Is Sydney the best place to be at Christmas time? Well, we think it comes pretty close! We have rounded up the best of the Christmas events in Sydney to help you and your family share in the wonder of Christmas.
And if you are looking for where to eat Christmas lunch, this Christmas Day dining article will help you out! And you will find a gorgeous Christmas Day dress to wear out to your meal on our website too.
- Martin Place Christmas tree and fairy lights
- Double Bay Christmas Fair
- Christmas Lights and Decorations Walk
- Pyrmont Christmas Concert
- Christmas at Darling Harbour
- Rosebery Christmas Concert
- Rushcutters Bay Christmas Concert
- Christmas Carols in Sydney in 2023
- Christmas Markets in 2023
- Photos with Santa options in Sydney
- Christmas lights bus tours
- Christmas Eve box ideas
- Christmas charity options in Sydney
- Celebrating Christmas in Sydney
Martin Place Christmas tree and fairy lights
Our favourite Christmas tree in Sydney will delight audiences from Saturday 26 November to Sunday 1 January. The tallest Christmas tree in NSW is decorated with more than 110,000 LED lights, a 3.4-metre colour-changing star and 330 specially created glossy baubles.
The tree’s 800 branches are dressed with 15,000 flowers representing 9 different kinds of Australian flowers: banksia, waratah, bottlebrush, wattle, eucalyptus gum flower, kangaroo paw, flannel flower, pink wax flower and white wax flower. 4,104 warm white icicle fairy lights will span across Martin Place, see the 6 strings of lights, each hosting a large star.
Wander through Martin Place and soak in the magic of Sydney Christmas.
Where: Marin Place
When: Saturday 25 November to Sunday 27 December, 2023
Double Bay Christmas Fair
On the 9th of December, a team of locals (the Bay Street Initiative) will be hosting the very first Double Bay Christmas Fair! It will boast quality food markets, Christmas music throughout the day including a performance in the evening, family entertainment (eg, petting zoos, face painting) and maybe even a visit from Santa! The event has lots of corporate sponsorship as well as support from local council and will attract crowds from all throughout East Sydney.
All your favourite Christmas songs performed by local artists and well established musicians! From 6pm, gather with the community in Guilfoyle Plaza for a nostalgic Carols Concert under the stars and amidst the Christmas lights!
Where: Guifoyle Park
When: Saturday 9 December
Christmas Lights and Decorations Walk
We love that you can pace this walk to the speed that suits you and your family. You can discover the magic of Christmas on your mobile. Take a self-guided tour past lights, decorations and shopping destinations. Download the Sydney Culture Walks app for free and get ready to see Sydney sparkle.
Where: Sydney City
Pyrmont Christmas Concert
It’s time to dust off your reindeer ears, put on your party shoes and kick off Christmas at our free concert in Prymont. Children are invited to join their favourite entertainers, to sing and dance in the spirit of Sydney Christmas. Santa will also make a special guest appearance.
There’ll be craft activities, table tennis and giant Jenga and other games for the kids (at kids at heart). Gather the family and have a photo with Santa for a $5 donation to our charity partner, The Kids Cancer Project. We’ll email you the image to share online or print at home.
Where: Pirrama Road, Pyrmont
When: Friday 1 December
Christmas at Darling Harbour
The exciting waterfront entertainment hub is getting ready for the silly season with fun festive events to surprise and delight families and make all your selfie dreams come true. The spectacular Darling Square precinct will showcase three humongous Interactive Swinging Bells.
Kids will love the inbuilt swings with bright lights and sound effects! Outside the ICC, see the Giant Christmas Bauble in all it’s 6-metre glory as it illuminates a kaleidoscopic of technicolour across the forecourt.
Further down in the Harbourside Forecourt, dazzling 6-foot-tall Christmas presents are on display. There will also be roving entertainers around the bay throughout the month. If you have a teenager who loves a good selfie opportunity then we can recommend heading to Darling Harbour!
Where: Darling Harbour
When: Thursday 16 November – Monday 25 December
Rosebery Christmas Concert
It’s time to dust off your reindeer ears, put on your party shoes and kick off Christmas at our free concert in Rosebery.
Children are invited to join their favourite entertainers, to sing and dance in the spirit of Sydney Christmas. Santa will also make a special guest appearance. There’ll be craft activities, table tennis and giant Jenga and other games for the kids (at kids at heart). Gather the family and have a photo with Santa for a $5 donation to the charity partner, The Kids Cancer Project.
Where: Turruwul Park
When: Sunday 3 December
Rushcutters Bay Christmas Concert
There’ll be craft activities, table tennis and giant Jenga and other games for the kids (at kids at heart). Gather the family and have a photo with Santa for a $5 donation to the charity partner, The Kids Cancer Project. They’ll email you the image to share online or print at home.
Pack your picnic rug and get in early for the best spots. There will be a community barbeque, food trucks and Gelato Messina available to purchase. You can also bring your own picnic.
Where: Waratah St, Rushcutters Bay
When: Friday 8 December
Christmas Carols in Sydney in 2023
Christmas carol events have been getting bigger and better across Sydney. There are so many in the Sydney area from the city to the suburbs. We have listed a couple of the biggest and our favourites for you. Get into the spirit of Christmas and sing along to your favourite tunes with family and friends!
