There are some pockets of Sydney that go all out for Christmas. Local merrymakers across the city make the most of the festive cheer, going on light-hunting excursions around local neighbourhoods to see the extravagant light displays outside people’s houses.
In the city centre you’ll find extravagant trees towering into the skyline and bedazzled Christmas caves in market enclaves.
Local councils also host festive events and light displays where you’ll find carol signing, Christmas trees and spectacular light installations.
Martin Place Christmas Tree
Sydney’s largest Christmas tree will delight audiences and brighten up Martin Place from 23 November to 1 January.
Enjoy a kaleidoscope of colours and decorative lights every 15 minutes from 7pm to midnight.
Sing along with choirs at the Martin Place tree every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday night from 28 November to 22 December from 6pm to 8.30pm.
The tallest Christmas tree in NSW is decorated with more than 110,000 LED lights, a 3.4-metre colour-changing star and 330 specially created glossy baubles.
The tree’s 800 branches are dressed with 15,000 flowers representing 9 different kinds of Australian flowers: banksia, waratah, bottlebrush, wattle, eucalyptus gum flower, kangaroo paw, flannel flower, pink wax flower and white wax flower.
Macarthur Square Christmas Lights
For a Christmas installation that emulates the likes of the outrageously over-the-top displays seen at Dubai Mall and the Mall of Emirates, head to Macarthur Square. Stroll amongst towering illuminated reinders that stand over six metres tall, a ten-metre Christmas tree and masses of lights strung across Kellicar Lane.
The centre will have extended trading hours in the lead up to the big day, giving you more after-dark hours to admire the displays.