Countdown Is On For ‘Sydney Christmas’

2 city centre concerts featuring top Australian performers will herald the start of a month-long program of Christmas festivities in Sydney.

The simultaneous concerts in Martin Place & Hyde Park on Saturday the 25th of November at 6:30pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT) will feature performances by Christine Anu, a range of surprise artists & children’s entertainment from Jimmy Giggle, Bananas In Pyjamas and Peter Combe.

The concerts kick-off 30 days of festivities including concerts, light projections & carols to celebrate the Christmas season in the city.

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

Christmas is a special time for welcoming everyone to our city, bringing together our diverse community & spreading joy throughout the season” Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.

“From the angelic sounds of choirs in Pitt Street Mall & free concerts in our City’s villages to Sydney’s biggest Christmas tree in Martin Place, there is something for everyone in the city this Christmas”

“Sydney sparkles with sunshine at this time of year & with dozens of events in the city and its villages, it is a fantastic opportunity for everyone to enjoy the festive season with friends, neighbours & family”

Sydney Christmas 2017 Highlights:

City Concerts – Saturday The 25th Of November

2 simultaneous concerts in the city will launch the City’s Sydney Christmas celebrations from 6:30pm to 8:30pm AEDT.

Martin Place will feature live performances by Jay Laga’aia, Christine Anu, the Australian Girls’ Choir & other surprise guests. The concert culminates with the arrival of the sleigh bringing Santa & the Lord Mayor to light the tree & start the fireworks finale.

Community Xmas in Hyde Park 2012

Christmas On The Green at Hyde Park will be packed with free entertainment for the whole family. Performers include Jimmy Giggle, The Listies, Bananas In Pyjamas, The Fairies & children’s entertainment legend, Peter Combe. Stockings filled with goodies will be on offer, Santa will stop by for a visit & fireworks will light up the sky.

Martin Place Christmas Tree

For 46 years, the centrepiece of the City’s Christmas celebrations has been the Martin Place Christmas Tree. Standing more than 21 metres tall, the Tree will be adorned with 60,000 tree lights, 300 baubles of up to half a metre in diameter & an illuminated 1.5 metre treetop star. Visitors can also share a festive message on the Tree for everyone to see.

The General Post Office Dessert Bar next to the Tree will offer festive, mouth-watering gelato, sweets & cakes each day until Christmas Eve.

Lights & Projections

The Boulevard Of Light will immerse Pitt Street Mall in the joy of the season as nearly 80,000 lights twinkle overhead every evening until the 2nd of January.

Family-friendly ground projections will light up Customs House Square & Martin Place from the 25th of November to the 25th of December.

Pitt Street Mall lights, City of Sydney Christmas. 10th December 2015. Photo by DAMIAN SHAW / CITY OF SYDNEY

Village Christmas Concerts

The village Christmas concerts at Alexandria (2nd of December), Surry Hills (3rd of December), Rushcutters Bay (9th of December) & Roseberry (10th of December) will be 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, Play School’s Emma Palmer & Splashdance.

Carols & Choirs

The city will swell with the sounds of the festive season with the Choirs In The City program entertaining visitors & shoppers. Carollers will perform every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday evenings in Pitt Street Mall & every evening at the Martin Place Christmas Tree from the 25th of November to the 21st of December. The Salvation Army Band & Choir will perform at the Martin Place Christmas Tree from the 22nd to the 24th of December.

The renowned Christmas At Sydney Town Hall concert on Tuesday the 19th of December will be a memorable night for the whole family. Enjoy traditional carol singing, festive music and readings & the sounds of the magnificent Grand Organ in Centennial Hall.

KIIS Under The Mistletoe

KIIS 106.5 is inviting visitors to the Hyde Park & village concerts 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’s charity partner for Christmas, Variety – The Children’s Charity, will sell merchandise & Santa showbags at all 6 Christmas 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 the Xmas Walk (3rd of December) at Pyrmont Bay Park.

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Media Release: City Of Sydney