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Top Christmas Events 2019 - Sydney

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Published November 16th 2019
For the best Christmas events in Sydney, check this list out
There is no better way to spend the festive season than soaking up the spectacular atmosphere with family and friends, and everyone being entertained.

The list below features the top and best free & ticketed Christmas events across Sydney. Events include festivals, markets, workshops, concerts, and Christmas carol performances, and more.

1. Christmas in the City
When: Saturday, 23 November 2019: 6:30pm-9:30pm
Where: Pitt Street Mall to Martin Place, Sydney
Cost: Free
Details: This family-friendly Christmas event will transform Sydney into a festive playground. There will be entertainment, kid's entertainers, visit from Santa and his reindeer tricycle-led sleigh, Christmas shopping opportunities, Santa Stockings for sale $5 each with proceeds going to charity partner Surf Life Saving NSW, food stalls, GPO Dessert Bar, pop-ups, roaming performers, art & craft, choir performances, light & decorations, dancefloor, magicians, lighting of the Martin Place Christmas Tree, and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from City of Sydney Facebook


2. Martin Place Christmas Tree
When: Saturday, 23 November 2019- 1 January 2020: 7pm-Midnight (every 15 minutes)
Where: Martin Place, Sydney
Cost: Free
Details: Experience the magic of Christmas and watch as Sydney's largest Christmas Tree brightens up Martin Place. The Christmas Tree will feature more than 110,000 LED lights, a 3.4-metre colour-changing star, and 330 specially-created glossy baubles. The Tree's 800 branches will be dressed with 15,000 flowers representing 9 different kinds of Australian flowers. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Martin Place Facebook


3. The Ultimate Christmas Market
When: Sunday, 24 November 2019: 10am-4pm
Where: The Entertainment Quarter, 122 Lang Rd, Moore Park
Cost: Free
Details: This Christmas mMarket will be your one-stop-shop, with over 150 stalls selling a wonderful collection of Christmas-themed goods including candles, wreaths, wrapping paper, cards, Christmas ornaments, gifts, and more. There will also be entertainment, kids amusement & carnival rides, gourmet hot food, desserts, photo opportunities with Santa, festive food stalls selling hams, turkey, puddings, Christmas cakes, gingerbread houses, chocolates, and more, pony rides, activities, face painting, art & craft, sand art, and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Cambridge Markets Facebook


4. Christmas in Pyrmont
When: Sunday, 24 November 2019: 1pm-7pm
Where: John St, Pyrmont
Cost: Free
Details: There will be plenty of family-friendly Christmas festivities, entertainment, market stalls, live music performances, games, activities, pop-ups, and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Christmas in Pyrmont Facebook


5. Christmas Party Lunch & Dinner Cruises
When: Monday, 25 November 2019 - 20 December 2019.
Where: Harbour St, Sydney
Cost: See website.
Details: This all-inclusive Christmas party on Sydney Harbour will include selected lunch and dinner cruises. Cruises will include Christmas lunch or dinner feasts, an extensive array of fresh seafood, carvery, a mixture of salads, professional DJ, flowing drinks, live entertainment, stunning views, tempting desserts, and more. Lunch Cruises: 12:30pm-3:30pm & Dinner Cruises: 7:30pm-10:30pm. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Vagabond Cruises Facebook


6. Choirs in the City: Martin Place
When: Thursday, 28 November 2019- 24 December 2019: 6pm-8:30pm
Where: Martin Place, Sydney
Cost: Free
Details: Under the branches of the Martin Place Christmas Tree, there will be carol singing from various Choirs. Each evening a different Choir group will perform, including Salvation Army, With One Voice, Sydney Philharmonia, Sydney Gay & Lesbian Choir, Coastal a Cappella, and more. Click here for the website.

