The Best Places to Spend Christmas in Sydney

shutterstock_2369814There’s no better place to be on Christmas Day than Down Under, and in Sydney, there’s no shortage of festivities and merriment to be had for zero dollars. Step out of your backpacker hostel and into a world of trees, lights, large inflatable Santas and fun!

Martin Place

Martin Place is home to the standard ‘incredibly large Christmas tree in the middle of an important city’. It’s definitely worth a look, and while its lighting celebrations can hardly compare to those in Rockefeller Centre or Trafalgar Square, it’s still an impressive sight to behold. It lends Martin Place an unmistakably Christmassy vibe, and good luck trying to get a picture of yourself in front of the tree without having other randoms doing the same in the background of your shot.

Bondi Beach

Christmas is the perfect excuse for a party, so why not head down to Bondi Beach on the day? From 2pm, you can join in the Sunburnt Christmas Festival, complete with 24 DJs spinning tunes until 10pm and drinks aplenty. It’s a day filled with sun, sand and celebrating a Christmas party like no other, with a stack of other like-minded individuals who would rather spend their Christmas dancing than sitting down to a conventional feast.

Carols In the Domain

This is as much of a Sydney institution as the Sydney Royal Easter Show. Carols in the Domain is held on the 21st of December this year, and 80,000 people are expected to flock to the free event in the park near the Royal Botanic Gardens.  It will be hosted by Channel Seven’s Melissa Doyle and Matt White, and will also feature performances by the Wiggles, Tina Arena, Jimmy Barnes, and X-Factor’s Dami Im and Jai Waetford. It’s family-friendly, but it’s still a great spectacle and incredible way to spend the lead up to Christmas with an enormous crowd of other excited carollers.

Darling Harbour

Earlier in the year, the Harbour was taken over by a large inflatable duck. Its presence in the area drew many captivated onlookers and the duck quickly became an Instagram star. People came from far and wide for the specific purpose of viewing the duck – and while they were there, they could also take in the vibrant ambience of Darling Harbour itself.

This year, our love of things filled with air continues: the duck has gone and inflatable Santas have taken its place on the water. And on the buildings. And on floating barges. There’s Santa Clauses everywhere: some light up, some glow in the dark, some just sway gently in the breeze, but it’s definitely a sight to behold.

Anywhere outdoors

On Christmas day, the sunny Australian weather dictates that really, the best place to be is anywhere outdoors. Eating fresh seafood is an Aussie Christmas tradition, as well as firing up a barbecue on the beach. There are plenty of beaches to choose from and a vast array of parklands available throughout the Sydney CBD and beyond. Pack a picnic basket (or just, you know, shove food into your trusty backpack and pretend it’s a picnic basket) and head outside to soak in the atmosphere and Christmas cheer.