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.

Sydney Christmas is a month of celebrations, beginning on November 25 in the city centre with Christmas on the Green in pretty Hyde Park and the Christmas tree lighting in Martin Place. Both are free family events from 6.30pm to 8.30pm and include concerts, fireworks and a visit by Santa Claus.

Sydney Christmas Lights

Under a canopy of lights in Pitt Street Mall, choirs herald the season’s joy and peace every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday between 6pm and 8pm, from November 25 to December 21. In Martin Place, choirs sing nightly under the tree between 6pm and 8pm, from November 26 through Christmas Eve.

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.

Sydney Christmas

Woolworths Carols in the Domain is on December 17. 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 13.

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.