Winterland festivities at the German Christmas Markets!

Traditional German Lantern Parade
Traditional German Lantern Parade

The European winter is coming to Sydney this weekend with the return of the ever-popular annual twilight German Christmas Market in Terrey Hills. You’ll feel a thousand miles away!  

The German International School Sydney (GISS) will be bringing the festive season forward, with Christmas celebrations happening this Friday 17 and Saturday 18 August.

As the Northern Hemisphere’s traditional Christmas Market comes to Sydney, the school grounds will be transformed into a dazzling Winterland featuring an array of family friendly elements from a dedicated children’s area, a traditional lantern parade to authentic fare.

A giant inflatable snow globe!

For the kids, the school soccer field will become a festive Winter wonderland! They’ll be a giant inflatable snow globe filled with faux snow! Kids can play inside the giant inflatable snow globe without ever getting wet or cold, whilst enjoying Christmas songs in both English and German under twinkling stars.

Entertainment & rides

There’s so much on offer to keep everyone entertained – a magician, balloon show and Puppet theatre, plus a trampoline bungee, ride on rolling animals, 7D cinema and art & craft workshops.

Lantern walk, bonfires & toasted marshmallows

Nothing keeps you toasty like a bonfire, and families can relish in toasting marshmallows with the safety of the Terrey Hills fire brigade. The highlight of the night each year is the traditional German Lantern Walk. A special event just for the children, beautiful handmade lanterns can be purchased on the night to join the parade.

Marshmallow roasting

Traditional German Lantern Parade

Food stalls

To accompany the toasted marshmallows, kids can enjoy a hot chocolate while adults can beat off the cold with a mug of Gluhwein (mulled wine). There will be an abundance of tasty German food to devour, including bratwurst, sauerkraut, pancakes, corn and waffles.

Nutella waffles? Yes please!

Christmas Markets

Aside from the food stalls, it wouldn’t be a Christmas market without a wide array of unique stalls, reminiscent of an authentic European Christmas Market. Dressed in fairy lights, each stall will boast craftwork of real quality, including local produce, handmade festive decorations, home wares, jewellery, handcrafted toys and craftwork.

Shop beneath the twinkly lights

Stock up on traditional Christmas decorations

Don’t miss out on this truly unique event which fuses two cultures for the whole family to enjoy… there’s nothing quite like it in Sydney!

Essential Details

  • When: 5-9pm, Friday 17 August & 4-9pm Saturday 18 August
  • Where: German International School, 33 Myoora Road, Terrey Hills
  • Cost: Free!
  • More info


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