Top Activities to do this Christmas in Sydney

Christmas, for kids and adults alike, is one of the most special times of the year. More so when you can get involved with the various activities happening throughout the weeks leading up to Christmas Day.  Whether singing carols by candlelight, enjoying the spectacle of twinkling lights or enjoying a Christmas Wonderland, there are events to suit kids of all ages.  We’ve found the top activities to bring the magic alive this Christmas!

Sydney Santa Spectacular 

When: 23 November to 26 December 2019
Where: Penrith Panthers Club, 123 Mulgoa Road
Cost: Pricing starts from $35

Sydney’s biggest and arguably the most festive Christmas festival is back. Featuring one of Australia’s largest portable ice skating rinks, imported directly from Italy and new for 2019 are Ferris Wheel Rides on the illuminated Ferris wheel providing amazing views. There's also live stage entertainment and an interactive Enchanted Forest with live snowfall, plus a stack of brand new features including polar bear ball pit of snowballs and feature rides. Get your Sydney Santa Spectacular tickets now for guaranteed Christmas cheer!

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Sydney Santa Spectacular

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Shrek the Halls Free Event

When: 7 December 2019
Where: Auburn Botanic Gardens
Cost: Free entry

Discover the Kingdom of Far Far Away, as Auburn Botanic Gardens transforms into a fairy tale Christmas adventure, Shrek Style. See a dazzling Christmas light display, Christmas carols and performances by local community groups, free carnival rides, face painting, disco party and Christmas activities. Plus an open air cinema screening Shrek the Halls and Shrek Forever After. You'll even meet the stars of the movie - Shrek, Princess Fiona and Puss in Boots.  

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Shrek the Halls

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Christmas Wonderland

When: 18 – 24 December 2019
Where: Crossroads Homemaker Centre - Casula
Cost: Pricing starts from $21.59

Experience the enchantment of a white Christmas with an ice skating rink, a snow play area where you can build a snowman or have a snowball fight, enjoy a magical stage show and ice show, and explore the Christmas village and marvel in Candy Cane Lane. 

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Christmas Wonderland

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Christmas Lights Spectacular

When: 8 November 2019 to 26 January 2020 (closed Christmas Day)
Where: Hunter Valley Gardens
Cost: Pricing starts from $25 for child and $30 for adult, family passes are available

Christmas Lights Spectacular is seriously worth the drive up north if you want to spread the Christmas spirit and joy to children of all ages. Hunter Valley Gardens invites you to explore the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest and most breathtaking display of over 2 million lights, including an incredible princess castle. The entire family will be able to enjoy the festive season with a delicious selection of food and beverage stalls, roaming entertainment including carollers (until Boxing Day), carnival rides, and nightly performances.

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Christmas Lights Spectacular

Image Courtesy from Hunter Valley Gardens Facebook

Martin Place Christmas Tree Free Event

When: 23 November 2019 – 1 January 2020
Where: Martin Place
Cost: Free

Experience the magic of Christmas and watch as Sydney's largest Christmas Tree brightens up Martin Place. The Christmas Tree features more than 110,000 LED lights, a 3.4-metre colour-changing star, and 330 specially-created glossy baubles. The Tree's 800 branches are dressed with 15,000 flowers representing 9 different kinds of Australian flowers. 

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Martin Place Christmas Tree

Image Courtesy from City of Sydney Facebook

Lights of Christmas Free Event

When: 5 – 25 December 2019
Where: St Mary’s Cathedral Square
Cost: Free

Enjoy the spectacular sound and light show inspired by Christmas and projected across the Cathedral façade. Celebrating 10 years, this epic visual display never disappoints. Enjoy the festive vibe and spectacular imagery of Lights of Christmas, starting with a choir performance at 7:30pm and the light show from 8:30pm until midnight.

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Lights of Christmas

Image Courtesy from Lights of Christmas Facebook

Carols in the Crescent Free Event

When: 14 December 2019
Where: The Crescent Parramatta Park
Cost: Free

The Sebastian Foundation’s Christmas fundraising event is a huge celebration hosted by Guy Sebastian and his wife Jules Sebastian. The event features a 2-hour stage show with dozens of performers including high-profile TV stars alongside choirs, bands, comedians, costumed characters and Father Christmas plus children’s amusement rides, food trucks and stalls.

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Carols in the Crescent

Image Courtesy from Discover Parramatta Website

Christmas at Sydney Town Hall

When: 17 December 2019
Where: Sydney Town Hall
Cost: Adults: $19pp, Concession: $16pp & Children: $16pp

Experience the magic of Christmas in one of Sydney’s most beloved buildings.  Immerse yourself in the festive atmosphere at this very special Christmas concert. The magnificent grand organ and the stunning sandstone surroundings make this very traditional affair a memorable night for the whole family.  Enjoy carol singing, festive music and readings.

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Christmas at Town Hall

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Woolworths Carols in the Domain Free Event

When: 21 December 2019
Where: The Domain adjacent to the Royal Botanic Gardens
Cost: Free

Sing with the stars at Australia's largest FREE Christmas concert: Woolworths Carols in the Domain! This much-loved annual event showcasing a carnival, pre-show entertainment and an always stunning cast of entertainers, is not to be missed! Bring your picnic blanket for one of the most beloved traditions on the Sydney Christmas calendar.

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Carols in the Domain

Image Courtesy from Woolworths Carols in the Domain Facebook

Gingerbread & Wreath Making Workshop

When: 5 & 6 December 2019
Where: Village Church, 122 Johnston St, Annandale
Cost: $35pp

This family-friendly creative Christmas Workshop will include traditional Christmas festivities and activities, as well as building your own gingerbread house or creating your own Christmas wreath. All materials will be provided as well as supper, carols and a Christmas message.

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Gingerbread & Wreath Making Workshop 

Image Courtesy from Village Church Annandale Facebook

Santa's workshop

When: 20 & 23 December 2019
Where: The WILD PLAY Discover Centre, Centennial Park, Grand Drive
Cost: $29pp

This Workshop will teach the little ones how to make Christmas decorations and presents, as well as discover the Lachlan Swamp and its inhabitants, collect material that will help them to make their beautiful project, and there will also be games. This workshop is suitable for children between 5-12yrs. 

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Santa's Workshop

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The Nutcracker: The Australian Ballet

When: 30 November 2019-18 December 2019
Where: Sydney Opera House
Cost: Tickets range from $37-$335pp

This enchanting performance will follow the story of Clara, a young ballet student celebrating with her family on Christmas Eve. When the clock strikes twelve, we enter the realm of dream… and Clara is whisked to the Land of Sweets in the arms of her Nutcracker Prince. 

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The Nutcracker

Image Courtesy from The Australian Ballet Facebook

We'd love to see photos of you and your family enjoying the festive activities or if you know of any other activities you would recommend in the Brisbane region, get in touch with us on Facebook or Instagram.

Otherwise, we wish you a safe and joyous Christmas.

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