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Visiting Sydney In December – The Definitive Guide

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Sydney is the best antidote to the dreary winters in the Northern Hemisphere! In this part of the world, summer is on its way and the weather is spectacular with blue skies and mild weather. The city is a great tourist destination all year, but there is a special joy in celebrating Christmas by lounging on the great white beaches during the day and then heading to watch the Christmas lights and ice skate at night! It is Christmas with a twist and you will love it! Apart from Christmas, Sydney is enjoying its summer and there are tons of adventure and nature activities on offer, as well as festivals that compare with the best in Europe. Here is a guide on what to do, and what to see in Sydney in December.

What makes Sydney in December Special?


Sydney in November

  • Sunny Christmas – For those who cannot bear the snow and rain that occupies much of Europe in December, Sydney in December is a welcome change! The onset of summer is pleasant with beautiful bright days. This however does not dampen the spirit of Christmas and New Year, which is celebrated with much fervor.
  • Outdoor activities – Australia is a fantastic destination for adventure and nature lovers and Sydney is not far behind and summer is the best time to explore the region. Just walking through the city is a pleasure on a sunny day in December. If you are up for more adventure then go skydiving or climb the Sydney Bridge. Or let the city fall behind and explore the Blue Mountains and its wealth of nature.
  • Events and entertainment – Sydney in December is one of the busiest times of the year, tourist numbers are high and so are the events and festivals scheduled for the summer. There is something going on for everyone and you will not find one dull moment during your trip!

Sydney in December : Weather


Sydney in December - weather

The weather is just about right in Sydney in December. It is the start of summer and you will experience bright blue skies, with occasional rain showers. The average daytime temperatures range around 25°C while it lowers to around 18°C at night. The sea temperature is around a pleasant 21°C making it ideal for a swim and water sport activities.

Sydney in December : Top Experiences


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Sydney Harbour Cruises

Sydney in November - Sydney Skydive


The Sydney Harbour is one of the most beautiful harbours in the world, and a cruise is the best way to enjoy its natural beauty and cityscape. You can enjoy a 75-minute express cruise or enjoy a lunch, high tea or dinner cruise or sip on a cocktail and soak in the sights.

December Timings
Depends on the chosen cruise.

Location

Circular Quay Wharf No.6, Sydney Harbour, Sydney

Getting There ›

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Sightseeing Cruises
Harbour Story Sightseeing Cruise
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AUD 49
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Sightseeing Cruises
Harbour Story Premium Cruise With Drinks
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AUD 59
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Sightseeing Cruises
Harbour Highlights 75 Mins Cruise
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AUD 39
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Dinner Cruises
Captains Dinner Cruise - 3 Course Dining
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AUD 159
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Dinner Cruises
Gold Dinner Cruise - 6 Course Dining
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AUD 175
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Lunch & High Tea Cruises
Relaxing Lunch Cruise with 3 Course Meal
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AUD 109
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Lunch & High Tea Cruises
Top Deck 2 Course Lunch Cruise
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AUD 99
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Sightseeing Cruises
Harbour Story Sightseeing Cruise
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AUD 49
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Sightseeing Cruises
Harbour Story Premium Cruise With Drinks
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AUD 59
5% Cashback
Sightseeing Cruises
Sydney Harbour Cocktail Cruise
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AUD 55
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Sightseeing Cruises
Harbour Highlights 75 Mins Cruise
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AUD 39
5% Cashback
Dinner Cruises
Captains Dinner Cruise - 3 Course Dining
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AUD 159
5% Cashback
Dinner Cruises
Gold Dinner Cruise - 6 Course Dining
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AUD 175
5% Cashback
Dinner Cruises
Gold Penfolds Dinner & Drinks Cruise
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AUD 245
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Dinner Cruises
Luxury Cruise - Platinum Penfolds Grange with ...
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AUD 359
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Dinner Cruises
Sunset Dinner Cruise
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AUD 89
5% Cashback
Lunch & High Tea Cruises
Relaxing Lunch Cruise with 3 Course Meal
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AUD 109
5% Cashback
Lunch & High Tea Cruises
Top Deck 2 Course Lunch Cruise
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AUD 99
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Lunch & High Tea Cruises
Sydney Harbour Buffet Lunch Cruise
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AUD 99
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Lunch & High Tea Cruises
High Tea Sightseeing Cruise
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AUD 69

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Skydive Sydney

Sydney in November - Sydney Skydive


Dive down 15,000 ft at over 200 km/hr and feel the adrenaline rush all the while enjoying brilliant views of Newcastle and Wollongong regions. The bright summer weather of December is the best time to skydive and the tandem dive is perfect for even first-timers!

