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Top 4 Non-Christmas Events in Sydney This December

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by Katherine Thomas (subscribe)
Having spent the last few years living abroad I now wish to rediscover my home city of Sydney to keep that 'travelling feeling' and share my findings with those that might want a bit of inspiration.
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Film Festivals, Cultural Festivals and even Local Festivals
Forgetting Christmas and New Years, what's going on in December? Sydney has plenty on offer for those who want to enjoy the fabulous variety that living in this east coast city has to offer, without the highlight of the month being purely a Santa display. Here are 4 of the best 'non Christmas/boxing/new years obsessed' events in the harbour city's December calendar;

Sydney Rock n Roll Alternative Market

For 1 day only, December 1st to be exact; unleash your inner vintage rock n roller and head down to Manning Road in Camperdown. Here you will be rewarded with over 70 stalls of vintage rockabilly and alternative clothing, paraphernalia, records, accessories, books and more. Fun for the whole family; the fair will also feature international food stalls to tickle the taste-buds of old and young alike, childrens activities to keep the little ones entertained, a Tiki Bar Courtyard for those who need something a bit heavier than soda, and even a vintage vehicle display for those who suppress their inner rev-head. At only $5 entry this is sure to be a day out to remember and one in particular that will unleash your imagination and let your love for rock and roll run free.

Ever fancied dressing up as a 50's rockabilly housewife? This is your chance to get your hands on incredible items and experience an electric vibe of subculture brought to the forefront for the day. Dare I say, you may even find some unique Kris Kringle gifts (eek!). Click here for more information.

Manning Building, Manning Road, Camperdown,

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Head to the Sydney Rock n Roll Market

Ocean Pacifika Festival

If Rock and Roll isn't your scene and you fancy more of a cultural immersion than subculture experience the Ocean Pacifika Festival also on December 1st might be more to your taste. Think Bondi Pavilion (across the road from iconic Bondi Beach), Pacific Island dance & music, Pacific Island food, rides and even a beach clean up activity to help attendees learn about the beauty of the oceans and environmental care. The festival is free for visitors, and there is a heavy emphasis on childrens entertainment to ensure that the little ones don't have boredom leading to parental stress and hair loss. There will even be the opportunity for them to meet and greet sea creatures at the Marine Discovery Centre's touch tanks - a fantastic opportunity for little ones that usually only comes alongside the cost of a fairly dear aquarium entry fee.

Bondi Pavilion
Queen Elizabeth Drive Bondi Beach,

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Market stalls provide artisan shopping

Coogee Family Fun Day

7 December between 9am & 6pm sees Goldstein Reserve in Coogee roll up its sleeves for the annual Coogee Family Fun Day. Targeting young families; the area ensures a successful festival through ensuring that the guest of honor will be welcomed by the crowd of all ages; this year that guest being none other than the well loved Scooby Doo! The eastern suburbs park will not only host the Scooby Doo Ghostology show for the young ones, but a free petting zoo, yoga classes for the older ones, live performances throughout the day from local dance groups and over 80 stalls of food, clothes and other items. Perfect for those who want a day out in a seaside suburb without getting wet, however if you do fancy a dip the ocean is only a few blocks away. For more information - click here.

Goldstein Reserve, Arden Street, Coogee

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Petting zoo's for the kids are always popular activities


Sunday 8 December is 2013's date for the annual short film festival Tropfest. Pack your mosquito repellent, a picnic blanket, plenty of nibbles (and perhaps some back support?) and head down to Centennial Park. Entry is free, although this iconic yearly film festival is one of Australia's, and indeed the world's largest, so be prepared to arrive early in order to secure a prime viewing position. The theme for 2013's submissions is 'change' which is sure to inspire some unique and eclectic pieces. Be ready for celebrity spotting, laughter and well-rounded entertainment and mark your diaries early.

Centennial Park
Corner Dickens Drive and Loch Avenue Centennial Park,
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Why? Events in December that don't revolve around Christmas
When: December
Where: Various locations in Sydney
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