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What’s On: Sydney in December

It’s the time of year where we learn to tolerate slow shoppers, annoying supermarket music and dreaded long queues. But we do it anyway because we love the end goal: A cheery family gathering on Christmas Day. Oh, and New Years Eve!

Amid the shopping, music and family gatherings, there’s still a whole month to enjoy. Enjoy a city brimming with the Christmas spirit or get away from the seasonal nightmare with the likes of rock’n’roll singers, uplifting presentations and cultural festivals. Take in the scenery or another beer, and celebrate the end of another amazing year.

Christmas in Sydney

The month of December is meant to be jolly. Enjoy plenty of spectacular events and exhibitions throughout Sydney in December, from street parades, concerts, choirs, pretty window displays, stunning street decorations and even a pop-up dessert bar adjacent the Martin Place Christmas tree. Click the button below for a list of events and things to see and do.

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Around Sydney November 24-December 25 Mostly Free Entry

Beerfest Australia

We cannot guarantee that Christmas will be completely non-existent here, but we can guarantee you a day filled with no slow shoppers or boring overhead Christmas tunes. Welcome to Beerfest, where you can learn about beer, and then drink it up while taking in surrounding food, comedy, music and the summer sunshine. What better way to bring in the final month of 2018?

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Brazilian Fields, Centennial Park Saturday, December 1 39+


Class presentations made us cringe when we were in school, but that’s because the topics were so lame! Ignite brings forth our love for presenting arguments while making sure the topics are super awesome! How about this presentation: “246 toothpicks – parenting a child with autism” or even: “#WithoutMe, a nuanced review of the #MeToo movement”. Have a drink and learn something new.

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Oxford Art Factory, 38-46 Oxford St, Darlinghurst Wednesday, December 5 15

Matsuri Festival

Whether you’re a huge fan of all things Japanese or just curious to see what makes them tick, head over to Tumbalong Park on Saturday, December 8 for a spectacular Japanese fair. You’ll witness the blossoming friendship between the cultures of Australia and Japan. Featuring live entertainment all day as well as plenty of market-style food, drinks, trinkets and exhibitions, you’ll find it hard to be bored here. Cosplay is encouraged!

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Tumbalong Park, Darling Harbour Saturday, December 8 Free Entry

Christmas Fare

Take a stroll through one of Sydney’s oldest establishments for an afternoon and evening of markets, entertainment, tasty food and beverages. Hosted by Sydney Living Museums, Christmas Fare will enlighten your mind with ideas for celebrating Christmas. Check out “maker’s lane” for some wonderful inspirations, especially for that Christmas day lunch you’ve got planned with the family.

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Hyde Park Barracks, Sydney Thursday, December 13 Gold Coin Donation = Entry

Paul Kelly

Australia has a worthy collection of rock’n’roll bands, but it’s rare to find the rock’n’roll singers who’ve made a name for themselves and kept it going. At the grand age of 63, Paul Kelly will take on Australia with his ‘Making Gravy’ tour, singing his new hits and old favourites. Be sure to get in quick, last year sold out!

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The Domain, St Marys Rd, Sydney Saturday, December 15, 2018 89.90-149.90

Carols in the Domain

On the Saturday preceding Christmas Day, Sydney hosts one of Australia’s largest free concerts celebrating the jolly season! The family-friendly event features over six hours of entertainment, including a special guest appearance from Santa Claus! Pack a picnic rug, stock up on treats and beverages (please refrain from becoming intoxicated) and head down early to snag a good spot.

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The Domain, St Marys Rd, Sydney Saturday, December 22 Free Entry

Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race

While the time for entering the race is now over, you can still aim to grab yourself a spectacular viewing spot for the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. This event is a spectacular sight to witness and is a great Boxing Day, get-out-of-the-house activity. Simply watch (and photograph!) all the yachts sailing out of Sydney Harbour destined for the beloved city of Hobart.

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Sydney Harbour Wednesday, December 26 Free

Sydney New Year's Eve

One cannot write up a what’s on guide for Sydney in December without mentioning our world-renowned fireworks display! By now, many Sydneysiders would have already snatched up some great spots to view the fireworks, but there are always those free viewing locations where it’s first-in/first-served. Or you could skip the crowds and watch it on the TV at home?

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Sydney December 31 Various Prices