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Sydney's Open for Lunch

Sydney's Open for Lunch

Take your seat at one of our lavish long lunches across the city on Friday 3 December
3 Dec 2021
Jagged Little Pill

Jagged Little Pill

Premiering at the newly refurbished Theatre Royal Sydney
Tomorrow
Matisse Alive

Matisse Alive

A vibrant gallery-wide festival of Matisse featuring new work, projects and art from the collection
Today 10am to 5pm
The Lyin' Queen

The Lyin' Queen

Trevor Ashley’s adults-only Jurassic musical comedy returns for 12 shows only
Today all day
Sugar Republic

Sugar Republic

Relive your childhood at this giant candy land pop-up experience at The Rocks
Tomorrow
Sky Castle

Sky Castle

A dreamy, interactive light sculpture has landed in Darling Harbour.
Today 10am to 10pm
Bush Foods High Tea

Bush Foods High Tea

A sumptuous Bush Foods affair with native ingredients
Tomorrow
The Swinging Cat Live Jazz - YCK Long Lunches & Late Nights

The Swinging Cat Live Jazz - YCK Long Lunches & Late Nights

A mix of classic & modern funk and jazz. Proudly part of the YCK Long Lunches & Late Nights
3 Dec 2021
MCA Late

MCA Late

Stay up late with the MCA on Friday nights.
3 Dec 2021
The Purple House

The Purple House

A celebration of leading Pintupi artists and their enduring legacy
Today 10am to 5pm
Weekly live jazz at The Swinging Cat with The Sazeracs

Weekly live jazz at The Swinging Cat with The Sazeracs

Throw away all notions of stuffy jazz music and think New Orleans Mardi Gras instead
Tomorrow

Get festive

Laneway cinema at The Rocks

Watch your favourite Christmas musical movies under the stars in the charming, heritage surrounds of The Rocks.

Lunch & dinner

Live sessions in the city

Bringing life back to the city with free live music at venues in the ivy precinct.

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Christmas in the city

Laneway Cinema @ The Rocks - Christmas edition

Laneway Cinema @ The Rocks - Christmas edition

Heritage surrounds, hot pizza, Christmas classics, wine, bean bags and blankets, this is not your average movie night
Today 7.30pm to 10.30pm
A Golden Christmas

A Golden Christmas

Wish upon a star for a Merry Christmas & a golden year to come
Today 12am to 10pm
Australian Beauty Flourishes at The Strand Arcade

Australian Beauty Flourishes at The Strand Arcade

A specially commissioned installation of Christmas decorations inspired by native flowers
Today all day
Barangaroo Bells

Barangaroo Bells

Experience 3 giant Christmas bell installations that will light up the waterfront!
Today 8am to 9.30pm
Canopy of Light

Canopy of Light

Transforming Pitt Street Mall
Today all day
Celebrate a spectacular Christmas party in Sydney

Celebrate a spectacular Christmas party in Sydney

Have a Xmas party with your loved ones at one of the most popular Christmas party venues in Sydney —Clearview Cruises
Today 11.45am to 10.30pm
Choirs in the city: Martin Place

Choirs in the city: Martin Place

Street choirs singing carols will perform every night leading up to Christmas.
Today 6pm to 8pm
Christmas 2021 - Sydney Showboats

Christmas 2021 - Sydney Showboats

Celebrate this Christmas on board the popular showboat cruise on Sydney Harbour that offers unlimited fun
Today 7pm to 10.30pm
Christmas party cruises

Christmas party cruises

Harbourside Cruises offer a unique and stunning Sydney Harbour venue for your work Christmas party.
Today 6.45pm to 10.15pm
Christmas party cruises

Christmas party cruises

Ring in the Xmas vibes with the Christmas party harbour cruises in Sydney to make it memorable as ever!
Today 6.45pm to 10.15pm
Darling Harbour Christmas

Darling Harbour Christmas

Enjoy interactive light installations, a live music festival, building-sized decorations and guaranteed holiday cheer
Today all day
Gingerbread Lane

Gingerbread Lane

Take a walk down Gingerbread Lane
Today all day

Explore

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.

