Easy Access Map Tracker A First For New Year’s Eve

Families with prams & people who use wheelchairs will find it easier to experience Sydney New Year’s Eve (NYE) 2017 – Wonder, thanks to a new accessibility-friendly mapping service.

Developed with the help of wheelchair users, Sydney will be one of the first cities in Australia to use directional mapping for wheelchair users at a large-scale public event.

The map will provide safe routes for people travelling from major transport hubs in Sydney’s city centre to accessible vantage points where they can experience the fireworks.

The maps are colour-coded based on the level of accessibility of a route – from black (steep descent) to purple (coasting), green (easy level), orange (incline) & red (steep climb).

The City Of Sydney has teamed up with Briometrix, entrepreneurs specialising in smart technology for people who use wheelchairs, to develop the accessibility map.

Lord Mayor, Clover Moore, said the new mapping system would benefit everyone.

“NYE is one of the biggest annual celebrations in the world. It’is so important that everyone gets the chance to come into the city and experience it & that is what this new colour-coded mapping service will help to enable” the Lord Mayor said.

“We are committed to making Sydney inclusive & accessible for residents & visitors from all around the world”

To develop the map, people who use wheelchairs travelled around the city to map out the most accessible paths to access official Sydney NYE2017 – Wonder vantage points.

Mark Tomkins, Briometrix disability advisor & himself a wheelchair user, helped test the accessibility map. He said it is useful for wheelchairs, prams & older people who find walking in the city challenging.

“If the map is accessible to those users, then it is safe for everybody in the community” Mister Tomkins said.

Jason Jones, a wheelchair user from Wollongong, was involved in mapping the city for the accessibility map. He has attended large-scale events in the city & believes the map is a useful addition in helping wheelchair users navigate the city.

“Around The Rocks there is a few areas that are really steep & the map will help wheelchair users find a way to get where they want to go. For me, it means that I can more easily plan my route”

The map is available to view via mobile or desktop at sydneynewyearseve.com/accessibility to help plan your night.

From the 27th of December, City Of Sydney volunteers will be available to guide groups or individuals along routes between public transport & vantage points to view the fireworks display. The volunteers will help familiarise the guests with the route & any changes for NYE. Bookings are essential with limited spaces available.

More on the ground services & new guides will mean Sydney NYE is more inclusive than ever before.

The Sydney NYE 2017 – Wonder event guide will be available in large print and audio & has been translated into 5 languages – Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Spanish & German. With the assistance of the Council For Intellectual Disability, an Easy Read version of the event guide has also been created in order to make information accessible to a wider range of individuals. See the event guide at sydneynewyearseve.com/event-guide.

The City along with major vantage point sites offer 6 designated accessible viewing areas for people with a disability to enjoy the fireworks with family & friends. These areas cater to those with sensory, neurological, psychological, cognitive & learning disability. Areas still available are at Barangaroo Reserve, Cahill Expressway, Mary Booth Reserve, Pirrama Park & the Sydney Opera House. Bookings are essential. See the vantage point map at sydneynewyearseve.com/vantage-points.

To find accessible ticketed events in Sydney for NYE, visit the What’s On disability inclusive page: whatson.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/tags/disability-inclusive.

Sydney NYE 2017 – Wonder will include Auslan, British Sign Language & American Sign Language interpretations of ‘Welcome To Sydney’ projected on both sides of the Sydney Harbour Bridge pylons.

A live audio description will be broadcast on Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) Extra & also on 2RPH on 1224AM or 100.5 FM. The broadcast will include a colourful narrative of the Welcome To Country, 9pm Family Fireworks, Harbour Of Light Parade & the Midnight Fireworks. Tune in to the ABC Radio app or ABC Extra digital radio station to enjoy the broadcast.

Those staying at home can enjoy the celebrations through the ABC television (TV)/online broadcast. The broadcast begins at 8:35pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time with live closed captions available on its TV & online services.

