December 13: Parramatta Artisan Market will be held at the Darcy Street end of Church Street mall, from 4pm to 8pm. Twenty artisans will have hand-crafted products for sale including children's accessories, jewellery, leather goods and bags. Details: 9806 5824.
December 15: Each NSW household throws away more than $1000 of food per year. A free Pocket, Plate and Planet workshop will be held from noon to 12.30pm. Learn how to cut food waste. Bookings essential. Call: 9806 5532.
December 20: WeAve Parramatta will hold a woven wool star making workshop from 11.30pm to 2.30pm at Level 1, 68 Macquarie Street, Parramatta. It will be the last workshop for the year. Bring something with a Christmas feel to eat or drink and other WeAve projects for show and tell. Details: firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Year's Eve: There will be a free New Year's Eve celebration across the River Foreshore and Old King's School Parade Ground from 6pm to 9pm on Tuesday, December 31.
It will include live music, roaming performers, entertainment for the kids and fireworks. There will be lots of food stalls. Details: discoverparramatta.com/nye
Hamburger treats: Hamburger chain Grill'd Healthy Burgers opened a second store in the heart of Parramatta CBD on November 28 and customers were treated to free burgers.
Grill'd Healthy Burgers's menu includes beef, chicken, lamb and vegetarian hamburgers, salads and several local craft beers and ciders. Details: grilld.com.au