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Top Spots to Celebrate Christmas in Sydney: Your 2023 Festive Guide

It’s that magical time of the year again! Sydney is bustling with festive cheer and joy, and the city comes alive with twinkling lights, enchanting markets, and heartwarming musical performances. If you’re looking for the ultimate guide to experience the best of Sydney’s Christmas festivities, you’ve come to the right place. Get ready to have a holly jolly Christmas in Sydney!

Key Takeaways

  • Experience Yuletide Magic at Bondi Beach and stay at luxurious Bondi 38 Serviced Apartments!
  • Marvel at the Martin Place Christmas Tree, experience illuminated wonderlands & sing along to carols with Santa sightings!
  • Enjoy festive shows like Love Actually in Concert & The Nutcracker Ballet, plus dine on delicious Christmas eats.

Bondi Beach Yuletide Magic

Picture a Christmas celebration with sun, sand, and surf at the iconic Bondi Beach. The festive season in Sydney’s Bondi Beach is magical, with luxurious beachfront accommodations, enchanting events, and a warm holiday spirit. You’ll find yourself in a world of festive fun as you experience the unique charm of a beachside Christmas.

Grab your Santa hat and sunscreen, and prepare for the Yuletide Magic at Bondi Beach to captivate you!


Bondi 38 Serviced Apartments is your home away from home this festive season. These luxurious beachfront apartments offer stunning views of Bondi Beach and are fully self-contained with modern amenities.

Located just a short distance from Sydney CBD, you can enjoy the city’s festive spirit while staying in the heart of Bondi Beach. With rave reviews and highly-rated views, Bondi 38 Serviced Apartments are perfect for festive season fun!

Beachfront Christmas Delights

Immerse yourself in the beachfront Christmas delights at Bondi Beach! There’s no shortage of festive cheer, from lively markets to stunning decorations and exciting events like Carols by the Sea 13th December 2023. Don’t miss the famous Christmas market every Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm, where you can find unique gifts and indulge in mouthwatering treats.

Soak in the holiday spirit as beachgoers don Santa hats and festive outfits, and make unforgettable memories with your loved ones by the sparkling waves of Bondi Beach.

Harbour Lights and Festive Nights

Sydney Harbour is a breathtaking sight, especially during the festive season. With twinkling Christmas lights, spectacular fireworks, and enchanting events, it’s a wonderland of festive cheer. The city is aglow with holiday spirit, from the dazzling Martin Place Christmas Tree to the awe-inspiring Lights of Christmas show at St Mary’s Cathedral.

Allow the Harbour Lights and Festive Nights at Harbour Village to lead you on a magical journey filled with unforgettable memories.

Sydney Harbour Bridge Climbs with Santa

For a truly unique Christmas experience, why not climb the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge with Santa himself? BridgeClimb Santa at the Summit offers an exhilarating adventure where climbers can photograph Santa at the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Offering climbs every Sunday morning from November 5th to December 24th, seize this rare opportunity!

Vivid Christmas Fireworks at Darling Harbour

Nothing says festive season fun like a spectacular fireworks display! Darling Harbour is the place for weekend fireworks during the Vivid Christmas Fireworks, a dazzling show that lights up the night sky. Enjoy the best views from the upper levels of Cockle Bay Wharf or a boat on the water, and make the most of the vibrant atmosphere with delicious food trucks and giant baubles.

It’s a magical experience that will leave you with lasting memories of celebrating Christmas in Sydney.

Enchanting Christmas Markets and Fairs

Sydney’s charming Christmas markets and fairs provide perfect opportunities for finding distinctive gifts and treating yourself to gourmet delights. With handcrafted treasures, festive treats, and seasonal produce, these markets offer a charming shopping experience that captures the season’s spirit.

From the bustling Bondi Beach Christmas Market to the delightful Le Jolly Market, you’ll find something for everyone on your Christmas list and maybe even a treat for yourself!

