Cultural and creative life

Christmas comes to Sydney

Sydney kicks off the festive season like never before.

  • Christmas in the city

    Christmas in the city. Martin Place, 2022. Image: Chris SouthwoodSydney celebrated the start of the festive season like never before with the state’s tallest outdoor Christmas tree and events right across the city centre.

  • Elves on the streets

    Roving entertainers including magicians, roller-skating baubles, choirs, lights and decorations added to the street festivities.

  • A shopper’s dream

    Shoppers took advantage of late-night trading by major retailers and pop-up outlets in Pitt Street Mall including Microsoft, Jurlique and Koko Black. Retailers helped to get shoppers in the festive spirit, with window displays, in-store decorations and gift wrapping, store offers, photos with Santa and personalised gifts.

  • The sounds of Christmas

    Carollers and choirs entertained shoppers with festive favourites. Different groups will perform every night at the Martin Place Christmas tree and on Thursdays and weekends in Pitt Street Mall until Christmas Eve.

  • Festive crowds celebrate on George Street

    Celebrations spread over multiple streets in the city centre and around Martin Place with pop-up stages along George and King streets, Pitt Street Mall and Martin Place.

  • Top children’s entertainers

    5 stages around the city featured performances by Jimmy Giggle, Justine Clarke, Sam Moran and more.

  • Boulevard of Light

    Pitt Street Mall transformed into a Christmas wonderland with a canopy of 94,000 sparkling lights overhead.

  • The centrepiece of celebrations

    The new 25-metre tall Christmas tree in Martin Place is adorned with 15,000 native flower decorations, 110,000 LED lights, glossy beach balls and a glowing coloured star.

  • Santa Claus came to town

    The Lord Mayor joined Santa as he rode his new sleigh through the city from Circular Quay along Pitt Street, before lighting the Martin Place Christmas tree.