Sydney loves to party and what better excuse than Christmas? The city is blanketed with festive decorations, including giant Christmas trees, twinkling lights, and colorful floral displays, and there are numerous events at which to get in the festive mood.

Sing to your heart’s content, listen to a choir, shop ‘til you drop, sample festive foods, or avoid it altogether, pack your bathers and head for the beach, for the beauty of Christmas in Sydney is the glorious weather!

The Lights of Christmas at St Mary’s Cathedral

Event: Thursday 8 December to Sunday 25 December
Time: Every day, 7.30 pm to 12 am
LOCATION: St Mary’s Cathedral Square, College Street, Sydney

The Lights of Christmas – Facebook pic

The Lights of Christmas at St Mary’s Cathedral is a must see on your Christmas event calendar.

Santa Festivals:

  • Santa Fest – Darling Harbour – from 24th November to Christmas Eve
  • Santa Fest Water Spectacular – Cockle Bay Wharf on 24th November, from 6: 30 PM
  • Annual Variety Santa Fun Run on 25th November 2015 from 7:00 AM

Sydney Christmas music and fireworks:

  • Christmas Fireworks at Cockle Bay – Every Saturday, 9pm from Saturday 24th November to Saturday 22nd December plus Christmas Eve
  • Children’s Concert and Tree Lighting at Martin Place – 6:00 PM – 8:30PM on 29th November
  • Village Christmas Concerts – Four village concerts in Rushcutters Bay, Rosebery, Alexandria and Surry Hills, hosted by Luke Jacobz, featuring carols, kids’ entertainment, Santa and more.

Christmas Projections – Sydney Town Hall

  • Projections – Sydney Town Hall, George Street façade
    From Thursday 28 November to Wednesday 25 December, 8.30pm-1am.
  • Projections – Sydney Town Hall, Sydney Square (next to St Andrew’s Cathedral)
    From Thursday 28 November to Wednesday 25 December, 8.30pm-1am.
  • Live performances by Australian Children’s Music Foundation
    From Thursday 28 November to Monday 23 December (excluding Sundays), 8-10pm.
  • Roving entertainment and choirs – Martin Place, Pitt Street Mall and Sydney Square
    Thursday nights from 21 November to 19 December, 7-9pm.

For the full program, visit

Sydney Town Hall’s Christmas Projections (November 27th – December 25th)
For something completely different, head to the city’s grand 140 year old Town hall, to see the French Second Empire-styled facade lit in a multitude of colours as Christmas-themed images are projected onto it. Why not book tickets to the Town Hall’s Christmas carol event, led by top Sydney soloists and choirs, to combine both a visual and an audio Christmas treat?
Time: 8:30pm – 1:00am

Free Christmas Concerts

Everyone loves a freebie, especially during the expensive Christmas period. The family-friendly Christmas Village Concerts are staged over two weekends in four different locations –

  • Rushcutters Bay (Saturday 3 December 2016 from 6.30pm to 8.30pm ),
  • Rosebery (Sunday 4 December 2016 from 6.30pm to 8.30pm),
  • Alexandria (Saturday 10 December, 2016 Time: 6.30-8.30pm) and
  • Surry Hills  (Sunday 11 December 2016, Time 6.30-8.30pm)- and feature live music, swing classes, kids’ entertainment and of course a special appearance by Santa himself!

The Squares at Moyas Juniper Lounge – 20 November 2016
The Squares play bebop jazz, honouring the original 1950s sensibility of Miles Davis and Charlie Parker, yet making it their own.

Latin and jazz jam: Open mic – 21 November 2016
Sail the silky seas of Jazz and fuel the flames of Latin fever every Monday night with the soulful kats and kittens at Latin & Jazz open mic night…

Crossfire Hurricane – 26 November 2016
The band started in 2011 with friends Daniel Unwin on guitar and Joe Gleeson playing drums jamming to the likes of Jimi Hendrix, The Black Keys ..

Continental Blues Party + Bonnie Kay & the Bonafides – 26 November 2016
Electrifying, soul charged, R’N’B workout

Vegas Nerve – 27 November 2016
Adult contemporary tunes from Fleetwood Mac, Supertramp to Sting, Indigo Girls and more

Nicole Brophy – 3 December 2016
A raw charismatic rockin’ earthy voice and boundless energy.

Ethan Conway – 8 December 2016
Singer-Songwriter from Sydney who effortlessly fuses classic soul feels with exquisite vocals and current pop stylings

Letters to Lions – 10 December 2016
The guitar driven four piece is a concoction of swooning aggression & dance pop sensibility.

The David Jones Staff Choir – 12 December 2016
We are proud once again to have our David Jones Staff Choir perform for all our customers. For 65 years they have serenaded us with their angelic…

That Red Head – 16 December 2016
That Red Head is an extension of Lozz Benson and her love for Rockabilly and Blues music.

Kids’ carols service – 24 December 2016
Set in the historical Garrison Church, Church Hill Anglican’s Kids’ Carols Service is a feast for the eyes and soul.

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St Mary’s Cathedral Lighting Show (December 8 – 25, 2016)

St Mary’s cathedral usually has visual displays and lights on the outside and nativity displays. This will runs from December 8 – 25, 2016. Starting each evening at 7:30pm with a choir performance. The light show comes on just after dusk and stays on until midnight. For more visit

Carols in the Domain (Sunday 18 December from 8.00 pm to 11.00 pm)

Christmas in Sydney couldn’t the same without Carols in the Domain (Carols By Candlelight), a celebrity-packed musical extravaganza which has been running for 34 years and is broadcast to homes across Australia. Held in The Domain, which adjoins the Botanical Gardens, the event features an impressive line-up of celebrities who present an evening of musical variety and dance to an audience who are snuggled up in blankets on the grass. The event kicks off at 8.00 pm but get there early to secure a spot and to enjoy the pre-show entertainment.

Vanfest Friday 25th Nov to 26th December 2016

The NSW regional music festival, Vanfest, will continue this year with another stellar line up from multi-award winning, local and international artists including; Angus and Julia Stone, Dead Letter Circus, Drapht, Xavier Rudd, The Rubens, The Potbelleez, Tigerlily, Urthboy and plenty more! for more click here.

Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race (December 26th)

Boxing Day in Sydney means taking a picnic down to the harbour and watching the yachts head off on their often perilous journey to Hobart in the annual Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. Whether you enjoy a barbecue on the harbour foreshore, a picnic on the beach or watch from a harbour cruise, the flotilla of colorful yachts sailing out to sea makes for a wonderful sight.

Last update 11/15/2016


  1. I went through this page and feel very informative. We are plannign to celebrate our Christmas Party and Boxing Day Celebration Cruise on Sydney Harbour. And we have booked seats in a luxury cruise name Magistic.

    Hope next time we will have another one to celebrate.

  2. Yes, its Christmas and its time to party. Even i found this article very informative .We have decided to have our staff Christmas party on the Harbour Ballroom and have made necessary arrangements. Last Christmas party was in a hotel and next year we have to find out a different place.

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