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Cuddle Up Under the Stars and Watch Christmas Movies
Christmas doesn't have to cost a fortune. This December, you can catch the greatest Christmas movies, at Tumbalong Park in Darling Harbour, for FREE!

Polar express
See Polar Express at Darling Harbour. Image courtesy of
There's two movies playing each Friday and Saturday night. The early movie (for little kids) starts at 6pm, ensuring they can still get to bed at a reasonable hour, and the second movie starts at 8:30pm.

Bring a rug and some cushions and immerse yourself in these classic Christmas movies:

Friday 15th December
The Grinch ~ 6pm
Starring Jim Carey (The Mask, Dumb and Dumber) and directed by Ron Howard (Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind), The Grinch is based on a beloved Dr Seuss book, about a plan by The Grinch, (who hates Christmas) to steal Christmas, from the citizens of Whoville, who love Christmas.

Fred Clause ~ 8:30pm
Fred Clause, Played by Vince Vaughn (Wedding Crashers, The Breakup) is Santa's older brother, who hates Christmas and as a result, has become estranged from his jovial sibling, but Fred needs Santa's help with a new business deal. As a result, he has to give Santa a helping hand at the North Pole.

Saturday 16th December
A Muppet Christmas Carol ~ 6pm
See the Muppets give their take on Charles Dickens story, A Christmas Carol. Being the Muppet version, expect laughs, songs, dancing and Muppety madness.

The Santa Clause ~ 8:30pm
The first movie of a trilogy starring Tim Allen (Toy Story, Home Improvement), The Santa Clause is about an estranged father, who ends up becoming Santa after an unfortunate event.

A Muppet Christmas Carol
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Friday 22nd December
Polar Express~ 6pm
A young boy who questions his belief in Santa, takes a trip to the North Pole, on the Polar Express to rediscover the magic of Christmas.

Jingle All The Way ~ 8:30pm
A father makes a promise to his son to buy the hottest present this Christmas, only to find it's sold out, so he has to travel all over town on Christmas Eve, trying to find one. Stars Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Saturday 23rd December
Elf ~ 6pm
An elf who doesn't quite fit in with his colleagues because he's a giant, sets off in search of finding his place in the world. Stars Will Ferrell.

Home Alone ~ 8:30pm
Kevin (Macauley Culkin) gets left home alone, after his family leave for Christmas vacation without him. What starts off as fun, soon turns chaotic as he has to protect his house from potential burglars.

Elf Movie. Image courtesy of

Throughout the Darling Harbour precinct, there's lights, Christmas trees and decorations, so allow time to have a wander once it's dark; or why not avoid all transport hassles and spend the night in one of the gorgeous hotels, overlooking Darling Harbour?

Dinner options
You can bring a picnic or there are loads of restaurants surrounding Tumbalong Park, including takeaway options in the Harbourside shopping centre food-court.

Whether you're in the mood for Mexican, pizza, burgers or seafood, there's a restaurant to suit everyone's tastes and budget; along with dessert options including Gelatissimo, Movenpick, Baskin Robbins, and Anderson's of Denmark, there's no shortage of ice-cream treats.

Getting there and Important Information
There are multiple parking stations near Darling Harbour, that offer different rates depending on the time and day, including special deals for pre-booking.

The light rail is the public transport option that gets you closest to Tumbalong Park. Convention is the closest stop.

Tumbalong Park is also a short walk from Town Hall station, walk down Liverpool St for direct access into Tumbalong Park or Bathurst St to check out the restaurants in Darling Harbour along the way.

There are two Woolworths supermarkets close to Darling Harbour, if you wanted to stock up on movie snacks. There's one on the corner of George St and Park St (also accessible via Town Hall Station underground), and there is another one on the corner of Ultimo Rd and Quay St.

Toilets are located in the Harbourside shopping centre and the car park entry amongst the restaurants near Tumbalong Park.

For a printable map of Darling Harbour, click here.

Outdoor movies are a fantastic way to entertain the kids these school holidays; whilst getting them excited about Christmas, without spending a fortune.

The Grinch
See The Grinch at Darling Harbour. Image courtesy of
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Why? Free outdoor Christmas movies, kids will love it.
When: From 15th Dec until the 23rd Dec, movies start at 6pm.
Phone: (02) 9240 8500
Where: Tumbalong Park Darling Harbour
Cost: Totally FREE!
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