Glittering Line-Up For Christmas In The City

Sydney’s festive season officially arrives on Saturday the 25th of November with 2 free concerts in the city centre featuring leading musicians and children’s entertainers, Christmas lights and projections, Santa Claus & fireworks.

The City’s annual Christmas program, including a Christmas concert and the official lighting of the Martin Place Christmas Tree & a family concert in Hyde Park, attracts thousands of families to the city for an evening of live music, carols & Christmas cheer.

Children will get their 1st glimpse of Santa on his new sleigh as he travels from Town Hall to the Hyde Park Christmas On The Green concert before arriving at the Martin Place concert.

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

“Sydney does Christmas better than anyone else & our events have something for all the family” Lord Mayor, Clover Moore, said.

“As well as our city concerts, Sydneysiders & visitors can look forward to an exciting program of events in the city centre & our villages with Christmas lights, projections, carollers & choirs”

The concerts at Martin Place & Hyde Park will run simultaneously from 6:30pm to 8:30pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time, ending with a powerful fireworks display.


Mark Ferguson & Angie Asimus will ‘MC’ the Martin Place concert that includes live performances by Kate Miller-Heidke, Justice Crew, Christine Anu, All Our Exes Live In Texas, The Australian Girls’ Choir & Jay Laga’aia.

Santa & the Lord Mayor will arrive on the sleigh with children from Variety – The Children’s Charity, who will light the 21-metre interactive Christmas Tree when the concert finishes.

Justice Crew

Christmas On The Green in Hyde Park will be a more relaxed atmosphere for families. Master Of Ceremonies (‘MC’), Jimmy Giggle, will lead an evening of performances by Bananas In Pyjamas, The Fairies, The Listies & children’s entertainment legend, Peter Combe.

Over the coming weeks, there will be village concerts in Alexandria, Surry Hills, Rushcutters Bay & Rosebery featuring live entertainment, carols, kids craft activities, fireworks & a special visit from Santa.

As part of the Sydney Christmas program, family-friendly ground projections will light up Customs House Square & Martin Place; 80,000 lights will twinkle overhead in Pitt Street Mall’s Boulevard Of Light & shoppers will be entertained by choir performances in Pitt Street Mall and by the Martin Place Christmas Tree.

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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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Charity Partners Benefit From Sydney’s Biggest Events

The City Of Sydney will partner with 3 major charities for its biggest annual events to help raise funds to improve the lives of children with special needs and disabilities, advocate for children’s rights & provide services for the vision impaired.

The official charity partners are: Variety, The Children’s Charity for Sydney Christmas; United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) Australia for Sydney New Year’s Eve & Guide Dogs New South Wales/Australian Capital Territory (NSW/ACT) for Chinese New Year.

The partnerships will provide the charities with opportunities to promote their causes through activities such as media exposure, donation collections, event activations, speaking opportunities & social media.

For the past 14 years, the City’s events have supported dozens of charities & helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for a variety of causes including fighting children’s cancer, music education for children, treating people with visual impairment, helping children with disability, state emergency services, animal protection, alleviating global poverty & boosting humanitarian aid.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the enormous publicity generated for 3 of Australia’s biggest events would help communicate the great work of this year’s chosen charities to audiences worldwide.

“We are delighted to partner with these charities & support the incredible work they do for those less fortunate” the Lord Mayor said.

“More than 3 million people attend these major events & more than a billion people see or read about them across the world”

“By partnering with us on some of Australia’s largest events, these charities will have excellent opportunities to promote their cause on the national & international stage”

Variety, The Children’s Charity will partner with the City for its Sydney Christmas 2017 program. The national charity provides funding & support to individuals, organisations & hospitals to improve the lives of children with disabilities & special needs. Variety will coordinate a program of child-friendly activities that will feature as part of the City’s 6 outdoor concerts, choir program & associated Christmas events.

One of the world’s leading advocates for children’s rights, UNICEF Australia, will partner with the City for Sydney New Year’s Eve. UNICEF Australia campaigns for Australian children’s rights & supports UNICEF’s global mission to improve the lives of the world’s most disadvantaged & excluded children. The partnership will provide the charity with a platform to promote its cause to more than a billion people around the world.

The City’s Chinese New Year partner, Guide Dogs NSW/ACT, aims to enhance the quality of life & mobility of the blind or vision impaired. The charity helps more than 4,000 people each year & provides all of its services free of charge.

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Australian Radio Network Announces Partnership With The City Of Sydney


ARN today announces a new partnership with the City Of Sydney, kicking off a huge year of events, celebrations & experiences that celebrate the best of Sydney.

As the exclusive frequency modulation (FM) commercial radio partner, ARN’s KIIS 106.5 FM, Western Suburbs (WS) 101.7 FM & The Edge 96.1 FM/Digital Radio Station will play key roles in supporting major events on Sydney’s calendar including the Sydney Chinese New Year Festival, Sydney Christmas & Sydney’s première global event, Sydney New Year’s Eve, which will be presented exclusively with KIIS 106.5 FM.

It all starts with Sydney’s Chinese New Year Festival from January the 27th with a 2 week celebration for the Lunar New Year & the Year Of The Rooster.

Over the past 20 years, the Sydney Chinese New Year Festival has grown to become one of the largest celebrations of the Lunar New Year outside of Asia & 2017 will be no exception.

The Sydney Chinese New Year Festival program is packed with a diverse range of events. ARN activations will include KIIS 106.5 FM Lucky Lunar Lanterns while WS 101.7 FM’s Jonesy & Amanda (Brendan ‘Jonesy’ Jones & Amanda Keller) will be hitting the water as part of the celebrity Dragon Boat Racing event & taking the stage to sing one of their karaoke favourites at Massaoke.

ARN Chief Executive Officer, Tony Kendall, said “ARN are extremely proud to be partnering with the City Of Sydney & contributing to a calendar of great events across the year. KIIS 106.5 FM, WS 101.7 FM & The Edge 96.1 FM/Digital Radio Station are made for Sydney – we love the city’s diversity, spirit of adventure & culture”

“The program of events is the epitome of ‘So Sydney’ & the energy that is our #1 station, KIIS 106.5 FM, in particular. From the vibrant celebrations of the Sydney Chinese New Year Festival and of course, Sydney Christmas & Sydney New Year’s Eve, ARN is excited to partner with the City to create memorable experiences for the whole of Sydney & its community”

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the partnership with ARN would open up more opportunities to promote some of Australia’s biggest events: “We are delighted to join with ARN for the next 3 years. This partnership will capitalise on ARN’s capacity to reach large audiences across the nation through their top-rating programs to promote our fantastic city & brilliant events”

ARN will also play a part in helping Sydney transform into a magical summer playground during the festive season with Christmas & New Year activations & experiences including KIIS 106.5 FM broadcasting live on New Year’s Eve making sure listeners don’t miss a minute of the action of Sydney’s ultimate celebration of the city.

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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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