Carols in the Domain
his concert extravaganza is one of the most beloved and spectacular Christmas events in Sydney, when some of Australia’s most popular performers come together to share the festive spirit. Each year Woolworths Carols in the Domain sees Australia’s biggest stars come together to celebrate Christmas, while millions across Australia watch the show from the comfort of their home on Seven.
Where: The Domain
When: Saturday 16 December
Taronga Zoo Christmas Concert
Take the family and get into the festive spirit with live entertainment at the iconic Taronga Zoo. Sing along to your favourite carols set against the backdrop of Sydney Harbour, enjoy amazing performances, and keep your eyes peeled for an appearance from a very special guest, all the way from the North Pole. A variety of food and beverage options will be available to purchase on the night or you can pack a picnic to enjoy with the family! Why not find some new Christmas outfits for these carols by candlelight Sydney.
When: 16 December
Where: Taronga Zoo, Sydney
Carols by Candlelight
The Rotary Club of Padstow will be holding the annual “Carols By Candlelight” this year.
The Carols by Candlelight will be held at Playford Park, Padstow. This is a free event featuring entertainment, food stalls and fireworks.
When: Sunday 10 December, 2023 5.30pm – 9.30pm
Where: Playford Park
You can find a full list of Christmas carols in Sydney in our detailed article.
Christmas Markets in 2023
Escape crowded shopping malls and online click frenzies in favour of a more local experience – one where you get to meet the person who crafted your gifts. The benefits of supporting local are endless!
Mosman Christmas Market
Mosman Christmas Night Market is on in 2023 located at Mosman Square and Village Green, Spit Junction. Shop for quality handmade goods from various skilled artisans. Find distinctive gifts and indulge in a selection of delicious food and beverage tastings. Entertainment includes live music, face painting and a visit from Santa.
Where: Mosman Square
When: Thursday 7 December – 4:30 – 9pm
Martin Place Christmas Markets
The centre of Sydney will come alive with festive cheer this year when the Martin Place Christmas Markets launch on November 25. The markets, supported by City of Sydney and operated by Cambridge Markets, will run until Christmas Eve in the pedestrian boulevard of Martin Place in Sydney’s central business district. It will be a mixed market offering all manner of goods from fashion, food, gifts, homewares, candles, festive products and plenty more.
The markets will run on the Saturday and Sunday of November 25-26, then every Thursday, Friday and Saturday in December until Christmas Eve, from 11am-8pm.
Where: Martin Place
When: 25 November – 24 December
Artisans Market Glebe Christmas Market
Meet the makers. A community market for relaxed Christmas shopping, friendly stallholders in a beautiful outdoor setting. Handmade by local artisans, there is a huge range of gifts for your family and friends. As they are a nonprofit market and distribute funds to local charities and schools, you will not only be supporting local business but also the local community.
Where: Dr HJ Foley Rest Park, 140 Glebe Point Road, Glebe
Date: Saturday 2 December, 2023
Time: 8am – 1pm
Love Christmas markets? We have a full detailed list of Sydney Christmas markets here.
Photos with Santa options in Sydney
Christmas wouldn’t be complete without the annual photo with Santa. There are plenty of options to find at shopping centres, Christmas carol events and markets. Photos will be socially distanced this year of course. Your fur baby is a beloved member of the family, so why should they miss out on all the fun of Santa photos? They don’t have to. Some shopping centres and pet shops are doing fur baby photos with Santa!
Meeting Santa for most kids a highlight of Christmas but if your child has a sensory process disorder like autism, it can be a challenging experience. Some shopping centres are now offering ‘Sensory Santa’. They create a calm and sensory-friendly photo session with dim lights and no music or loud noises.
We wrote a huge round up of where to get your Santa photos in Sydney here
And don’t let your best boy or girl miss out either, we have found where you can get your Santa pet photos in Sydney here too.
Christmas lights bus tours
The Christmas Lights Spectacular at the Hunter Valley Gardens has become a family tradition and it’s on again with millions of lights on display including live entertainment, sound and light displays and a special appearance from Santa. These Christmas lights displays in Sydney are one of our favourites! You can take a bus tour which will drive you straight there and there are even options of having dinner before you enter the gardens to view the display.
Date: Monday 11 December, 2023
Time: from 3pm
Christmas Eve box ideas
There is a growing tradition of giving kids a Christmas Eve Box on the 24th of December to get them right into the spirit of Xmas. Some families I know use this additional gift as a way to get the kids to go to bed without a fuss on Christmas Eve.
Trust us, this is a memory they will hold dear and may even do with their own children one day. Whatever your reason for creating a Christmas Eve box, we’ve put together a few ideas for your kids (and one for the mummas too!) You can find all the details including pricing and where to buy their contents here.
Christmas charity options in Sydney
Becoming involved in Christmas charity work isn’t just the moral thing to do – it’s a way to teach our own children the values of empathy, respect and kindness. For a Christmas family activity with a difference think about getting involved with some of these great Christmas charity initiatives.
Celebrating Christmas in Sydney
We are so lucky to have so many amazing options in our community to help us celebrate Christmas in Sydney. So make your plans, gather your friends and family and get out there and enjoy!
We also know what is open on Christmas Day in Sydney and where to book your Christmas meal in Sydney! If you are in charge of planning the work or family Christmas party and need a venue in Sydney, we can help! We also can help if you want to get a Christmas photo with Santa and your furry family member in Sydney! And we show you where to get a REAL live Christmas tree in Sydney here.
And if you would like to give back to your community this Christmas, check out our “Where to Volunteer” article here.
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