Christmas Day


Sydney’s streets are illuminated with beautiful lights and decorations in the lead-up to Christmas, with Sydney choirs and markets heralding in the Christmas spirit. Visit the wonderful Martin Place Christmas Tree, and bask in the many festive events taking place in the city. 

  • Lighting of the Christmas Tree, Martin Place, Sydney
  • Cycling Elves, Hyde Park, Sydney

Christmas Day in Sydney

Sydney is known for hosting a series of fantastic festive events in the lead up to Christmas. Enjoy the spectacular Martin Place Christmas Tree, lit on November 26 by Santa and the Lord Mayor during an evening of festive fun from 6.30pm to 8.30pm with live music from Megan Washington and Taylor Henderson to name a few.

The city also comes alive with glorious music this festive season, beginning with Christmas on the Green, a free family concert taking place in Hyde Park on November 26, complete with a spectacular fireworks display.

Christmas Tree Lighting at Martin Place, Sydney

Traditional choirs herald in the Christmas season, performing carols every Thursday evening from 26 November to 22 December in Pitt Street Mall. Carols in the City also perform daily in Martin Place from the 27 November right up to Christmas Eve.

Enjoy Australia’s largest free Christmas concert, Woolworths Carols in the Domain. This popular annual event features much-loved performers delivering all your festive favourites, near the beautiful surrounds of Royal Botanic Garden, on 18 December. 

Explore The Very Merry Christmas Rocks Markets from the December 2, held every Friday from 4pm to 8pm, for seasonal handmade gifts and delicious food.

You can also enjoy the Carriageworks Christmas Market on the 23 December where you will find fresh seasonal produce for your Christmas dinner as well as fantastic gifts for friends and family.

Christmas lights, Pitt St Mall, Sydney

Christmas Day itself is one of the most peaceful days in the city and the ideal time to explore.

A popular attraction open on Christmas Day is Taronga Zoo, which can be found less than a 15 minute ferry ride from the city. Revel in spectacular harbour views as you explore the beautiful grounds, home to over 300 species of animals. Get up close to unique Australian animals such as the echidna and platypus.

Sydney is filled with parks, beaches and bays perfect for a Christmas day picnic. Catch a ferry to Manly, head to the iconic Bondi Beach, or unwind on one of Sydney’s secret beaches for a truly unique Australian Christmas.

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  1. Sydney Christmas

    Event dates to be confirmed: November 2017, City Centre

    Sydney Christmas kicks off a month long celebration with concerts in Martin Place and Christmas on the Green, Hyde Park. Santa will arrive in a cycle...

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  2. Carols in the City

    Event dates to be confirmed: November 2017, City Centre

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    Event dates to be confirmed: December 2017, Bondi

    This lovely annual event brings the community together to celebrate the spirit of Christmas. The night will kick off with fantastic entertainment from...

    Dec 2017
  5. Sydney Fish Market 36-Hour Seafood Marathon

    Saturday 23 December to Sunday 24 December 2017, Pyrmont

    Sydney Fish Market's 36-Hour Seafood Marathon, where retailers will be staying open for 36 hours from 5am Wednesday 23 December right through to 5pm Christmas Eve. Visitors can come down to enjoy the fun and...

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  6. Christmas Day Lunch Cruises

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    Join them for Christmas Day Lunch and a spectacular cruise onboard Sydney 2000. Take in the sights from the expansive open observation deck and enjoy the feast on one of three restaurant decks. Great range of options...

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