KIIS 1065 will broadcast the soundtracks for the 9pm Family & Midnight Fireworks.

For general enquiries & access to a detailed personal planning service, complete the online form at surveymonkey.com/r/NYEAccessibility.

You can contact the City Of Sydney Sydney NYE 2017 – Wonder Accessibility Officer on 02 9265 9333 or email nyedisability@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

Visit sydneynewyearseve.com for detailed information on the event.

Media Release: City Of Sydney

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Charlie Pickering To Host Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s All-Star New Year’s Eve Countdown

Join our master of ceremonies, Charlie Pickering, as he counts down the biggest night of the year with the New Year’s Eve (NYE) 2017 broadcast, Countdown Live NYE 2017 on Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) Television (TV) & ABC iview.

Presented from the Sydney Opera House, Charlie takes us through an evening jam-packed full of unmissable entertainment from an all-star line-up including Jimmy Barnes, Phil Jamieson, Marcia Hines & Kate Ceberano, with plenty of fun for all-ages including the Family Fireworks at 9pm, culminating in the world-famous Midnight Fireworks.

The evening events will commence with the Welcome To Country with Rhoda Roberts (Order Of Australia), followed by The Early Night Show, co-hosted by Hoot The Owl & the one and only Kitty Flanagan. Featuring The Play School Band, jugglers, acrobats & a marching band, it promises to be fun for all the family!

We will cross to ABC ME’s Grace Koh & Giggle And Hoot’s Jimmy Giggle who will be live from Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens. There will be a very special performance from Casey Donovan, we take a look at some hilarious Play School auditions & some of our younger viewers give us their views on hot topics and what was the “best-thing-ever” that happened to them in 2017.

At 9pm, the winner of ABC ME’s Design Your Own Firework competition, 7-year-old Lucia from Adelaide, will set the Sydney sky alight with the Family Fireworks display featuring her own unique firework design.

After the 9pm Family Fireworks, Charlie will take us through a variety of hilarious & heart-warming segments including comedian Sammy J, who will present his unique take on some of the year’s key stories & a behind the scenes look at the rehearsals for the biggest concert of the year.

Then it is time to do yourself a favour & get your groove on when the legendary Molly Meldrum welcomes Australia to Countdown Live, a live concert celebrating the songs of the iconic show, Countdown, performed by many of our most loved artists.

Audiences can enjoy live: Jimmy Barnes, Phil Jamieson, Colin Hay, Casey Donovan, John Paul Young, Marcia Hines, Kate Ceberano, Ngaiire, Montaigne, Isaiah Firebrace, Mahalia Barnes & Prinnie Stevens. They will be performing the music that is, quintessentially, Australia’s song book, with a few international classics thrown in for good measure.

At midnight, stand by as Sydney becomes the focus of the world as thousands of fireworks light up Sydney Harbour & we welcome 2018.

RUNDOWN HIGHLIGHTS (exact times subject to change):

8:35pm: New Year’s Eve 2017 commences on ABC & ABC iview

8:38pm: Welcome To Country

8:41pm: The Early Night Show

9pm: Family Fireworks

9.30pm: Countdown Live

Midnight: Fireworks

Audiences can watch the full broadcast in high definition on ABC TV with live streaming also available on ABC iview. The Welcome To Country, the Family & Midnight Fireworks will also be available on the ABC TV YouTube channel. The Family & Midnight Fireworks will also be streamed live on ABC TV’s Facebook page.

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Rainbow Waterfall Heralds New Dawn For Equality

A rainbow waterfall of fireworks will cascade from the Sydney Harbour Bridge as part of this year’s Sydney New Year’s Eve (Sydney NYE) celebrations.

Lord Mayor, Clover Moore, said the dramatic ‘technicolour’ fireworks would confirm Sydney as the New Year’s Eve capital of the world again & celebrate Australians saying ‘Yes’ to marriage equality.