7. Festive High Tea
When: Friday, 29 November 2019- 5 January 2020
Where: Shangri-La Hotel, 176 Cumberland Street, Sydney
Cost: Adults: $65pp & Children: $35pp
Details: This foodie event will feature indulging in a festive high tea that will feature scrumptious inventions, 3 tiers of tempting treats, desserts, savouries, and scones with jam & clotted crème. There will be three seatings: 11am-1pm, 1:30pm-3:30pm & 4pm-6pm. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney Facebook


8. Sydney Christmas Children's Concert
When: Saturday, 30 November 2019: 6.30pm-8.30pm
Where: Prince Alfred Park, Chalmers St, Surry Hills
Cost: Free
Details: This child-friendly Christmas concert will showcase family-friendly entertainment, art & craft, activities, table tennis games, giant Jenga, Christmas elves, Santa stockings, a special guest appearance from Santa, food, coffee & ice cream stalls, and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from City of Sydney Facebook


9. Christmas Wreath-Making Workshop
When: Saturday, 30 November 2019 & 7, 8, 14, & 15 December 2019: 11am-1pm
Where: Flower Lane, Shop1, 574 Botany Rd, Alexandria
Cost: $132pp
Details: This Christmas workshop will cover how to construct and build beautiful Christmas wreaths. You will learn how to design, style, and create your own door/wall wreath. All materials will be given and no previous experiences necessary. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Flowerlane & Co. Facebook


10. The Nutcracker: The Australian Ballet
When: Saturday, 30 November 2019-18 December 2019: 7:30pm-10pm
Where: Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point, Sydney
Cost: Tickets range from $37-$335pp
Details: This enchanting performance will follow the story of Clara, a young ballet student celebrating with her family on Christmas Eve. When the clock strikes twelve, we enter the realm of dream… and Clara is whisked to the Land of Sweets in the arms of her Nutcracker Prince. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from The Australian Ballet Facebook


11. Chippendale's Ethical Christmas Market
When: Sunday, 1 December 2019: 10.30am- 2.30pm
Where: Sutherland Lane, 27 Abercrombie St, Chippendale
Cost: Free
Details: These markets are designed for those who prefer quality over quantity. There will be a range of products, art, music, fashion, and food. The markets celebrate the art of giving back and living together as a community. There will also be a free Christmas hamper for the first 100 guests! Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Chippendale Christmas Market Facebook


12. Rosebery Village Christmas Concert
When: Sunday, 1 December 2019: 6.30pm-8.30pm
Where: Turruwul Park, Rosebery
Cost: Free
Details: This family-friendly Christmas event will showcase entertainment, sing-a-long to Christmas carols, performances, art & craft activities, table tennis games and other games with Christmas elves, Santa Stockings, BBQ, ice cream & coffee stalls, a special appearance from Santa, and firework displays. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from City of Sydney Facebook


13. Christmas lunch at NSW Parliament House
When: Monday, 2-21 December 2019: 12pm-2pm
Where: Parliament House, 6 Macquarie St, Sydney
Cost: 2-Courses: $55pp & 3-Courses: $65pp
Details: This Christmas event will feature a scrumptious lunch that will celebrate the Christmas season. Lunch will include a 2-course or 3-course sit-down lunch. Bookings must be made at the Parliament House website. Click here for the website.

14. Festive Long Lunch at Swissotel Sydney
When: Monday, 2-24 December 2019: 12pm-3pm
Where: Swissotel Sydney, 68 Market St, Sydney
Cost: $59pp
Details: This Christmas shared menu will celebrate the festive season with a spread of fresh, seasonal dishes made to share. The Long Lunch will also include a complimentary welcome drink. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Swissôtel Sydney Facebook


15. Lights of Christmas
When: Thursday, 5-25 December 2019
Where: St Mary's Cathedral Square, College Street, Sydney
Cost: Free
Details: This Christmas eEvent will celebrate the Christmas festivities with a spectacular light projection showcase. There will be community choirs performances, roaming performers, sound and light show honouring St Mary's Cathedral, food & drink stalls, displays including Madonna and Child artworks, and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Lights of Christmas Facebook


16. Gingerbread & Wreath Making Workshop
When: Thursday, 5 & 6 December 2019: 6:30pm-9:30pm
Where: Village Church, 122 Johnston St, Annandale
Cost: $35pp
Details: This family-friendly creative Christmas Workshop will include traditional Christmas festivities and activities, as well as building your own gingerbread house or creating your own Christmas wreath. All materials will be provided. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Village Church Annandale Facebook


17. The Rocks Christmas Markets
When: Thursday, 5-22 December 2019: From 10am
Where: Argyle St, The Rocks
Cost: Free
Details: These markets will feature seasonal styles, gorgeous gifts, gourmet goodies, Christmas decorations, toys, and more. Click here for the website.

