3 December 2014
Celebrate this time of year by spending a night in Sydney exploring these various festive hubs.
Sydney’s popular fashion hub at Pitt Street Mall delights shoppers with Christmas-themed visual displays. See the largest LEGO® Christmas Tree in the Southern Hemisphere located outside Westfield Sydney. Made from 5 million lego pieces, the tree comes to life with a light show in the evenings that runs every 15 minutes between 8pm and 9pm. Nearby, a Christmas Light Forest installation hangs suspended along a stretch of Pitt Street Mall with colourful flashing trees made from thousands of LED lights. Interact and control the tree’s colour sequences by downloading the Christmas Light Forest app on your phone or tablet device. Completing the light spectacle is the imaginative landscape projected on the buildings at Pitt Street Mall’s King Street entrance.
Head to Martin Place to admire the spectacular 21 metre high Christmas tree with a modern twist: send a text message or use #sydxmastree on your social media accounts to send messages up the tree’s branches. The tree also includes a fun touchpad kiosk that allows you to interact with and control the colour settings of the tree’s LED decorations. Martin Place also comes to life with a Street Light Disco featuring sparkling banners along the promenade that reflect the plaza’s historic architecture while creating a mirror ball-effect.
Sydney’s Town Hall is illuminated during the Christmas season with a dazzling light show projected on to its sandstone walls from 8.30pm nightly in the lead up to Christmas. The digital projections create a magical Christmas landscape that captivates spectators. For a traditional celebration of Christmas, enjoy the renowned Town Hall Christmas Concert on December 16 from 8pm. This is a great family event featuring carol singing, festive music and readings brought to life by Town Hall’s magnificent grand organ.
Visit St Mary’s Cathedral between 9 and 25 December to experience the Lights of Christmas, a spectacular light and sound show projected onto the cathedral’s 75 metre high facade. The show begins with a choir performance at 7.30pm and is followed by the light show that focuses on the notion of service at 8.30pm, staying on until midnight.
Darling Harbour offers a sensational Santa-packed celebration in the lead up to Christmas with Santa Fest. Enjoy paddleboat rides on Cockle Bay, Santa movies under the stars, carols around the precinct and a Variety Santa Fun Run. Choose from the many waterfront restaurants in Darling Harbour and secure a prime viewing location for the spectacular fireworks display that lights up the bay every Saturday night from 9pm. This great dining and entertainment precinct is the perfect location to enjoy fun with family and friends throughout the day or night.
Sydney’s inner-city suburbs host annual village Christmas concerts. These free family-friendly events are filled with children’s entertainment, live music, fireworks and a visit from Santa. Enjoy the celebrations between 6.30pm and 8.30pm at Alexandria on 6 December and Surry Hills on 7 December.