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The best things to do this Christmas

Grab your Santa hat – and your sunscreen – because it’s time to celebrate a summer Christmas. Here are some of the best ways to get festive in Sydney.

Christmas in the City

Christmas in the City

Christmas in Sydney officially begins when the heart of the city centre comes alive with roaming entertainers, choirs, lights and decorations. The Martin Place Christmas tree’s sound and light show takes off every 15 minutes from 7.30pm and fireworks illuminate Sydney’s spectacular skyline.

Santa will arrive to say hello in his reindeer tricycle sleigh. KIIS 1065 will bring a Christmas day at the beach to the heart of the city. Santa stockings packed with goodies will be on sale for $5. Proceeds go to our charity partner Surf Life Saving NSW.

Pitt Street Mall to Martin Place
Saturday 23 November

Sydney Christmas Children's Concert

Sydney Christmas Children's Concert

Jingle all the way at the free family friendly children’s concert at Surry Hills. Sing along to performances by Justine Clarke, Jimmy Giggle and other performers. Play giant Jenga with the elves and meet Santa. Pack your picnic rug and get in early for the best spot.

Prince Alfred Park
Surry Hills
Saturday 30 November

Green Square Christmas Fair

Green Square Christmas Fair

For the first time, the plaza in front of Green Square Library will be transformed into a festive market with Christmas lights and live entertainment.

Pick up unique, locally crafted Christmas treats from one the 30 market stalls. Enjoy a meal from a food truck, and share a drink at the licensed bar with family, friends and your neighbours.

Green Square Plaza Zetland
Saturday 14 December

Village Christmas Concerts

Village Christmas Concerts

Bring the whole family to your local Christmas celebration in Alexandria, Rushcutters Bay and Rosebery. For the first time ever, we’ll also hold one harbourside in Pirrama Park in Pyrmont.

Various locations
Sunday 1 December, Friday 6 December, Saturday 7 December, Friday 13 December

The Lights of Christmas, St Mary's Cathedral Square

Lights of Christmas

A spectacular light and sound show will illuminate St Mary’s Cathedral for a Christmas tradition. The Lights of Christmas will be the home of nightly choir performances and kaleidoscope projections that light the skies until late. It’s the 10th anniversary of the cathedral being lit for Christmas so expect an extra special show! St Mary’s Cathedral will also host A Choral Christmas Celebration to fill your heart with Christmas cheer on Friday 13 December.

St Mary’s Cathedral Square Sydney
Wednesday 5 December to Tuesday 25 December

Choirs in the City

Enjoy festive carols and choir performances in Martin Place

Deck the Halls! Jingle Bells! Hear your favourite carols performed every Thursday to Sunday from 28 November to Christmas Eve. They’ll take place under the branches of the Martin Place Christmas tree near the GPO Dessert Bar. Get comfy, enjoy the choirs and festive atmosphere, and indulge in gelato or sweets and hot and cold drinks.

Want more?

  • Check out Christmas in Pyrmont, a family-friendly street fair on 24 November that raises money for charity
  • Experience the magic of the season in one of Sydney’s most famous buildings at Christmas at Sydney Town Hall on 17 December
  • See The Fullerton’s 5-star hotel lobby of light up in festive colours bringing the spirit of Christmas to you and take part in their charity Christmas dinner feast