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What to do in Sydney this December

Browse Christmas markets, celebrate with free concerts and explore the historic Yirranma Place. Here are 10 things to enjoy this month.

Get into the festive spirit

The city shines with Christmas cheer

Hear a different choir every night, check out the tallest Christmas tree in NSW or shop at the markets in Martin Place. Or take a stroll along Pitt Street Mall under the stunning canopy of light.

Santa himself has requested that we extend an open invitation to all of you (and your pets), to his workshop. Book in online now for a magical photo session.

See the full Sydney Christmas program

Throughout December

Sing, dance and be merry

Free Christmas concerts in Sydney

Celebrate Christmas at our free concerts in 6 locations: Pyrmont, Surry Hills, Rosebery, Rushcutters Bay and Alexandria.

1, 2, 3, 8, 9 and 10 December

Ring in the new year with a bang

Celebrate New Year's Eve in Sydney

Celebrate the start of 2024 with a spectacular fireworks show at Sydney Harbour. Plan your New Year’s Eve with information about vantage points, public transport, accessibility, road closures and the full schedule of fireworks.

Sunday 31 December

Roll up your sleeves to volunteer

Volunteer at Sydney City Farm

Give back and get outdoors at Sydney City Farm. Take a new volunteer induction session before getting hands-on at a volunteer working bee. All produce grown is donated to local charities.

Inductions: 2, 14 and 16 December

Working bees: 1, 2, 7, 8, 14, 15, 16, 21 and 22 December

Experience the art of Kandinsky

Kandinsky exhibition at the Art Gallery of New South Wales

See the works of one of the great innovators of European abstraction, Vasily Kandinsky, at this comprehensive exhibition, curated with the Guggenheim Museum of New York.

Throughout December

Celebrate International Day of People with Disability

Elevate the Stage on International Day of People with Disability

Australia’s top performers come together to celebrate diversity and unity with a free, inclusive concert at ICC Sydney.

Sunday 3 December

Discover the history of the city on foot

Free walking tour: Sydney and The Rocks

Take a free walking tour through Sydney and The Rocks and hear about the history, heart and hidden secrets of the city you thought you knew.

Monday to Saturday, throughout December

Make your own gift jewellery

Jewellery gift making for the festive season

Learn to basic jewellery making skills at this jewellery workshop. You’ll learn to use roller-printing techniques and craft your own custom silver jewellery gift, just in time for the holiday season.

Saturday 2 December

Take the kids to explore Yirranma Place

Yirranma Place Open Day

There’s so much to explore at the Open Day of this historic building: markets, art tours, talks, performances and a dedicated kids zone. The kids will love the reptile show, face painting and more!

Saturday 2 December

Create some calm in your lunch break

Movement and meditation at the Chinese Garden of Friendship

Take some time out for yourself with this movement and meditation class. Relieve stress and find focus with a blend of qi gong, tai chi and yoga at the tranquil Chinese Garden of Friendship.

Tuesday 5 and 12 December

Want more? Find everything happening in Sydney this month.