Handcrafted Treasures and Gourmet Delights

There’s no better place to find one-of-a-kind gifts and mouthwatering treats than Sydney’s Christmas markets. Discover handcrafted ceramics, knitted toys, boutique clothing, and festive products at events like the Carriageworks Summer Seasonal Market and Martin Place Christmas Markets.

Indulge in artisanal goods such as bean-to-bar chocolates, gourmet flavours, and traditional recipes at the Good Food & Wine Christmas Market. With so much to offer, you’ll be spoilt for choice as you explore these enchanting markets.

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Martin Place Christmas Tree

Christmas Trees and Twinkling Lights Tour

Experience Sydney’s dazzling Christmas trees and twinkling light displays with a self-guided tour. The city comes alive with festive cheer as you wander through illuminated wonderlands, marvelling at the spectacular Martin Place Christmas Tree and the enchanting Canopy of Light in Pitt Street Mall.

From the Rocks Christmas Wonderland to the whimsical Noël Sydney, these sparkling displays, including the gigantic interactive Christmas bells, will immerse you in the holiday spirit.

Marvel at the Martin Place Christmas Tree

The Martin Place Christmas Tree, standing at an impressive 24 meters tall and decorated with 110,000 LED lights, is a spectacle worth experiencing. This magnificent tree is decorated with 15,000 flowers representing nine Australian species, adding a unique touch to Sydney’s festive season.

Don’t miss the tree lighting ceremony on November 25, 2023, where this awe-inspiring tree comes to life and sparkles with Christmas spirit.

Illuminated Wonderlands

Sydney’s illuminated wonderlands offer a magical experience for the whole family. Immerse yourself in the twinkling lights of Pitt Street Mall’s Canopy of Light, or explore the vibrant Rocks Christmas Wonderland with its festive decorations and charming atmosphere.

For an unforgettable evening, head to the Christmas Animal Kingdom at Sydney Zoo and experience millions of twinkling lights, live entertainment, and free activities. These dazzling displays are sure to fill your heart with holiday spirit.

A Symphony of Christmas Carols

The sound of carols filling the air perfectly encapsulates the spirit of Christmas. Sydney offers a symphony of Christmas carol events, from the star-studded Carols in the Domain to heartwarming local community carols.

Sing along to your favourite festive tunes and let the joyful melodies transport you to a world of holiday cheer.

Carols in the Domain: A Star-Studded Affair

Carols in the Domain is Australia’s largest free Christmas concert adjacent to Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens. With an impressive lineup of performers, including The Wiggles, Dami Im, and the Australian The Sydney Youth Orchestra, this star-studded event is a must-see for festive season fun.

Don’t miss out on this magical night of music and celebration on December 16, 2023.

Sing Along at Local Community Carols

For a more intimate experience, join in on local community carol events throughout Sydney. Events such as Carols by the Sea and Carols on Norton offer a chance to sing along to festive tunes with friends and family in a warm, welcoming atmosphere. With choirs leading the singing and special guests, these events are a delightful way to celebrate the season and embrace the Christmas spirit.

Seasonal Shows and Performances

Immerse the Christmas spirit with seasonal shows and performances that exhibit the holiday season’s magic. From timeless classics like The Nutcracker Ballet to modern favourites such as Love Actually in Concert, these enchanting events offer a festive experience for the entire family.

So, gather your loved ones and enjoy a memorable night of entertainment and holiday cheer as you celebrate Christmas.

Love Actually in Concert: A Christmas Classic

Relive the magic of the beloved Christmas film, Love Actually, with a live orchestra playing the movie’s songs on stage. This heartwarming event offers a unique twist on a holiday classic as you watch the film on a giant screen accompanied by live classical music.

Taking place at Darling Harbour Theatre, ICC Sydney, on December 16, 2023, Love Actually in Concert is an experience you won’t want to miss.

