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Published November 18th 2014
Top Free Things to See and Do in December

Bid goodbye to the fairs, exhibitions and markets of November and get straight into the festive mood as the Christmas season goes into full swing. In addition to the cornucopia of festive events in the city, there's are massive art, design and photographic exhibitions, Christmas craft making for the kids, Korean movies and round-the-clock shopping at the Sydney Fish Markets. To top it all off, there's the best New Year Eve's celebration in Australia by the iconic Sydney Harbour. Whichever event or activity suits your fancy, you'll find something for FREE in Sydney this December. To all my readers, a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Annual 14 - till 6 Dec

UNSW Art & Design
Photo courtesy of UNSW Art & Design

Fans of all things art and design can look forward to a massive exhibition showcasing the next generation of fine artists, media artists and designers. 'Annual 14' will feature works by more than 380 UNSW Art & Design graduating students. You can enjoy installation, jewellery, sculpture, ceramics, objects, painting, photography, printmaking, sound, textiles animation, drawing, digital imaging, graphics, interactive media, motion graphics, environments and video works. Don't miss this annual UNSW Art & Design student exhibition spread across the campus. Phone 02 89360888 or visit the website for more information.

Date & Time: till 6 Dec, 10am - 5pm
Address: College of Fine Arts COFA-UNSW, Cnr of Oxford St and Greens Rd, Paddington 2021

SUNSTUDIOS Photographic Exhibition - till 18 Dec
Damian Bennett
Photo by Damian Bennett and courtesy of SUNSTUDIOS Australia

Head over to SUNSTUDIOS' atrium where a selection of the country's most exciting photographers will be showcased. Curated by former British fashion industry creative director Nikki Hillier, this exhibition includes the personal works of Amanda Prior, Anna Pogossova, Bartolomeo Celestino, Bec Parsons, Bowen Arico, Christopher Morris, Damain Bennett, David Maurice Smith, Douglas Frost, Georges Antoni, Harold David, James Nelson, Juli Balla, Keran Woods, Liz Ham, Michele Aboud, Nick Bowers, Richard Freeman, Simon Bernhardt, Simon Harsent, Simon Upton, Stephen Dupont, Steven Popovich, Ted O'Donnell, Toby Burrows, Zac Handley. Phone 02 9641 5555 or visit the website for more information.

Date & Time: till 18 Dec, 10am - 4pm daily
Address: SUNSTUDIOS Sydney, 42 Maddox Street Alexandria 2015

Studio Workshopped - till 24 Dec

Photo courtesy of Workshopped

Excite your design sense with an experimental pop-up retail studio in Surry Hills by Workshopped, a uniquely innovative Australian company that exhibits, manufactures and retails Australian design while nurturing the skills and talents of up-and-coming local designers. Curated by designers Vincent Buret and Alejandro Nam, the mini-gallery showcases impromptu prototypes, products and installation pieces including furniture pieces, homewares and lamps all made of wood, copper and concrete.

Sydney designer Vincent Buret lived in France, Spain, Mexico and the Netherlands. He has been working for Workshopped in the recent 2 years. Alejandro Nam has been involved in projects and exhibitions worldwide from Basel, New York to Tokyo and is best known for designs are that are ecologically sustainable, reduce material waste and reasonably priced. Phone 02 9146 4353 or visit the website for more information.

Date & Time: till 24 Dec, Wed - Sat 10.30am - 6pm
Address: Studio Workshopped, 417 Bourke St, Surry Hills 2010

Christmas in Sydney - till 27 Dec

Sydney will present its biggest festive celebration with more decorations, activations and events from the start of December through to Christmas day. You can attend family concerts in Rushcutters Bay, Rosebery, Alexandria and Surry Hills; enjoy the light up at Pitt Street Mall; listen to choirs at the giant Christmas trees in Martin Place; watch fireworks light up the night skies of Sydney, and many more. With 18 FREE events to enjoy with friends and family, there are no excuses to be bored during Christmas in Sydney this year. Read this article for more details.

