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Published November 21st 2016
Christmas in Sydney is always magical with lighted trees and digital projections, carols and concerts, and these all return each year bigger and better than before but there's also some new things to see and enjoy in 2016.
So if you're looking for something different, then you might want to consider the following on your must-see & do list for this year.
Giggle & Hoot's Magical Christmas Show is a musical spectacular based on the ABC4Kids preschool program that sees the gang getting ready for the arrival of Hootoclaws. With the decorating of trees and the wrapping of presents, they are almost done preparing for Christmas and a special night watch when the stars suddenly disappear. How ever will they put a twinkling in the night sky to brighten the way for Hootoclaws and save Christmas?
Find the answer in one of two fun shows on 17 December at the Seymour Centre in Chippendale where Giggle & Hoot are joined by friends Hootabelle, Gigglefangs, Pirate Hootbeard and some singing and dancing elves. Choose from 11am or 1pm start times. Duration is 55minutes and tickets start from $34.90.
SantaLand is another Christmas extravaganza with a brand new world of enchantment coming to the Entertainment Quarter in Moore Park. There's amazing Christmas pantomime singing and dancing shows, a Christmas parade, unlimited amusement rides, an ice toboggan slide and Crystal ice skating rink, a snow pit, an illuminated icicle cave, an ice show with some very talented skaters, Toy Land, Candy Cane Land, Gingerbread Land, Christmas craft activities and the Jolly Elve's Workshop, animated musical Santas, and Santa's alpine forest where his dutiful elves will help you capture the perfect Christmas photo with the man himself. Photo packages are available or you can capture your own selfies for free.
All of this excitement and more is on from 10am-9pm, starting on 7 December and running right up to Christmas Eve. Three hour sessions can be purchased, with prices from $39.95 for early birds. Children under 2 are free. Get your tickets here.
For selfies with a difference, check out Crate Santa in The Rocks waiving a festive welcome. Made of colourful milk crates, you can't miss him as he stands 7 metres tall. With over 1,200 crates, the tallest of us will even seem small against him. Find him free at 140B George Street from 12 November – 27 December. You can't sit on his lap but you can sit in the life-sized LEGO Christmas Sleigh, thanks to Sydney City Council and LEGO expert Ryan McNaught. This certified professional has given us many a great LEGO exhibition and this piece, with over 10,000 coloured bricks, is sure to light up the faces of our children. Hop aboard and snap away in Martin Place with the beautiful Christmas tree as a backdrop. The sleigh stands at over 5 cubic metres, is free and can be found on selected days and times from 26 November – 23 December.
The Guide Dogs Christmas Presentation Day is another chance for a photo, this time with some very cute puppies in a Christmas-themed photo booth. This event in Martin Place, on 6 December from 11am-3pm, will also allow you to learn about the journey puppies take in becoming guide dogs. Demonstrations will show some of the techniques employed in training these life-changing companions.
You'll also get the chance to purchase Christmas gifts for family and friends as well as a loved pooch.
Kids love animals and A Stable in the City is a Christmas service for kids and adults at St Barnabas Church on Broadway with a petting zoo. From 10am-12pm, there's also some activities and entertainment from singer Colin Buchanan. A barbecue will keep everyone's hunger at bay, so head to 57/61 Mountain Street in Ultimo for this free event on 11 December.
This church, affectionately known as Barney's, also has a Christmas Kid's Club on 21-22 December for primary school children. It's a 2 day outing with 'The Quest for the Greatest Treasure' that includes supervised singing, craft activities, fun with pirates and silly adventures in a safe and welcoming environment. Children will also learn the meaning of Christmas and the importance of Jesus with plenty of space for kids to develop their own thoughts and beliefs. The cost per day (9am-3pm) is $25 for one child or $40 for two or more children. Morning and afternoon teas are included. BYO lunch. You will need to register.
Quarry Green Live Nativity, also in Ultimo, relives the story of Christmas in a simple scene with a makeshift stable. A young couple, with the wife about to give birth, ride in on a donkey and soon a gathering of young angels and a handful of shepherds with sheep turn up to see the new baby. Three wise men appear on camels, bearing gifts for the newborn. Throughout the scene, carols are sung and donations are welcomed for the Exodus Foundation, a charity that provides food, health and wellbeing services for those in need. A sausage sizzle and gelato will be available at this remembrance that takes place 16 December at 97 Quarry Street, from 6.45pm-8.15pm.
If it's craft you're after, then why not try a Christmas Wreath Workshop and create a beautiful decoration for your door or table centrepiece. For $110 per person, FlowerLane & Co at Alexandria (282 Wyndham St) cover the construction and building of a wreath with all materials included for you to take home something special. You can choose from a selection of fresh foliage, pine cones, cinnamon sticks, berries and dried fruits, along with some other fun decorative bits and pieces. Drinks, Christmas music and special treats will guarantee a jolly atmosphere. The 3rd December is the date for this 2 hour class that begins at 11am. Book here if interested.
For the younger ones, Centennial Park has a Crafty Christmas in store making decorations using nature's products at hand. Pine cones, seed pods, gum nuts, leaves, paperbark and feathers make nice wreaths for your door or ornaments for the tree. It's on 20-22 December at the Learning Precinct from 10am-12pm and tickets cost $22 per child (incl. booking fee).
There's a lot to enjoy this Christmas in Sydney so soak up the spirit and have a very merry Yuletide.