It’s definitely the most wonderful time of the year in Camden.

Over the weekend, all eyes were on the giant Christmas Tree, as winners of the Mayor’s Christmas Card Competition – Jihu Lee from St Justin’s Catholic Primary School, and Evie McEntee from Oran Park Anglican College – proudly assisted Mayor Ashleigh Cagney in turning on the tree’s lights.

Around the tree in the CBD, thousands of residents took part in the annual Camden Christmas Festival.

“Christmas is such a wonderful time of the year and I’m proud that there are so many ways to celebrate and get into the Christmas spirit right here in Camden,” Cr Cagney said.

On Friday 1 December, Camden Council will keep the festive events going by hosting its Oran Park Christmas Concert at Oran Park Civic Precinct from 5-9pm. This event will see the lighting of the Oran Park Christmas Tree as well as Christmas entertainment and another visit from Santa. Bring a picnic rug and relax on the grass while enjoying the Christmas performances. 

Kids have been rushing to get in their letters to Santa by dropping them off at the corner of Argyle and John Streets in Camden and at Oran Park Civic Precinct. The letters will all be despatched to the North Pole on 22 December.

Council is also running a Best Elf on the Shelf Competition and Christmas Family Photo Competition. Details here:

And the Mayor’s Christmas Giving Appeal is back in 2023, with residents asked to donate goods and toys to Turning Point Camden, who will distribute them to those in need.

Donations welcome include new toys and non-perishable food items, and they can be dropped off at Camden Library, Narellan Library, Oran Park Library or Camden Civic Centre.