11 Of The Best Christmas Events In Sydney 2020
The whole family will get into the Christmas spirit with this year's fabulous festive events across Sydney, full of carols, live entertainment... and the odd visit from Mr Claus all the way from the North Pole!
There's no better way to spend the silly season than by soaking up an incredible atmosphere with family and friends, keeping the spirit alive and the kids entertained.
Here are 11 of the best Christmas events in Sydney for 2020:
1. Carols in the Domain, Channel 7
This concert extravaganza is one of the most beloved and spectacular Christmas events in Sydney, when some of Australia's most popular performers come together to share the festive spirit. Thankfully, the iconic Woolworths Carols in the Domain is going ahead this year, albeit a little differently! The special 2020 COVID-safe event will be pre-recorded from Sydney's International Convention Centre and broadcast on Wednesday 23 December on Channel 7 from 7.30pm. Aussie families can tune in and sing - and dance - along to all their favourite Christmas carols at home - no tickets required. This year's stellar line-up of homegrown talent includes Hugh Sheridan, Penny McNamee, Todd McKenney and Rachael Beck - and there are more announcements to come!
When: Wednesday 23 December 2020 from 7.30pm
Where: Channel 7
2. Santa’s FunFair, Rouse Hill Town Centre
Presented by Sydney Santa Spectacular, one of our biggest and brightest Christmas festivals, Santa’s FunFair is coming to Rouse Hill Town Centre from 11 - 26 December 2020. The festive extravaganza will have a carnival atmosphere full of thrilling rides including Australia’s only Double Decker Carousel, Storm, Pirate Ship, Snow TeaCup, Mini Chairs and Turbo Toboggan plus Bungee trampolines and sideshow games. Of course, Santa will also be there to spread the Christmas cheer. There are three session a day for the whole family to enjoy the thrills and spills their three hour unlimited rides pass. Book early to secure your session as they are already selling fast!
When: Friday 11 - Saturday 26 December 2020
Where: Rouse Hill Town Centre
Cost: $5 entry online. $25 online for entry + rides or $30 at the gate.
3. Christmas In The Gardens, Auburn Botanic Gardens
Auburn Botanic Gardens will transform into a yuletide wonderland this year for Christmas In The Gardens. It is a free, family even jam-packed with Christmas Carols, the Trolls World Tour movie in the outdoor twilight cinema, a meet and greet with Trolls characters, letter writing to Santa, take-home colouring activity packs, delicious festive food and the twinkle of dazzling Christmas lights. Christmas In The Gardens is on Saturday 12 December from 6pm - 9pm and will also be streamed live. Please note that due to COVID-19 restrictions, only 500 people can come together for this event at one time so entry is limited.
When: Saturday 12 December 2020
Where: Auburn Botanic Gardens
4. Sydney Christmas Fair, Entertainment Quarter
A blockbuster event will take over Sydney's Entertainment Quarter for two action-packed weekends this December! The super family-friendly Sydney Christmas Fair is a huge extravaganza of carnival entertainment, games, an epic water slide race, and a raging kids' disco at the gingerbread house party. Snap up a two-hour unlimited rider wristband and get the adrenalin pumping on the dodgem cars or wave swinger, or take in the magic of the classic carousel. Join the festivities on a Friday or Saturday night and settle in for a classic Christmas movie under the stars. There are interactive Elf workshops, where kids can write their all-important letters to Santa, make Christmas cards and stuff their stockings with goodies and you can also snap up your 2020 Santa Photo with the big guy himself - and furry friends are welcome.
Where: Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park
When: Friday 4 - Sunday 6 and Friday 11 - Sunday 13 December 2020
Cost: $25 entry + two hour Unlimited Rider Wristband
5. Christmas Fun Fair, Adventureland Sydney
While the Christmas Wonderland of previous years will not go ahead in 2020, a smaller pop-up event is coming to town to keep the COVID-safe Christmas spirit alive, with dazzling decorations, jolly appearances from Santa himself and even falling snow! The Christmas Fun Fair will light up Adventureland Sydney in Edmondson Park from 12 - 24 December. Fairground rides including the Ferris Wheel, Mini Chairs, Choo Choo Train, Cup and Saucer, Auto Bee and the Kite Flyer will create a fun, festive atmosphere, and a Christmas Fairy will be live on stage to entertain the little ones. Kids can also write their Christmas wishlist to Santa! Tickets are $12 for 3 hours of fun that includes a ride voucher, selfies with Santa and an activity trail show bag. Extra ride tickets, food and games will also be available. Book your tickets now to secure your session.
