Fes­tive fun abounds

A taste of the North Pole comes to Syd­ney for a month full of fun.

Where Sydney - - Contents - By Zac Lewis

CHRIST­MAS CHEER IS SPREAD­ING through Syd­ney this De­cem­ber. Count­less events trans­form the city into a won­der­land for all.

The City of Syd­ney has worked tire­lessly to bring a mag­i­cal Christ­mas to the sunny city for 2018. With over $3.1 mil­lion dol­lars in­vested you’ll be sure to get your Christ­mas fix.

For the kids, there’s no short­age of events. On 1 De­cem­ber Surry Hills’ Prince Alfred Park will be­come an oa­sis of song and dance with the Syd­ney Christ­mas Chil­dren’s Con­cert. Jimmy Gig­gle, Jus­tine Clarke, Ben and Holly’s Lit­tle King­dom, The Listies and Splash­dance will all grace the stage. Kids can also in­dulge their senses in nu­mer­ous craft ac­tiv­i­ties, ta­ble ten­nis, gi­ant Jenga and play­ing with the cheeky Christ­mas elves. As the night comes to a close there will be a spe­cial visit from Santa fol­lowed by a spec­tac­u­lar fire­works dis­play. Cel­e­brate Christ­mas in Green Square on 2 De­cem­ber with per­for­mances from Sam Mo­ran, Syd­ney Phil­har­mo­nia Choir, Ally Boom Boom & the Cool Ba­nanas, DJ Peter Baecker and Glo­ri­ous Sousa­phon­ics. Other fam­ily-friendly Vil­lage Christ­mas Con­certs take place in Alexan­dria on 7 De­cem­ber, Rush­cut­ters Bay on 8 De­cem­ber and Rose­bery on 9 De­cem­ber.

Lover of carols are not left out. Right up to Christ­mas Eve, choirs will per­form clas­sic Christ­mas carols ev­ery night at the Martin Place Christ­mas Tree. Mean­while, Pitt Street Mall’s Canopy of Light will turn the shop­ping strip into a win­ter won­der­land il­lu­mi­nated by 94,000 lights sparkling along the boule­vard. Choirs in the City will per­form each Thurs­day from 6pm–8pm, and Satur­day and Sun­day from 6pm–7pm.

On 22 De­cem­ber Carols in the Do­main will unite the na­tion in a cho­rus of song from Aus­tralia’s big­gest stars. 2018 cel­e­brates the Carols’ 36th year and will see an es­ti­mated 50,000 peo­ple watch­ing from the Do­main and many thou­sands more watch­ing from home.

The Lights of Christ­mas will bring the gor­geous St Mary’s Cathe­dral to life. Run­ning from 5–25 De­cem­ber, light and sound will be pro­jected onto the Cathe­dral’s 75-me­tre-tall fa­cade. From 7.30pm you can catch choir per­for­mances, be­fore the 8.30pm–mid­night pro­jec­tions which tell the sto­ries and themes of Christ­mas.

At the Rose­hill Gar­dens Race­course, Aus­tralia’s big­gest Christ­mas fes­ti­val, Syd­ney Santa Spec­tac­u­lar, will take place. From 7–27 De­cem­ber the North Pole will be trans­ported to the Race­course. The fes­ti­val en­cour­ages the spirit of giv­ing, with a 15-me­tre tall char­ity Christ­mas tree en­cour­ag­ing guests to place gifts for sick and needy kids. The fam­ily-run event en­cour­ages af­ford­abil­ity with one ticket al­low­ing for un­lim­ited rides, ac­tiv­i­ties, en­ter­tain­ment and park­ing. Rides and events in­clude a por­ta­ble ice-rink, Santa’s En­chanted For­est, fea­tur­ing live snow­fall, in­ter­ac­tive cos­tumed char­ac­ters, face-paint­ing, a vin­tage dou­ble-decker carousel, and Christ­mas cookie-dec­o­rat­ing work­shops.

Many Christ­mas mar­kets are also tak­ing place around Syd­ney. The Wat­sons Bay Twi­light Mar­kets will be held in Robert­son Park form 3pm–9pm on 7 De­cem­ber. Fea­tur­ing 120 stalls sell­ing women’s fash­ions, menswear, chil­drens’ cloth­ing, toys, ceram­ics jew­ellery and more you are sure to find what you need. Closer to the CBD is The Rocks Christ­mas Mar­kets. They run Fri­day, Satur­day and Sun­day, and fea­ture roam­ing en­ter­tain­ers, art in­stal­la­tions, street food, and of course, stall­hold­ers.

With so much Christ­mas cheer you are in for a mag­i­cal treat this year.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit, syd­n­ey­christ­mas.com.au

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