The best things to do this Christmas

Grab your Santa hat – and your sunscreen – because it’s time to celebrate a summer Christmas. Here are some of the best ways to get festive in Sydney.

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Kids Christmas Cookie Decorating at The Rocks Markets

Head down to The Rocks for this free cookie decorating workshop. Katherine from Sweets by Sas will teach you and the kids how to pipe decorations onto some festive cookies. You’ll get 5 to box up and take home.

Sunday 13 December The Rocks Markets

Santa's Little Workshop at Tramsheds

Santa's Little Workshop at Tramsheds

Get your little ones making your Christmas ornaments and wreaths this year. Tramshed's Artisan Lane will be transformed into Santa's Little Workshop – a fun and festive spot for kids aged 5-12 to get creative.

Sunday 29 November and Saturday 5 December Tramsheds

Risograph Printing: Festive Stationery

Risograph Printing: Festive Stationery

Learn to design, print and make your own wrapping paper, gift tags, cards and gift boxes in this fun Risograph workshop.

Sunday 6 December Joynton Avenue Creative Centre

Christmas at World Square

Share the joy at World Square

A live DJ, free face painting, balloon bending and Christmas carols. If you’re in town doing your gift shopping, swing by World Square for a program packed with Christmas fun.

Saturday 12 December World Square

Download the Sydney Culture Walks app to disover the Christmas lights and decorations walk. Available in the App Store or on Google Play.

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Christmas lunch at NSW Parliament House

Christmas lunch at NSW Parliament House

Celebrate the festive season with a delicious 2 or 3 course lunch at NSW Parliament House. Lunch will be served in the Strangers’ Restaurant overlooking the beautiful Domain.

Monday to Thursday throughout December Parliament House

Christmas in the Rocks

The Rocks Christmas Markets

Christmas has arrived at The Rocks. Enjoy a variety of beautifully handcrafted goods, delicious bites and treats as well as street games and live entertainment. It’s the perfect place to get your unique gifts this season.

Friday 4 December to Thursday 24 December George Street, Playfair Street and Jack Mundey Place, The Rocks

The Strand Arcade Christmas decorations

The Strand Arcade Christmas decorations

The heritage-listed Victorian-style retail arcade is transformed this Christmas. With oversized, blossoming eucalyptus branches floating from the ceiling, this specially commissioned installation of Christmas decorations is inspired by native flowers.

Every day until 10 January 2021

The QVB swarovski tree

The largest indoor Christmas tree in Australia is covered with over 100,000 sparkling crystal ornaments. The QVB’s iconic swarovski tree will dazzle and delight the whole family. Plus, you can book in for a special visit with Santa!

Every day until 10 January 2021

Tramsheds X Don de L'Amour Christmas tree pop-up store

Tramsheds X Don de L'Amour Christmas tree pop-up store

Don de L'Amour's premium pine trees will fill your home with that distinctive Christmassy scent. Pre-order online and pick up at Tramsheds.

Saturday 28 November to Sunday 6 December Tramshed Harold Park

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Martin Place Christmas tree

The Martin Place Christmas tree provides a perfect backdrop for a festive December. The tallest Christmas tree in NSW is decorated with more than 110,000 LEDs, a 3.4 metre colour-changing star and 330 glossy baubles. Stop by to see a light show every 15 minutes from 7pm to midnight.

Saturday 28 November to Thursday 31 December

Light installations on George Street

Light installations on George Street

As the sun sets, the Woolworths building will be illuminated in red and green, honouring the festive season. And don’t miss the magical fairy light canopy at the Myer loading dock.

Saturday 28 November to Thursday 31 December

Christmas lights and decorations walk

Christmas lights and decorations walk

Discover the magic of Christmas on your mobile. Take a self guided tour past lights, decorations and shopping destinations. Download the Sydney Culture Walks app for free and get ready to see Sydney sparkle.

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