15 October 2015
Sydney likes to celebrate, and the festive season is no exception. With everything from markets to carols to light shows to choirs, it’s traditional Christmas with a twist in the heart of the harbour city. Here are 6 great reasons to spend your Christmas in the city centre.
Every night from 8.30pm to 1.00am, Martin Place will be lit up with immersive and interactive projections over the façades of its historic buildings. Step in front of the state-of-the-art thermal imaging camera and be part of the evolving artwork, as elements of the projection reach out and unite passers-by with the stunning visuals. You can also text or tweet a message to be displayed on the interactive Christmas tree in the centre of Martin Place.
Every Thursday in the lead-up to Christmas, enjoy glorious carols courtesy of choirs in Pitt Street Mall from 6.00pm to 8.00pm. Hear traditional Christmas carols as well as new classics, as you complete your Christmas shopping or just soak up the festive atmosphere.
A free family concert kicks off the festive season, with kids’ entertainment, craft activities, gelato and a sausage sizzle in Hyde Park north. After sunset, enjoy a spectacular fireworks display. All proceeds from the events go to City of Sydney charity partner, Guide Dogs NSW/ACT. You can also watch the lighting of the Christmas tree at Martin Place nearby.
The Village Bizaare Night Markets in The Rocks are ready to party every Friday night in the lead-up to Christmas. Shop for the perfect gift or grab a bite and wander around the cobbled streets and laneways, and be treated to live music, performance art, the No Lights No Lycra dance party, and selected wares. It’s a great night out.
Taronga Zoo is less than a 15 minute ferry ride away from the city, and it’s open 9.30am – 5.00pm on Christmas Day. See over 4,000 animals, including Australian native wildlife, rare and endangered exotic animals whilst overlooking the magnificent Sydney Harbour.