For music lovers

City Recital Hall

Pinchgut Opera presents Platée by Rameau

Pinchgut Opera presents Platée by Rameau

Rameau’s clever comedic masterpiece makes its Australian stage debut
Today 7pm to 10pm
A Spotless Rose: Sydney Philharmonia Chamber Singers

A Spotless Rose: Sydney Philharmonia Chamber Singers

A seasonal program of carols old and new sung by the polished voices of the Sydney Philharmonia Chamber Singers
16 Dec 2021
Alexander Gavrylyuk in Recital

Alexander Gavrylyuk in Recital

One of Australia's great pianists presents an invigorating program featuring works by Schumann and Brahms
16 Dec 2021
Singular Voices: Martha Marlow

Singular Voices: Martha Marlow

Deeply moving orchestral pop by a truly singular voice, accompanied by jazz luminaries and a chamber orchestra
14 Jan 2022
-barra

-barra

Let the river sing and the red dirt rumble, in this sonic and visual journey through Yuwaalaraay country in NSW
16 Jan 2022
Omega Ensemble: Two Breaths

Omega Ensemble: Two Breaths

The first breath; worlds apart. The second breath; worlds collide.
10 Feb 2022
Singular Voices: Courtney Marie Andrews

Singular Voices: Courtney Marie Andrews

Courtney Marie Andrews brings her master storytelling torch songs to the intimate sonic grandeur of City Recital Hall.
10 Mar 2022
Switched On: Cedric Burnside

Switched On: Cedric Burnside

Grammy nominee Cedric Burnside embodies the ancestral blues of R.L. Burnside, and Mississippi’s modern-day blues.
19 Mar 2022
Singular Voices: Julia Jacklin (solo)

Singular Voices: Julia Jacklin (solo)

Stepping out in all her power, Julia Jacklin's first major solo performance will be crushing in every sense
24 Mar 2022
Jayson Gillham in Recital

Jayson Gillham in Recital

Australian pianist Jayson Gillham will be performing a compelling performance of Bach and Chopin
3 Jun 2022
Singular Voices Paul Kelly & Paul Grabowsky

Singular Voices Paul Kelly & Paul Grabowsky

Paul Kelly and Paul Grabowsky bring their classic ARIA-winning collaboration to Singular Voices
5 Aug 2022

Museum of Contemporary Art

Doug Aitken: New Era

In this Sydney-exclusive exhibition, see installations, objects, photographs, and vast immersive multi-screen environments that will envelop you within a kaleidoscope of moving imagery and sound.

Live theatre is back

Theatre & performance

Warangesda

Warangesda

Camp of Mercy, an untold Wiradjuri story
17 Feb 2022
Home Chat by Noël Coward

Home Chat by Noël Coward

Noël Coward's wit shines through in this comedy
3 Dec 2021
The Boomkak Panto

The Boomkak Panto

A ridiculously flamboyant and hilarious pantomime by award-winning actor Virginia Gay
Today 7.30pm to 9.30pm
Jagged Little Pill

Jagged Little Pill

Premiering at the newly refurbished Theatre Royal Sydney
Tomorrow
Japanaroo 2021: A festive concert - Music, Dance and Arts

Japanaroo 2021: A festive concert - Music, Dance and Arts

A spectacular cultural showcase of Japanese and Australian traditional arts, performed by the most celebrated artists
17 Dec 2021
Girl From The North Country

Girl From The North Country

Premiering at the newly refurbished Theatre Royal Sydney in January 2022
5 Jan 2022
Head Over Heels

Head Over Heels

"A show with its tongue planted firmly in its cheek, except when it's in someone else's mouth" - Entertainment Weekly
18 Feb 2022
Exhbitions

Powerhouse Museum