December Timings
Newcastle Beach:
Mon – Fri - 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Sat – Sun - 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Wollongong:
Every day - 7:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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Blue Mountains

Sydney in November - Blue Mountains


The Blue Mountains are the perfect summer getaway from Sydney. You can visit the koalas on a wildlife tour at Featherdale National Park, explore the rock formations at Jenolan Cave, take a ride on the Skyway, and meet aboriginals at Waradah. There is a lot to pack in at the Blue Mountains!

December Timings
Depends on chosen tour.

Location

New South Wales 2787,
Australia
Getting There ›

Blue Mountains
Blue Mountains Scenic World Unlimited Discover...
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AUD 49
Blue Mountains
Blue Mountains Wildlife Tour including transfe...
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AUD 159
Blue Mountains
Blue Mountains All-inclusive Day Tour includin...
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AUD 225
Blue Mountains
Premium Blue Mountains Small Group Tour with S...
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AUD 220
Blue Mountains
Blue Mountains and Jenolan Caves
upto 6% off
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AUD 179 AUD 166.5

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Sydney Bridge Climb

Sydney in November - Sydney BridgeClimb


The Sydney Harbour Bridge is an iconic landmark and you can now conquer all the 1,300 steps to the summit or if you are short on time, climb 556 steps to take in the views of the harbour. With climbs starting at 4:00 AM and running till twilight, you can view the city in a variety of settings.

December Timings
Summit Express – Mon – Fri - 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM
Summit Sampler – Every day - 10:00 AM, 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM
Summit – Every day - 4:00 AM, 5:00 AM, 6:00 AM, every hour from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Location

3 Cumberland St, The Rocks NSW 2000,
Australia
Getting There ›

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Sydney BridgeClimb
Sydney BridgeClimb Summit
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AUD 308 AUD 300
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Sydney BridgeClimb
Sydney BridgeClimb Summit Sampler
upto 2% off
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AUD 174 AUD 169
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Sydney BridgeClimb
BridgeClimb Summit Express
upto 3% off
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AUD 308 AUD 298

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Sydney Taroonga Zoo

Sydney in November - Sydney Taronga Zoo


Sydney’s Taronga Zoo is home to more than 4,000 animals from over 350 species and you can spot animal species from across the world, from Sumatran Tigers to Asian Elephants. Save time with a skip the line ticket, or spend on a guided tour for the premium experience complete with a zookeeper guide and cable car ride.

December Timings
Every day – 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Last entry at 4:00 PM)

Location

Bradleys Head Rd, Mosman NSW 2088,
Australia
Getting There ›

Sydney Zoo
Taronga Zoo Entry Ticket
upto 8% off
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AUD 47 AUD 43
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Sydney Zoo
Skip the Line Tickets to Wild LIFE Sydney Zoo
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AUD 44
Sydney Zoo
Taronga Zoo:Wild Australia Experience with Cab...
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AUD 129
Sydney Zoo
Taronga Zoo VIP Aussie Gold Tour with Cable Ca...
from
AUD 99

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Sydney Opera House Tour and Dining

Sydney in November - Sydney Opera House Show


Explore the Sydney Opera House, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most recognizable buildings in the world, through a guided tour and learn the secrets of the backstage. Finish your tour with a meal at one of the exquisite restaurants at the Opera House.

December Timings
Depends on chosen tour.

Location

Bennelong Point, Sydney NSW 2000,
Australia
Getting There ›

Opera House Tours & Dining
Sydney Opera House Tour - English
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AUD 42
Opera House Tours & Dining
Sydney Opera House Tour in Mandarin (1 Hour)
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AUD 42
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Opera House Tours & Dining
Sydney Opera House Tour - Korean
New Arrival
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AUD 30
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Opera House Tours & Dining
Sydney Opera House Tour - Japanese
New Arrival
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AUD 30
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Opera House Tours & Dining
Sydney Opera House Backstage Tour
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AUD 175
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Opera House Tours & Dining
Sydney Opera House Tour & Tasting Plate at Ope...
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AUD 75
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Opera House Tours & Dining
Sydney Opera House Tour and Dine at Opera Bar
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AUD 61

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Sydney Tower Eye

Sydney in November - Sydney Tower Eye


Take in 360-degree views of Sydney from the top of the Sydney Tower. The observation deck at 820 feet offers views of the Sydney Harbour, Opera House, and even the Blue Mountains. The clear blue skies of summer in December are the perfect time for these picturesque landscape views.

