For me the best part of Christmas is seeing the excitement in my children’s eyes. Everything is new to them and there’s so much to do and experience. If you’re in Sydney and you can’t make up your mind where to take your kids, here are some Christmas ideas for you.
Pick your Christmas tree
Yes, you can just get it from the shop or order it online, but it’s much more fun to get the whole family out to the farm and get the kids to choose a tree they love. There’re Christmas tree farms in Dural, Kenthurst, Luddenham and Kemps Creek, all within one hour drive from the CBD.
See the Christmas lights
One of our favourite outings of the season includes going to a residential area where residents go out of their way to decorate their houses. Watch out for Christmas lights when you’re driving around and don’t forget to visit the city, too! See the Christmas Light Forest at Pitt St Mall, The Steet Light Disco and the interactive Christmas tree at Martin place and vivid light projections every night on the Town Hall façade, all from November 27 to December 25.
Check out the LEGO® Tree
Make Christmas shopping more fun for your kids by stopping at the Lego Christmas Tree outside Westfield in Pitt St Mall. Visit the tree from November 27 and throughout the month of December and watch a nightly light show.
Catch a free Christmas movie
Free Christmas movies are on every Friday and Saturday on the Village Greens, Darling Harbour, starting from November 29. Movies begin at 6.30pm on Fridays and 5.30pm on Saturdays. Films include Dr Seuss’ How the Gringe Stole Christmas, Elf, The Santa Clause, Home Alone, The Search for Santa Paws, Fred Claus, Miracle on 34th St and Muppet Christmas Carol.
Sing Christmas carols
Carols in the Domain, Australia’s largest Christmas concert is on December 20 and there will be a pre-show from 3pm, so come early and make a day of it. Or you can combine beach and carols with Coogee carols on December 21 or Carols by the Sea at Bondi Beach on December 10.
There’s lots happening around the city and most of the events are free, so let’s get festive!
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