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January Summer Stories

Posted on December 6, 2016 by Arts and Culture in Sydney, Sports, Sydney Events, Sydney-Attractions

What January Summer Stories are available in Sydney.

Summer holiday time is approaching and dreams of long balmy nights are just around the corner. Whether you are visiting Sydney during December to indulge in the festive spirit or planning a January holiday or staycation, check out our recommendations for things to do and see. 

January – Summer Holiday Planning:

Moonlight Cinema 

Enjoy the warm nights with friends and family watching a movie under the stars. Be entertained with the variety of new releases and advanced screenings while relaxing with a snack and a drink from the bar. Remember to bring some cosy blankets to keep warm as the evening cools and a bean bag or low chair for the ultimate movie watching comfort.

Big Bash League 

Enjoy the thrills and spills of Twenty20 cricket at the SCG and Spotless Stadium. This fast paced cricket format is a fun summer day out for the whole family.

7 January – Sydney Thunder V STA – Spotless Stadium
9 January – Sydney Sixers V Melbourne Renegades – SCG
14 January – Sydney Sixers V Sydney Thunder – SCG
18 January – Sydney Thunder V Adelaide Strikers – Spotless Stadium

Chinese New Year
From 27 January to 12 February celebrate the start of the Year of the Rooster with over 80 events across the city.

The festival will attract over 1 million people to create an atmosphere not to be missed. Martin Place and China Town will host the main festivities and the whole city will be illuminated by giant lunar lanterns.

#DoMoreofWhatYouLove and create your #SummerStories with us here in Sydney. When planning your December and January getaway to Sydney, check out our accommodation specials here.

December Summer Stories

Posted on December 6, 2016 by Uncategorized

What December Summer Stories are available in Sydney this December.

Summer holiday time is approaching and dreams of long balmy nights are just around the corner. Whether you are visiting Sydney during December to indulge in the festive spirit or planning a January holiday or staycation, check out our recommendations for things to do and see. 

December – The Christmas Countdown Is On:

Christmas Lights 

The Christmas festivities will light up the city this December. The theme for this year is ‘Joy to the World’ and will feature an animated retelling to the Nutcracker Suite.

St Mary’s Cathedral will again be the centrepiece of Sydney’s public Christmas celebrations, with a spectacular light and sound show. Each evening you can also enjoy carols sung by choirs from across the city being performed on the Cathedral steps.

LEGO Christmas Sleigh

Need a photo for your personalised Christmas cards? Look no further for the perfect Christmas selfie then this life-sized Santa sleigh. Created from more than 10,000 LEGO bricks it is fun for the whole family and a perfect photo op.

Christmas Shopping

The Galeries is offering present wrapping with a cool urban twist. After browsing the stores and getting your gifts, visit the wrapping station on the ground floor and receive custom wrapping designed by one of four street artists, created and printed right before your eyes!

Next Door, be dazzled by the QVB Swarovski Christmas tree. Standing at 24 metres and featuring over 82,000 sparkling Swarovski crystals, 65,000 twinkling lights and topped by a dramatic 2.2m wide crystal gilded star. Admire this spectacular sight while shopping for your Christmas gifts from QVB’s wide range of retailers.

Sydney’s local suburban shopping precincts offer a variety of boutiques and specialty stores. On Sunday 11 December visit Surry Hills and while you are there, take a break from your shopping and entertain the kids at the Surry Hills Village Christmas Concert. There will be craft activities for the kids, entertainment and a visit from Santa.

Links:

http://www.thegaleries.com/gifted-pimpyourpaper

https://www.qvb.com.au/christmas/qvb-swarovski-christmas-tree

https://whatson.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/events/surry-hills-village-concert

#DoMoreofWhatYouLove and create your #SummerStories with us here in Sydney. When planning your December and January getaway to Sydney, check out our accommodation specials here.

Chinese New Year in Sydney 2015

Posted on February 6, 2015 by Arts and Culture in Sydney, Sydney Events

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Celebrate the Lunar New Year and Year of the Sheep in Sydney.

When is Chinese New Year?
Chinese New Year in 2015 is celebrated on Thursday, February 19. The Sydney Chinese New Year Festival is one of the largest New Year celebrations outside of China, comprising a month-long program of over 80 events across the city.

Did you know?

  • The Sheep is the eighth sign in the Chinese calendar.
  • People born during this year are said to be tender, polite, clever, gentle, creative, compassionate and fond of quiet living.
  • The number eight is also considered to be quite lucky in Chinese culture.

Travelling to Sydney for Chinese New Year? Don’t miss these great events:

The Lanterns of the Terracotta Warriors
Friday 13 – Sunday 22 Feb 2015 at Dawes Point
Illuminated against the backdrop of Sydney Harbour, artist Xia Nan’s famous Terracotta Warriors will be on exhibition for the first time in Australia. Be captivated by the spectacle of 90 x 2.1 metre high warriors and two horses glowing in brilliant colours against the country’s most iconic harbour.

Lunar Streets
Sat 14 Feb 2015 in Chinatown, Koreatown and Thaitown
Be swept away by the flavours of the Orient as Lunar Streets brings the tastes of China, Thailand and Korea to Sydney. You’ll enjoy a night of entertainment, cultural performance and (of course) delicious dishes designed to be shared with friends and family.

The Chinese New Year Twilight Parade
Sunday 22 February from 8pm, starting at Sydney Town Hall
Watch magical lanterns, floats and projections light up the streets of Sydney as the Chinese New Year Twilight Parade travels from Sydney Town Hall to Chinatown. This spectacular event will be capped off with a vibrant fireworks display at Cockle Bay, Darling Harbour.

Dragon Boat Races
Sat 28 Feb – Sun 1 Mar 2015, from 9am at Cockle Bay Darling Harbour
An impressive display of 12-meter long Dragon Boats will race through the waters of Darling Harbour over one captivating weekend in Sydney. Head down to the viewing pontoon to witness the glorious designs of these vessels – complete with dragon head and tail – and be swept away in the excitement of the race.

Holiday Inn Potts Point is the ideal base for visitors travelling for Chinese New Year. Located just 15-minutes’ walk from the city and close to all major public transport, one stop on the adjacent underground train line will take you right into the centre of Sydney city. Chinatown is located just a 12 minute walk down from Central Station. You can also reach Chinatown via the lightrail or bus. If you’re travelling by car or taxi from Holiday Inn Potts Point, bypass city traffic and arrive in Darling Harbour’s entertainment precinct in just 5 minutes via the cross city tunnel.

Top accommodation tip:

Save up to 25% when you stay two nights or more with us on our IHG Special package, leaving you plenty of time to explore the Chinese New Year celebrations across the city.

To find out more information about Chinese New Year in Sydney, click here.