Your guide to the Christmas season in Sydney
1. Martin Place Christmas Tree: 25th November – January 1st
The Martin Place Christmas tree is an annual spectacle for tourists and Sydney-siders due to its magnificent size, colour and Christmas feel. This year the 20metre high tree invites visitors to share the spirit of Christmas by letting everyone light up the branches with their own personal message. Visit www.sydxmastree.com.au to put in your special message and watch it light up the branches for everyone to see.
2. Carols in the Domain – Sunday 17th December – from 7:45pm
Australia’s largest festive event returns with a line-up of high profile performers including Dami Im, Todd McKenney, Adam Harvey, Beccy Cole, the casts of The Wizard Of Oz, Jersey Boys and Beautiful: The Carol King Musical. Carols in the Domain celebrates 35 years in 2017 and this year will be preceded by an additional family Christmas Carnival in the Domain from noon on the day. Carnival noon; concert $49-$125
3. Rushcutters Bay Village Christmas Concert – Saturday 9th December – 6:30-8:30pm
Hosted by Emma Palmer from Play School, the concert will feature Peter Combe, Bananas in Pyjamas, Splashdance, carols and loads of entertainment for families. There will be craft, giant Jenga, tables tennis, ice-cream and lots of yummy food stalls. Entry is free! Head to Waratah Street, Rushcutters Bay, don’t forget your picnic blanket!
4. St Mary’s Cathedral Choir – Friday, 15th December – 11am & 7pm
There is nothing more Christmassy than carols! Head to St Mary’s Cathedral on Friday, 15th December to watch the full St Mary’s Cathedral Choir and orchestra performing our favourite Christmas carols along with some less well known Christmas music woven into the performances. The matinee performance is an opportunity to escape the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping in the heart of the city. Visit St Marys Road, Sydney 2000. Tickets between $20-$120
5. David Jones Windows & QVB Enchanted Garden 4th November – 24th December
A great way to see the display of Christmas spirit in Sydney is to take a walk around the CBD. It is a great way to break up the madness of shopping, and to really remind us of what beautiful atmosphere and energy the season brings. Visit David Jones on Elizabeth St, Sydney to see their marvellous window displays and then drop in to visit Santa in the QVB on Level 2. Santa will be occupying the Enchanted Garden, along with lights, flowers, feature birds and characters, but don’t forget to book online in advance. A range of photography packages are available, visit www.qvb.com.au to find out more. Santa is there from 8am-8pm. Passes between $35-$50
6. The Unbelievables @ Sydney Opera House – 19th-29th December
Witness the unbelievable as the world’s greatest circus, magic and music acts take to the Concert Hall stage this summer. Packed with mind-bending illusion, death-defying acts, music, comedy and ballroom dancing. Afterwards, enjoy a fruity cocktail at Sydney’s Opera Bar downstairs and watch the cities lights turn-up. Tickets $74-$150 www.sydneyoperahouse.com