Sydney Soaks In The Sounds Of The Season

Sydney will be filled with the sound of festive music as some of our best choirs entertain families, shoppers & passers-by each night in the lead up to Christmas Day.

Renowned choirs including the Australian Girls Choir, The Cafe Of The Gate Of Salvation, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Choir & the Sydney Philharmonia Choir, will perform in Martin Place every night & in Pitt Street Mall throughout December.

Australian Girls Choir Photograph: City Of Sydney

The City’s annual Christmas At Sydney Town Hall concert on the 20th of December guarantees a memorable night for the whole family. Concert goers will enjoy carol singing, festive music & readings as well as the magnificent Grand Organ in the stunning Centennial Hall. Book tickets for Christmas At Sydney Town Hall at cityrecitalhall.com

“The City works closely with retailers to make sure the Christmas shopping experience in Sydney is as festive & fun as possible” Lord Mayor, Clover Moore, said.

“These performances by some of Australia’s most-loved choirs will create a wonderful atmosphere & bring extra festive cheer to shoppers and visitors during the Christmas season”

A choir singing carols in Pitt Street Mall as part of ‘Sydney Christmas’ Photograph: City Of Sydney

Pitt Street Mall Choir Program:

Northern Beaches Chorus – 1st of December, 6pm–8pm
Australian Girls Choir – 1st of December, 6pm–8pm
Northern Beaches Chorus – 3rd of December, 6pm–7pm
Australian Girls Choir – 4th of December, 6pm–7pm
Australian Girls Choir – 8th of December, 6pm–8pm
Northern Beaches Chorus – 8th of December, 6pm–8pm
Endeavour Harmony Chorus – 10th of December, 6pm–7pm
Australian Girls Choir – 11th of December, 6pm–7pm
The Cafe Of The Gate Of Salvation – 15th of December, 6pm–8pm
Sydney Gay & Lesbian Choir – 15th of December, 6pm–8pm
Sydney Philharmonia Choir – 17th of December, 6pm–7pm
Endeavour Harmony Chorus – 18th of December, 6pm–7pm
Salvation Army Band – 19th of December, 10am–12pm
Salvation Army Band – 20th of December, 10am–12pm
Salvation Army Band – 21st of December, 10am–12pm
Salvation Army Band – 22nd of December, 10am–12pm
Northern Beaches Chorus – 22nd of December, 6pm–8pm
Australian Girls Choir – 22nd of December, 6pm–8pm
Salvation Army Band – 23rd of December, 10am–12pm
Salvation Army Band – 24th of December, 10am–12pm

Martin Place Choir Program:

Soulfood – 1st of December, 6pm–8pm
Australian Youth Choir – 2nd of December, 6pm–8pm
Northern Beaches Choir – 3rd of December, 7pm–8pm
Australian Girls’ Choir – 4th of December, 7pm–8pm
Leichhardt Espresso Chorus – 5th of December, 6pm–8pm
HoneyBees – 6th of December, 6pm–8pm
Sista! Quartet – 7th of December, 6pm–8pm
Sydney Gay & Lesbian Choir – 8th of December, 6pm–8pm
Endeavour Harmony Chorus – 9th of December, 6pm–8pm
Endeavour Harmony Chorus – 10th of December, 7pm–8pm
Australian Girls Choir – 11th of December, 7pm–8pm
Circular Keys Chorus – 12th of December, 6pm–8pm
Sydney Philharmonia Choir – 13th of December, 6pm–8pm
Circular Keys Chorus – 14th of December, 6pm–8pm
Northern Beaches Choir – 15th of December, 6pm–8pm
Circular Keys Chorus – 16th of December, 6pm–8pm
Sydney Philharmonia Choir – 17th of December, 7pm to 8pm
Endeavour Harmony Chorus –18th of December, 7pm–8pm
Sydney Philharmonia Choir – 19th of December, 6pm–8pm
With One Voice Sydney – 20th of December, 6pm–8pm
Leichhardt Espresso Chorus – 21st of December, 6pm–8pm
Salvation Army Band – 22nd of December, 7pm–9pm
Salvation Army Band – 23rd of December, 7pm–9pm
Salvation Army Band – 24th of December, 7pm–9pm

All times above are AEDT.

