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Published November 10th 2016
Welcome summer with this list of events
The List below includes both free & ticketed events across Sydney this December.
There is something for all interests and ages:
1. Christmas Crochet
When: 1 December 2016: 7pm-9pm Where: St Andrews Congregational Church Hall, Balmain (Balmain Markets) Cost: $68.25pp Details: If you feel like getting crafty this December then this event is for you. Celebrating the festive season this workshop is perfect for beginners and intermediate as there are two options for the class and everyone will take home a goodie bag filled with everything you need to keep working on your fun craft. Click here for the website.
2. MotorWorld Sydney When: 1-4 December 2016 Where: Sydney Motorsport Park, Ferrers Rd, Eastern Creek
Cost: Tickets from $49pp Details: This dynamic and interactive automotive festival is the perfect fun day out for the whole family and motoring enthusiasts alike. The event will showcase entertainment, highlights of the Mega Test Fest, test drive, road of off-road circuits to compare models and brands, series of live demonstrations, educational and entertainment programs, competitions, activities for the little ones, market stalls, classic & exotic car displays and much more. Click here for website.
3. National Art School Graduate Exhibition When: 1-12 December 2016
Where: National Art School, Cnr Forbes & Burton Streets, Darlinghurst
Details: Discover emerging talent from students with this exhibition that will be showcasing cutting edge contemporary artworks across ceramics, drawing, painting, photomedia, printmaking and sculpture. Click here for the website.
4. Supercars Coates Hire Sydney 500
When: 2-4 December 2016
Where: Sydney Olympic Park
Cost: Free trackside entry & ticketed entry - see website
Details: The streets of Sydney Olympic Park will transform into a race course as drivers push the limits at the nail-biting grand finale, there will also be live entertainment. Click here for the website.
5. Sydney Crystal Show
When: 3 & 4 December 2016- 9am-5pm
Where: Fraser Park Pavilion, 100 Marrickville Rd, Marrickville
Cost: Adults: $10pp & Children: $5pp
Details: This event will feature Australia's Premier Mineral, Crystal and Fossil displays with market stalls from leading merchants from around Australia. There will be minerals, crystals, fossils, gemstones and jewellery available as well as exotic mix of national pieces, door prizes, food stalls and free parking. Click here for the website.
6. Narrabeen Lakes Fesival
When: 3 & 4 December 2016
Where: Berry Reserve, Pittwater Rd, Narrabeen
Details: This family-friendly community will include entertainment, market stalls, live acts, firework displays, amusement rides, food stalls, magicians, roving performers and much more. Click here for the website.
Image Courtesy from The Sydney Crystal Show Facebook
7. Coogee Family Fun Day
When: 3 December 2016: 10am-6pm
Where: Goldstein Memorial Reserve, Coogee Beach
Details: This is the perfect family-friendly event which will feature an array of entertainment, activities, petting zoo, market stalls, amusement and carnival rides, live performances including local dance groups, yoga classes, a visit from Santa and much more. Click here for the website.
8. The Triathlon Series Race
When: 4 December 2016
Where: Kamay Bay National Park, Captain Cook Drive, Kurnell
Cost: See website.
Details: Be part of history with this event. The event will feature the second oldest Triathlon event in Australia and will include a swim course, cycle leg and fast run. Click here for the website.
Image Courtesy from Narrabeen Lakes Festival Facebook
9. Bondi to Bronte Ocean Swim
When: 4 December 2016
Where: Commencing at Bondi Beach
Cost: See website.
Details: This is Sydney's and Australia's iconic ocean swims and it will be commencing from Bondi Beach and finishing at Bronte SLSC (the world's first Surf Life Saving Club). There are also Junior Ocean swims (400m & 800m), 800m Bondi Bay Swim and 2.2km Bondi to Bronte swim. Click here for the website.
Image Courtesy from Bondi to Bronte Ocean Run Facebook
10. Sydney Santa Spectacular
When: 9-27 December 2016
Where: Rosehill Gardens, James Ruse Drive, Rosehill
Cost: See website for all ticket pricing.
Details: This is the perfect Christmas event this December with all things festive at this event. It will include non-stop family-friendly entertainment, Santa and his working elves, activities, fairground rides, Winter Wonderland, themed activities, food & drink stalls, ice-rink, workshops including free cookie decorating, little elves craft workshops and much more. Click here for the website.
