Christmas on the Green

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Q. What time does the event begin?

A. 5 pm til 8:30 pm. Carols begin on stage at 7 pm.

Q. How many churches/groups are involved?

Church groups: Encounter (Church of Christ), Our Lady Mt Carmel and St Anne's Catholic Church, St Andrew's Uniting Church, St Mary's Anglican Church, Sunbury Baptist Church, Bethany Lutheran Church, and the Salvation Army, Sunbury.

Schools: Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Sunbury West Primary School, Sunbury Primary school, and Kismet Park Primary School, Sunbury Heights Primary School.

Community Performing Groups: Sunbury Naturally Cool Big Band, Sunbury Choarle Society, Concept Studios of Performing Arts

Sponsors: Hume City Council, Sunbury Churches.

Community groups: St John's Ambulance Hume, Sunbury Radio, Sunbury Scouts, Diggers Rest Lion’s Club, Sunbury Community Kitchen.

Local Businesses and Traders: Brad Teal Real Estate, Western Water, Sunbury Radio 99.3 FM, Distinctive Options, Light & Sound, Michelle's Face Painting, MMM Coffee, N7 Corporate Group Security, Airport Ice Cream, Parklands Mobile Farm Animals.

Q. What's on the program?

From 5pm to 6:50 pm - Musical performances by local groups

Intermission at 6:50 pm

7 pm the Combined Churches Band kicks off carols with the Combined Churches Chorale under the direction of Gwen Hutcheson, and performances by Sunbury schools. Carol booklets are provided so that all can sing along with the Christmas carol items.

Q. Is the show suitable for families/all ages?

Yes. The event is promoted as a celebration of the Christian message of Christmas, with free family entertainment and children's activities. These include a live nativity scene, animal farm, craft activities, balloon twisting clown, and face painting. Food stalls are on site and/or bring a picnic tea. BYO chair and picnic rug.

Q. Is there a cost?

No. This event is brought to the people of Sunbury by the Sunbury Lay Ecumenical Committee Inc. and the Sunbury Inter-Church Council. They seek funding each year from Hume City Council and Sunbury's Community to hire the stage and the professional sound and lighting required to run the event. Significant support is also provided by Brad Teal Real Estate, St John Ambulance and Western Water. Funding is also provided by many of the churches listed above. Community groups listed above give of their time and resources, either without payment or by donations. Volunteers are coordinated through the Sunbury Lay Ecumenical Committee. A community collection is taken at the event each year with 100% of the proceeds going to a local community group. This years collection goes to Carework. Previously we have supported Winter Night Shelter, Sunbury Community Kitchen, Sunbury SES and the Sunbury Community Health Centre.

Q. How can people find out more?

The event will be broadcast live on Sunbury radio 99.3 FM. Updates will also be posted on the Facebook page.