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

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Christmas Joy Comes To Sydney

2 free city concerts will kick off the City Of Sydney’s exciting Christmas program tomorrow (Saturday) with kids’ entertainers, illuminations, carols, choirs & an interactive Christmas tree and light show.

The simultaneous concerts in Martin Place & Hyde Park feature a host of stars including Megan Washington, Taylor Henderson, Justine Clarke, the Moorambilla Voices Choir, Casey Donovan, Jimmy Giggle, SplashDance & the Australian Girls Choir.

Lord Mayor, Clover Moore, said Christmas in Sydney is a special time & encouraged everyone to check out the City’s events over the next 4 weeks.

“We welcome thousands of people from across Sydney to the city and it’s villages for the festive season with so much on offer for everyone to enjoy” the Lord Mayor said.

“Sydney’s Christmas is unique & we want all Sydneysiders to take pride in it. We have sunshine in the city, warmth & long evenings making it the perfect time to enjoy the city with your family & friends.”

“I hope everyone will embrace the joy of our Sydney Christmas

Lord Mayor Of Sydney, Clover Moore, next to the LEGO Christmas Sleigh with Casey Donovan, Splashdance, Guide Dog NSW/ACT representatives & guide dogs! Photograph: City Of Sydney

Sydney Christmas 2016 highlights:

Martin Place Christmas Concert & Tree Lighting – Saturday the 26th of November, 6:30pm–8:30pm AEDT

The renowned City Christmas Concert will be hosted by Samantha Armytage and Mark Ferguson & packed with entertainment the whole family will enjoy. The free, 2 hour concert features the Australian Record Industry Association Award-winning Megan Washington, Taylor Henderson, Casey Donovan, Justine Clarke, Moorambilla Voices Choir & Bananas In Pyjamas.

Santa & the Lord Mayor will arrive on a cycle-drawn sleigh to light Sydney’s tallest Christmas tree & the Concert will finish with a fireworks spectacular.

Visitors can text a message to 0487 939 627 (048 SYD XMAS) & it will appear on the Christmas Tree’s branches for everyone to see. The Tree will also feature a nightly sound & light show from 8:30pm–9:15pm AEDT that includes an orchestral Christmas score, moving coloured lights & sky beams.

Santa stockings jam-packed with goodies will be on sale for AUD$5 with all proceeds going to the City’s charity partner, Guide Dogs New South Wales (NSW)/Australian Capital Territory (ACT).

Christmas On The Green – Saturday the 26th of November, 6:30pm–8:30pm AEDT

The free family concert in Hyde Park, hosted by Jimmy Giggle, will include performances by Justine Clarke, the Australian Girls Choir, SplashDance & Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom.

The concert will also offer craft activities, a sausage sizzle, gelato & a Santa stocking filled with Christmas goodies.

Santa & the Lord Mayor will stop by for a visit before a fireworks finale.

Boulevard Of Light nightly from the 26th of November until Christmas Day

Transforming the walkway along Pitt Street Mall is an overhead canopy of 62,000 twinkling lights. More than 40 Christmas trees will add to the festive wonderland atmosphere.

BVLGARI Christmas Lights – nightly from the 26th of November to the 28th of December

BVLGARI will help set Christmas aglow with a jewelled light installation throughout the Martin Place area.

Created from thousands of individual light-emitting diode lights, the festive decorations feature the Roman jeweller’s most iconic shapes including coiling Serpentis as the centrepieces.

LEGO Christmas Sleigh – 26th of November to 23rd of December

Visitors jump into the life-sized LEGO® Christmas Sleigh for the ultimate Christmas selfie. Created by a LEGO® certified professional, aka The Brickman, the Sleigh is made up of more than 10,000 LEGO® bricks, measures more than 5 cubic metres & is sure to be a hit with LEGO® fans.

