A Sydney City Christmas extravaganza is on show in 2020! Here’s a list of festive things to see and do on a day trip (or evening stroll) in the Sydney CBD.
Sydney city is sparkling and buzzing this Christmas, with pop-up musical performances in local neighbourhoods, light displays, decorations, roving performers and more Christmas trees than ever.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore is encouraging everyone to safely return to the city over the holiday period.
“Once you’ve finished your Christmas shopping, dine al fresco on city streets, marvel at the outdoor decorations and lighting displays, and experience the joy of a Covid-safe Christmas!” she says.
Sydney City Christmas: Things to see and do
Martin Place Christmas Tree (and 10 other trees to see!)
The City of Sydney’s Christmas program features a shimmering canopy of 85,000 lights and 10 two-metre tall stars in Pitt Street Mall, rows of twinkling lights in Martin Place and Christmas trees in 11 locations, including the much-loved Christmas tree in Martin Place
The Martin Place Christmas tree, the tallest Christmas tree in NSW, will brighten the city from Saturday 28 November until Friday 1 January with a kaleidoscope of colours and decorative lights every 15 minutes from 7pm to midnight.
The tree is decorated with 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: banksia, waratah, bottlebrush, wattle, eucalyptus gum flower, kangaroo paw, flannel flower, pink wax flower and white wax flower.
Nine-metre trees featuring 170 hand-made baubles, 224 native floral decorations and topped with a star are at Dr H J Foley Rest Park in Glebe, Town Hall, Customs House, Fitzroy Gardens in Kings Cross, Taylor Square, Union Square in Pyrmont, St Mary’s Cathedral, next to Surry Hills Library and Erskineville in Green Ban Park. Green Square locals can enjoy a 12-metre tree with 290 hand-made baubles and 400 native flowers in the plaza.
Self guided Christmas walks (for shopping and light displays)
The City has also developed a self-guided walking tour of Christmas lights, trees and shopping destinations across the local area.
Starting at the delightful Customs House Christmas tree, walkers can wind their way through Sydney’s historic The Rocks precinct, before travelling up through Martin Place, Pitt Street Mall and Town Hall.
The walk is free and designed for the whole family. Download the walk at sydneyculturewalksapp.com
The Sydney Christmas charity partner this year is OzHarvest. The City will be encouraging those who can afford to do so to make a donation to its important work at feedsydney.com
David Jones Christmas windows and a stop at Max Brenner
The famed David Jones Christmas windows have launched at the flagship Elizabeth Street Sydney store.
The iconic display has been a favourite for families for decades, with thousands visiting the Christmas-themed window creations every year.
David Jones’ Christmas Windows for 2020 come courtesy of celebrated Australian author and fashion illustrator Megan Hess and her beloved children’s book character Claris, the Chicest Mouse in Paris.
We stopped by for a look at the chic mouse and her adventures, then crossed the street for a hot chocolate at Max Brenner, Westfield Pitt St.
Note: To ensure the safety of the community during the global Covid-19 pandemic and to comply with the latest NSW Health advice, the annual Christmas in the City event and Christmas concert program will not take place this year. For more information about Christmas in the City visit sydneychristmas.com
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