18. Rushcutters Bay Village Christmas Concert
When: Friday, 6 December 2019: 6:30pm-8:30pm
Where: Reg Bartley Oval, Rushcutters Bay
Cost: Free
Details: This family-friendly Christmas concert will be packed with entertainment, Christmas festivities, activities, performances, art & craft, table tennis and other games with the Christmas elves, visit from Santa, Santa stockings, BBQ, ice cream & coffee stalls, firework displays, and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from City of Sydney Facebook


19. Jõululõuna: Estonian Christmas Lunch
When: Saturday, 7 December 2019: 1pm-7pm
Where: Joululouna, 141 Campbell St, Surry Hills
Cost: Adults: $40pp, Children (5-15yrs): $15pp & Children under 5yrs: Free
Details: This family-friendly multicultural Christmas event will showcase a traditional feast, entertainment, visit from Santa, Estonian singing, cultural performances, traditional customs, handmade food, and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Sydney Eesti Selts - Estonian Society of Sydney Inc Facebook


20. Children's Christmas Concert
When: Saturday, 7 & 8 December 2019: 11am-11:45am & 1pm-1:45pm
Where: Balmain Town Hall, 370 Darling St, Balmain
Cost: $15pp
Details: This family-friendly concert will introduce children to the magic world of music from Tchaikovsky's delightful Nutcracker Suite, in a fun, engaging, and intimate musical setting. The little ones will have the opportunity to sing and dance along to Christmas carols as well as experiencing timeless music played by the orchestra. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from THE METROPOLITAN ORCHESTRA (TMO) Facebook


21. Christmas CanToo Scavenger Hunt
When: Saturday, 7 December 2019: 1pm-4pm
Where: Surry Hills- see website.
Cost: $30pp
Details: This amazing race around town will support cancer research and feature a treasure hunt. You will explore the city finding tricky clues, performing witty challenges, and searching for hidden gems and hidden alleyways. Click here for the website.

22. Pyrmont Village Christmas concert
When: Saturday, 7 December 2019: 6:30pm-8:30pm
Where: Pirrama Park, Pirrama Road, Pyrmont
Cost: Free
Details: For the first time, the City of Sydney will be showcasing Village Christmas Concert to Pyrmont. The event will feature a lineup of Christmas festivities, art & craft activities, performances, visit from Santa, table tennis and other games with Christmas elves, Santa stockings, BBQ, ice cream & coffee stalls, firework displays, and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from City of Sydney Facebook


23. Carols in the Carpark
When: Sunday, 8 December 2019: 4pm-7pm
Where: 55 Erskineville Rd, Erskineville
Cost: Free
Details: The event will be jam-packed with Christmas festivities, entertainment, performances, show bags, jumping castle, live nativity play, classic Christmas songs, BBQ, live music entertainment, pop-up picnic lawn, activities, and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Newtown:Erskineville Anglican Church Facebook


24. Village Christmas Bash
When: Friday, 13 December 2019: 6pm-10pm
Where: Village Church, 122 Johnston St, Annandale
Cost: $10pp
Details: There will be entertainment, live indie-folk music performances, clothes swap at 6pm, and food & drinks (included in ticket price). Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Village Church Annandale Facebook


25. A Choral Christmas Celebration
When: Friday, 13 December 2019: 11am-12:30pm & 7pm-8:30pm
Where: St Mary's Cathedral, St Mary's Road, Sydney
Cost: Tickets start from $25pp and family tickets.
Details: This Christmas Carols concert will feature a traditional Christmas experience with celebrity readers offering glorious music and verse. There will be performances featuring Cathedral Choir and the Sinfonia Australis, performing music by J S Bach, Handel, Bruckner and others. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from St Mary's Cathedral Choir, Sydney Facebook


26. Alexandria Village Christmas concert
When: Friday, 13 December 2019: 6:30pm-8:30pm
Where: Alexandria Park, Buckland Street, Alexandria
Cost: Free
Details: Alexandria will transform into a Christmas wonderland with Christmas festivities, art & craft activities, performances, visit from Santa, table tennis and other games with Christmas elves, Santa stockings, BBQ, ice cream & coffee stalls, firework displays, and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from City of Sydney Facebook


