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Christmas in the City

Sydney’s festive playground in the heart of the city.

Produced by the City of Sydney

See the heart of Sydney’s city centre come alive with roaming entertainers, stage shows, choirs, lights, decorations and activations, mixed with late-night shopping there will be fun for everyone!

Eat, drink, shop and sing your way around the city centre between 6.30pm and 9.30pm as we kick-off the festive season.

The Martin Place Christmas Tree will light up at 8.30pm as fireworks illuminate Sydney’s spectacular skyline.

What to expect

Kids’ entertainers will be live on the streets to party with you, including Jimmy GiggleJustine ClarkeSam Moran, SplashDance and Nay Nay.

Experience Sydney’s magical summer playground festivities with a KIISmas twist. The KIIS 1065 Thunderbirds invite you to eat, play and share with games and treats for everyone.

Santa will arrive in a brand new sleigh – stay close to say hello as he rides his way through the event.

Santa stockings packed with goodies will be on sale for $5. Proceeds go to our charity partner Variety – The Children’s Charity.

There will be food for purchase throughout the event. GPO Dessert Bar will be back for the fifth year in a row, so you can treat yourself to a tempting range of gelato, sweets, cakes, coffee, cold beverages and savoury options.

Save Saturday 24 November in your diary and bounce into the spirit of Sydney Christmas like never before.

Companion animals are permitted.


The Christmas precinct is bordered by George and Market Streets, Pitt Street Mall and Martin Place.

The stage and GPO Grand Dessert Bar can be found in Martin Place.

Download a map of the Christmas precinct (PDF 3.5MB).

Traffic information

We recommend you leave the car at home and use public transport. Some roads will be closed and the city will be opened up for you to join in the Christmas spirit. Visit and Transport for NSW for information on road closures and traffic changes. Follow @LiveTrafficSyd on Twitter for updates


Microsoft 12pm to 9.30pm

The flagship Microsoft store is full of surprises this holiday season with a series of fun activations to be revealed. On 24 November, participate in Xbox game play on Pitt Street Mall as the first stop on the Holiday Explore Card, before heading in-store to complete additional activities to receive a special gift.

Jurlique 12pm to 9.30pm

Visit the pop up store for Jurlique Christmas sets, a complimentary hand massage and samples.

Bailey Nelson 12pm to 9.30pm

Try your luck on Bailey Nelson’s free skill-tester machine! Filled with Christmas gifts, have a go for the chance to win Bailey Nelson glasses and accessories. Visit on the day for free tote bags and pop into the Pitt Street store for Christmas cookies.

Superdry 5pm to 9.30pm

Superdry invites you to celebrate Christmas and confess whether you’ve been naughty or nice this year with their interactive Christmas tree. Take a photo under the Superdry tree and receive a Superdry Christmas Karma card – be honest and you may be rewarded instantly!

Before heading to the lighting of the Martin Place Tree, be sure to check out the City of Sydney’s local guide to the CBD. It’s full of Sydneysiders’ favourite places to eat, shop and play.



Saturday 24 November 2018 from 6.30pm to 9.30pm



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