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 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. If you need a hotel or vacation rental at this time book as early as you can. Many have minimum stays and anything with a harbour view will cost more per night than a transatlantic flight.
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.
- Major Annual Events
- Markets, Fairs and Community Festivals
- Sport and Outdoors
- Theatre and Performance
- Regional Events
Major Annual Events
- Sydney Santa Spectacular
- Woolworths Carols in the Domain
- Sydney To Hobart Yacht Race
- Christmas at Bondi Beach
- NYE in Sydney
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.
More: Check the official site for full details.
Matsuri in Sydney
A celebration of Japanese Culture featuring plenty of food and beer but also the opportunity to learn more about traditional arts like calligraphy, flower arrangement, origami and the famous Japanese tea ceremony.
On stage for your entertainment, will be everything from traditional Wadaiko drumming to J-POP or Cosplay and Karate demonstrations.
Where: Tumbalong Park Darling Harbour
When: 7 Dec.
More: Find details on the official site
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: 9:00am to 6:00pm, 7 Dec.
More details here
Sydney Santa Spectacular
The Sydney Santa Spectacular features rides and an ice rink, crafts and of course Santa. Tickets on sale now.
Where: Penrith Panthers
When: 7-27 December
More: Check out the event website.
Need ideas for how to spend Christmas Day? We have you covered.
Sport and Outdoors
Bondi to Bronte Ocean Swim
This popular fundraiser for Kids with Cancer is now in its 19th year sees participants swim 2.4km from Bondi to Bronte. There is also a 1km option for those less experienced distance swimmers.
Where: Bondi Beach
When: 7.30 am, 1 Dec.
More info on the official site.
Emirates Australian Open Golf Championships
The Australian Open is the oldest and most prestigious golf tournament on the PGA Tour of Australasia. Among those playing this year are Aussies Jason Day, Marc Leishman and Cam Smith and legendary Ernie Els, Paul Casey and Louis Oosthuizen.
Where: The Australian Golf Club Rosebery
When: 5-8 Dec.
Cost: $44 adults, kids under 16 free.
More: Find all the details here
Theatre and Performance
The classic Christmas ballet, Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker is the perfect December ballet and a lovely experience for all ages. Performed by the Australia Ballet Company.
Where: Sydney Opera House
When: 30 Nov. – 18 Dec.
Cost: $45- $355
More: Opera House website.
Cirque Stratosphere features gravity-defying acts on a scale never seen before at the Opera House. For six nights only, a troupe of Olympic-standard acrobats and gymnasts cast by The Works Entertainment will demonstrate that even the sky isn’t the limit.
Where: Concert Hall, Sydney Opera Hous
When: 24-29 December 2019
Cost: $59 for adults, $39 for kids.
Where: Glenworth Valley
When: 21 Dec – 1 Jan.
Cost: $389 limited tickets left
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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