Where: Adventureland Sydney, Edmondson Park
When: Saturday 12 - Thursday 24 December 2020
Cost: $12 entry for a 3 hour session including a ride voucher, selfies with Santa and an activity trail show bag.
6. Christmas in the City
It's one of the first events to kick off the festive season! From Saturday 28 November to Thursday 31 December a kaleidoscope of colours will illuminate Martin Place, starting with the lighting of Sydney’s tallest Christmas tree! Decorated with more than 110,000 LED lights, a 3.4-metre colour-changing star and 330 bespoke glossy baubles, the spectacuar Martin Place Christmas Tree in the centrepiece of Sydney's Christmas in the City. Fairy lights will twinkle throughout Martin Place to creative a delightful Christmas spectacle, and Pitt Street Mall will once again come alive with its annual Canopy Of Lights, adding a bit of sparkle to your late night Christmas shopping! Alight with 85,000 LEDs and ten stunning two metre high stars, this festive installation is a sight to behold. Make sure you stop to catch a light show - they are on every 15 minutes.
Where: Martin Place and Pitt Street Mall, Sydney CBD
When: Saturday 28 November to Thursday 31 December 2020
7. Christmas at Darling Harbour
Darling Harbour knows how to put on a show and this year they have gone to epic proprtions with some larger-than-life festive installations. The exciting waterfront entertainment hub is getting ready for the silly season with fun festive events to surprise and delight families and make all your selfie dreams come true. The spectacular Darling Square precinct will showcase three humongous Interactive Swinging Bells. Kids will love the inbuilt swings with bright lights and sound effects! Outside the ICC, see the Giant Christmas Bauble in all it's 6-metre glory as it illuminates a kaleidoscopic of technicolour across the forecourt. Further down in the Harbourside Forecourt, dazzling 6-foot tall Christmas presents are on display. There will also be roving entertainers around the bay throughout the month and spreading Christmas 2020 cheer!
Where: Darling Harbour
When: Sunday 1 November to Friday 25 December 2020
8. Christmas Lights Spectacular
On the outskirts of Sydney, the Christmas Lights Spectacular is seriously worth the drive up north if you want to experience a true Christmas fairytale with your little ones. Explore the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest and most breathtaking illumination display at Hunter Valley Gardens with over 3 million lights. The entire family will feel the spirit and joy of the festive season as you discover Lovers Corner, meet ‘Hunter’ the giant teddy bear and marvel at all time favourites like Candyland, Fairy Garden and Princess Castle. Walk straight into the belly of 'Snowy' the 8m tall snowman and meander through the big, bright, giant Bauble! From 5 November 2020 to 26 January 2021 you can immerse yourself in a breathtaking magical world of light!
Where: Hunter Valley Gardens
When: Thursday 5 November 2020 to Saturday 26 January 2021
Cost: From $79 for a Family Pass (2 Adults + 1 Child). Adult: $30, Child: $25.00, Under 3s FREE.
9. Luna Park Sydney
Fun and festive, Luna Park Sydney makes a great visit for families this Christmas. Entry to the park includes unlimited rides, fantastic entertainment and a whole lot more! Join Lunabob and Lunabelle and get your socially distanced Santa photo, or watch the elves whirl up some merry-goodness at the X-mas Factor show—and not to mention the rides! With special seasonal treats, there is no better way to spend your silly season!
Where: 1 Olympic Drive, Milsons Point
When: Open Saturdays and Sundays until 19th December, then open daily until 24th December.
Cost: $50 per person plus credit card fees. Kids under 2 years of age and 85 centimetres are free.
10. Carols From Parramatta (Live Streaming)
The Sebastian Foundation’s Carols from Parramatta, supported by Disney+, is back in 2020 with a vibrant online Christmas concert starring Guy Sebastian, Human Nature, Samantha Jade and more. Get ready for a star-studded Christmas event as Guy and Jules Sebastian host an online carols concert, featuring an amazing line-up of some of the best voices in the country.
See your favourite stars perform festive tunes in the comfort of your home, with an online streamed concert for the whole family to enjoy.
Where: Online stream from your living room
Cost: FREE with an optional donation to The Sebastian Foundation.
11. Christmas Funfair Sydney
Fun by name and definitely fun by nature, the Christmas Funfair is making Christmas 2020 a whole lotta fun from 12 December at Adventureland Sydney. Bring the kids along for rides, Santa selfies, Christmas activity trails, entertainment, games, food and more! Visit Christmas Funfair for more information.
Where: Adventureland Sydney, 1744 Camden Valley Way, Casula
When: 12-13 December and 19-24 December 2020
Cost: $12 entry fee grants you 1 free ride, selfies with Santa, activity trails & more.
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