There is obviously no snow in Sydney on Christmas, however, you can find everything else—light displays in the streets, cozy Christmas markets, carol singers and delicious holiday treats. Most of Sydney's Christmas markets last for one or two days during late November and December, so don't forget to check the dates when you plan your visit.
Sydney Living Museums’ Christmas Fare is an annual event at the Hyde Park Barracks. Over 40 stalls sell gifts from Sydney’s artists and artisans. You can also buy delicious food from local farmers and producers. In the evening, there is a live music concert. And the best thing—the entrance to the museum is free.
The Blak Markets at Barangaroo Reserve offer artworks, beauty products, homeware and jewelry—all handmade!
Once a year, the Australian Design Centre holds Object Shop Christmas event featuring gifts from 60 local makers. In the evening, Art Night Walk East Sydney urges visitors to stroll through nearby galleries. The Super Furry Festive Market has a focus on dogs. Where else would you find gingerbread treats for dogs or take photos with Santa Paws?
Sydney Fish Market holds a 36 Hour Seafood Marathon—a typical Aussie Christmas event. The market opens at 5 a.m. on December 23d and doesn't close until 5 pm on December 24th, providing delicious and fresh seafood for your Christmas dinner.
The Brewery Yard Christmas Markets at the Central Park Living Mall features 50 stalls selling arts, crafts and snacks. Moreover, there are hip-hop Christmas carolers and elves, art demo, workshops and more.
Dazzling light displays in Sydney are usually switched on in early or late November. The biggest and most famous holiday symbol of Sydney—St Mary’s Cathedral—begins to shine attracting millions of people with Lights of Christmas, a spectacular light and sound show, from early December to Christmas Day.
Christmas Lights Spectacular at Hunter Valley Gardens attracts thousands of families every year. Beautiful Hunter Valley Gardens, some two hours away from Sydney, decorated with millions of sparkling lights. There is also a Santa’s Workshop and exciting rides.
Canopy of Light is a walkway at Pitt Street Mall which becomes a wonderland thanks to a canopy of suspended Christmas trees. With 80,000 LEDs, the Christmas light forest installation is on from 8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Christmas Tree at Martin Place is lit by Santa and the Lord Mayor, arriving on a cycle-drawn sleigh. The ceremony in late November attracts crowds to a free concert and children's activities.