“This is a fabulous way to see out 2017 – the year that 4 out of 5 Sydneysiders said a resounding ‘Yes’ to marriage equality” the Lord Mayor said.

“The rainbow waterfall is a well-earnt tribute to the Sydney 78ers who marched for gay rights 40 years ago – it is a reminder of how far we have come & how far we have left to achieve true equality for our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender & intersex community. It is a wonderful way to ring in the new year & celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Sydney Gay And Lesbian Mardi Gras.

“With more fireworks than ever before, this year’s Sydney NYE celebration guarantees to be the biggest, brightest & best in the world”

Sydney New Year’s Eve contributes an estimated AUD$133 million to the local economy & puts Sydney on the map as a global city for tourism, business, events and creativity on every level”

It takes Sydney fireworks director Fortunato Foti & the crew from Sydney family company, Foti Fireworks International, more than 5,000 hours to create the Sydney NYE display.

“The challenge this year was to create never-before-seen displays. Out of this, we have created some great effects that I am looking forward to sharing with the people of Sydney & the world” Mister (Mr) Foti said.

“This waterfall effect is a first for the Bridge & we have chosen the rainbow colours that work best for fireworks: red, yellow, green, blue, purple & silver”

Mr Foti says there will be more than 100,000 individual pyrotechnic effects on the night, setting a new record for the annual event’s 9pm Family & Midnight Fireworks with:

  • 8 tonnes of fireworks – 1 tonne more than in 2016
  • 13,000 shells – 1,000 more than in 2016
  • 30,000 shooting comets – 5,000 more than in 2016

Inner-Sydney artist, Nadia Hernández, is the creative artist for this Sydney NYE and a series of bright artwork designs have inspired a vibrant colour palette for the fireworks.

This year, the 9pm Family and Midnight Fireworks & the dramatic lighting effects beamed from the Sydney Harbour Bridge will feature new pastel shades including bright orange, pink, lime green & light blue.

Her artwork designs also feature inspirational words including ‘wonder’, ‘harmony’, ‘hope’ & ‘together’, which will feature in the animations projected onto the Harbour Bridge pylons on the night.

“I included these words in the Sydney NYE2017 – Wonder artworks because they reflect my love of Sydney & send a positive message of hope for Australia and the world as we move into a new year” Miss (Ms) Hernández said.

“The words & colours are all about what a wonderful place Sydney is in summer – spending time outdoors with family & with friends – and that sums up NYE in Sydney too”

“It is such an honour to have been chosen by the City to be the creative artist for Sydney NYE2017 – Wonder. This project really has been a dream come true for me”

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This year, the Welcome To Country will include a tribute marking the 50th anniversary of the Sydney-San Francisco sister city relationship that will be celebrated in 2018.

A message from the Muwekma Ohlone peoples of the San Francisco Bay area will be projected onto the Sydney Harbour Bridge pylons at the close of the evening’s Welcome To Country.

Sydney New Year’s Eve creative consultant, Rhoda Roberts (Order Of Australia), said the message marked a close connection between the 2 cities’ First Peoples.

“There is a lovely connection between Sydney & San Francisco – both cities are very similar in their geography & both cities have a strong and vibrant Indigenous culture” Ms Roberts said.

“There is a great synergy between the histories of the First Peoples of these 2 great cities. The language, the stories & the rituals of the Indigenous peoples here & in San Francisco have survived recognised and honoured & are still strong today”

At the close of the Sydney NYE2017 – Wonder Welcome To Country, the following words in the language of the Muwekma Ohlone people will appear: “Makkin Mak Muwekma Wolwoolum, Akkoy Mak-Warep, Manne Mak Hiswi!”, which translates to English as: “We Are Muwekma Ohlone, Welcome To Our Land, Where We Are Born, San Francisco Bay Area”.

San Francisco Mayor, Edwin M. Lee, said the city was proud to be included in Sydney New Year’s Eve celebrations.

