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.
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Major Annual Events
- Sydney Santa Spectacular
- Carols in the Domain
- Sydney To Hobart Yacht Race
- Santa Photos at Bondi Beach
- NYE in Sydney
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. Captain Cook Cruises’ official spectator boats offer amazing views from inside the exclusion zone from $130 per person.
Where: Sydney Harbour
When: 17-18 December
Details and tickets: SailingGP.com
Sydney Santa Spectacular
The Sydney Santa Spectacular at Rouse Hill. Tickets are $25 and are on sale now.
Where: Rouse Hill Town Centre
More: Check out the event website.
Darling Harbour Christmas Festival
Enjoy live performances at the Christmas concert and wander the Christmas Market stalls.
Where: Tumbalong Park
When: 11-12 and 18-19 December 21, 4-9 pm
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
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.
Glebe Artisans Market
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
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
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Arts and Entertainment
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
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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