Next to the Martin Place Christmas Tree, the Sleigh will be open for photo opportunities on various dates throughout the festive season.

Village Christmas Concerts – 3rd, 4th, 10th & 11th of December, 6:30pm–8:30pm AEDT

Sydney’s villages will be full of Christmas cheer thanks to carol sing-alongs, a kids disco & guest appearances by favourite performers including Jimmy Giggle, Justine Clarke, SplashDance, Alex Papps & local bands.

The free concerts will also feature elves, kids craft workshops, performances by Brown Sugar, Gang Of Brothers & Caravana Sun, Guide Dog puppies, a visit from Santa & a glittering fireworks display.

The free family concerts will take place at Rushcutters Bay (3rd of December), Rosebery (4th of December), Alexandria (10th of December) & Surry Hills (11th of December).

Illuminations – nightly from the 26th of November to Christmas Day

Sydney Town Hall & buildings around the city centre in places including King, Pitt, Market, Castlereagh & Park Streets, will be illuminated with festive colours from dusk until late every night until Christmas.

The façade of St Mary’s Cathedral will be the stage for a free sound & light show. The theme for the 2016 projections is Joy To The World & will feature an animation of The Nutcracker & a pictorial journey of Christmas decorations throughout the ages.

Carols & Choirs – nightly from the 26th of November to Christmas Eve

The sounds of Christmas will ring across the city with choirs performing every night up until Christmas.

Street choirs singing carols will perform every night at the Martin Place Christmas Tree from the 26th of November to Christmas Eve. In Pitt Street Mall, choirs will entertain shoppers every Thursday evening in December.

The annual Christmas At Town Hall concert on the 20th of December will feature a mix of choirs & the Royal Australian Navy Band. Tickets are available at sydneychristmas.com.au.

Guide Dog Graduation – 6th of December, 11am-3pm AEDT

Guide Dogs NSW/ACT will host a Guide Dogs Christmas Presentation Day in Martin Place. Passers-by can see live guide dog training demonstrations, experience a puppy pre-school & get their photo taken with a guide dog puppy.

Woolloomooloo Christmas Block Party – 3rd of December, 11am–6pm AEDT

The all ages, all free community event at Woolloomooloo Playground on Dowling & Pring Streets features disc jockeys, live music, graffiti demonstrations, dance workshops, basketball, table tennis & more.

The Block Party will be a celebration of Christmas & urban culture with a focus on connecting youth & families with local community service providers within a creative & supportive environment.

Carols In The Park – 10th of December, 5pm-9pm AEDT

Green Square will host its own Christmas event at Joynton Park, Zetland. There will be live music, market stalls, food, activities for the kids, a jumping castle, face painting, Christmas crafts & fireworks.

Shopping – throughout the festive season

As well as the big brand outlets in the city, local village retailers & boutiques each offer their own style & treasures. Shoppers can also take part in the Best Shop Window Competition by tagging their favourite village window #SydXmasWindow on Instagram for a chance to win a AUD$2,000 shopping voucher.

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

Media Release: City Of Sydney

Sydney’s Villages Sing Out With Festive Cheer

Sydney’s villages will soon be full of Christmas cheer thanks to carol sing-alongs, a kids disco, local bands & guest appearances by favourite performers including Jimmy Giggle, Justine Clarke, SplashDance & Alex Papps.

The free concerts in early December will also feature elves, kids craft workshops, performances by Brown Sugar, Gang Of Brothers & Caravana Sun, Guide Dog puppies, a visit from Santa & a glittering fireworks display.

'Jimmy Giggle' Photograph: City Of Sydney
‘Jimmy Giggle’
Photograph: City Of Sydney

Lord Mayor, Clover Moore, said the village concerts were a great opportunity for families and friends to get together & enjoy a Christmas picnic and night of carols.

“Our village Christmas celebrations bring the community together to enjoy a great line-up of live entertainment from local performers, kids’ workshopsb & a special visit from Santa” the Lord Mayor said.