“We are honored that 2018 will mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of our sister city friendship which has built common understanding, cooperation & partnership across the Pacific” he said.

“In January, our San Francisco delegation will be visiting your beautiful city & joining with your citizens in celebrating 50 years of friendship & to set the foundation for another 50 years of citizen diplomacy”

The Sydney NYE2017 – Wonder program highlights include (times are Australian Eastern Daylight Time): 

6pm                 Pre-Show Entertainment

8:38pm           Welcome To Country

9pm                 Family Fireworks

9:15pm           Harbour Of Light Parade

Midnight         Fireworks

Getting in & out of the city centre is different on NYE. There will be road closures, on-street fencing & diversions to help people get around safely & move crowds to transport. Visit sydneynewyearseve.com for detailed information.

Media Release: City Of Sydney

The Sounds Of Christmas Are Coming To The City

Shoppers, visitors, residents & workers can soak up the spirit of the festive season as the sounds of Christmas fill the air across Sydney.

Traditional Christmas carollers, including the Jingle Belles Singers, The Cleftomaniacs, Soulfood & Endeavour Harmony Chorus, will entertain passersby with favourite holiday tunes in Pitt Street Mall every Thursday, Saturday & Sunday night from the 25th of November.

In Martin Place, choirs, including the Australian Girls’ Choir, Sydney Philharmonia Choir, Circular Keys & The Salvation Army Band And Choir, will perform under the branches of the interactive Christmas Tree every evening from the 26th of November until Christmas Eve.

Sydneysiders can also enjoy a night of carol singing, festive music & readings at the annual Christmas At Sydney Town Hall concert on Tuesday the 19th of December. The magnificent grand organ & stunning sandstone surroundings make this very festive affair a memorable night for the whole family.

The City’s 2017 charity partner’s choir, Variety – The Children’s Charity Choir, will also perform as part of the Choirs In The City program. The lively, fun group of Aussie celebrities & kids, led by The Voice alumni, Darren Percival, will perform in Pitt Street Mall on the 14th of December & in Martin Place on the 20th of December.

“There is nothing quite like Christmas in the city. We are going to get everyone into the Christmas spirit with our Choirs In The City program, making Sydney as festive & fun as possible” Lord Mayor, Clover Moore, said.

“The sound of carollers & choirs will ring through Pitt Street Mall & Martin Place, creating an exciting, festive atmosphere in Sydney’s main retail precincts”

City of Sydney Christmas launch, Martin Place, Sydney, 22nd November 2017. Photo by Damian Shaw / City of Sydney

Pitt Street Mall program – from 6pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT):

Leichhardt Espresso Chorus – 25th of November
The Cleftomaniacs – 30th of November
Northern Beaches Chorus – 30th of November
United Nesian Movement – 2nd of December
Australian Girls’ Choir – 3rd of December
Soulfood – 7th of December
Sydney Gay & Lesbian Choir – 7th of December
Australian Girls’ Choir – 9th of December
Circular Keys Chorus – 10th of December
Variety – The Children’s Charity Choir – 14th of December
Australian Girls’ Choir – 14th of December
Endeavour Harmony Chorus – 16th of December
Jingle Belles Singers – 17th of December
Sydney Gay & Lesbian Choir – 21st of December
Northern Beaches Chorus – 21st of December

Sydney Christmas 2013 choir singing in Pitt Street Mall, Sydney CBD, 19th December 2013. Picture by DAMIAN SHAW.com

Martin Place program – from 6pm AEDT on weekdays & 7pm AEDT on weekends:

Circular Keys – 26th of November
NuSom – 27th of November
Sydney Sings (With One Voice) – 28th of November
Australian Girls’ Choir – 29th of November
Erskineville Public School – 30th of November
SISTA! Quartet – 1st of December
United Nesian Movement – 2nd of December
Australian Girls’ Choir – 3rd of December
Jingle Belles Singers – 4th of December
Bondi Sings – 5th of December
Endeavour Harmony Chorus – 6th of December
Campbelltown District Marching Band – 7th of December
NuSom – 8th of December
Australian Girls’ Choir – 9th of December
Circular Keys – 10th of December
Jingle Belles Singers – 11th of December
Honeybees – 12th of December
Endeavour Harmony Chorus – 13th of December
Darlington Public School – 14th of December
Circular Keys – 14th of December
Circular Keys – 15th of December
Endeavour Harmony Chorus – 16th of December
Jingle Belles Singers – 17th of December
Sydney Philharmonia Choir – 18th of December
Sydney Philharmonia Choir – 19th of December
Variety – The Children’s Charity Choir – 20th of December
Sydney Philharmonia Choir – 21st of December
The Salvation Army Band And Choir – 22nd to the 24th of December

For all dates & details, visit sydneychristmas.com.au.

Media Release: City Of Sydney

Concerts Bring Festive Cheer To Sydney’s Villages

Sydneysiders are invited to pack a picnic for a night of entertainment in some of the City’s best-loved parks as part of the City Of Sydney’s annual Christmas program.

The village Christmas concerts in December will feature live entertainment, carols, kids’ activities, tasty treats & a special visit from Santa.

Concerts at Alexandria Park in Alexandria, Prince Alfred Park in Surry Hills, Reg Bartley Oval in Rushcutters Bay & Turruwul Park in Rosebery will delight children and adults alike & bring the community together to celebrate the festive season.

City of Sydney Christmas launch, Martin Place, Sydney, 22nd November 2017. Photo by Damian Shaw / City of Sydney

Christmas is a time to enjoy with friends & family so we are inviting everyone to bring a picnic blanket & settle in for a fun evening of entertainment, music & food at our village concerts” Lord Mayor, Clover Moore, said.

Each of the concerts will run from 6:30pm to 8:30pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time & include a sausage sizzle, gelato and a glittering fireworks finale.

Santa stockings jam-packed with goodies will also be on sale for AUD$5 with all proceeds going to the City’s charity partner, Variety – The Children’s Charity.

Alexandria, Saturday the 2nd of December
Hosted by Jimmy Giggle & featuring children’s favourites Nay Nay Let’s Play, The Listies and The Australian Girls’ Choir along with Caravana Sun.

Xmas Concert in Alexandria - City of Sydney

Surry Hills, Sunday the 3rd of December
Hosted by Jimmy Giggle & featuring Justine Clarke, Bananas In Pyjamas, The Listies and Brown Sugar.

Rushcutters Bay, Saturday the 9th of December
Featuring Master Of Ceremonies (MC), Emma Palmer from Play School & entertainment by Bananas In Pyjamas, Splashdance, The 7 Sopranos, Son Veneno and children’s entertainment legend, Peter Combe.

Surry Hils, Sydney - Sunday December 8, 2013: City of Sydney Christmas Concert, Prince Alfred Park (Photo by Jamie Williams/City of Sydney)

Rosebery, Sunday the 10th of December
MC Jay Laga’aia will introduce performances by Bananas In Pyjamas, Justine Clarke, The Australian Girls’ Choir & El Orqueston.

For all the dates & details, visit sydneychristmas.com.au.

Media Release: City Of Sydney

Sleighbells Ring In Our Aussie Christmas

Sydney is set to celebrate Christmas like no other city, with a program of uniquely Aussie festivities & tradition with a twist.

Lord Mayor, Clover Moore, today launched the 2017 Sydney Christmas program at Martin Place, which features 30 days of events, light projections, concerts & choir performances across the city & its villages.

Artists including Kate Miller-Heidke, Justice Crew, Christine Anu, All Our Exes Live In Texas, The Australian Girls’ Choir & Jimmy Giggle will perform at 2 city concerts that kick off Sydney’s festive season this weekend.

“With a fantastic program of celebrations for all ages, this is a great time for people to bring their families to the city & celebrate the festive season” Lord Mayor, Clover Moore, said.

