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The Best Christmas Lights Displays in Sydney

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As Christmas draws near there's a certain buzz in the air, growing stronger by the day. This is a magical time of year, bringing with it a plethora of ornaments and elaborate decorations. Wreaths and banners are popping up all over Sydney streets whilst lavishly decorated trees appear in plazas and shopping centres to mark the festive season.

So where in Sydney can you find the best of the Christmas bunch? Read on as I share my favourite 3 around the CBD.

Christmas Tree @ Martin Place

Christmas Tree In Martin Place


In person, this is quite a stunning tree. Admittedly, you have to stand a fair distance away to fit it all in a photo. Standing in the centre of Martin Place, this fine Christmas specimen is enclosed by a gold, woven-like fence. Generously decorated with large sparkling baubles, the star at the top glitters beautifully in the sun. It also looks amazing by night.

3 Wise Monkeys Pub

Sydney's 3 Wise Monkeys


Yes, beauty is in the eye of the beholder and to some, this may be just a bunch of monkeys wearing Santa hats. But there's something about the simplicity of this idea that gives this quirky scene its effectiveness. Located on George & Liverpool Streets, this corner pub definitely gets a thumbs up from me in the best Christmas display department. Just try and look at it without raising a smile.

Queen Victoria Building (QVB)

The tip of the QVB's Masterpiece
Last but not least, my final location is perhaps the grandest of them all. Spanning 3 levels of the QVB and covered in a multitude of Swarovski crystals, to describe this tree as stunning would clearly be an understatement. This is without doubt, one of Sydney's finest Christmas displays. It's difficult to imagine the hours of work that went into positioning and decorating this monumental Christmas tree.

Whether in the CBD itself or in a quiet suburban street, everyone is bound to know where to find a great Christmas decoration or display.

Don't keep it a secret! Spill the beans and tell us where to find other shining examples around Sydney? Happy hunting!
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Why? Celebrate Christmas in Sydney
When: Decemeber
Cost: Free
Your Comment
I remember when I was living in Sydney there was alot of contraversy over xmas displays. Should the general public pay for a Christian celebration through the councils or govt?

I love Christmas myself and the contraversy made the displays when they were up even more brilliant. Bondi Beach is a big Xmas and New Year spot in Sydney and the New Years Fireworks, plus Carols in the Domain are very much Xmas and Sydney. Thanks and Merry Xmas.
by Jody Kimber (score: 2|892) 3131 days ago
I think John was a bit harsh. Yes Sydney is a huge place but these are quite good Christmas displays. I would not discount them at all. Nice spots Penny, thank you for the recommendations.
by Alexander Lewandowski (score: 1|36) 3142 days ago
They decorations and lights in the Strand Arcade are lovely!
by kalle (score: 0|2) 3141 days ago
Chauvel Street, North Ryde
by Louccby (score: 0|3) 3141 days ago
44 Nathaniel Parade, Kings Langley
by medwa0 (score: 0|2) 3140 days ago
Come to Borgnis Street in Davidson and support Davidson Rural Fire Brigade as well as local community charities!
by cathr0 (score: 1|13) 3133 days ago
It is worth taking a look at Second Street in Ashbury as well. 80% of the houses in the street have a Christmas Light display. However, don't waste your time trying to park in the street. My suggestion is park a block away and take a leisurely stroll around the street and take in the Christmas atmosphere.
by Richard Ramnac (score: 2|352) 3129 days ago
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