SING CHRISTMAS CAROLS AT BONDI BEACH
Chrissy doesn’t get more Aussie than belting out Jingle Bells on the sand of Bondi Beach, which is exactly what you can do at Carols by the Sea on Wednesday 11 December.
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WATCH A MOONLIGHT MOVIE UNDER THE STARS
Grab a picnic and head to the Belvedere Amphitheatre in Sydney’s leafy Centennial Park, with a super summer season of open-air movies kicking off on Thursday 28 November. See here for your full guide to all the brilliant outdoor cinemas popping up around Sydney this summer!
PICK UP A PRESENT AT THE FINDERS KEEPERS MARKET
You won’t find any mulled wine or nutcrackers at these Christmas markets, but you will find loads of gift ideas at the 200 trendy arts and design stalls! It’s coming to Barangaroo from Friday 6 – Sunday 8 December.
STROLL THROUGH THE ROYAL BOTANIC GARDEN
Summer in Sydney is the perfect time to explore the Royal Botanic Garden – a green oasis located between Sydney Harbour and the city centre – on a free guided tour at 10:30am every morning.
SEE A 6.5-TONNE CHRISTMAS TREE
You’ve never seen anything sparkle quite so brightly as the QVB Swarovski Christmas Tree, standing 24 metres tall and weighing 6.5 tonnes thanks to 82,000 Swarovski crystals and 65,150 lights.
CATCH SOME CRICKET
Cricket and Christmastime go together like Santa and Rudolph, so grab a ticket to the high-octane Big Bash League to see the Sixers turn the Sydney Cricket Ground into a sea of pink.
ADMIRE THE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS
The city of Sydney twinkles with fairy lights throughout the month of December, including spectacular light projections on Town Hall and St Mary’s Cathedral, and the Boulevard of Light at Pitt St Mall.
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CHECK OUT AUTHENTIC INDIGENOUS ART
Do some Christmas shopping at the Blak Markets at La Perouse on Sunday 15 December and you’ll make a difference to the Aboriginal communities who create these unique handmade arts, crafts and produce. While you’re there, take a walk around the incredible Botany Bay Kamay National Park, or have a cheeky dip at Congwong Beach!
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SEE AUSTRALIA’S LARGEST FREE CONCERT
Warm up your singing voice for Carols in the Domain, Australia’s largest free annual concert that will inject some festive cheer into the city centre on Saturday 21 December.
MARVEL AT THE DAVID JONES CHRISTMAS WINDOWS
It wouldn’t be December in Sydney without kids squishing their noses against the glass of David Jones’ Elizabeth St store, admiring the extravagant Christmas display inside.
WITNESS AUSTRALIA’S BIGGEST BOAT RACE
The day after Christmas, head down to the harbour to catch more than 100 yachts embark on the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, a Boxing Day tradition.
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CELEBRATE A WORLD-FAMOUS NEW YEAR’S EVE
The world’s attention turns to Sydney every December 31 for a mind-blowing fireworks show, and joining the crowds camped on the waterfront is a bucket list experience you need to tick off once in your life.
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