“From live concerts & colourful projections, to great shopping & the opportunity for the kids to meet Santa, there is plenty for visitors, shoppers & locals to enjoy”

“It will be a wonderful Sydney Christmas,with sunshine, lively streets & long evenings, it is the perfect time for exploring our city with family & friends”

Sydney Christmas 2017 Program Highlights:

Martin Place Christmas Concert & Tree Lighting – Saturday the 25th of November, 6:30pm–8:30pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT)

Hosted by Channel 7’s Mark Ferguson & Angie Asimus, the free Martin Place Christmas Concert & Tree Lighting is packed with entertainment the whole family will love.

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The concert features live performances by Kate Miller-Heidke, Justice Crew, All Our Exes Live In Texas, Christine Anu, Australian Girls’ Choir & children’s entertainer, Jay Laga’aia.

The Lord Mayor & Santa will arrive by cycle-drawn sleigh to light the Christmas Tree & start the fireworks finale.

There will be pre–show entertainment from 5:45pm AEDT & Santa stockings packed with goodies on sale for AUD$5, with all proceeds going to the City’s Christmas charity partner, Variety – The Children’s Charity.

The Mutual Life And Citizens Centre & General Post Office restaurants, bars & a pop-up dessert bar with festive gelato, sweets and cakes will open during the concert.

Christmas On The Green at Hyde Park – Saturday the 25th of November, 6:30pm–8:30pm AEDT

Jimmy Giggle, Bananas In Pyjamas, The Listies, The Fairies & children’s entertainment legend, Peter Combe, will perform at the free concert in Palm Grove in Hyde Park North.

Christmas On The Green will be a lively, festive night perfect for families with entertainment suitable for all ages.

Concert goers can enjoy kids’ activities, food trucks, a gelato bar & AUD$5 Santa stockings. Santa will stop by for a visit & a fireworks finale will light up the sky.

Sydney - Thursday November 28, 2013: City of Sydney Christmas Concert, Martin Place, Sydney (Photo by Jamie Williams/City of Sydney)

Martin Place Christmas Tree

The interactive Christmas Tree in Martin Place provides a visual spectacle that invites visitors to share in the spirit of Christmas. Visitors can send a Christmas message to the 20 metre high Tree via sydxmastree.com.au & watch the words light up the interactive ribbon.

The city’s most-loved Christmas tree is decorated with 60,000 lights, 300 baubles and a 1.5 metre treetop star & will be lit every day from the 25th of November to the 26th of December.

Lights & projections

The Boulevard Of Light – an overhead canopy of 80,000 lights in Pitt Street Mall – will make late-night shopping trips sparkle.

From the 25th of November to the 25th of December, family-friendly projections at Customs House Square & Martin Place will transform the ground into a summer Christmas wonderland.

The Lights Of Christmas at Saint Mary’s Cathedral will capture the imagination of audiences with a spectacular light & sound show. Performances run each evening from the 6th–25th of December, starting at 7:30pm AEDT with a choir performance.

Village Christmas concerts

Free, family-friendly concerts at Alexandria (2nd of December), Surry Hills (3rd of December), Rushcutters Bay (9th of December) & Rosebery (10th of December) are always a big hit with the kids & packed with children’s entertainment, live music, fireworks & a visit from Santa.

There will be performances from children’s favourites including Jimmy Giggle, Justine Clarke, The Listies, Bananas In Pyjamas & Splashdance.

Alexandria, Sydney - Saturday December 7, 2013: City of Sydney Christmas Concert, Alexandria Park (Photo by Jamie Williams/City of Sydney)

Carollers & choirs

Carollers in Pitt Street Mall will entertain shoppers with festive favourites while they do their Christmas shopping. Different groups will perform every Thursday, Saturday & Sunday nights from the 25th of November to the 21st of December including Variety – The Children’s Charity Choir, Sydney Gay & Lesbian Choir, Australian Girls’ Choir & The Cleftomaniacs.

