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December events in Sydney

In the summertime, Sydney's where we'll be
Visitors enjoying the fare at the Christmas Fare
Photograph: James Horan

As we race towards the 2018 finish line, it’s time to get on top of all the Christmas action in the city and plan for the best New Year’s Eve parties possible. Kids will be using all that sugar strength from advent calendars to gear up for school holidays, but luckily there’s plenty of fun summer activities like outdoor cinemas and massive open air Christmas markets.

It’s also perfect weather to tick off your top picks on the city's list of fab attractions, check out Sydney’s best rooftop bars, or get sweaty at these unusual fitness classesGo for gold! 

December's best events

People look at a preserved human specimen.
Photograph: Kate Gilbert
Things to do, Exhibitions

Body Worlds Vital

icon-location-pin Sydney Town Hall, Sydney

After farewelling the wildly popular but controversial Real Bodies exhibition, Sydney's human biology fans will get another entrancing, disturbing and educational exhibition with Body Worlds Vital. This separate exhibit features over 150 preserved human cadavers and anatomical specimens, and has toured more than 130 countries worldwide. 

Person with flowers at Kings Cross Market
Photograph: Gilbert Walden
Shopping, Markets

Kings Cross Flower Market

icon-location-pin Fitzroy Gardens, Elizabeth Bay

Flower markets are no longer solely the domain of local retailers willing to roll out of bed before 3am to pick out the best of the bunch. The Kings Cross Flower Markets will offer Sydneysiders an accessible place to purchase fresh-cut blooms from 9.30am-2.30pm every Sunday.

A wide shot of the crowd sitting down in front of the large scre
Photograph: Moonlight Cinema
Film, Outdoor cinema

Moonlight Cinema

icon-location-pin Centennial Park, Centennial Park

There's nothing quite like a film under the stars in the beautiful surrounds at Belvedere Amphitheatre in Centennial Park. Settle back with friends and family for a movie and as always, the Moonlight Cinema food truck and bar can supply you with comestibles, but you're welcome to BYO food and drinks. 

Star Wars Identities: The Exhibition
Museums, Science

Star Wars Identities: The Exhibition

icon-location-pin Powerhouse Museum, Ultimo

Ever wondered which Star Wars character you most resemble? Luke, Leia, Solo, Rey, Finn, Chewie, Vader or Yoda? In this new exhibition you’ll be invited to a galaxy far, far away to create your own Star Wars identity, using specialist technology and Star Wars costumes, models, props and artwork. 

Fresh produce in boxes at a market
Photograph: Time Out
Shopping, Markets

Erskineville Farmers’ Market

icon-location-pin Erskineville Public School, Erskineville

This brand new farmers' market will be setting up at Erskineville Public School every Saturday from 9am-2pm starting in December, offering a place to buy fresh produce and locally made treats. Food will be the clear focus, and we’ll be getting the goods from Sydney favourites like Brickfields bakery, the ploughers from Pocket City Farm, and the cheese artisans from Kristen Allan Cheesemaker. 

Nick Cave "Until"
Photograph: James Prinz
Art, Installation

Nick Cave: UNTIL

icon-location-pin Carriageworks, Eveleigh

American artist Nick Cave – not to be confused with the Australian singer-songwriter – is bringing 16,000 wind spinners, 24 chandeliers, ten miles of crystals, thousands of ceramic birds and one crocodile to Sydney. Cave’s Until is a mammoth new installation work coming to Carriageworks.

La Boheme 2017 Opera Australia production still feat cast photographer credit Prudence Upton
Photograph: Prudence Upton

La bohème

icon-location-pin Sydney Opera House, Sydney

Some love La bohème, some loathe it – but  whatever your view, we know you're here for the romance, sex, tragedy and comedy, plus the sizzle of Weimar Germany (cue topless club girls, red-curtained cabarets and bedazzling frocks).

People playing with science beakers.
Photograph: Ben King
Things to do, Games and hobbies

The Lock In

icon-location-pin The Wanderer, Surry Hills

You’ve been flung back in time to 1988 Indiana and your mystery-solving skills are required to investigate the disappearance of local residents, and what’s going on at the local shady government facility. This is the premise of the Lock In, which blends theatre, puzzles and cocktails to create a role-playing adventure similar to an escape room.

Mov'in Bed Outdoor Cinema
Photograph: Supplied
Film, Outdoor cinema

Mov'in Bed Outdoor Bed Cinema

icon-location-pin The Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park

[Sponsored] Crawl under the blankets with a glass of wine and settle in for another season of movies at the Entertainment Quarter in the Showring. You can snuggle into an inflatable bed, eat, drink and watch a great movie while you take advantage of free popcorn refils.

Man sits and looks down camera.
Photograph: Supplied
Things to do, Exhibitions

Akira Isogawa

icon-location-pin Powerhouse Museum, Ultimo

He's recognised as one of the country’s most respected designers, and Akira Isogawa has made a name for himself as a pioneer of modern Australian and Asian fusion fashion. In this exclusive Powerhouse Museum exhibition, visitors can explore Isogawa’s creative impulses, cultural influences and design background. 

It's the biggest party of the year

Aerial shot of Sydney Harbour as the fireworks go off on New Year's Eve
Photograph: Destination NSW
Things to do, Fireworks

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