Where to Celebrate a Very Sydney Christmas

A taste of the North Pole comes to Sydney for a month full of fun during 2018 events.

Christmas cheer is spreading through Sydney just in time for December 2018. Countless events transform the city into a wonderland for all. 

The City of Sydney has worked tirelessly to bring a magical Christmas to the sunny city for 2018. With over $3.1 million dollars invested, you’ll be sure to get your Christmas fix. 

Santa performs with Jimmy Giggle

For the kids, there’s no shortage of events. On 1 December Surry Hills’ Prince Alfred Park will become an oasis of song and dance with the Sydney Christmas Children’s Concert. Jimmy Giggle, Justine Clarke, Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom, The Listies and SplashDance will all grace the stage. Kids can also indulge their senses in numerous craft activities, table tennis, giant Jenga and playing with the cheeky Christmas elves. As the night comes to a close there will be a special visit from Santa followed by a spectacular fireworks display. Celebrate Christmas in Green Square on 2 December with performances from Sam Moran, Sydney Philharmonia Choir, Ally Boom Boom & the Cool Bananas, DJ Peter Baecker and Glorious Sousaphonics. Other family-friendly Village Christmas Concerts take place in Alexandria on 7 December, Rushcutters Bay on 8 December and Rosebery on 9 December.

Village Christmas Concert Fireworks

Lovers of carols are not left out. Right up to Christmas Eve, choirs will perform classic Christmas carols every night at the Martin Place Christmas Tree. Meanwhile, Pitt Street Mall’s Canopy of Light will turn the shopping strip into a winter wonderland illuminated by 94,000 lights sparkling along the boulevard. Choirs in the City will perform each Thursday from 6 pm–8 pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 6 pm–7 pm.

Choir in the City at Martin Place

On 22 December Carols in the Domain will unite the nation in a chorus of song from Australia’s biggest stars. 2018 celebrates the Carols’ 36th year and will see an estimated 50,000 people watching from the Domain and many thousands more watching from home.

The Lights of Christmas will bring the gorgeous St Mary’s Cathedral to life. Running from 5–25 December, light and sound will be projected onto the Cathedral’s 75-metre-tall facade. From 7.30 pm you can catch choir performances, before the 8.30 pm–midnight projections which tell the stories and themes of Christmas.

Lights of Christmas

At the Rosehill Gardens Racecourse, Australia’s biggest Christmas festival, Sydney Santa Spectacular, will take place. From 7–27 December the North Pole will be transported to the Racecourse. The festival encourages the spirit of giving, with a 15-metre tall charity Christmas tree encouraging guests to place gifts for sick and needy kids. The family-run event encourages affordability with one ticket allowing for unlimited rides, activities, entertainment and parking. Rides and events include a portable ice-rink, Santa’s Enchanted Forest, featuring live snowfall, interactive costumed characters, face-painting, a vintage double-decker carousel, and Christmas cookie-decorating workshops.

Sydney Santa Spectacular

Many Christmas markets are also taking place around Sydney. The Watsons Bay Twilight Markets will be held in Robertson Park from 3 pm–9 pm on 7 December. Featuring 120 stalls selling women’s fashions, menswear, children's clothing, toys, ceramics jewellery and more you are sure to find what you need. Closer to the CBD is The Rocks Christmas Markets. They run Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and feature roaming entertainers, art installations, street food, and of course, stallholders. 

With so much Christmas cheer you are in for a magical treat this year.

Zac Lewis
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