Christmas Events in Sydney 2020

Sydney loves to party and what better excuse than Christmas? The city is blanketed with festive decorations, including giant Christmas trees, twinkling lights, and colorful floral displays, and there are numerous events at which to get in the festive mood.

Sing to your heart’s content, listen to a choir, shop until you drop, sample festive foods, or avoid it altogether, pack your bathers and head for the beach, for the beauty of Christmas in Sydney is the glorious weather!

Note: most of the event’s date is not fixed yet we will update it soon.

Blak Markets Christmas Festival at Bare Island Rd, La Perouse NSW 2036, Australia (December 6, 2020)

Sydney Fish Market 36-Hour Seafood Marathon (December, dates TBA)

Christmas Lights Spectacular (Over 3 Million Lights) at Hunter Valley Gardens (November 5, 2020–January 26, 2021)Entry from 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm. The event closes at 10:30 pm (Closed 25th December)

The Lights of Christmas at St Mary’s Cathedral

Event: (December, dates TBA)
Time: Every day, 7.30 pm to 12 am
LOCATION: St Mary’s Cathedral Square, Cnr Prince Albert Rd & College St 2000, Sydney
WEBSITE: www.lightsofchristmas.com.au


The Lights of Christmas – Facebook pic

The Lights of Christmas at St Mary’s Cathedral is a must-see on your Christmas event calendar.

Santa Festivals:

  • Santa Fest Water Spectacular – Cockle Bay Wharf on, 07th – 27th DECEMBER 2020
  • Annual Variety Santa Fun Run on  8 Nov 2020, at 7:30 AM – 9:30 AM PST

    Hot 100 Santa Fun Run

    Image Source: variety.org.au

Sydney Christmas music and fireworks:

  • Christmas Fireworks at Cockle Bay – Every Saturday, 9 pm from Saturday 24th November to Saturday 22nd December plus Christmas Eve
  • Children’s Concert and Tree Lighting at Martin Place – 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM on 29th November
  • Village Christmas Concerts – Four village concerts in Rushcutters Bay, Rosebery, Alexandria and Surry Hills, hosted by Luke Jacobz, featuring carols, kids’ entertainment, Santa and more.
  • Fireworks at Darling Harbour – Saturday 8 September 2020 to Saturday 9 February 2020 8.30 pm to 9 pm
    Source: http://newyearseveblog.com/things-to-do-christmas-sydney/

Christmas Projections – Sydney Town Hall

  • Projections – Sydney Town Hall, George Street façade
    From Thursday 28 November to Wednesday 25 December, 8.30 pm-1 am.
  • Projections – Sydney Town Hall, Sydney Square (next to St Andrew’s Cathedral)
    From Thursday 28 November to Wednesday 25 December, 8.30 pm-1 am.
  • Live performances by Australian Children’s Music Foundation
    From Thursday 28 November to Monday 23 December (excluding Sundays), 8-10 pm.
  • Roving entertainment and choirs – Martin Place, Pitt Street Mall and Sydney Square
    Thursday nights from 21 November to 19 December, 7-9 pm.

For the full program, visit sydneychristmas.com.au

Sydney Town Hall’s Christmas Projections (November 27th – December 25th)
For something completely different, head to the city’s grand 140-year-old Townhall, to see the French Second Empire-styled facade lit in a multitude of colors as Christmas-themed images are projected onto it. Why not book tickets to the Town Hall’s Christmas carol event, led by top Sydney soloists and choirs, to combine both a visual and an audio Christmas treat?
Time: 8:30pm – 1:00am

Free Christmas Concerts

Everyone loves a freebie, especially during the expensive Christmas period. The family-friendly Christmas Village Concerts are staged over two weekends in four different locations.

  • Rushcutters Bay NSW 2011 (not happening this year),
  • Rosebery (not happening this year),
  • Alexandria (Friday 7 December 2020 from 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm) and
  • Surry Hills  (Storytime and Rhymetime Thursday 13 December 2020)- and feature live music, swing classes, kids’ entertainment and of course a special appearance by Santa himself!

The Squares at Moyas Juniper Lounge – Free Jazz! Every Sunday, until Dec 30
The Squares play bebop jazz, honoring the original 1950s sensibility of Miles Davis and Charlie Parker, yet making it their own.

Angels and Trumpets: A Renaissance Christmas Saturday 8 December 2020 from 5pm to 6.30pm Cost Full: $50.00 Concession: $45.00 Student: $10.00

For more visit https://whatson.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/major-events/sydney-christmas

St Mary’s Cathedral Lighting Show (December 5 – 25, 2020)

St Mary’s cathedral usually has visual displays and lights on the outside and nativity displays. This will runs from December 5 – 25, 2020. Starting each evening at 7:30 pm with a choir performance. The light show comes on just after dusk and stays on until midnight. For more visit www.lightsofchristmas.com.au

Woolworths Carols in the Domain (Announcement Soon)

Christmas in Sydney couldn’t the same without Carols in the Domain (Carols By Candlelight), a celebrity-packed musical extravaganza that began in 1983 and is broadcast to homes across Australia.

Held in The Domain, which adjoins the Botanical Gardens, the event features an impressive line-up of celebrities who present an evening of musical variety and dance to an audience who is snuggled up in blankets on the grass.

The event kicks off at 8.00 pm but gets there early to secure a spot and to enjoy the pre-show entertainment.


Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race (December 26th)

Boxing Day in Sydney means taking a picnic down to the harbor and watching the yachts head off on their often perilous journey to Hobart in the annual Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. Whether you enjoy a barbecue on the harbor foreshore, a picnic on the beach or watch from a harbor cruise, the flotilla of colorful yachts sailing out to the sea makes for a wonderful sight.

Enjoy these events if you are in Sydney. You can also send a Charity Christmas Ecard that gives life.