Nowhere throws a Christmas party like Sydney! The city counts down to Christmas in style, with a myriad of festive activities and extraordinary displays to fill your Christmas season with fun and merriment.
Sydneysiders and visitors alike will be astounded by the city’s transformation into a festive wonderland. Dominating the scene is the Martin Place Christmas Tree. This 21-metre behemoth has been the centrepiece of the city’s celebrations for nearly five decades, and is adorned with 60,000 tree lights, 300 enormous baubles and a massive illuminated treetop star.
Next door, the GPO Dessert Bar offers mouth-watering festive gelato and other treats to enjoy while taking in the spectacular tree.
Pitt Street Mall’s The Boulevard of Light turns your Christmas shopping experience into a magical journey through a forest walkway as you stroll beneath a glittering installation of suspended Christmas trees.
Meanwhile Santa’s Enchanted Garden at the Queen Victoria Building is a must-see for the little ones, as is the 24-metre high Swarovski Christmas Tree which features 82,000 Swarovski crystals and 65,150 lights. Enhancing the Christmas atmosphere, every night choirs including Circular Quays and Sydney Philharmonic choir will fill the air with carols at Pitt Street Mall and Martin Place.
Across town, the 75-metre façade of St Mary’s Cathedral illuminates the city in its sensational The Lights of Christmas light and sound show. This stunning and much-loved public celebration begins each night at 7.30pm with a carol performance, and continues through to midnight. The lights display tells a story, showcasing the themes of Christmas.
There are never ending festive activities around the city to put you in a Christmas mood. A series of Village Christmas concerts between 2 and 10 December brings the Christmas spirit to the suburbs of Alexandria, Surry Hills, Rushcutters Bay and Rosebery.
Hosted by Jimmy Giggle, these concerts feature popular children’s entertainers. There are craft activities and games to take part in, including a giant game of Jenga against Santa’s elves! Santa stockings packed with goodies are on sale from Variety Children’s Charity, and sausage sizzles and other delicious repasts are available.
Don’t forget to take part in KIIS 1065 FM’s “KIIS Under the Mistletoe” challenge—if you upload a photo of yourself under the giant mistletoe at any of these village concerts, you’ll enter into a draw to win $500.
On 3 December, Variety Children’s Charity makes the Christmas season extra special with the Variety Xmas Walk, an event supporting children living with disability. Head to Pyrmont Bay, slap on a Santa hat or red t-shirt, and walk in support of kids who can’t. There will also be face painting, jumping castles, and former Wiggle Sam Moran performing on stage to entertain the kids.
Sydney’s magnificent Town Hall puts on a special Christmas concert on 19 December, when carol singing, festive music and readings are enhanced by the ornate stone surroundings and the sounds of the grand organ.
The ever-popular Woolworths Carols in the Domain is back on 17 December, this year at the family-friendly time of 7.45 pm. Bring a picnic rug for an evening of Christmas cheer, and enjoy live performances from artists including Eurovision sensation Dami Im and the cast of the hit stage show “The Wizard of Oz.”
Christmas shoppers will enjoy the Blak Markets at Barangaroo on 3 December, where you can browse a unique collection of Indigenous arts and crafts and enjoy some bush tucker.
Meanwhile, Mary Rachel Brown’s hit Christmas comedy play “Silent Night” has audiences in uproar at the Darlinghurst Eternity Playhouse, putting the silly back in the season (until 10 December).
With so many wonderful ways to celebrate, the Christmas season in Sydney is truly a joyous time.