We’re closing in on the holiday season and though there won’t be any snow, it’s yet going to be a magical Christmas. Your eyes will feast upon beautiful fireworks, light shows and decorations. Your ears will tingle with the jingles and carols in the air. Smells of sweet and savoury treats will get you salivating.
Come join in on the merrymaking and have a wonderful Sydney Christmas.
The Season’s Christmas Hotspots in Sydney
The Martin Place Christmas Tree will be up from 23 November until 1 January. This is the tallest Christmas tree in NSW so don’t miss out on checking out this temporary fixture with over 11,000 LED lights.
It’s not going to be a silent night as choirs will be singing carols under the tree from 6-8:30 pm. Different choirs will alternate performing the carols each day until New Year’s Day. This includes the Salvation Army groups, Australian Girls Choir, Cantabile Chorus, and more.
The fun doesn’t stop once the singing does as the colours and lights will continue to bedazzle every 15 minutes from 7 pm until midnight. While you’re enjoying the hustle and bustle, Sydney’s skyline will also be lit up with majestic fireworks. It sounds like a marvellous time, doesn’t it?
Aside from the Christmas tree, another lighting spectacle will be going up on the 23rd until the 1st of January. Ever wondered what it would be like to walk under a canopy of Spider-man’s web strings, that too lit up brightly? Well, here’s your opportunity to find out because it’s the return of the Canopy of Light., which will house 85,000 LED lights and not one, not two, but 10 two-metre-high stars!
Pitt Street Mall between Market and Kings Street will be also have fantastic illuminations and have a mixture of cuisine and musical attractions. On King St, you’ll find mobile cafés, popcorn carts and food trucks serving everything from Yum Cha to pastas, burgers and gelato. Pitt Sreet will play host to the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Choir performing Thursday and on weekends leading up to Christmas Day.
Another great annual event that you can attend Carols by the Sea on 11 December in Bondi Beach. Young, local musicians will start off the night followed by carol singing. Along with your Christmas cheers, you may want to bring a rug to sit on.
As you inch closer to Christmas day, do find the time to check out the fabulous Lights of Christmas at St. Mary’s Cathedral Square in College Street. This lighting extravaganza will turn the St. Mary’s Cathedral into a dynamic artwork every day from 7:30 pm to 12 am starting from 5 December up until Christmas day.
Also, be sure to check out Australia’s largest free Christmas concert. We’re talking about Woolworths Carols in the Domain, which will be held on 21 December in 1 Mrs Macquaries Road. A variety of artists will be performing for your whole family to enjoy.
Pack your own picnic or simply buy the tasty options that will be available throughout the area in each of these hotspots.
Free Christmas Sydney Events
The Christmas Magic in Sydney isn’t limited to various hotspots but is also enhanced by the various Village Christmas Concerts that the City of Sydney produces. You can even bring your pets to these events but do note that these areas will be crowded.
For example, Alexandria Village will hold its Christmas concert on 13 Dec from 6:30-8:30 pm at Alexandria Park, Buckland Street, Alexandria. Nay Nay will be hosting this and kids are encouraged to join in the holiday spirit of Sydney Christmas.
Community barbeque, gelato, and coffee will be available for purchase in these events. Of course, Santa isn’t too far behind and will make an appearance in each event. The concerts will end with a glittering fireworks display.
Sydney’s newest village will host the Green Square Christmas Fair on 14 December from 6-10 pm at Green Square Plaza, 355 Botany Road, Zetland. Wander around this wonderland and see if you can catch up with Santa again, who’s rumoured to make a special appearance here as well. The final moments of the fair will crescendo into a lovely fireworks display. It’s definitely going to be a good time with friends, family, and even your little ones.
As we near Christmas, the Village Church at 122 Johnston St, Annadale will host several events that are free for the general public to attend. If you’d like a pleasant evening of carol singing and communal merrymaking, check out Carols on the Green, where the singing starts from 7:30 pm until 9 pm on the 22nd of December.
The next day, on 23 December, the Village Kids Christmas commences. This is especially for preschoolers but even infants can enjoy the festivities. You too can participate in the Christmas songs, carols, an interactive nativity, games and much more. Food will be available for purchase.
If you’d like, you can attend the Village Church Christmas Eve service on 24 December from 9-10 pm. A free Christmas themed supper will be available after the Christmas Eve service. The Christmas day service will be held from 9:30-10:30 am the next day. After this, you’re free to attend the community Christmas lunch that they’ll be hosting.
Sydney Christmas Accommodation Options
Our special ‘Sun-Sational’ Summer package offers overnight accommodation with breakfast for two people across Christmas and Boxing Day. Free parking for one car and a special late 1pm checkout applies. *Late checkout eligible on both days.
Children under 12 years old stay and eat for free at Holiday Inn Potts Point – Sydney.