Christmas in Sydney

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

St Mary's Cathedral lit up with stained glass window projections
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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

The best Christmas day lunches in Sydney
Restaurants

The best Christmas day lunches in Sydney

Have a festive feast with the fam at these top Sydney resturants.

Christmas markets in Sydney
Shopping

Christmas markets in Sydney

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

Fun alternatives to the average Christmas party
Things to do

Fun alternatives to the average Christmas party

Swap the same ol' boozy shindig for these more creative fun-filled options.

Where to find yum cha on Christmas Day
Restaurants

Where to find yum cha on Christmas Day

Don't celebrate Christmas? Do celebrate it, but don't want to deal with all the washing up? Luckily, some of Sydney's best yum cha restaurants will be dishing up all the dumplings your heart could possibly desire this Christmas Day. If you're in need of a caffeine fix or a quick bite to eat, check out our list of cafés and restaurants open on Christmas Day. And if you need to take a long stroll to burn off all the damage, head off on one of our picks for Sydney's best walks. 

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Where to buy Christmas trees in Sydney
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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.

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What's on after Christmas?

Things to do between Christmas and NYE
Things to do

Things to do between Christmas and NYE

Make the most of your time off!

What NYE in the Sydney CBD and Harbour will look like this year
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What NYE in the Sydney CBD and Harbour will look like this year

The city will still see an end-of-year celebration – but, of course, it's all set to look and feel very different this time around.

Sydney Festival
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Sydney Festival

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The best outdoor cinemas in Sydney
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The best outdoor cinemas in Sydney

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