The Ultimate 2021 List of Sydney Christmas Events and Markets

2021 is almost over, and Sydney Christmas events are centre stage again. It’s time to get into the Christmas mood, and while that may be a little harder this year, we decided to bring all the options together so you can find all the best things to do in Sydney at Christmas, from festivals and Christmas markets to carolling and the prettiest Christmas trees.

Updated 27 November 2021

Christmas Festivals and Special Experiences

Sydney Christmas Fair 2021

The Sydney Christmas Fair is on track to go ahead this year at The Entertainment Quarter and offers plenty to keep the whole family busy. With carnival rides, water activities, outdoor cinema, Santa photos and a gingerbread party house.

All the fun of the fair at the Entertainment Quarter

The Covid Safe plan will require bookings for 2-hour sessions. Some tickets may be available on the day if not sold out.

Where: 122 Lang Road, Moore Park
Cost: $5 entry, ride tickets from $10 – add a 2-hour unlimited ride ticket for $20 more.
When: Sat: 4th, 11th & 18th Dec: 2-hour sessions beginning hourly from 10am to 5pm
Sun: 5th, 12th & 19th Dec: 10am to 2pm (closing at 4pm)

Christmas Markets in Sydney 2021

There are a bunch of Christmas Markets running, and all your favourite regular markets will likely have some Christmas stalls.

The Ultimate Christmas Market at EQ

Come for 160 stalls, great food, fun times and great shopping in a Covid-safe environment.

When: Sunday 5 December 2021
Where: The Entertainment Quarter, Lang Rd, Moore Park

The Shire Christmas Market

This year the Shire Christmas Market will be held in Miranda, 150 stalls, kids’ rides, cool tunes, delicious international food and an appearance by Santa! Previously held in Cronulla, it has been moved to Miranda this year to allow for bigger crowds.

Cambridge Shire Christmas market
Get your Christmas shopping done in the Shire this Christmas

When: Sat-Sun 27-28 November 2021 Cancelled due to the horrible weather this weekend 🙁
Where: Don Lucas Reserve

The Pittwater Christmas Market

This year the Pittwater Christmas Market will be the first of the Cambridge seasonal markets this year.

When: Sunday 11 December
Where: Winnererremy Bay, Mona St, Mona Vale

Mosman Christmas Market

Pop along and find all your Christmas gifts in one place. A range of quality artisan products including homewares, jewellery, clothing, Fair Trade and eco products.

There will also be plenty of indulgent Christmas treats and family entertainment.

When: Thursday 9 December 20214.30pm – 9.00pm 2021
Where: Mosman Square & Village Green Spit Junction

Fair Trade Christmas Market

Head to Chatswood to support the ethically sourced Fair Trade Christmas market. You will find handcrafted gifts at this annual Fair Trade Market. 

When: 04 Dec 2021 | 10am – 4pm
Where: The Concourse, Victoria Avenue, Chatswood 

Cannery Christmas Market

Purchase your Christmas gifts from jewellery to sweets, arts to home decor, fresh flowers, cookies and loads more. There is something exciting for everyone at the Cannery.⁠

When: 04-05 Dec 2021 | 10am-5pm Sat and 10-3pm Sunday
Where: 61 Mentmore Ave Rosebery

The Rocks Christmas Market

No 2021 details released – stay tuned for updates.

While the Rocks will host a special Christmas Eve market, things are already pretty Christmassy right now with plenty of great decorations and gift ideas.

Where: George Street
When: Special Christmas Eve Market

Carriageworks Christmas Market

Things are back to normal for the Carriageworks Christmas Market with no registration required this year. There will be 80+ stalls featuring NSW growers, farmers and artisans, offering everything you need for a Christmas feast. With fruit and veg, seasonal produce, meats, seafood, cheeses, preserves, confectionery, baked goodies and festive tipples.

Carriageworks Christmas Market
Get all your Christmas goodies Photo: Jacquie Manning.

Along with all you need to put together a cracking good Xmas celebration you can also

  • buy your Christmas flowers
  • choose from a range of non-alcoholic options for the sober-curious
  • pick up vegan alternatives from meat free roasts to dairy free cheeses
  • finish your xmas shopping with unique food-related giftware, from cookbooks to textiles, ceramics and more.

When: Wed 22 Dec, 4-9pm
Where: Carriageworks

Glebe Artisan Market

Held four times a year, the Glebe Artisans Market is a fantastic place to get your Christmas shopping done and support small operators.

