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Christmas in the City

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

Produced by the City of Sydney

Follow the latest updates on the Christmas in the City live blog 

See Sydney’s city centre come alive with a street party involving roaming entertainers, roller-skating baubles, magicians,  pop-up stages, craft, choirs, lights, decorations and a dancefloor. 

The Martin Place Christmas tree will host a sound and light show every 15 minutes from 7.30pm.  Brilliant fireworks will illuminate Sydney’s spectacular skyline.

What to expect

Kids’ entertainers will be live on the streets to party with you, including Jimmy GiggleJustine ClarkeSplashDance and The Nannas & The Poppas.

Santa will arrive in his reindeer tricycle led sleigh – say hello as he rides his way through the event.

KIIS 1065 will bring everyone’s favourite Christmas day at the beach to the heart of Sydney’s retail precinct. With an array of shopping, there’ll be something for everyone!

Santa stockings packed with goodies will be on sale for $5. Proceeds go to our charity partner Surf Life Saving NSW.

There’ll be food for purchase throughout the event. GPO Dessert Bar will be back for the sixth year in a row. Treat yourself to a tempting range of gelato, sweets, cakes, coffee, cold beverages and savoury options. A water refill station will be located at the Martin Place fountain.

Bounce into the spirit of Sydney Christmas like never before.

Companion animals are permitted.





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The Christmas precinct will extend along Pitt Street Mall to Martin Place. GPO Grand Dessert Bar can be found in Martin Place. Stages are on King Street, in the Pitt Street Mall and in Martin Place.

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 about road closures and traffic changes. Follow @LiveTrafficSyd on Twitter for updates

Christmas shopping

Do your Christmas shopping on the night. Large Sydney retailers Westfield, David Jones and Myer will trade until 7pm. There are also special activations and offers throughout the city.


Glow Bar pop-up offering complimentary hand massages, samples and Christmas gift packs for sale. 


An activation of fun activities including the latest Microsoft Xbox games, Microsoft Holiday Explore Card and Xbox ornament gifts. 


Win $500 worth of Superdry vouchers. Try unlocking the Christmas Glass lock box.

Lifestyle Optical

Promotional vouchers, candy canes and fresh popcorn. Free spectacle cleaning.

Dr Seuss

Photo opportunities with sculptures from the beloved Dr Seuss books. Exclusive discounts and stickers for children.

Menx Biz

Men’s shaving kits with razors and personalisation service.

Raw Cold Pressed

Selling cold pressed juices in 370ml glass bottles.

Follow the latest updates on the Christmas in the City live blog 



Saturday 23 November 2019 from 6.30pm to 9.30pm



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