December in Sydney signals the start of Summer. Days are long and warm with perfect swimming weather. Afternoon storms are not uncommon, and while you might see more rainy days than you would like, it’s not cold, and rain rarely falls for more than a couple of hours.
Restaurants and bars are busy with Christmas celebrations and the latter half of the month sees the beginning of the 6-week summer school holidays making shopping centres and attractions much busier.
Accommodation prices normally skyrocket from about 20 Dec. right through until at least 3 Jan. due to the number of people arriving to see the NYE Fireworks spectacular. However, this year things are a little different, and there seem to be some great bargains to be had.
Average Temperatures: 25.8 – 18.6°C (64-79°F) While each year varies the last December saw eleven days of rain.
New events and updated content are added to these pages as it becomes available. Please note many of this year’s events have been cancelled or will be delivered virtually. Please check the official event sites before making any plans.
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- Major Annual Events
- Arts and Entertainment
- Markets, Fairs and Community Festivals
- Glebe Artisans Market
- Theatre and Performance
- Sport and Outdoors
- Regional Events
Major Annual Events
- Sydney Santa Spectacular
- Woolworths Carols
- Sydney To Hobart Yacht Race
- Santa Photos at Bondi Beach
- NYE in Sydney
Arts and Entertainment
Mov’in Boat Floating Cinema
Taking the drive-in up a level is Mov’in Boat. We all know Sydney loves an outdoor cinema, and we love something new even more so, so expect this floating cinema to sell quickly.
Situated on Cockle Bay will be 40-row boats for hire, 65 summer lounge beds and two floating bar experiences. On the shore, the full 4K 15-metre screen and the 30 surround speakers will be creating an immersive show.
Choose a rowboat with tailored back seat or a queen-sized day bed. If you have your own boat you can bring it along for a reduced ticket price. VIP experiences are also available. This is a great date night idea.
Before the movie you might want to check out some of the great eats nearby
Where: Cockle Bay, Darling Harbour
When: 3rd Dec to Feb 2021
More: Book tickets on their website.
Find more outdoor cinemas here
Sydney Santa Spectacular
The Sydney Santa Spectacular will be a little different this year and has moved from Penrith to Rouse Hill. Tickets are $25 and on sale now.
Where: Rouse Hill Town Centre
When: 11-26 December
More: Check out the event website.
Markets, Fairs and Community Festivals
The Finders Keepers Market
Looking for original Christmas gifts that will impress? This market features some really beautiful handcrafted products from local makers.
Where: The Cutaway Barangaroo
When: 6-8 Dec.
More: Find detailed information here
If you are looking for authentic unique gifts check out the Blak Markets. A huge range of affordable Aboriginal art, jewellery, homewares and beauty products.
The markets support the local aboriginal people with 100% of the profits going back into the community. There is also Indigenous-inspired food and drinks on offer.
Where: Anzac Pde, Bare Island, La Perouse
When: 9.30am-3pm, 15 Dec. TBC
Glebe Artisans Market
Where: Dr HJ Foley Park – Bridge and Glebe Point Road
When: 10am-3pm, 15 Dec.
The Coogee Family Fun Day
Entertainment and stalls right at the beachfront a Coogee, plenty of kid-friendly activities including the Lost Reptile displays.
Where: Goldstein Reserve, Arden Street Coogee
More details here
Need ideas for how to spend Christmas Day? We have you covered.
Theatre and Performance
Magic Mike Live
A 360-degree live dance and acrobatic spectacular directed by Channing Tatum. The show runs for 90 minutes and is based on the films.
Where: Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park
When: 17 December 2020 to 7 February, 2021
Cost: $79.00 to $209.00 plus booking fee
More info on the official site.
Sport and Outdoors
Bondi to Bronte Virtual Swim
This popular fundraiser for Kids with Cancer is going virtual this year. Swim 500m, 1km or 2.2kms in your local pool, the beach or lake, anywhere you can.
Where: Bondi Beach
When: Swim anytime between Saturday 5 and Sunday 13 December 2020
More info on the official site.
Cherry Harvest Season in Mudgee
Fresh cherries are an essential part of an Aussie Christmas so why not create a new Christmas tradition in your family and make heading bush and picking your own part of your Christmas experience.
Where: Roth Family Orchard, 108 Eurunderee Lane, Mudgee
When: 1-21 Dec.
More: details here
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