Seeing as Christmas is right around the corner, I thought I would share with you some of my favourite things to do during the festive season, here in Sydney.
Whether you have a bit of money to splurge on some exciting Christmas adventures, or you’re on a tight budget; like many of us are around the silly season, Sydney has really stepped it up the last few years and now provide some really great things to do to cater for anyone’s budget and interests.
Here are my picks:
Santa Spectacular: Now Open
Located at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse, this is a great way to spend the day and night with friends and family – particularly if you’re looking for things to do with the kids. There are some really great rides, a bowlful of festive activities; like The Winter Wonderland, Christmas Cookie decorating and Ice-Skating.. I do recommend if you’re going, to go early though – like as soon as the gates open. Especially if you want to go ice-skating. As the day leads on, the ice tends to start melting and get very wet – making it very slippery and dangerous for skating.
City Decorations: On Now
This is great for those of you on a budget, as you don’t need to spend any money to look at all the beautiful festive decorations around town. Reduce your stress and catch the train into the CBD. I recommend you start by getting off at Town Hall and then work your way through the QVB, then cross over George Street and make your way into Pitt Street Mall. Make sure you take some time to wander through The Strand Arcade and Westfields too, as they are some really lovely decorations this time of year. There are plenty of places to eat here too, so you can power up before making your way to Martin Place for the Giant Sydney Christmas Tree.
St Mary’s Cathedral: On Now
Again, this is the perfect solution for someone on a budget, and best viewed at night. Every year St Mary’s Cathedral puts on an amazing Christmas themed light show, which is projected across the front facade of the church. It’s a pretty spectacular sight to see, especially when sharing the experience with hundreds of other people, and listening to all the oohs and ahhs LOL. If you’re planning on heading to the CBD to explore the street of lovely decorations, I definitely recommend you go from lunch on-wards to start your exploring. That way you can grab an early dinner before heading off to the Cathedral for a wonderous light show as the sun fades, before heading home.
Christmas Wonderland: Starts 16th December 2017
Tickets are selling pretty quick for the Santa Spectacular, so if you miss out, then the Christmas Wonderland is the next best thing. It’s very similar to Santa Spectacular, but is located in Homebush instead. Plenty of fun Christmas themed activities for both kids and adults, including an ice-rink for skating, a winter wonderland (which we all love here in Australia – right?), and of course rides, food – pretty much your typical festival. Again, if you have kids, this is a great activity to take them to. And to get the benefits of the ice-rink (much like the Santa Spectacular) go when the gates are open and ice-skate first thing before it heats up from all the extra bodies – who tend to rock up just before lunch time.
This blog has not been sponsored by any of the brands – just sharing my fave Christmas things to do.