"My life wish is to light the Christmas tree at Martin Place..."
It's the season to be jolly... Falalalala lalalala!
The festive season kicks off this Saturday, coinciding with our public launch event! It's the season to make wishes... Who cares if you've been naughty or nice! ;)
This Saturday night, the Martin Place Christmas Concert and Tree Lighting kicks off from 6.30pm to 8.30pm, with Christmas on the Green happening simultaneously at Hyde Park. At both events, get to see Santa Claus arrive in a sleigh and watch the night round off with a stunning show of fireworks.
You'll get to have your photo taken in the LEGO Christmas sleigh at the Martin Place Christmas Tree, and share your personal messages on the Christmas tree for everyone to see by texting 0487 939 627 (048 SYD XMAS). The light show happens each night in Martin Place from 8.30pm to 9.15pm.
Head over to Pitt Street Mall, where you get to bask under the canopy of 62,000 lights twinkling overhead as you strut your way down the street.
And if you didn't need your usual reminders, here are some other activities that you could do this Christmas:
2, 9, 16 & 23 December Very Merry Markets
Where: Jack Mundey Place & Playfair Street (The Rocks)
In December, the Very Merry Markets come to life and will be trading later for more festive shopping time! From 9am-3pm, get to choose from handmade artisan chocolates, fresh flowers, French small goods or gourmet oils and more for delightful festive gifts and little savourings. Later, from 4pm-8pm, wander through the markets. Here's where you can source for special handmade gifts for friends and family, as well as the chance to savour some gourmet Christmas goodies, all while soaking in the festivities of the Christmas season.
9-10 December Carols at the House
Where: Sydney Opera House
$49 - $109
Directed by Helpmann Award-winner Mitchell Butel and starring Virginia Gay (from Channel 7's Winners and Losers), this Christmas concert at the Sydney Opera House will be a star-studded way for you to finish the year. Brimming with Broadway flair with a glamorous cast of soloists and musicians playing your favourite festive music, a 500-strong choir will perform your favourite Christmas tunes, and let you sing along!
For a little extra you can sign up for the 2-hour Christmas Carols wokrshop where you get to explore the history of these tunes, learn about your voice and master the vocal techniques to sing these tunes.
23-24 December St Petersburg Ballet - Nutcracker
Where: Sydney Lyric Theatre
Russia's critically acclaimed St Petersburg Ballet Theatre is bringing their enchanting ballet The Nutcracker to Sydney this December. The full length production features Tchaikovsky's lyrical score, bringing to life the magical tale of young Clara and her Nutcracker Prince, and their adventures into a world where dreams come to life. What better way to spend Christmas than in the magical atmosphere of everyone's beloved ballet?
23 December Christmas Twilight Market
Your opportunity to buy fresh seasonal produce and gifts just days before Christmas is back again, with the freshest turkey, hams and seafood, delicious cherries, fresh fruit, cheese and plum puddings from NSW's best producers. If you're a last-minute shopper - which I doubt if you're reading this now - but if you're reading this a week before Christmas and this comes to mind, this is where you'll want to go.
What will you do this Christmas?
There's so much happening with Christmas around the corner! What are your plans? And what wishes do you have for this Christmas?
To explore more of what's around you, check out our catalog for more activities.
And to say hello to our team, come down to First Fleet Park at Circular Quay this Saturday!
PS. You get to meet our very own Bachie Rosha!! If you're lucky enough, maybe she'll plan a date just for you...