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Sydney gets its sparkle on for Christmas
Once again The City of Sydney is counting down to Sydney Christmas 2013, where the city puts aside its everyday cares and puts on is Christmas mantle. Where now you walk past boring office blocks and listen to the sounds of traffic you'll soon be enveloped by spectacular light shows and Christmas trees, and the sounds of Christmas carols and tinkling bells.
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Sydney gets its sparkle on from Thursday 21st November when roving choirs hit favourite city haunts, followed by the full program of concerts, choirs, projections, carols, Christmas trees and decorations spreading warmth and happiness from 28th November. Below are some highlights.
Sydney Christmas has its signature event at Martin Place from 6pm on Thursday 28 November. The tree will be a little different this year because, in a touch of Christmas magic, you will be able to text your own Christmas message to the interactive tree and watch your words light up the branches.
The kids will love the entertainment, which includes Hi 5, Kate Ceberano, Don Spencer, and Justine Clarke, and which will be hosted by Leah Purcell. And of course, it wouldn't be Christmas without Santa.
I'm not sure what's happened to Rudolph, Dancer, Vixen and the rest of the crew but this year Santa's sleigh will be cycle powered - maybe Santa needs the exercise. One lucky child will win the chance to ride with Santa to Martin Place for the magical tree lighting.
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Your child could become Santa's helper for this momentous occasion by entering the colouring competition, which will be judged by some of Santa's trusty elves. You can download the entry form here and then post the completed entries to:
Santa's Helper – Christmas Coordinator City Engagement
If you prefer something with a little more space to spread out you could try Christmas on the Green in Hyde Park North, also on Thursday 28th November from 6 pm to 8.30 pm. The event features performances by Bananas in Pyjamas, ex-Yellow Wiggle Sam Moran and his Bam Bam Binos Band, Darren Percival and the Australian Girls Choir, along with gelato, a sausage sizzle, kids' craft activities, and a fireworks finale.
Village Christmas Concerts
Village concerts for local communities are a hallmark of Sydney Christmas. This year's concert schedule is:
Rushcutters Bay: Saturday 30th November at Reg Bartley Oval, Waratah Street from 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm
Rosebery: Sunday 1 December at Turruwul Park, Rothschild Avenue from 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm.
Alexandria: Saturday 7th December at Alexandria Park Oval, Power Avenue from 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm.
Surry Hills: Sunday 8th December at Prince Alfred Park from 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm.
Every evening, except Sundays, from Thursday 28th November to Christmas Day, after sunset Sydney Town Hall will be the canvas for a colourful and creative light display. Projections will run from 8pm to 10pm.
Sydney's city streets will be alive with Christmas carols on Thursdays from 28th November to 19th December. Shoppers or sightseers in the city centre will be serenaded from 7 pm to 9 pm at Sydney Square, Martin Place and Pitt Street Mall
You'll not only be able to browse and buy from the huge range of jewellery, fashion, art and homewares on display at this Christmas gift shopping paradise, you can also participate in demonstrations and workshops from a cast of creatives. The pop-up will be open daily from Thursday 28th November to Thursday 12th December at 74 Castlereagh Street, Sydney.
Street banners, decorations, Christmas trees and lighting will adorn a number of city streets and public spaces, and surrounding village locations. Watch out for some fantastic firs at Hyde Park, Customs House Square, Martin Place and Taylor Square.