Kids Christmas Craft at the Libraries - 3, 4, 9 and 16 Dec

kids christmas craft at city of sydney libraries
Photo courtesy of City of Sydney

The City of Sydney Libraries will be hosting a series of FREE kids craft sessions during the festive season.

Glebe Library, 3 Dec - Kids age 5 to 8 years can learn how to make a snowdome wonderland from 4pm to 5pm. Phone 02 9265 9333 for more information or visit the website to reserve your seats. Address: Glebe Library, 186 Glebe Point Road (cnr Wigram Road) Glebe 2037

Green Square Library, 4 Dec - 8 to 12 year olds can learn to sew a felt Christmas ornament for their Christmas trees or as a gift to a family member or friend from 4.30pm to 5.30pm. Phone 02 9265 9333 for more information or reserve your seats via this website. Address: Green Square Library, 100 Joynton Avenue Zetland 2017

Kings Cross Library, 9 Dec - Kids age 6 to 10 years can learn to make a beaded Christmas ornament for their trees or as a gift for a family member or friend from 4pm to 5pm. Phone 02 9265 9333 for more information or visit the website to reserve your seats. Address: Kings Cross Library, 50-52 Darlinghurst Road Level 1 Kings Cross 2011

Surry Hills Library, 16 Dec - 5 to 8 year olds can participate in a fun non-bake session and create an edible work of art using graham crackers and candy from 4pm to 5pm. Visit the website for more information. Address: Surry Hills Library, 405 Crown Street Surry Hills 2010

Korean Film Night, 4, 11 & 18 Dec

Korean Film Night
Photo courtesy of Korean Cultural Office Australia

The popularity of Korean melodramas has helped to spread Korean pop culture around the world including Australia. If you didn't get enough of the Korean Film Festival, the Korean Cultural Office in Sydney will bring you 3 movies this December.

They include December 디셈버 (2013) on 4 December; Two Weddings and a Funeral 두 번의 결혼식과 한 번의 장례식 (2012) on 11 December; and A Werewolf Boy 늑대소년 (2013) on 18 December. Best of all the film screenings are FREE and include English subtitles. Doors open at 6pm and you also get to sample some new and tasty Korean snacks. Screening starts at 6.30pm in the Arirang Hall of the Korean Cultural Office and doors close at 7pm. Phone (02) 8267 3440 or visit the website to reserve your seats.

Date & Time: 4, 11 & 18 Dec from 6pm - 9pm
Address: 255 Elizabeth Street, Sydney 2000

Sydney Fish Market 36-Hour Seafood Marathon - 23 & 24 Dec

The city's favourite market gets a huge jab of adrenalin for the festive season as the annual 36-hour Seafood Marathon arrives on 23 December. Over 100,000 shoppers are expected to snap up 600 tonnes of the latest catch along with meats, vegetables, fruits and delicatessen from the onsite butcher, greengrocer, bakery and deli. Round-the-clock trading at Sydney Fish Market (SFM) will run from 5am on 23 December right through until 5pm on 24 December. Don't forget to indulge in a late night feast of fish and chips, cooked prawns and oysters while shopping for your Christmas supplies. Visit the website for more information.

Date & Time: 23 - 24 Dec, 5am to 5pm
Address: Sydney Fish Market, Bank Street Pyrmont 2009

Sydney New Year's Eve 2014 - 31 Dec

sydney new year's eve fireworks
Photo courtesy of City of Sydney

Produced by the City of Sydney, the country's most anticipated New Year's Eve celebration returns to Sydney with a new theme that's set to 'Inspire' local and visitors. Actor Jack Thompson AM PhD, a legendary figure of Australian cinema will be helping to bring the 'Inspire' theme to life as this year's Creative Ambassador. Head over to the Harbour and Sydney Opera House where illuminated vessels will deliver an amazing parade and the whole area will lighted up by fireworks at 9pm and midnight. 1.6 million visitors will gather along the Sydney Harbour Foreshore to celebrate Sydney's biggest annual event and welcome in the New Year. Phone 02 9265 9333 or visit the website for more information.

Date & Time: 31 Dec, 6pm - 12am
Address: Sydney Harbour Bridge Pylon Lookout, The Rocks, Sydney 2000
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