“I encourage everyone to come along, spend time with friends and family & share in the Christmas spirit of peace & goodwill.”

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

A sausage sizzle, ice cream & coffee will be available at the concerts. Santa stockings jam-packed with goodies will be on offer for AUD$5 with proceeds going to the City’s Christmas charity partner Guide Dogs New South Wales/Australian Capital Territory.

There will also be an opportunity to meet Gulliver, the world’s largest guide dog & to play with some Guide Dog puppies.

Guide dog in a park with Christmas present decorations Photograph: City Of Sydney

Rushcutters Bay, Saturday the 3rd of December – Reg Bartley Oval, 6:30pm–8:30pm AEDT
Hosted by Jimmy Giggle & featuring kids’ entertainment by Justine Clarke and SplashDance & soul, reggae and dance music from Caravana Sun.

Rosebery, Sunday the 4th of December – Turruwul Park, 6:30pm–8:30pm AEDT
Hosted by Jimmy Giggle & featuring kids’ entertainment by Justine Clarke and SplashDance & soul music by Brown Sugar.

Alexandria, Saturday the 10th of December – Alexandria Park, 6:30pm–8:30pm AEDT
Hosted by Play School’s Alex Papps & featuring SplashDance and disc jockey Kate Monroe spinning Santa’s Kiddo Disco along with a performance by Gang Of Brothers.

Surry Hills, Sunday the 11th of December – Prince Alfred Park, 6:30pm–8:30pm AEDT
Hosted by Play School’s Alex Papps with SplashDance and Santa’s Kiddo Disco for the kids & upbeat funk and rock from Gang Of Brothers.

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

Media Release: City Of Sydney

The Many Voices Of Sydney Christmas

Megan Washington, Taylor Henderson, Moorambilla Voices Choir & Justine Clarke are just some of the spectacular talent lined up to perform at Sydney’s first Christmas concerts of 2016.

On Saturday the 26th of November, the City Of Sydney will launch its Sydney Christmas program with 2 family-friendly concerts packed with free entertainment from 6:30pm to 8:30pm AEDT.

The Martin Place Christmas Concert & Tree Lighting will be hosted by television presenters Samantha Armytage and Mark Ferguson & feature entertainment for the whole family.

2-time Australian Record Industry Association Award winner & multi-platinum album selling artist, Megan Washington, will headline the Martin Place concert. Also performing will be former Australia’s Got Talent & X-Factor star, Taylor Henderson & children’s favourites, Bananas In Pyjamas, Jimmy Giggle & Justine Clarke.

Taylor Henderson Photograph: City Of Sydney
Taylor Henderson
Photograph: City Of Sydney

The renowned Moorabmilla Voices, featuring 60 children from dozens of schools across rural New South Wales (NSW), will delight the audience with their only Sydney performance this season.

“Our city concerts are always an exciting way to start the Christmas season & taking place on a Saturday evening for the 1st time, we expect them to be more popular than ever” Lord Mayor, Clover Moore, said.

“This is all about showcasing what our city does best at this special time of year”

“The City works closely with performers, corporate partners, retailers & the media to make Sydney a must-visit destination throughout the Christmas period”

'Moorambilla Voices Choir' Concert Photograph: City Of Sydney
Moorambilla Voices Choir Concert
Photograph: City Of Sydney

The Martin Place Christmas Concert will culminate with the arrival of the Lord Mayor & Santa on his sleigh, to light the Christmas Tree. Fireworks will illuminate the sky as Sydney’s tallest Christmas tree is switched on.

At Hyde Park, Master Of Ceremonies, Jimmy Giggle, will lead a night of performances from Justine Clarke, Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom, Splashdance & the Australian Girls’ Choir. Santa will pay a visit & as the sun sets, the night will finish with a fireworks spectacular.

'Jimmy Giggle' Photograph: City Of Sydney
Jimmy Giggle
Photograph: City Of Sydney

During the concerts, the Mutual Life & Citizens Centre Food Court will offer a variety of food and beverage options & the General Post Office Dessert Bar will have a range of gelato, sweets & cakes on offer.

