Carols in the Domain

The Event - Carols in the Domain

Getting There

The Domain is adjacent to the Royal Botanic Gardens, between Art Gallery Road and Hospital Road, Sydney.

Remember to plan ahead and give yourself plenty of time to travel.  The best way to get to the Domain is by public transport.

By Train: Exit at St James, Martin Place or Circular Quay
By Ferry: Walk to the Gardens from Circular Quay
By Bus: Take the Sydney Explorer buses 441 or 200

For more information on public transport visit download the Transport Info App or call 131 500.

A special flat rate of $25.00 is available at the Domain Car Park, however spaces are limited and fill up quickly.  For details visit



What to bring

We encourage you to bring:

  • Picnic rugs and ground seating (you can hire beach chairs at the Domain)
  • Hat and sunscreen
  • Free standing shade structures (no pegs please)
  • Plenty of Christmas Spirit


What not to bring

  • Plastic ground cover
  • Elevated seating and large beach umbrellas
  • Glass products
  • Pegs (metal, plastic or wooden) as they damage underground irrigation and are a hazard to picnickers and footballers using the Domain.  Please do not place any tent pegs into the ground.
  • Sparklers / Fireworks
  • Tents or marquee's
  • Pets
  • BBQ's
  • Bean bags or inflatable furniture
  • Please note that as this is a family event it is alcohol restricted.  Please only bring small quantities of alcohol with you as per safe drinking standards.  Intoxication will not be permitted.  For safe drinking guidelines as set by the department of health please click here  



Food and Beverages

A fantastic variety of food is available at the Domain. Located at various spots throughout the venue, the food ranges from your traditional take away delights to Thai, Yum Cha and Turkish cuisine.

Woolworths Carols in the Domain is an alcohol restricted free, family event and members of the general public bringing their own alcohol to the site will be monitored by both security and the police.

Patrons are asked to please bring plastic bottles or cans, as glass is not allowed in the Domain. Please also remember to drink plenty of water throughout the event day.

Patrons who become intoxicated, abusive, offensive or quarrelsome will be removed from the site.

Please note that alcohol will not be sold at the venue during the event.

Woolworths Carols in the Domain is an alcohol restricted event.


Carols Candle Bags

The Woolworths Carols in the Domain Candle Bag will be on sale at a cost of only $15. It is jam packed full of a variety of fantastic products valued at over $100.

Remember every dollar raised from the sale of the candle bags goes directly to The Salvation Army's Oasis Youth Support Network, who work with young people affected by homelessness and provide them with support to move from the streets to independent living and employment.

Candle Bags can be purchased from a Salvation Army representative, or at the following locations: Corner of Hospital Road and Art Gallery Road Hospital Road (opposite Martin Place) Corner of Hospital Road and Cahill Expressway.

It's a great cause so this Christmas please buy a candle bag or make a donation to help those less fortunate.


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Children's Carnival

Located along Central Avenue, the daytime carnival commences at 12 noon on Saturday. A jumping castle, laughing clowns and merry go round will be available, along with some other fantastic entertainment.


Limited Mobility

An accessible viewing area is available for guests with limited Mobility.  These guests can be accompanied by a maximum of two companions in the designated area.  The location of the accessible viewing area is adjacent to Central Avenue.   

Please note that Carols in the Domain does not have a dedicated accessible parking area available, however there is a vehicle drop off zone on the corner of Hospital and Art Gallery Roads
The Art Gallery of Sydney has a limited amount of Accessible Parking spaces available to the Public on Art Gallery Road which will be available on a first come, first serve basis

Please note this policy has changed from previous years.  We hope you enjoy Woolworths Carols in the Domain.



Lots of wonderful merchandise will be for sale on the day, including Santa hats, glow products, angel wings and halos. Merchandise will range in price from $4.00 to $20.00.

If you are buying merchandise please buy only from official Woolworths’ Carols in the Domain merchandisers. These will be located on site. Merchandisers selling outside the Domain do not support our event.


Information / Lost Children

The first point of contact for all parents looking for lost children should be at the Information / Lost Children booth located stage right on Hospital Road.

This year we will have a second Information / Lost Children booth.

Both are manned by qualified Salvation Army representatives and is also your main area of contact regarding general event issues.

Please assist the Salvos with lost kids by writing your mobile phone number on their arm. This way we can contact you sooner.


Public Amenities

Toilets for people with disabilities are located at three points:

  • At the western end of the toilet blocks parallel to the Cahill Expressway
  • Near the disabled seating zone on Central Ave

Standard toilet blocks are available along the perimeters of The Domain precinct on Hospital Rd and Cahill Expressway.


Seating at the Event

Patrons are encouraged to bring picnic rugs and ground seating from home. Seating that meets Botanic Gardens Trust standards will be available for hire at the venue. The cost is $9.00 per seat plus a deposit for a day’s usage. Please note that high chairs and beach umbrellas cannot be used on the Domain site so be sure to bring your sunscreen and hat along with you.



Public phones are located on the corner of Hospital Road and Macquarie Street near The Domain. The Art Gallery of NSW and Sydney Hospital also have public phones.


Preserving the Gardens

As users of the Domain we are reminded to be cautious of people pouring ice from their drink coolers and placing plastic mats on the grass. Such actions are likely to cause damage to the grounds.

Wax dripping from candles on to the Domain grounds throughout the evening causes significant damage to the grassed areas and all patrons attending the event are encouraged to use the candle holders provided in the Salvation Army Show bags.

Look after The Gardens because after all they belong to you.




December 22nd 2007 12:00pm December 22nd 2007 11:00pm Woolworths Carols in the Domain The Domain in Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney Australia's largerst and most loved Christmas Carols event.