Crafted cards Glebe Artisian Market
Plenty of great Christmas options at the Glebe Artisan Markets

When: 11 December 2021
Where: 140 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe NSW 2037 

Finders Keepers Market

A fantastic market for picking up unique Christmas gifts for the special people in your life

When: Fri-Sun, 10-12 December: Fri – 5pm – 9.30pm, Sat-Sun: 10am – 5pm
Where: The Cutaway Barangaroo

Christmas Trees In Sydney you should visit

We expect Christmas trees to be going up across the city over the next few weeks or so and will update this page as soon as we have details.

The Rocks Christmas Tree

The Rocks Christmas Tree will be set up in the heart of the Rocks and feature plenty of Instagrammable spots for sharing your images with family and friends.

The Rocks Christmas Market Credit: Anna Kucera
Christmas Festivities at the Rocks Credit: Anna Kucera

Where: Playfair Street and Argyle Street
When: November to Dec

Martin Place Christmas Tree

Martin Place is home to a 3.4m high tree decorated with 10,000 LED lights and 330 colourful baubles. This year the tree will feature 15000 Aussie flowers and will be unveiled on 28 November. The area will also boast over 4 thousand fairy lights strung across Martin Place.

The Martin Place Christmas Tree 2019

This year the tree features 15,000 Australian flowers including banksia, waratah, bottlebrush, wattle, eucalyptus gum flower, kangaroo paw, flannel flower, pink waxflower and white waxflower. See more here

Where: Between George St and Pitt St at Martin Place
When: Saturday 27 November to Wednesday 1 January.

QVB Christmas Tree

At 24m tall, the sparking Swarovski Tree Christmas tree in the QVB is the tallest Xmas tree in Australia and the largest indoor tree in the Southern Hemisphere.

The Swarovski tree is a Sydney Christmas favourite

With over 100,000 crystal ornaments and more than 60,000 lights, the tree reaches from the ground floor to the top of the dome.

Where: Queen Victoria Building George Street Sydney
When: 7 November – December 30 (approx)

Related: Find out more about Christmas in Australia

Christmas Drinks

Tinseltown

If you have an ugly Christmas sweater sitting at home waiting for an outing, this one is for you! Wonderland will host Tinseltown with Christmas tunes and in house Santa and plenty of sugary treats.

Get in the festive spirit at Tinseltown.

Where: Wonderland Bar – 24 Bayswater Rd, Potts Point
Cost: $17 per person for a 90-minute visit, which gets you a mulled wine or festive cocktail (with or without alcohol)
When: 3pm to 11pm

High Tea with Santa

Why not join Santa for high tea? The Tea Room in QVB, along with delicious eats, there will be opportunities for photos with Santa – either professional or with your camera.

High Tea with Santa with DIY or Professional selfies

Sensory Santa Experiences are also available for a calm and comfortable environment. Bookings are available from Saturday 13 November until Friday 24 December. Your experience includes at least two digital photos. You can also take photos with Santa on your own device.

Where: Level 3, QVB George St
When: Book a one-hour session between 8:30am-10am or 13:30am to noon.
Cost: Adults $70, Kids $49 includes a digital photo or Cocktails with Santa – Tickets cost $75 per person.

The North Pole Hotline

A video call with Santa – 2021 details have not been released.
You can book a zoom call with Santa (for free!) on the David Jones website.

Where: David Jones
When: Saturday and Sunday – 5th-6th Dec / 12-13th Dec / 19th-24 Dec 10am-3pm each day!

Santa Photos on top of the Harbour Bridge

How about going one step further than the average Santa photo and booking a Christmas Day Bridgeclimb. If you are unable to celebrate with family this year a Bridgeclimb will make things a lot more memorable than a picnic in the park!

BridgeClimb is open on the 25th of December, with Climbs departing during the Day, at Twilight and Night. 

Where: Bridgeclimb
When: 25 December 2021

Christmas Carols

Carols in the Domain

Carols in the Domain is back in 2021. Sydney’s biggest carolling event is going ahead. Things will be quite different this year. You will need to book tickets or register for the free ballot now. Paid tickets that get you into a seated area however they have increased the seated area enormously and ticket prices are incredibly expensive

Where: The Domain Sydney
Cost: Ticketed area $59-$160 – the free balloted tickets look to be right at the back
When: 18 December

Hark

Join The Song Company for a night of Christmas Carolling as they perform songs from the Renaissance along with audience favourites. Everyone is welcome, especially keen voices!

