The best things to do this Christmas

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

Martin Place concert and tree lighting

Christmas in Sydney officially begins when we flick the switch and light the 21m high Christmas tree in Martin Place. Join us for a family friendly concert before the big moment. This year it features performances from Kate Miller-Heidke, Justice Crew, All Our Exes Live in Texas, Jay Laga’aia and more.

Martin Place Christmas Tree, 2016

See your message in lights on Sydney’s Christmas tree

Share your festive wishes on the interactive Christmas tree in Martin Place. While you’re there, treat yo’ self to a gelato at the GPO pop-up dessert bar.

Christmas on the Green, 2016

Christmas on the Green

A who’s who of children’s performers takes the stage at Christmas on the Green: Jimmy Giggle, Bananas in Pyjamas  The Fairies, The Listies and children’s entertainment legend Peter Combe. But the real highlight of this free family concert is a guest appearance from Santa himself!

The Lights of Christmas

Lights of Christmas

A spectacular light show illuminates the stunning 75m high facade of St Mary’s Cathedral. The Lights of Christmas is an annual highlight of Sydney’s festive season.

Alexandria Christmas Concert, 2016

Village Christmas Concerts

Bring the whole family to your local Christmas celebration in Rushcutters Bay, Rosebery, Alexandria and Surry Hills.

Enjoy festive carols and choir performances

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer! Jingle Bell Rock! Hear your favourite carols performed in Martin Place every night leading up to Christmas and in Pitt Street Mall Thursday nights and weekends.

Carols in the Domain

Get into the spirit of the season at Australia’s largest Christmas event. Carols in the Domain returns for its 35th year on 17 December.

Variety Xmas Walk

Wear your reddest outfit and take a 2km or 5km walk for kids who can’t. Variety Xmas Walk is on Sunday 3 December in Pyrmont Bay Park.

Christmas Wonderland Sydney Showground

Escape the heat of a Sydney summer and enter a wintery world at Christmas Wonderland Sydney Showground. There’ll be ice skating, snowman building, rides and one very impressive giant slide.

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