shops for last minute gifts. December 13 (from 4pm), Bella Vista Farm Park, $5 ($7 at the gate), summerseries.com.au

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Bach’s Christmas Oratorio

Richard Tognetti and the Australian Chamber Orchestra take music originally played over the six major feast days of Christmas and turn it into one magnificent three-and-a-half hour mega concert (with a dinner break). When last performed (in 2013), the event was hailed as a triumph. December 10 (2pm), The Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House, aco.com.au

A Christmas Carol

Indie theatre company Lies, Lies and Propaganda give Charles Dickens’ classic story of Ebeneezer Scrooge a good hard shake in a version that promises to be both “fresh and frightening”. December 12 – 24, Kings Cross Theatre, kingsxtheatre.com

Portrait of Darren Hanlon, musician ,he has been invited to perform for Princess Mary in Denmark.shd.news.photo taken on the 14th of may 2009.photo by Jacky Ghossein SPECIAL 00000

Darren Hanlon is unwrapping his annual Christmas concert in Newtown. Photo: Jacky Ghossein

Darren Hanlon

Don’t expect O Holy Night or Santa Claus is Coming to Town at this gig by indie music favourite Darren Hanlon. Held in the glorious surrounds of Newtown’s St Stephen’s Church, Hanlon’s annual Christmas concert is the perfect low-key antidote to large-scale carolling events. It even attracts the odd former prime minister, with Bob Hawke and his wife Blanche d’Alpuget in the audience a couple of years ago. Best known for his Triple J favourites Punk’s Not Dead and Happiness is a Chemical, Hanlon will be supported by The Space Lady. December 16, St Stephen’s Church, Newtown, darrenhanlon.com 

Carols in the Domain

This celebrity-studded annual singalong is celebrating its 35th year with a huge line-up that incudes the Wiggles, Justine Clarke, Todd McKenney, the cast of Jersey Boys, X-Factor winner and Eurovision queen Dami Im and country stars Beccy Cole and Adam Harvey. December 17, The Domain, carolsinthedomain.com

Jay Laga’aia’s Classic Christmas

Ukulele in hand, Santa hat on head, Laga’aia leads an ensemble of Sydney Youth Orchestra players through a sing-along program of beloved carols and festive hits. Pitched at ages 2-5, this is a relaxed, parent-and-child-friendly affair where kids are free to move around, make noise and come and go as needed. Until December 17, the Studio, Sydney Opera House

A Joyful Celtic Christmas

The Sydney Welsh Choir and the City of Holroyd Brass Band unite to explore the origins of many of the festive season’s best-known songs and carols and some rarely heard melodies from Celtic peoples across Europe. Riverside Theatres, Parramatta, December 15, riversideparramatta.com.au

Handel’s Messiah

Elizabeth Scott is the first woman to conduct the Sydney Philharmonia Orchestra and Choirs to the heights of this transporting piece of music. A truly hair-raising experience. December 14-16, The Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House, sydneyoperahouse.com

G-228 Max (Russell Crowe) enjoys the company of his supposed long-lost cousin Christie Roberts (Abbie Cornish) in A GOOD YEAR. Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.

Beverly D’Angelo and Chevy Chase in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. 

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

The movie responsible for a billion fairy lights is the gift that keeps on giving. As Clark Griswold, Chevy Chase is at his bug-eyed, manic best, grinning his way through a family Christmas that – for once – makes you thankful for your own crazy clan. The cinema is also screening the festive favourites A Muppet Christmas Carol, Carol, The Nightmare Before Christmas, It’s a Wonderful Life and Home Alone. December 24, Golden Age Cinema and Bar, ourgoldenage.com.au

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