The City’s Christmas program will continue through to Christmas Eve, with the City’s villages hosting children’s concerts in Rushcutters Bay, Rosebery, Alexandria & Surry Hills.

Shoppers will be entertained by choir performances in Pitt Street Mall every Thursday evening & carols by the Martin Place Christmas Tree every night in December.

The Boulevard Of Lights will transform Pitt Street Mall into a festive walkway with a canopy of 62,000 twinkling white lights overhead while Sydney Town Hall will be illuminated in festive colours from dusk each day until Christmas.

Guide Dogs NSW/Australian Capital Territory will host a demonstration & graduation ceremony for its new working dogs in Martin Place on the 6th of December. Passers-by will also have the opportunity to cuddle some adorable puppies that are soon to become trainee guide dogs.

For more information about the Sydney Christmas celebrations, visit sydneychristmas.com.au.

Media Release: City Of Sydney

City Gears Up For A Cracker Christmas

Sydney’s Christmas season will kick off with 2 simultaneous outdoor concerts in the city featuring children’s entertainers, the Moorambilla Voices Choir, surprise special guests & an appearance by Santa Claus!

The City Of Sydney will mark the start of its AUD$3.5 million Christmas program on a weekend for the 1st time. On Saturday the 26th of November, Sydneysiders have the chance of enjoying the Martin Place Christmas Concert & Tree Lighting or Christmas On The Green in Hyde Park.

Lord Mayor, Clover Moore, said the concerts were a drawcard for thousands of families who come each year to enjoy a night of live music, carols & Christmas cheer.

“Our annual Christmas concerts mark the beginning of the festive season in Sydney & are eagerly anticipated by the young and old” the Lord Mayor said.

“This year we’re excited to host these free events on a Saturday night to allow more families to come into the city to enjoy Sydney’s 1st Christmas concerts for 2016″

“We’re also giving local residents opportunities to celebrate the season close to home with family & friends with 4 Christmas concerts in some of our local villages”

“Adding to this, we’ll have choir performances, colourful decorations, lights, the city’s largest Christmas tree & more. This Christmas will be a great celebration in Sydney & I encourage everyone to get into the festive spirit”

Sydney Christmas 2016 highlights:

City concerts – Saturday the 26th of November

2 hour concerts in Martin Place & Hyde Park will kick off at 6:30pm AEDT & showcase a musical line-up of performers to entertain families & visitors of all ages.

Children’s entertainer, Justine Clarke, will open the Martin Place concert, followed by live performances by the Moorambilla Voices & special guests to be announced. The concert will feature a fireworks finale & the lighting of the interactive Christmas Tree by Santa & the Lord Mayor.

At Hyde Park, children’s performers will entertain young families including Jimmy Giggle, Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom as well as the Australian Girls’ Choir & Santa.

The Hyde Park concert will also offer craft activities, a sausage sizzle, gelato & a Santa stocking filled with Christmas goodies.

Martin Place – the heart of Sydney Christmas

The Martin Place Christmas Tree has been the centrepiece of Christmas in Sydney for 47 years. Standing 21 metres tall & dressed with 60,000 lights, 120 interactive stars, 200 stainless steel baubles & a 1.5 metre star on top, visitors can text a message to 0487 939 627 (048 SYD XMAS) & it will appear on the Tree’s branches for everyone to see.

The Tree will also feature a nightly sound & light show from 8:30pm–9:15pm AEDT that will include an orchestral Christmas score, moving coloured lights & sky beams.

Visitors can climb on board Santa’s giant LEGO® Christmas Sleigh – a perfect selfie opportunity with the Martin Place & Christmas Tree backdrop.

From the 26th of November, a General Post Office Dessert Bar will offer a range of festive, mouth-watering gelato, sweets & cakes through to the 31st of December.

Christmas lights

The Boulevard Of Lights will once again transform Pitt Street Mall into a festive walkway. The canopy of 62,000 twinkling white lights will immerse the mall in the joys of the season each evening from the 26th of November to Christmas Eve.

