Christmas Day

Celebrate the festive season and Christmas Day in Sydney and enjoy Christmas carols, meet Santa, shop at pop up markets and dine at the city’s great restaurants. You’ll feel the Christmas spirit around Sydney for the whole month of December with lights, decorations and Christmas trees decorating the city.

Eat and drink

The best part of Christmas Day is the food, so make sure you plan for a delicious feast. Stock up beforehand as most supermarkets and shops will be closed on the day. A great place to get your Christmas Day seafood is Sydney Fish Market, which sells fresh prawns, oysters, fish and more.

Boilerhouse Restaurant & Bar at Q Station, Manly

Prefer to eat out for Christmas lunch? Dine high above the city at Infinity at Sydney Tower; enjoy the lush surrounds of the Royal Botanic Garden at The Calyx, Botanic House or Terrace; or indulge in the degustation menu at the Q station. In Western Sydney, Belgenny Farm and Campbelltown RSL will be serving a festive meal.

For something a little different, head to Chinatown for a non-traditional Christmas feast of yum cha. You can also celebrate the day right on the water with a lunch or dinner harbour cruise from Captain Cook Cruises, Vagabond Cruises or Magistic Cruises.

St. Mary's Cathedral illuminated by the Lights of Christmas light projection in Sydney

Things to do

Pick up some last minute gifts or tasty treats at The Rocks Christmas Markets, held every Friday to Sunday in December. Or sing along at Woolworths Carols in the Domain, held on the 23rd of December at the Aware Super Theatre, International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) and broadcast on Channel Seven.

An iconic way to spend Christmas Day is on the sand at Bondi Beach. It’s a great atmosphere with everyone hitting the waves in their Christmas rashies. For a really special Christmas Day experience, you can climb to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and admire the city from above.

Christmas Celebrations


Public Holiday Dates 2021-2022 

Holiday 2021 2022
New Year's Day Friday, 1 January  Saturday, 1 January (Additional Day Monday, 3 January )
Australia Day Tuesday, 26 January Wednesday, 26 January
Good Friday Friday, 2 April Friday, 15 April
Holy Saturday Saturday, 3 April Saturday, 16 April
Easter Sunday Sunday, 4 April Sunday, 17 April
Easter Monday  Monday, 5 April Monday, 18 April
Anzac Day  Sunday, 25 April Monday, 25 April
Queen's Birthday  Monday, 14 June Monday, 13 June
October Long Weekend (Labour Day) Monday, 4 October Monday, 3 October
Christmas Day public holiday Saturday, 25 December (Additional Day Monday, 27 December) Sunday, 25 December (Additional Day Tuesday, 27 December)
Boxing Day Sunday, 26 December (Additional Day Tuesday, 28 December) Monday, 26 December