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Christmas in Sydney

Have the jolliest holiday with our guide to festive events, activities and pop-ups in Sydney

People watching the Christmas light display at St Mary's Cathedral.
Photograph: Supplied / Lights of Christmas

Christmas in the Southern Hemisphere means beach barbecues, peeling prawns and checking out the festive lights in the city. Find out where you can hear Christmas carols, shop at the Christmas markets, and get a good look at those Christmas lights around town

Festive things to do in Sydney

Christmas markets in Sydney
Shopping

Christmas markets in Sydney

Pick up all your stocking fillers in one fell swoop at these colourful markets.

Where to buy Christmas trees in Sydney
Shopping

Where to buy Christmas trees in Sydney

There’s nothing like a big, bright Christmas tree to transform an ordinary living room into a festive wonderland.

Christmas carols in Sydney
Music

Christmas carols in Sydney

From classic Christmas carols sung by professionals to festive pop songs performed boy band style.

The best Christmas lights in Sydney
Things to do

The best Christmas lights in Sydney

There are some pockets of Sydney that go all out for Christmas. 

Things to do on Christmas Day

Restaurants and cafés open on Christmas day in Sydney
Restaurants

Restaurants and cafés open on Christmas day in Sydney

We've rounded up the few places that'll be open on December 25.

Christmas Day lunches
Restaurants

Christmas Day lunches

Book a table at one of these top Sydney establishments. No washing up required.

Christmas Day yum cha
Restaurants

Christmas Day yum cha

Sydney's best yum cha restaurants will be dishing up all the dumplings your heart could desire.

Where to get a drink on Christmas Day
Bars

Where to get a drink on Christmas Day

These bars and pubs are open on Christmas Day.

What's on after Christmas?

21 things to do between Christmas and NYE
Things to do

21 things to do between Christmas and NYE

Make the most of your time off!

New Year's Eve in Sydney
Things to do

New Year's Eve in Sydney

Sydney's NYE celebrations are world famous, and for good reason. 

Sydney Festival
Things to do

Sydney Festival

January is our favourite month of the year thanks to Sydney Festival. 

School holidays in Sydney
Kids

School holidays in Sydney

Looking for ideas to entertain the kids? We've found the best children's events in the summer break.

The best outdoor cinemas in Sydney
Film

The best outdoor cinemas in Sydney

Do alfresco movies like an expert.

13 movies to see this summer
Film

13 movies to see this summer

The end of the year is always a good time to head to the cinema.