There are some pockets of Sydney that go all out for Christmas and it’s not unusual for families to go on an adventure around local neighbourhoods to see the extravagant light displays outside people’s houses. Local councils also host festive events and light displays where you’ll find carol signing, Christmas trees and spectacular light installations. Find more Christmas events and activities, including indie Christmas markets.
Sydney's Christmas light displays
Discover a Christmas wonderland right in the heart of Sydney as you stroll along Pitt Street Mall, underneath a canopy of suspended Christmas trees. Featuring thousands of LED lights, the City of Sydney’s Christmas Light Forest installation will bring a sparkle to your late night shopping experience. The Boulevard of Light is on now until Christmas Day, with a live performance of carols every Thursday night until December 22, 6-8pm.
There's a jewelled light installation in the Martin Place precinct. Crafted using thousands of individual LED lights, the festive decorations interpret the Roman jeweller’s most famous shapes. The shimmering display is on every evening from 6pm to midnight up until Wednesday December 28. Visit the dessert bar for gelato, housemade sweets, cakes, coffee, cold beverages and savoury options, with casual seating available as well as views of the interactive Christmas tree.
Neighbourhood light displays
With approximately 85,000 LED lights, eight kilometres of cable lights, a nativity display, a winter wonderland and other displays, 10 Cambage Court is a Christmas must-see. Not only is this house one of the most spectacular home displays, but the residence also raise money for different charities each year, raising $13,500 in 2015. Dec 1-Jan 2. Daily 8pm-10pm (hours may vary).
Find more things to do at Christmas
Christmas in the Southern Hemisphere means beach barbecues, long lunches and checking out the festive lights in the city. There’s no snow, sure, but we know how to party. Find out where you can sing Christmas carols, shop at the Christmas markets, and get a head start on the Boxing Day sales.