Choirs will perform under the branches of the Martin Place Christmas Tree every night from the 25th of November until Christmas Eve. Groups include Jingle Belles Singers, Circular Keys, Sydney Philharmonia Choir & The Salvation Army Band And Choir.

A Very Surry Hills Christmas

Sydneysiders & locals are invited to A Very Surry Hills Christmas on Saturday the 16th of December.

Visitors can make their own personalised Christmas decorations at Santa’s Workshop & take advantage of the complimentary gift wrapping service for purchases from local retailers.

A live disc jockey will entertain crowds throughout the day & there will be face painting, free entertainment and photos with Santa for the kids.

The event will run from 9am to 5pm AEDT at Shannon Reserve, Surry Hills.

Rediscover George Street walks

Free seasonal walking tours will encourage Sydneysiders to explore their city on foot & rediscover George Street. The foodie walk will explore hidden laneway cafes & chocolate shops while a family-friendly Christmas lights walk will tour Sydney’s most Instagram-able window displays & illuminations. An evening architecture walk will reveal the city in a new light, highlighting the best buildings on George Street & their surprising history.

‘KIIS under the mistletoe’

KIIS 106.5 is inviting visitors to Christmas On The Green in Hyde Park to ‘KIIS under the mistletoe’ for a chance to win a AUD$500 shopping spree. Visitors snapped ‘KIISing their Christmas favourite’ under the giant mistletoe can use the #SYDXMAS hashtag to enter the draw. Little ones can also post their letters to Santa at the North Pole at the special Christmas post box.

Variety – The Children’s Charity

The City Of Sydney’s charity partner for Sydney Christmas 2017, Variety – The Children’s Charity, will sell merchandise & Santa showbags at the city and village concerts. The national charity provides funding & support to individuals, organisations & hospitals to improve the lives of children with disabilities & special needs.

Variety will also host a Xmas Walk at Pyrmont Bay Park on Sunday the 3rd of December.

For all dates & details, visit sydneychristmas.com.au.

Media Release: City Of Sydney

‘Countdown’ To New Year’s Eve With The Australian Broadcasting Corporation

This New Year’s Eve (NYE) the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), the Sydney Opera House & the City Of Sydney will be presenting Countdown Live NYE 2017; a concert celebrating the songs of Countdown performed by many of our most loved artists.

Jimmy Barnes, Phil Jamieson, Marcia Hines, Casey Donovan, Montaigne plus many more will provide the soundtrack to the nation’s New Year’s Eve party broadcast via ABC Television, Radio, iView & social media as we sing our way up to the Midnight Fireworks.

In the spirit of celebration, we are looking for the nation’s biggest music fans to join us at the Sydney Opera House’s Northern Broadwalk. So, do yourself a favour & in 25 words or less, tell us what being at this once-in-a-lifetime concert, under the NYE fireworks at the Sydney Opera House, would mean to you.

Submit your entry via the Countdown 2017 competition page.

For further information & terms and conditions, please see below.

ABOUT THE ABC’S COUNTDOWN LIVE NYE 2017 COMPETITION:

Tell us in 25 words or less what being at this legendary concert, under the NYE fireworks at the Sydney Opera House, would mean to you.

Prize: 450 x double passes to the ‘Classic Countdown’ Concert on the Sydney Opera House Northern Broadwalk on Sunday the 31st of December 2017 from 4pm.

PLUS – 1 lucky group of 4 friends will have the chance to win a trip to Sydney including flights & accommodation to experience the concert & the NYE celebrations.

Entries must be submitted via the ‘Countdown’ 2017 competition page.

Entrants must acknowledge that they are responsible for their accommodation in & own travel to Sydney to be eligible to enter.

Judges will select the entry they deem to be the most creative. Winners will be announced on the 13th of December.

Media Release: Australian Broadcasting Corporation