Image Courtesy from Sydney Santa Spectacular Facebook
11. The Finders Keepers Market
When: 9-11 December 2016: 9th: 6pm-10pm, 10th 10am-6pm & 11th: 10am-5pm
Where: Locomotive Street Exhibition Hall, entry via Henderson Rd, Eveleigh
Cost: Adults: $2pp & children under 12yrs free
Details: These markets will showcase over 200 independent art and design stalls, food & drink stalls, live music, two bars, coffee carts and much more. Click here for the website.
Families enjoying the entertainment at the Coogee Family Fun Day event- Image Courtesy from Coogee Family Fun Day Facebook
11. Matsuri in Sydney
When: 10 December 2016: 11am-7pm
Where: Tumbalong Park, Darling Harbour
Details: Welcome to the world of all things Japanese with this cultural event. The event will feature a day filled with family-friendly cultural fun with music and dance performances, stage shows, demonstrations, food stalls, beer garden, traditional art & craft workshops, activities and much more. Click here for the website.
12. Sail Sydney
When: 15-18 December 2016
Where: Sailing Club Rose Bay, 2 Vickery Ave, Woollahra
Cost: See website
Details: This will be a premier dinghy regatta event which will include interstate and international competitors with over 19 dinghy classes with both competitive and fun sailing. Click here for the website.
12. Woolworths Carols in the Domain
When: 18 December 2016: 12pm- 11pm
Where: Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens, Mrs Macquaries Rd, Sydney
Details: This is Australia's largest free Christmas event and will include Christmas concert, entertainment, carols, celebrity guests, performances, activities and much more. Click here for the website.
Image Courtesy from Woolworths Carols in The Domain
13. Swan Lake Ballet Performance
When: 20 & 21 December 2016
Where: Sydney Lyric Theatre, Pirrama Rd, Pyrmont
Cost: See website for all ticket pricing
Details: Russia's critically acclaimed St Petersburg Ballet Theatre returns again with Tchaikovsky thrilling ballet performances. Swan Lake is the classic love story between Prince Siegfried and the Swan Princess Odette divided by the villainous sorcerer Rothbart in a story where true love conquers all. Click here for the website.
14. Sydney Fish Market 36 Hour Seafood Marathon
When: 23 & 24 December 2016: Opening from 23rd at 5am to 5pm Christmas Eve
Where: Sydney Fish Markets, Bank St, Pyrmont
Cost: $5 flat rate for two hours parking - free entry into markets
Details: Marking its 21st anniversary the marathon will feature delicious fresh or cooked seafood with stalls galore. Click here for the website.
15. The Nutcracker Ballet Performance
When: 23 December 2016
Where: The Sydney Lyric Theatre, Pirrama Rd, Pyrmont
Cost: See website for all ticket details
Details: This enchanting and beloved ballet is Russia's critcally acclaimed St Petersburg Ballet Theatre full length production from Tchaikovsky's lyrical score. The performance will bring to life the magical tale of young Clara and her Nutcracker Prince and their fantastical adventures into a world where dreams come true. Click here for the website.
16. Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
When: 26 December 2016
Where: Sydney Harbour, Sydney
Detail: Come and witness one of the biggest Yacht races in Australia with the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. Click here for the website.
17. Sydney Sixers versus Perth Scorchers Big Bash League
When: 27 December 2016
Where: Sydney Cricket Ground, Driver Ave, Moore Park
Cost: See website for all ticket prices.
Details: This family-friendly event will feature a day of cricket fun and do not forget to dress up for the Beach Party themed match. Bring along your Hawaiian shirts and beach gear for a night out of fun with the family. Click here for the website.
18. New Years Eve Harbour Cruise
When: 31 December 2016
Where: King Street Wharf, Sydney - see website for all details
Cost: Adults: $700pp & under 18yrs: $650pp
Details: Enjoy the spectacular firework displays on this Harbour cruise. There will be an upper deck with plenty room as well as a full walk round lower deck and seating at front. Tickets will include a six hour harbour cruise, two firework viewings at 9pm and midnight, seafood buffet, anitpasto, salads, cold meats, open bar with soft drink, tea & coffee, beer, wines & spirits. Click here for the website.