The Best Christmas Events In Sydney 2018

  • Kids

By: Phoebe Ackland, ellaslist

The whole family will get into the Christmas spirit with these fabulous Christmas events full of carols, market stalls, live entertainment...and the odd visit from Mr Claus all the way from the North Pole!

There's no better way to spend the festive season than by soaking up an incredible atmosphere with family and friends, knowing the kids are well entertained.

1. Sydney Santa Spectacular 

Sydney’s biggest and arguably the most festive Christmas festival returns to Rosehill Gardens Racecourse this December 7-27. The three-week festive extravaganza is home to one of Australia’s largest portable ice skating rinks, imported direct from Italy for a snowy sampling of European Winter in Sydney’s scorching summer heat. There's also a vintage double-decker carousel, a toboggan slide, live stage entertainment, a glittering Santa’s Enchanted Forest with live snowfall, Christmas cookie-decorating workshops, reindeer ride-on training stables, interactive costume characters, fairy reading-times, live caroling, face-painting, special Santa meet-and-greets and much more. Oh the joy! Book tickets here.

2. Christmas Wonderland Sydney Showground

Christmas Wonderland Sydney Showground presents Sydneysiders with a Christmas extravaganza not to be missed from December 15-24. Experience the enchantment of a white Christmas with an ice skating rink, 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. 

3. Christmas Lights Spectacular

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. From 2nd November 2018 until 26th January 2019 (closed Christmas Day). 


4. Lights of Christmas 

Deck the halls at St Mary's Cathedral Square, in the heart of Sydney's CBD and enjoy the spectacular free sound and light show every night. It's like Vivid but with a festive spin and the projections just get better and better every year. Find out more here.

5. Sydney Christmas Children’s Concert

For the first year ever, treat your kids to a very special concert just for them! On Saturday 1 December from 6.30pm at Prince Alfred Park (Surry Hills) seasons greetings will be performed by Jimmy Giggle, Justine Clarke, Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom and SplashDance. There's also lots of kid’s activities, table tennis, giant Jenga, showbags and a visit from Santa. Fireworks will light up the sky as the concert comes to a close. Oh yes, it's the most wonderful time of the year! Find out more here.

6. Carols In The Domain

Sing with the stars at Australia's largest FREE Christmas concert: Carols in the Domain! At this much-loved annual event on December 22 (at a family-friendly time of 7:45pm), you can expect performances from a variety of artists that will delight families of all ages. Will the Wiggles be there?? We'll let you know more when we hear!

7. Sydney Fish Markets 36-Hour Seafood Marathon

Sydney Fish Market's 36-Hour Seafood Marathon, where retailers will be staying open for 36 hours from 5am Wednesday 23 December right through to 5pm Christmas Eve. 
Visitors can come down to enjoy the fun and frenzy of the marathon, stock up on Christmas supplies, enjoy some delicious fresh or cooked seafood, or just sit back and people-watch from the waterside boardwalk. 

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