The Nutcracker Ballet: A Timeless Tradition

Experience the enchanting story of Clara and her magical Nutcracker doll in the timeless tradition of The Nutcracker Ballet. This captivating performance features live classical music, stunning costumes, and mesmerizing ballet as you journey through a world of adventure and wonder.

With performances held at the Neilson Pier 23 in Sydney, this classic ballet is the perfect way to celebrate the holiday season.

Santa Sightings and Family Fun

Craft memorable experiences with Santa sightings and engaging family events throughout Sydney. From snapping a photo with Santa at David Jones to dancing with The Wiggles at their Wiggly Big Day Out, there’s no shortage of festive entertainment for the entire family.

So, don your Santa hats and embrace the holiday spirit with these delightful Christmas events, spreading Christmas cheer.

Snap a Photo with Santa at David Jones

Capture a cherished keepsake with Santa at David Jones in Sydney. Located at the Elizabeth Street store, this magical experience offers a premium Santa photo opportunity with enchanting Christmas sets. Check the David Jones website for schedules and pricing, and create a lasting memory of your festive celebrations in Sydney.

Wiggles Wiggly Big Day Out: A Festive Show

Join The Wiggles for a Wiggly Big Day Out at the Qudos Bank Arena and Aware Super Theatre (ICC Sydney) on December 16 and 23, 2023. This fun-filled show features all their hits, including:

  • “Rock-a-Bye Your Bear”
  • “Hot Potato”
  • “Fruit Salad”
  • New favourites like “Getting Strong” and “Hey Tsehay!”

It’s a festive extravaganza the entire family will enjoy, so get ready to sing and dance along with The Wiggles!

Dine and Unwind: Christmas High Teas and Eats

Delight in festive high teas and dining experiences across Sydney this holiday season. From elegant high tea at The Tea Room to scrumptious Christmas Day dining specials, there’s something for every palate. Savour delightful treats, sip on seasonal beverages and unwind in the company of your loved ones as you celebrate the festive season in style.

Festive High Tea at The Tea Room

Treat yourself to a festive high tea at The Tea Room in Sydney. With a set selection of sweet and savoury pastries, finger sandwiches, and tea or coffee, this elegant dining experience is perfect for celebrating the season.

Located in the iconic Queen Victoria Building, The Tea Room offers a truly luxurious setting for an unforgettable high tea experience.

Christmas Day Dining Specials

Discover an array of Christmas Day dining specials at various restaurants in Sydney. With menus offering festive favourites and a range of cuisines, there’s something to suit everyone’s taste buds. From Mediterranean delights to hawker-style fare, indulge in a memorable Christmas Day meal with your loved ones in the heart of Sydney.

Make reservations in advance to secure your spot at these popular dining destinations.


From sun-soaked Bondi Beach to the twinkling lights of Sydney Harbour, the festive season in Sydney offers a magical experience for all. With enchanting markets, dazzling light displays, heartwarming melodies, and unforgettable family events, there’s no better place to celebrate Christmas. So, gather your loved ones, embrace the holiday spirit, and make lasting memories as you explore the wonder of Christmas in Sydney. Why not take your visit to the next level and stay at Bondi38 this year.

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s on Sydney Christmas 2023?

It’s time to get festive in Sydney this Christmas 2023 – expect plenty of seasonal cheer, joyful gatherings and sparkling lights!

Do they celebrate Christmas in Sydney?

Get ready for some festive cheer in Sydney! From spectacular lights to carolling and even a visit from Santa, the city will surely make your Christmas extra special.

What are some of the best Christmas events in Sydney?

Experience the magical holiday season at Sydney’s best Christmas events like Bondi Beach Yuletide Magic, Harbour Lights and Festive Nights, Enchanting Christmas Markets and Fairs, and A Symphony of Christmas Carols!

Where can I find festive high tea experiences in Sydney?

Experience a festive high tea in style at The Tea Room in the Queen Victoria Building!


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