Hark Sydney Christmas Carols

Where: The Garrison Church (Monday) and St James Church (Tue/Wed)
When: Mon 20th Dec 2022 6pm, Tues 21th Dec 2022 3pm/6pm, Wed 22 Dec 2022 3pm/6pm
Cost: Tickets $65 Adults, $55 Concession and $10 kids. Family $110 (2 adults and 3 kids) – Any 5 tickets $225

The Best Christmas Lights and Decorations in Sydney

Sydney city council have developed a self-guided walking app that will guide you around the city’s best decorations and light displays. The walk covers 4km and is estimated to take 1-2 hours, depending on how many stops you make.

Sydney City’s Culture Walks App – Christmas Walk

Lights of Christmas – St Mary’s Cathedral

The best Christmas light show in the city takes place in front of St Mary’s Cathedral. This year’s show is a three-part narrative on the importance of ‘home” in our lives.

Christmas LIghts at St Marys Cathedral
Christmas Lights Display at St Marys finishes on Christmas Night

Where: St Mary’s Cathedral College St Sydney – entry via William Street
When: 9 Dec – 25 December
Time: 8.30pm-11pm with Choices from 7:30pm

David Jones Christmas Windows

Over 6500 hours of labour went into creating the displays in this year’s David Jones windows. The 2021 display at the Elizabeth Street flagship is based on the story of the children’s book My Pet Star. They are not as Christmassy as other years but fans of the book may enjoy it.

Where: David Jones, 86-108 Castlereagh St, Sydney
When: 24 hours a day from 12 Nov – 3 Jan (avoid peak shopping hours for the best experience)
Cost: free

Darling Harbour

Giant Christmas gifts – These enormous 1.8m Christmas presents create a perfect Instagram shot – sparkling silver and pink packages can be found in the Harbourside Forecourt.

DHC_061 - Darling Harbour Christmas 2019 - Bronnie Barnett - Precinct
Credit: Darling Harbour / Bronnie Barnett

You will also find three large interactive bells at Darling Quarter – with swings that light up when you reach the top.

Where: Darling Harbour Foreshore and Darling Quarter
When: 1 Nov – 25 Dec.

Strand Arcade

Christmas decorations inspired by native flowers, the Strand Arcade is always stunning, but it looks especially lovely with some extra sparkle.

Sydney’s Strand Arcade

Where: 412-414 George St, Sydney
When: 2 Nov to 10 Jan 2021

Westfield Sydney Central

Westfield has 150 trees featuring half a million twinkling LED lights inspired by Eucalyptus Trees, the ‘Christmas Gum’. Plenty of backgrounds perfect for your Christmas Instagram shot. “Check out the 3D Matrix lighting installation between Zara and Innisfree, the Christmas forest down the Grand Staircase into the Food Court or the twinkling green wall pillars on the Level 3 Market St entry.”

I love that the Christmas trees in Westfield are gum trees

Where: Westfield Central (Pitt Street Mall)
When: Now until Dec 28 approx.

Flour Drum Newton

Giving David Jones window a run perhaps is the Christmas Display Window at Flour Drum This will be the 5th year this Newtown cafe will be decorating and it promises to be bigger and better than ever. The window is just the start with the dining room and garden also decorated.

We can personally vouch for how delicious everything tastes at Flour Drum.

Pop in and try their delicious Xmas treats including Christmas Pudding / Cake / Mince Pies (all marinaded for over 12 months with a more than healthy tipple of Brandy), Gingerbreads People, Gingerbread Animals, White Christmas, Christmas Jams and Relishes. As well as handmade cookies and biscuits range, Christmas Pudding and an array of handcrafted gourmet treats.

Where: 531 King Street Newtown.
When: Mon, Thur & Fri : 7:30am – 2pm, Sat & Sun 7:30am – 2:30pm

Christmas Light Spectacular at Hunter Valley Gardens

The annual Christmas Lights Show at Hunter Valley Gardens is back with Covid safe measures in place. Book early to avoid disappointment.

Where: Broke Road, Pokolbin
Cost: $30 adults $25 for kids (Family tickets also available)
When: 5 Nov – 26 Jan, 2021 (Closed 25th Dec) 6:30pm – 9:30pm. Event closes at 10:30pm.

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