December Timings
Every day – 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM (Last entry 8:00 PM)

Location

100 Market St, Sydney NSW 2000,
Australia
Getting There ›

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A Day Trip From Sydney

Sydney in November - Day Trips from Sydney


Sydney has a lot to offer to a traveler but beyond it are hidden treasures that will leave you amazed! Take a trip to Hunter Valley and savor the region’s famous wines and delicious food, or take a tour of Australia’s North Coast and explore Nelson Bay and Port Stephens where you can spot dolphins!

December Timings
Depends on chosen tour.

Location

Sydney NSW,
Australia
Getting There ›

Sydney and Bondi Tour
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AUD 59
Sydney and Bondi Tour With Sydney Opera House ...
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AUD 99
Hunter Valley Food and Wine Lovers Experience
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AUD 198
Port Stephens Dolphin Watcher
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AUD 198

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Sydney Opera House Show

Sydney in November - Sydney Opera House Show


Watching a show at the Sydney Opera House should be on every traveler’s itinerary! Many shows premiere in December and in 2019 you can choose from The Marriage of Figaro, Il viaggo a Reims, Bryn Terfel in concert, La Boheme, Carmen, or the Opera Gala on New Year’s Eve.

December Timings
Depends on chosen show

Location

Bennelong Point, Sydney NSW 2000,
Australia
Getting There ›

10% Cashback
Sydney Opera
Great Opera Hits - Opera at the Sydney Opera H...
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AUD 69
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Sydney Opera
The Marriage of Figaro
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AUD 167
Sydney Opera
La Boheme on New Year's Eve
New Arrival
from
AUD 379
Sydney Opera
The Opera Gala on New Year's Eve
New Arrival
from
AUD 299
Sydney Opera
Bryn Terfel in Concert
New Arrival
from
AUD 79
Sydney Opera
La Boheme
from
AUD 99
Sydney Opera
Carmen
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AUD 99
Sydney Opera
La Traviata On Sydney Harbour
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AUD 99

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SEA Life Sydney Aquarium

Sydney in November - Sydney Opera House Show


If you are traveling with kids don’t forget to make a stop at the SEA Life Sydney Aquarium. Since it’s summer the queues are long, but take a skip the line ticket and view more than 13,000 animals across 650 species, belonging to over 14 themed zones.

December Timings
Every day – 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Location

1-5 Wheat Rd, Sydney NSW 2000,
Australia
Getting There ›

Sydney in December : Events to Look Out For


Sydney in November events

HSRCA Summer Festival

1st December 2019
If you love vintage and historic cars then this is the perfect event for you! The Historic Sports and Racing Car Association conduct an annual festival and race where you can spot vintage Morris Mini Coopers, Austin Healey Sprites, and MG Midgets all competing for the trophy.

Venice in November events

Sydney BeerFest

1st December 2019
Get a sweet buzz going in at Sydney’s biggest and longest running beer festival – Sydney Beerfest. Sample over 300 ciders and beers, indulge in gourmet food, attend master classes and demonstrations, and chill out with live music by fantastic bands.

Sydney in November events

Good Things Festival

7th December 2019
The Good Things Festival is a recent addition to the music festival circuit in Sydney. Now in its second edition, the festival features alternative bands and is held at Centennial Park. The bands performing in 2019 include Parkway Drive, A Day to Remember, Violent Soho, Simple Plan, and Bad Religion.

Venice in November events

Narrabeen Lake Festival

7th – 8th December 2019
A day out at the lake is just the perfect way to spend a summer day. The Narrabeen Lake Festival is a summer festival that brings together over 140 businesses to set up stalls that serve food, and sell artisanal products, fresh produce, clothing, and quirky handmade and antique stuff.

Sydney in November events

Sydney SantaCon

14th December 2019
Leave the kids at the hotel for this event! SantaCon is a much awaited that is meant for adults to let their hair down, dress up as Santa and indulge in some booze and lots of fun! Conducted in venues across the world, this will leave you filled with holiday spirit and geared up for Christmas.

Venice in November events

New Year’s Eve in Sydney

31st December 2019
Watching the Sydney Bridge erupting in a brilliant display of fireworks is what New Year’s Eve is all about! Some of the best vantage points in the city to watch the fireworks are Darling Harbour, Sydney Opera House, Observatory Hill Park, Kangaroo Reserve, Bradfield Park, and Pirrama Park.

Sydney in December : Essentials


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LanguageEnglish

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Time zoneGMT+11

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Country Code+61

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CurrencyAustralian Dollar

Weather in Sydney in December

December witnesses the start of summer in Sydney and it’s not yet too hot with daytime temperatures averaging around 25°C. The days are long, with sunrise at around 5:40 AM and sunset around 8:00 PM, giving you ample time to indulge in outdoor activities. You will experience only occasional rain; it skies are generally clear throughout the month.

