Christmas Day

From the tree lighting in Martin Place to singing carols in the Domain, Sydney celebrates the joy of Christmas with wonderful traditions, festivals and markets. On Christmas Day you can even visit your favourite animals at zoos and aquariums or enjoy a festive lunch cruising beautiful Sydney Harbour.

A Sydney Christmas is a month of celebrations, beginning on November 24 in the city centre with the Christmas tree lighting in Martin Place. Under the branches of the tree and a canopy of lights in Pitt Street Mall, Choirs in the City herald the season’s joy and peace in the lead up to Christmas Day.

A Christmas tree sparkling at twilight in Martin Place, Sydney

The Martin Place choirs are a nightly event through to Christmas Eve. In the dazzling Pitt Street Mall, where 90,000 LED lights twinkle nightly like a magical forest, enjoy beautiful carols and Christmas songs every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 6pm until December 23.

Sydney is a summer wonderland, from dazzling white sandy beaches to the sparkling blue harbour, from emerald forests in national parks to colourful birds such as rainbow lorikeets. Next to the Royal Botanic Garden is the Domain, where Australia’s largest free Christmas concert is held every year.

Santa Claus ringing a bell at Carols in the Domain, Sydney

Woolworths Carols in the Domain is on December 22. This popular event features much-loved performers singing all your favourite Christmas songs and carols. Check out the events calendar for more Christmas festivities, including Carols by the Sea at iconic Bondi Beach on December 12.

For fresh produce and Christmas gifts, Sydney offers enticing shopping options. The Sydney Fish Market is open until 5pm on Christmas Eve. You’ll enjoy a vibrant range of festive markets leading up to Christmas, including The Rocks MarketsCarriageworks Farmers Market and Paddington Markets.

On Christmas Day, public transport is available and you can take a ferry to Taronga ZooManly or Watsons Bay, and a bus to Bondi Beach. Or walk from Town Hall Station to Darling Harbour for SEA LIFE Sydney AquariumWILD LIFE Sydney Zoo and a delectable range of waterside restaurants.