2018 Family Guide to Christmas in Sydney City

What do you love about Christmas? The City of Sydney is incredible at this time of year, with so many things to do, let us be your guide. There are beautiful lights and displays, fun activities and cool concerts. We've made it easy for you with this list of the best events happening in Sydney. 

Sydney City, Sydney, NSW

David Jones Christmas Windows

This season experience Christmas with a magical animated Christmas window outside the Market Street store. Inspired by E.T.A Hoffmann’s classic tale, the Christmas windows celebrate the partnership between Disney and the new level 9 kids floor.

Each year the David Jones Staff Choir serenade morning shoppers with their angelic voices,  Special Christmas Eve Performance 8am (for 30 minutes) each day until Christmas Eve (excluding Sundays).

When: Every day 9am (duration 30 minutes) from Monday 12th November to Monday 24th December (excluding Sundays)

Where: David Jones, Market St, Sydney

Cost: FREE

Lights of Christmas, St Mary's Cathederal

The spectacular Lights of Christmas, an AGB Event presented by Paynter Dixon, will adorn St Mary’s Cathedral with Sydney’s favourite Christmas tradition. 

This year’s Show will appeal to all ages and will be split into three segments. It will start off with a visual feast of decorative patterns, inspired by Christmas, like a multi coloured kaleidoscope projected across the Cathedral facade. 

The second segment will feature a story written and narrated by actor/writer Simon Pryce.  Currently performing as the Red Wiggle, Pryce’s story explores the powerful impact of giving rather than receiving. 

The final segment of the show will be a traditional series of Madonna and Child artworks. This segment annually honours the essence of the Christmas story and the beauty of the relationship between mother and child. 

The Lights of Christmas has also partnered with the St Vincent’s Curran Foundation to raise funds for one of Sydney’s oldest and most respected medical institutions, St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney.  The Lights of Christmas will work to raise money for the Hospital’s Heart and Lung Transplantation program, with opportunities for the public to support a fundraising initiative throughout the event.

When: 7.30pm - choir performances and projections from 8.30pm until midnight.
Every night from Wednesday 5th December to Tuesday 25th December (inclusive).

Where: St Mary's Cathedral

Cost: FREE

QVB Swarovski Christmas Tree

Sydney Christmas

Under the Dome of the iconic QVB, this captivating Christmas creation has been adorned with crystals which flown especially from Austria! The sparkling QVB Swarovski Christmas Tree stands at 24 metres over three floors. It’s incredible to think this tree fits inside the QVB, something that must be seen to be believed. 

When: Everyday until Monday 7 January 2018

Where: Queen Victoria Building, Sydney

Cost: FREE

Carols in the City: Martin Place

Sydney Christmas

Get comfy and enjoy choirs performing under the tree each night under the Martin Place Christmas tree. There will be a dessert bar to treat yourself to a tempting range of gelato, sweets, cakes, coffee, cold beverages and savoury options.

DON'T MISS: On Saturday 24th November, the Martin Place Christmas Tree will light up at 8.30pm as fireworks illuminate Sydney’s spectacular skyline.

When: From Saturday 24th November until Monday 24th December.

Where: Martin Place, Sydney 

Cost: FREE  

Christmas in the sky

Sydney Christmas

During December, the Observation Deck at the Sydney Tower Eye is transformed into Santa’s Highest Grotto – a Christmas wonderland 250 metres above street level!!

When: Saturday 1st December to Monday 24 December (Check website for times). 

Where: Sydney Tower Eye, Level 5 Westfield Sydney, Market Street, Sydney

Cost: Walk-up Adult - $26.50, Walk-up Child - $17.00

Giant Christmas Bauble at Darling Harbour

Don’t miss the 6 metre tall Christmas bauble which you can walk through, take pictures and the kids can even craft their own bauble. Not your typical Christmas decoration!

When: Wednesday 14th November to Wednesday 26th December.

Where: Darling Harbour, Sydney

Cost: FREE

Carols in the Domain

Sydney Christmas

Known as Australia’s largest Christmas event, Carols in the Domain, take place adjacent to the Royal Botanic Gardens. Sponsor activities begin at noon with a carnival and activities, pre-show entertainment at 3pm and the Main Event commencing at 7.45pm. 

When: 12pm to 12.30pm, Saturday 22 December

Where: The Domain, Art Gallery Rd, Sydney

Cost: FREE

Christmas at Sydney Town Hall

Sydney Christmas

Experience the magic of Christmas in one of Sydney's most iconic buildings, Sydney Town Hall, with the sounds of beautiful choirs and the Halls magnificent Grand Organ. Festive music, carol singing with a children’s choir and Navy Band, it will be a memorable night for the whole family. 

When: 8pm to 9.30pm, Tuesday 18th December (duration approx. 90 minutes).

Where: Sydney Town Hall, 483 George Street, Sydney

Cost: Adults - $17.00, Kids & Concession - $14

01 Nov 2018 - 31 Dec 2018
12:00 am - 12:00 am
Age Group
All Ages
Mostly free
Location and Details
Sydney City, Sydney, NSW