December events in Sydney

Summer is finally here!
Bronte Beach kiosk
Photograph: Anna Kucera

It’s the month of Christmas and New Year’s Eve parties, and kids gear up for school holidays, but it’s also the first month of summer and that means outdoor cinemas are back, there are Christmas markets every weekend and you can legitimately spend all day splashing about in ocean pools

It’s also perfect weather to check out Sydney’s best rooftop bars, where to dine alfresco and these 90 things to do before 9am. Go for gold! 

Savour that air-con

Guy Pearce and Kylie Minogue in Swinging Safari
Photograph: Becker Film Group / Vince Valitutti

14 unmissable summer movies

From December 2017 through to February 2018, filmgoers will be spoiled for choice. From Jedi masters to close harmony singers, war stories to black comedies, big themes to tiny people, here are Time Out’s top picks.

Plan ahead for January

Things to do, Circuses

Sydney Festival

January is our favourite month of the year thanks to Sydney Festival. The three-week celebration of summer in the city includes more than 100 events across theatre, dance, circus, music and arts. This year is festival director Wesley Enoch’s second program and he’s brought a renewed focus on new Australian work, a deepening of our connections to country and languages, and lots of accessible public art. 

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