What’s on in Sydney in December 2021

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 check the official event sites before making any plans.

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Major Annual Events

Australia Sail Grand Prix | Sydney Presented by KPMG  


Sydney is at its best when the harbour is full of boats. The seventh event of SailGP season is returning to the harbour this December. A number of free and ticketed experiences are on offer.

Join a spectator’s vessel or a superyacht, watch the action from Shark Island or join a tour of the base.

Where: Sydney Harbour
When: 17-18 December
Details and tickets: SailingGP.com

Arts and Entertainment

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: TBC
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: 10-12 December 2021 (Fri 5-9.30pm) Sat-Sun 10-5pm
Cost: $5
More: Find detailed information here

Blak Markets

Aboriginal Art design market goods
Credit: Blak Markets

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: Sunday, December 5 from 10am to 3pm.
Cost: $2.50

Glebe Artisans Market

Crafted cards Glebe Artisian Market
Get some great handcrafted gifts for your family and friends

Fill your family and friends’ Christmas stockings with original handmade gifts and support local small businesses at the same time. The quality at this market never disappoints!

Where: Dr HJ Foley Park – Bridge and Glebe Point Road
When: 10am-3pm, 11 Dec. 2021
Cost: Free

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
When: TBC
More details here

Need ideas for how to spend Christmas Day? We have you covered.

Theatre and Performance

Jagged Little Pill 

Taking to the stage this month is the Tony® award-nominated Broadway rock musical, Jagged Little Pill. The show brings to life the much-loved work of Alanis Morissette, including hits, You Oughta Know and Ironic.   

Where: Theatre Royal Sydney  
When: 2-19 December 
Cost: from $65

Regional Events

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 Bookings from late October.

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