There is no excuse to be bored during the Christmas in Sydney this year. The city is gearing up for its biggest festive celebration with more decorations, activations and events. Giant Christmas trees will be going up in Martin Place and Darling Harbour, Pitt Street Mall will come alive nightly with Christmas lights, family concerts will be held in Rushcutters Bay, Rosebery, Alexandria and Surry Hills, and fireworks will light up the night skies of Sydney. Here are 18 ways to enjoy the festive season with your family and friends in the most festive city in Australia for FREE.
Etsy.com is a marketplace for handmade goods, vintage items and supplies produced by independent creative businesses from around the world. Every Friday till 19 December, Etsy Australia will be hosting a Christmas Pop-up in the cobblesone walkways and laneways of The Rocks Village Bizarre. Grab friends and family and enjoy an evening shopping for unique gifts made by locals for the Christmas season.
Address: The Rocks, cnr George & Argyle Streets, Sydney 2000
To herald the festive season, Sydney's iconic Hyde Park will stage a FREE Christmas concert. Families can enjoy a fun night of entertainment, a sausage sizzle, craft activities, a Santa stocking jam-packed with goodies for a gold coin donation and a stunning fireworks display. The event will be opened by Lord Mayor Clover Moore and feature Hi-5, Tom & Jerry, St Andrews Cathedral Choir and many more.
Address: Hyde Park, Elizabeth St, Sydney 2000 Time: 6pm - 8.30pm
If Hyde Park is not your thing then head over to Martin Place where another FREE children's concert with a fireworks display will take place. Families can enjoy carols from the Australian Girls Choir, Lah-Lah's BIG Live Band, characters from Sesame Street, an appearance from Santa and many more.
Address: Martin Place, Sydney 2000 Time: 6pm - 8.30pm
Check out the interactive Christmas Tree in Martin Place this year. It will be lit by Santa and the Lord Mayor on 27 November before 8.30pm. You can share the festive cheer by sending text messages up its branches and also use the fun touch pad kiosk to interact and control the colour settings of the LED tree decorations. This event is produced by City of Sydney.
Address: Martin Place, Sydney 2000
The LEGOŽ Christmas Tree - 27 Nov - 27 Dec
Photo courtesy of Westfield
A magical LEGOŽ Christmas Tree built entirely out of LEGO bricks will be a highlight of this festive season in Sydney. Located at Westfield Sydney, it is the biggest LEGO Christmas Tree ever seen in the Southern Hemisphere, standing close to 10 metres tall and consisting of nearly half a million LEGO bricks. A life-sized Santa and sleigh will accompany the tree. The tree will be officially launched on 27 November as part of the city's festive celebrations and continue to come to life every night with a light show set to Christmas music from 8pm.
Address: 188 Pitt Street Sydney NSW 2000
Time: From 8pm
In addition to the Christmas Tree, the promenade of Martin Place will be transformed by sparkle and light. Developed by Office Feuerman (a design practice based in Sydney and New York) and the City of Sydney, the Street Light Disco uses banner poles to reflect the plaza's historic architecture while emitting a mirror ball-effect
Courtesy of the City of Sydney, Pitt Street Mall will be transformed by Suspended 'trees' made from thousands of LED lights. The public can use a FREE smartphone application to interact and control the colours of the lights. Grab your loved ones and take a stroll beneath the overhead Christmas Light Forest installation along Pitt Street Mall.
From 8.30pm to 1am during the festive season, the buildings at the King Street entrance to Pitt Street Mall and the Sydney Town Hall will transformed by digital projections. Make sure you grab the family and friends and take a stroll of the city after sunset and enjoy the vivid light projections.
Address: 483 George St, Sydney NSW 2000
Time: 8.30pm - 1am daily from 27 Nov - 25 Dec
Head on down to Darling Harbour where a giant lit Christmas tree will be suspended at Palm Grove. The Christmas Floating Tree will come alive at dusk daily from 29 November to 24 December. Then stay around as fireworks light up the harbourside to a festive soundtrack from 9pm on 29 Nov, 6, 13, 20 and 24 December.
If you missed the concert at Martin Place or Hyde Park, there's always the FREE event at Reg Bartley Oval in the western section of Rushcutters Bay Park. Running from 6.30pm to 8.30pm, this family-friendly concert is packed with entertainment including carols from The Acappelicans, music from the elsoms, live jazz from Emma Pask and a visit from Santa. Don't miss the fireworks display at the end of the event.
Turruwul Park in Rosebery will host a FREE family-friendly concert from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. Grab the family and enjoy an evening of live music, children's entertainment, a visit from Santa and fireworks courtesy of the City of Sydney.
To celebrate the end of the year, Brendan May Gallery is hosting a special Christmas Show. Admission is FREE and you can browse works made especially for the occasion by the gallery's represented and supported artists. The new and original works are available for sales at $1,000 per piece from 2 to 24 December. This is an opportunity to combine a gallery visit and a shopping trip if you're looking for art as festive gifts. Phone (02) 9318 1122 or visit the website for more information.
Address: Brenda May Gallery, 2 Danks Street Waterloo 2017
Time: Tue to Fri 11-6, Sat 10-6 (Closed Sun/Mon)
The Christmas family-fun concerts continue at the Alexandria Park Oval from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. Grab the family and enjoy an evening of music from Lah-Lah's BIG Live Band, rock n roll from The Drey Rollan Band, craft activities, a visit from Santa and an exciting fireworks display to top off the night.
It may not be paczki from Poland but the Polish Christmas Festival will offer delicious homemade Polish jam donuts and more. Held from 11am to 6pm at Tumbalong Park in Darling Harbour, this annual celebration of Polish culture will showcase folkloric dance in regional costumes, folk bands and songs, art and craft, jewellery, classical music and a wide variety of Poland's traditional cuisine like pierogi (Polish dumplings), kielbasa (sausage) and placki (potato pancakes). Visit the website for more information.
Address: Tumbalong Park, Darling Harbour, Sydney 2000
Time: 11am - 6pm
Prince Alfred Park in Surry Hills will be the venue for another FREE Christmas concert hosted by the City of Sydney. Your family can enjoy carols from The Acappelicans, music from The Kazoos, jazz from Cope Street Parade, fireworks and a visit from Santa.
Address: Prince Alfred Park, Chalmers Street, Surry Hills, NSW 2015
Time: 6.30pm - 8.30pm
The largest FREE Christmas concert in Australia returns to wow thousands of families at The Domain, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney. Woolworths Carols in the Domain will bring 3 of the country's biggest stars back to the main stage. Australian pop sensation Dami Im will be joined by songstress Samantha Jade and Mark Vincent, the country's number one tenor. Pre-show entertainment will start from 3pm with the main show commencing at 8:30pm. Don't miss this spectacular family event. Visit the website for more information on this year's event visit.
Address: The Domain, Art Gallery Road, Sydney 2000
Time: 3pm - 11pm