27. Opera High Tea at The Castlereagh: Rudolpho's Christmas
When: Saturday, 14 December 2019: 2pm-4:30pm
Where: Cello's Dining, 169 Castlereagh St, Sydney
Cost: $99pp
Details: This event will showcase the celebrated popular opera with a decadent sparkling High Tea and entertainment. The Concert will also showcase some of the most opera's most amazing melodies associated with this special time of the year (and your favourites too). Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Opera Bites Facebook


28.Messiah at Sydney Town Hall
When: Saturday, 14 & 15 December 2019: 3pm-5:30pm
Where: Sydney Town Hall, 483 George Street, Sydney
Cost: Adult tickets range from $43-55pp & Concession tickets range from: $38-$49pp
Details: The Sydney Symphony Orchestra will perform Messiah and showcase 400 choristers of the Combined Church Choirs, Sydney Town Hall Grand Organ, Sydney Messiah Orchestra, and soloists selected from among the best graduates of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Click here for the website.

29.Green Square Christmas Fair
When: Saturday, 14 December 2019: 6pm-10pm
Where: Green Square plaza, 355 Botany Road, Zetland
Cost: Free
Details: Pick up unique, locally craft Christmas treats from one of the 30 market stalls, enjoy a bite to eat at the many food stalls & trucks, there will be a licensed bar, professional DJ entertainment, Santa stockings, visit from Santa, and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from City of Sydney Facebook


30. Santa's workshop
When: Friday, 15, 20, & 23 December 2019
Where: Centennial Park, Grand Drive, Centennial Park
Cost: See website.
Details: This Workshop will teach the little ones how to make Christmas decorations and presents, as well as discover the Lachlan Swamp and its inhabitants, collect material that will help them to make their beautiful project, and there will also be games. This workshop is suitable for children between 5-12yrs. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Centennial Parklands Facebook


31. Voices of Angels: The Twelve Days of Christmas
When: Monday, 16 & 17 2019: 7pm-8:30pm
Where: City Recital Hall, 2-12 Angel Place, Sydney
Cost: Adults: $65pp, Concession: $55pp & Family of four: $50 per family
Details: Under the direction of Sam Allchurch for the first time, the Sydney Children's Choir will perform the music of Benjamin Britten and William Mathias, alongside new music by Sally Whitwell and Joseph Twist as well as other loved Christmas songs. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from City Recital Hall Facebook


32.Christmas at Sydney Town Hall
When: Wednesday, 17 December 2019: 8pm-9:30pm
Where: Sydney Town Hall, 483 George Street, Sydney
Cost: Adults: $19pp, Concession: $16pp & Children: $16pp
Details: This family-friendly Christmas event will be a memorable night filled with a magical festivities, carol singing, festive music and readings, Christmas concert, and more. Click here for the website.

33.Cretaceous Christmas!
When: Thursday, 19 & 20 December 2019: 9am-3pm
Where: 57-61 Mountain St, Ultimo
Cost: Children: $25pp & Family: $40 per family
Details: There will be entertainment, dinosaur Christmas-themed festivities, Christmas story and discovering Jesus, games, stories, songs, craft, dinosaurs, Kids Club, and more. Click here for the website.

34. Carols on the Green
When: Sunday, 22 December 2019: 7:30pm-9pm
Where: Village Church Annandale, 122 Johnston Street, Annandale
Cost: Free
Details: There will be a mix of contemporary and traditional carols as well as entertainment and food stalls. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Village Church Annandale Facebook


35. VillageKIDS Christmas
When: Monday, 23 December 2019: 3pm-4:30pm
Where: Village Church Annandale, 122 Johnston Street, Annandale
Cost: Free
Details: This child-friendly Christmas event will feature entertainment, Christmas carols and songs, an interactive nativity, the story of Jesus, games, jumping castle, BBQ, and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Village Church Annandale Facebook


36. Christmas Eve at Sydney Town Hall
When: Tuesday, December 24 2019: 8pm-10pm
Where: Sydney Town Hall, 483 George Street, Sydney
Cost: Free
Details: This Christmas family-friendly event will offer a place to come on Christmas Eve to reflect on the meaning of Christmas as well as to experience something special. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from MCC Sydney Facebook
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