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What to do in Sydney this December

Laneway cinemas, Christmas markets, musicals and Sydney New Year’s Eve. Here are the events you need to know about this month.

Things are getting Christmassy this December and there's heaps happening around the city. These are 14 events not to miss.

Lights of Christmas at St Mary's Cathedral

Christmas lights and decorations

Get into the spirit of the season and explore the best decorations across the city. Highlights include the 50th anniversary of the Martin Place tree, a light and sound show at St Mary’s Cathedral and a unique NFTree in the Galeries.

Throughout December

Bastille French Christmas market

Christmas markets and shopping

Sydney is home to some amazing Christmas markets this year, including the debut Bastille French market at Customs House and the beautifully festive markets in The Rocks.

The city’s shops are also getting into the spirit. You’ll find beautiful decorations at Westfield and the Santaland express at Myer.

Throughout December

Merivale live sessions

Merivale has something for every music lover down at the ivy precinct. You’ll find live jazz and folk performers at Uccello, Felix and Establishment. If you’re back in the office, take a long lunch and enjoy the buzz of live music back in the city.

Throughout December
ivy precinct

The Lyin’ Queen

Welcome back to the Sydney Opera House with this critically acclaimed riotous musical comedy. Expect ridiculous puppets, song parodies and a send-up of every movie ever made on or near an island.

Sydney Opera House
Until Sunday 12 December

Sky Castle Darling Harbour. Photo credit: Anna Kucera

Sky Castle

Find this dreamy, interactive sound and light installation in Darling Harbour. It won’t be around for long, so check it out while you can!

Tumbalong Park
Until 26 December

The Purple House

This exhibition will teach you all about the Purple House – a provider of dialysis care in remote, Aboriginal communities.

Art Gallery of NSW
Every day

Sugar Republic

Sugar Republic

Explore this real-life Willa Wonka factory in The Rocks. Swim in a pool of marshmallows, play giant donut Connect 4 and dive into a sprinkles ball pit. There are plenty of opportunities to get some killer photos.

The Rocks
Thursdays, Fridays and weekends in December

Laneway cinema at The Rocks

Laneway cinema at The Rocks

Watch your favourite musical movies under the stars in the charming, heritage surrounds of The Rocks. The cinema is free and full of cosy bean bags and blankets. Treat yourself to a pizza and drink from the nearby vendors.

Wednesdays in December

UNSEEN tells the stories of women experiencing homelessness and housin insecurity.


This multimedia experience brings the story of women facing homelessness and housing insecurity to Sydney. Highlights include a collaboration with Head On Photo Festival, an exhibition of First Nations artist Peta Link, and an interactive paper dolls display.

Circular Quay
Throughout December

Jagged Little Pill

This electrifying new musical is about the joyful and redemptive story of the Healys. The musical is based on Alanis Morissette’s Grammy award-winning masterpiece and includes explosive choreography and an onstage band.

Theatre Royal Sydney
Until Sunday 19 December

Japanaroo 2021, a spectacular showcase of Japanese and Australian dance, music and arts.

Japanaroo 2021

Head to Town Hall for a fusion of cultural performers including didgeridoo players, Japanese shamisen masters and taiko drummers.

Sydney Town Hall
Friday 17 December

Love Actually in Concert

Love Actually in Concert

Experience the ultimate romantic Christmas movie in real life. After sell-out shows in the UK, Love Actually in Concert brings its magic to Sydney.

Aware Super Theatre
Sunday 19 December

Neighbourhood Earth

Neighbourhood Earth

This award-winning exhibition will show you what it’s like to experience outer space. The popular multi-sensory experience has had over 1 million visitors around the world and has now landed in Sydney.

International Convention Centre
Until 23 December 23

Sydney New Year's Eve

Sydney New Year’s Eve

Welcome 2022 watching one of the world’s first and best fireworks displays. Tickets will be required for many vantage points this year. Use the vantage point map to find ticketing information for each location.

Friday 31 December

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