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5 ways to get into the Christmas spirit in Sydney

From free family concerts to decorations that make you go ‘ahhhh’. Here’s a taste of what’s happening during the festive season

Christmas has arrived in Sydney. Check out the complete guide or we've hand-picked a few things to get you started.

1. Christmas concerts

Dust off your reindeer ears, put on your party shoes and kick off Christmas at our free concert series across Sydney.

Surry Hills Christmas Concert, 2022. Image: Chris Southwood, City of Sydney

The first of 6 free concerts will kick off in Pyrmont on Friday 1 December and roll out across Surry Hills, Rosebery, Rushcutters Bay, Glebe and Alexandria. Performers include Sydney Philharmonia Choir, Justine Clarke and The Listies.

2. The lighting of the Martin Place tree

Martin Place. Image: Katherine Griffiths, City of Sydney.

The largest Christmas tree in NSW will delight audiences from sundown on Thursday 30 November and light up every evening until Wednesday 27 December. Visit the tree at the George Street end of Martin Place. It’s sure to delight with more than 110,000 LEDs, a 3.4m colour-changing star and 330 specially created glossy baubles.

3. Christmas choirs

Martin Place. Image: Chris Southwood, City of Sydney.

Enjoy choirs singing carols under the Martin Place Christmas tree from Friday 1 December to Saturday 23 December. See a kaleidoscope of colours and decorative lights every 15 minutes from 8pm to midnight.

4. Christmas markets

Martin Place Christmas Markets. Image: Chris Southwood, City of Sydney.

Soak up the city's festivities with a trip to our beautiful markets, open from Friday 24 November and the whole weekend and then every Thursday, Friday and Saturday leading up to Christmas. A chance to shop Christmas goods from fashion, gifting, candles, toys, accessories, art, photography and lots of delicious food.

5. Christmas decorations and lights

Pitt Street Canopy of Lights. Image: Chris Southwood, City of Sydney

For all things that sparkle, wander through Pitt Street Mall under a shimmering canopy of lights and stars. See the spectacular Martin Place tree and a light show, and Christmas light projections around Sydney Town Hall and St Mary’s Cathedral every night from 25 November to 27 December.

I always look forward to this time of year when the city is buzzing with a festive atmosphere,” the Lord Mayor of Sydney, Clover Moore AO said. “We’ve got a fantastic month-long program of free events for families, shoppers and visitors to enjoy.

You can also download the Sydney Culture Walks app to discover the Christmas lights and decorations walk. Available in the App Store or on Google Play.

This Christmas, City of Sydney is proud to support the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation. Donations are welcome.

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