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December events in Sydney

Summer is finally here!

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It’s the month of Christmas and New Year’s Eve parties, and kids are on school holidays, but it’s also the first month of summer and that means outdoor cinemas are back, music festivals fill up every weekend, and yachts race in Sydney Harbour on Boxing Day. It’s also perfect weather to check out Sydney’s best rooftop bars, where to dine alfresco and Sydney’s best beaches

December's biggest events


Sand in the City

This summer, the Museum of Sydney will have a playful exhibition – filled with sand – that features miniature versions of our city’s famous beaches. Sand in the City is based on our love of the seaside, and in particular the tactile enjoyment of scooping and shaping sand with our fingers and toes. So, you’ll be able to play and interact with tiny versions of Manly Beach and Bondi Beach, using ready-made moulds or your own Lego moulds to make sandcastles.

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Museum of Sydney , Sydney Until Sunday July 23 2017

Moonlight Cinema

Watch movies under the stars at Centennial Park. Moonlight Cinema's summer program kicks off this weekend with screenings of SullySuicide SquadBridget Jones's Baby and Masterminds. As always the Moonlight Cinema food truck and bar can supply you with comestibles, but you're welcome to BYO food and drinks too. 

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Centennial Park , Centennial Park Until Sunday April 2 2017

Flavours of Auburn Cooking Classes

Flavours of Auburn are doing social enterprise right. In 2007 four small cultural groups approached Auburn Council and created the Auburn Small Community Organisation Network (ASCON). Membership grew and in 2009 they began hosting food events as a part of the annual Good Food Month. The classes and tours became so popular that in 2013 they began running Auburn tours year round; in 2014 they got the small business on board to open up to visitors; and in 2015 they began a full time program of tours and cooking classes. The classes not only allow visitors to experience food from around the globe, but also provide employment and training to newly arrived migrants, refugees and asylum seekers. 

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Until Thu Dec 21

Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives

This summer, the Powerhouse Museum will present the world premiere of Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives. The exhibition is an interactive display of six mummies who lived and died in Egypt between 900 BC and AD 40, alongside 200 objects which provide a snapshot of Ancient Egypt life.  The mummies have been transported from the British Museum’s collection after being scanned at Royal Brompton Hospital using non-invasive CT scans (they’re very precious) and 3D visualisation technology. The scans, which will be on display in the exhibition, reveal the age, diet and sex of these ancient beings, and the accompanying artefacts explore the themes of mummification, divinity and elements of these people’s lives, such as their musical instruments, medicine and children's toys.

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Powerhouse Museum , Ultimo Until Tuesday April 25 2017

Dig your toes into the sand

Sydney beaches

From Sydney’s most famous stretch of sand to the hidden bathing spots around the harbour, here’s our ultimate guide to our city’s beaches.

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By: Time Out editors