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Published October 25th 2015
Celebrate this festive season with these free events
This year celebrate Christmas with free activities of five weeks of festivities that everyone will enjoy and love with the list below:
1. Martin Place Christmas Tree When: 26 November 2015 – 25 December 2015: 12am-12pm
Where: Martin Place, Sydney Details: Share the spirit of Christmas with this amazing interactive Christmas Tree. It will provide a visual spectacle, interactive dance pad, text or tweet your message and watch it light up on the Christmas tree!
When: 26 November 2015- 25 December 2015: 8:30pm-1am Where: Martin Place, Sydney Details: Be amazed and watch in wonder as the facade of some of the most historic buildings in Sydney come alive with immersive imagery.
3. Martin Place Concert & Tree Lighting When: 26 November 2015: 6pm-8:30pm
Where: Martin Place, Sydney Details: This free children's concert will include lighting of Sydney's interactive Christmas Tree and will also feature a concert filled with family-friendly entertainment, live performances, activities, choir, competitions, fireworks and more.
4. Christmas on the Green When: 26 November 2015: 6pm-8:30pm
Where: Hyde Park, Elizabeth St, Sydney
Details: This family-friendly concert will feature a visit from Santa, entertainment for the whole family, live performances, activities, choir, sausage sizzle, Santa stocking goodies, fireworks and more.
5. Choirs in the City
When: 1- 24 December 2015: 6pm-8pm (Martin Place) & 3-24 December 2015: 6pm-8pm (Pitt Street Mall)
Where: Martin Place, Sydney & Pitt Street Mall, Pitt St, Sydney
Details: Enjoy the sounds of Christmas with street choirs singing carols under the branches of the interactive Christmas Tree at Martin Place and Pitt Street Mall shopping district.
6.Guide Dogs Christmas Graduation
When: 8 December 2015: 11am-2pm
Where: Martin Place, Sydney
Details: Help celebrate the graduation of some very special Guide Dogs this Christmas with this 'first time' public live event. Watch these special amazing Guide Dogs graduate, enjoy a live Guide Dog demonstration and pick up those perfect Christmas gifts with the shopping available!
7. Christmas Shopping on George Street
When: 29 October 2015- 24 December 2015: Mondays- Wednesdays: 8am-6pm, Thursdays: 8am-9pm, Fridays: 8am-7pm & Weekends: 10am-6pm
Where: 424 / 430 George St, Sydney (events & activities also run along King & Market Streets)
Details: With the new renovations under way on George Street, City of Sydney will be hosting a George Street Christmas Program that will celebrate these Christmas festivities with pop-up retail stores including fashion, handbags, homewares, technology, toys and more, free gift wrapping stations, WIFI zones, live entertainment, fashion parades, face painting, photo booths, festive lighting, nine metre high Christmas Tree and more.
8. QVB Swarovski Christmas Tree
When: 29 October 2015- 2 January 2016: 9am-6pm
Where: Queen Victoria Building, 455 George St, Sydney
Details: See Sydney's most iconic Christmas Tree that will include 24 metres of beautiful adorned sparkling crystals, impressive 2 metre tall crystal studded star sitting on top of the tree, surrounding the trunk of the tree will be glass panels filled with stands of decadent crystals, mirrors and stars.
9. Get Santafied at Central Park
When: 2 November 2015- 24 December 2015: 10am-8pm
Where: Central Park Sydney, 28 Broadway, Chippendale
Details: Get a selfie 'Santafied' with this digital wall at Central Park. It will give you an opportunity to 'Santafy' yourself, so bring your festive face and get your selfie taken on the 15 metre digital wall, with features of the big man himself!
10. The Magic Cave
When: 12 November 2015- 24 December 2015: 9:30am-7pm
Where: David Jones Department Store, Level 6, Toy Department, 86-108 Elizabeth St, Sydney
Details: Discover the enchanted Magic Cave and create memories with Christmas scenes and capture a photo with Santa on DVD! (entrance inside the Magic Cave is free, however, photography pricing will apply)
11. Christmas in Pyrmont
When: 29 November 2015: 12pm-5:30pm
Where: John St, Pyrmont
Details: This fun family-friendly Christmas event will include a full afternoon of entertainment, children activities, market stalls, food stalls, visit from Santa and more.
12. Darling Harbour Santa Fest
When: 27 November 2015- 24 December 2015: 10am-10pm
Where: Darling Harbour, Sydney
Details: Celebrate Christmas at Darling Harbour with Christmas films at the Santa Fest Open Air Cinema, festive fireworks, Santa Express train ride, Ferris Wheel, Santa Stack sculpture, carols, live music, entertainment, roving performers, Santa Fest Kid's Competition and more.
13. Gingerbread House & Tree Lighting Ceremony
When: 1 December 2015: 5pm-7pm
Where: Shangri-La Hotel, (Lobby level) 176 Cumberland St, Sydney
Details: Join the Shangri-La Hotel for the unveiling of Sydney's largest gingerbread house. The event will also include treats and gifts found inside the Gingerbread House, elves, lighting of the Shangri-La Hotel Christmas Tree which will include over 1000 lights twinkling throughout the hotel's lobby, gospel choir, drummers and traditional Christmas carols.
14. Lights of Christmas
When: 10-25 December 2015: 7:30pm-12am
Where: St Mary's Cathedral Square, College St, Sydney
Details: Experience the wonders of Christmas with this spectacular Lights of Christmas event which will include St Mary's Cathedral light up with a magnificent light and sound show, performance themes, traditional Christmas carols, and more festive celebrations.