Don't want to pay and arm and leg for entertainment for kids
With so many Christmas events happening this year, I was hoping to start to wind down into holiday mode as well as finding activities to entertain the kids. These are few newbies on the list this year but a few are the tried and tested goodies.
1. Checkout the Christmas lights in the burbs. One place in particular goes above and beyond where they turn their house into a Disneyland of Christmas lights. With over 60,000 lights synchronised to music, 4 Drysdale Ciricult Beaumont Hills from 8.15pm tip New Year Eve is a sight to behold. They also have a collection box to go to raising money for The Children's Hospital at Westmead and Randwick. But have a look at all other houses that are participating in the Christmas lights festivities.
A visit to Santaland is a must with lots of free things for the kids. Have a go at the free guitar tuition or have a picture taken at the Mr Men and Little Miss hugging booth. Book online to see Santa, if you do miss your timeslot, you still get priority over someone that has queued up. The Santa is fantastic and with great advice of 'dump and run' if you're kids are not too happy having a jolly man hold you for a photo opportunity. Meet the friendly elves that give the kids a golden ticket for a ride on the locomotive train through a tunnel. Don't forget to write and post a letter to Santa, as I was told that you just might get a reply.
TIP: Head down to Level 1 to get on the pedestrian bridge to Westfield and follow the signs to David Jones
4. Christmas display windows and Christmas Cave at David Jones, Level 6, Elizabeth St store. I love taking the kids to see each of the Christmas display windows at David Jones, their faces light up as they pick parts of the display that really appeals to them. Then to head into the Elizabeth Street store with its special lift for prams, rather handy to then just stroll to the lifts and press level 6. Be greeted by the friendly Christmas staff and meet Santa, perhaps draw a picture to give to the talking Christmas Tree.
TIP: Head to Level 1 to the pedestrian bridge into Westfield to Myers.
5. Santafest at Darling Harbour There's Santa everywhere you turn and look. On the water, climbing the walls, sitting on roofs, covering the light fittings. Lots to see and do here.
6. Snowglobe at Market City Wondered what it's like to be in a snowglobe? Here's your chance complete with snow machine, Christmas trees, an Olaf lookalike and Christmas carols playing. The kids will not want to leave but when they do, they get a free gift of a Santa snowdome. Very cool.
Snowglobe fun at Market CIty
Free gift from Market City
7. Swaroski covered Christmas Tree at the QVB This is one gorgeous building and has an equally magnificent Christmas tree. Spanning three levels covered in 144,000 Swarovski crystal ornaments and 60,000 twinkling lights, it is a sight to behold. Especially hearing that it took over 40 hours to install with a team of over 70 construction technicians, engineers, lighting consultants and crystal makers.
8. Christmas decked lights at The Strand This year's Christmas tree was inspired by designer Alex Perry standing 11metres tall, with over 2000 baubles, 1000 fairy lights and 200 butterflies. I love this arcade especially as the Christmas decorations bring out the beauty of this historic building built in 1891.
9. Christmas tree and lights at Martin Place
Be amazed at the sight of a 20 metre high Christmas tree with a 1.5 metre star sitting on top. With 60,000 lights sparkling and 120 Rubik's cube like stars, the kids will be speechless for a few moments before wanting to grab your phone to change the colours of the light and share your message on test 0427840851 or hastag #sydxmastree
10. Christmas in Pyrmont, 30 Nov, John St Pyrmont
With a variety of markets stalls, food and drink. There's something for all ages including petting zoos, craft and activities for the kids, jumping castle and Santa who rocks up on a fire engine. A winner for the kids.