Sydney Town Hall will be illuminated with festive colours & the façade of St Mary’s Cathedral will be the stage for a free sound & light show. The theme for the 2016 projections is Joy To The World & will feature an animation of The Nutcracker & a pictorial journey of Christmas decorations throughout the ages.

Village Christmas concerts

Free family concerts at Rushcutters Bay (3rd of December), Rosebery (4th of December), Alexandria (10th of December) & Surry Hills (11th of December) will feature children’s entertainment, live music, fireworks & a visit from Santa.

Christmas choirs

Visitors can enjoy the sounds of Christmas as they stroll through the city. Street choirs will perform every night leading up to Christmas at the Martin Place Christmas Tree while carollers entertain shoppers in Pitt Street Mall.

Christmas at Sydney Town Hall on the 20th of December is an opportunity for the family to enjoy the true meaning of Christmas with a pageant of readings, music by the Royal Australian Navy Band & performances by a massed choir and children’s choir, led by the Grand Organ.

Shopping

As well as the big brand outlets in the city, local village retailers & boutiques each offer their own style & treasures. Shoppers can also take part in the Best Shop Window competition by tagging their favourite village window #SydXmasWindow on Instagram for a chance to win a AUD$2,000 shopping voucher.

Guide Dogs presentation & puppies

On Tuesday the 6th of December, Guide Dogs New South Wales/Australian Capital Terriorty will host a Guide Dogs Christmas Presentation Day in Martin Place. Passers-by can see live guide dog demonstrations, learn about the complete guide dog journey & play with some up and coming trainees from the puppy pre-school.

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

Media Release: City Of Sydney

World Class Events A Magnet For Overseas Visitors

Sydney’s world class events are a major draw-card for overseas visitors with new statistics showing half those attending hail from the United States, China, the United Kingdom, Germany & other parts of Europe.

Well over a million people attended last year’s Sydney New Year’s Eve & according to leading research analysts Stollznow, more than 46% travelled from overseas specifically to attend the event & stayed in Sydney for an average of 7.4 nights – 32% in central Sydney.

In addition to this, almost 90% of visitors in Sydney during New Year’s Eve said they came specifically for the event & had attended the event multiple times in previous years.

Sydney has retained its status as ‘New Year’s Eve Capital Of The World’, in terms of visitor numbers as well as the millions watching across Australia & a billion people watching around the globe.

The City is working in partnership with the New South Wales (NSW) Government to ensure Sydney New Year’s Eve remains the world’s best New Year’s Eve party.

The Sydney Chinese New Year Festival has also become the largest Lunar New Year celebration outside Asia with more than a million visitors this year attending more than 70 events over 16 days – an increase of 67% on 2015.

And this year’s festive season will see a host of new trees, decorations, light installations & events as part of a new creative vision for Sydney Christmas aiming to attract even more residents, visitors & shoppers to the city centre.

“Sydney New Year’s Eve is one of the world’s biggest 1-night events, generating more than $130 million annually in direct economic impact for NSW,” Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.

“It’s fantastic to see our New Year’s Eve, Chinese New Year & Christmas celebrations inspiring so many people from all around the world to visit Sydney,”

“Working closely with government helps us deliver world-class events for millions of people every year,”

“The City also supports seasonal celebrations with Christmas concerts, streets decorations, light installations, retail events and community grants & the new designs planned from 2016 will encourage more people to celebrate Sydney Christmas across our local area.”

In February, the City called for 3 tenders for new Christmas decorations, projections, light installations & sculptures around the city as well as new Pitt Street Mall Christmas activations for 2016.

An expression of interest for Sydney Christmas 2017–2021 was released in March seeking an innovative creative direction for the Martin Place Christmas Tree, decorations, artworks & events that will transform the new pedestrian sections of George Street & attract thousands more families and shoppers to the city centre.

“The City is looking for ideas for 2017-2021 that propose an array of visual technologies or techniques in various Sydney locations that will attract & delight audiences and visitors to our city” the Lord Mayor added.

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