Where to stay in Sydney in December

Sydney is a large city and there are pockets of neighborhoods which are suitable for different travelers. The Sydney CBD and Darling Harbour area is ideal for first time travelers as its close to many landmarks. Kings Cross is suitable for backpackers while Surry Hills is the best for hipster cafes and quirky accommodation. Here are some of our favorite hotels in the city –

What to pack for Sydney in December

Bring your best summer clothing to Sydney in December. You will have a lot of outdoor activities and events to attend, so you can pack summer dresses and if you are participating in adventure activities then pack full-length pants and T-shirts to protect yourself. Don’t forget sunscreen, hat and sunglasses, as there can be terribly hot days! The sea temperature is perfect for a swim, bring along swimwear, and a sarong.

Getting around in Sydney in December

Sydney is a great city to walk around, especially in summer in December. However, if you wish to take public transport there are multiple options available and the best way to buy tickets is to buy an Opal card that is accepted across all modes of transport. The best way to go sightseeing in the city remains the Hop-on Hop-off bus tour that includes all the top attractions in the city. The Sydney Metro, Buses, Light Rail and City Ferries are the most popular modes of public transport. You can also hail taxis through Uber and other ride-sharing apps.

Sydney in December : Seasonal Delicacies


Sydney in November - what to eat
Barbeque Prawn

Prawns are synonymous with summer food in Sydney and you will find it on Christmas menus across the city. One of the most popular ways to relish this seasonal delicacy is the barbeque version. Made with minimal seasoning, it’s the freshness of the prawns that make them a delightful comfort food.
Where to order: Sydney Cove Oyster Bar

Sydney in November - what to eat
John Dory Fillets

The Sydney Harbour is abundant with fresh seafood in summer and the John Dory is an Australian favorite. The fish is best served deep-fried with a side of chips seasoned with chicken salt, or if you are seeking something more sophisticated, then a pan-fried version with herbs and salad is the best alternative!
Where to order: Golden Sheaf Hotel

Sydney in November - what to eat
Snag

Snag is Australian for ‘Sausage’ and you will find snag stands across the region, especially in local markets, serving the perfect summer snack. The sausage, usually made of pork or beef, is served in a hot bun drizzled with sauce and served with fries, akin to a hot dog.
Where to order: Fish At the Rocks

Sydney in November - what to eat
Cherry Pie

Summer is the season for fresh cherries and while it is fun to eat cherries from local farmers markets, there is no way it beats the deliciousness of a warm cherry pie. The cherry pie is easily found across bakeries in Sydney and is a great dessert for treating yourself on vacation.
Where to order: Bourke Street Bakery

Sydney in November - what to eat
Vanilla Slice

Australians have adopted the ‘Mille-feuille’ or the vanilla slice as their own and it is the most popular dessert in Sydney next to Pavlova. It is made with alternating layers of puff pastry and pastry cream, and is mostly flavoured with passion fruit icing. It is the perfect dessert to bring your Christmas dinner to a close!
Where to order: La Renaissance Patisserie

Tips for Visiting Sydney in December


  • Despite the lack of snow, the spirit of Christmas events is high in Sydney and you have a variety to choose from – Sydney Santa Spectacular, Christmas Wonderland at Sydney Showground, Christmas Lights Spectacular (Hunter Valley Gardens), and Lights of Christmas (St Mary’s Cathedral Square). You will find ice skating rinks, holiday gift stalls, and child-friendly activities at these events.
  • Centennial Park is a great venue for events and you will find some event or the other happening there. Throughout summer, the park’s Belvedere Amphitheatre hosts an open-air film festival, the Moonlight Cinema.
  • Sydney has a variety of marketplaces including Rozelle Collectors Market (great for antiques and second-hand bric-a-brac), Blacktown Markets (drive-in theatre, food trucks, and pop-up cafes), Argyle Affair Christmas Market, and Sydney Trash and Treasure Bazaar (biggest flea market).
  • The best spot to enjoy Christmas festivities in Sydney is Martin Place, where you can spot the biggest Christmas tree in the city and the festive holiday lighting of Pitt Street Mall. There are special Christmas Harbour cruises and Christmas lunches at restaurants.
  • Even in summer, most restaurants in Sydney close by 9:30 PM, so if you are looking to make late-night plans, you will have to plan your day accordingly. Also, many stores shut down by 5:00 PM, so finish your shopping earlier in the day.

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