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Cinema in the Park Christmas Edition - The Polar Express

Lockdown has ended and Christmas is approaching, so what better way to enjoy our freedoms by sitting outside in the fresh summer air watching one of the classic Christmas Movies. 

Come down with your picnic rug, bean bag or low chair on Friday night to watch ‘The Polar Express’ with your family and friends to celebrate Christmas in the City of Ryde.

You are welcome to come by early from 5.30pm to enjoy a soft serve ice-cream from a retro food truck and play on our inflatable slides and obstacle courses. There will also be food available from Café Sotto at Ryde Park. To reserve a table for dinner before the movie begins please phone 0411 727 062. View the menuPlease note: Kitchen will close at approx. 8.30pm. 

Limited free popcorn will also be handed out until stock runs out.

Their will also be special appearances by giant candy canes and bouncing elves.

Movie will commence at sundown, approximately 8pm. 

The Polar Express Movie Details

Running Time: 1hr 40mins

Rating: G

Genre: Genre: Christmas, Adventure, Fantasy

Watch the trailer here.

Movie synopsis: When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe. (Roadshow).

Frequently Asked Questions

Is entry free?

Entry is free. However, you will be required to book a ticket prior to the event. 

Is this event COVID safe

Yes, the event has been planned in line with NSW Health outdoor event restrictions. 

What are the COVID safety measurements?

All attendees and staff must not attend if they are feeling sick or have any COVID 19 symptoms outlined by NSW Health.

COVID-19 Safe cleaning practices will be undertaken frequently during the event.

Hand sanitizing stations will be available to attendees upon check-in.

All attendees will be required to QR code on site and a proof of COVID vaccination will be required.

Children must always be accompanied by an adult.

City of Ryde will be checking daily updates and safety measures requested by NSW Health Department to comply with the COVID-19 safety requirements.

Attendees not complying with City of Ryde’s safety rules will be asked to leave the premises by City of Ryde staff members. 

What should I bring?

  • Photo ID
  • Eftpos/Credit Card (cashless transactions only)
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Picnic Rug or Picnic Chairs
  • Proof of Vaccination  

Can we bring dogs?

Yes, small/medium size dogs can come into the event site. Owners must ensure that the dogs are on leads at all times and are the responsibility of the owner. If dogs become disruptive, staff may have to ask you to leave the event site.

Can you smoke onsite?

No smoking onsite.

Is there food available?

An ice cream truck will be available onsite for purchase. There will also be food available from Café Sotto at Ryde Park.

To reserve a table for dinner before the movie begins please phone 0411 727 062. View the menu(PDF, 420KB).

 Please note: Kitchen will close at approx. 8.30pm 

Can I bring my own food?

Yes, you may bring your own food. Please make sure you discard all your rubbish at the end of the night.  

Is there parking available?

On street parking available. 

What happens if there is wet weather?

The City of Ryde events team will monitor the weather leading up to the event and will notify the public of any updates via the City of Ryde website and Facebook page.  

Is this site accessible for people with restricted mobility?

The City of Ryde is committed to providing universal access to all of our events. Please contact the City of Ryde Events team to request accommodations. Advance notice is necessary to arrange for some accessibility needs. Email or call on 9952 8222.   

Date & Time

Sunday 12 December 2021 / 5.30PM - 10.00PM


City of Ryde
Phone: 9952 8222



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Ryde Park, Argyle Avenue, Ryde 2112 View Map

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Argyle Avenue, Ryde New South Wales 2112

Ryde Park

Argyle Avenue, Ryde 2112

Last updated on 8 December 2021