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10 Awesome Things To Do Before Santa Comes

By Mollie Maloney.
15th Dec 2016

This weekend promises as much festive fun as you can poke your margarita at. It’s your last chance to eat, drink and make merry before the big day, which we’ve calculated, based on the expected tail-wind (and a quick stopover via the rest of the world), that Santa will be here next Sunday. 

Sydney you have one whole weekend, which here at The Urban List starts on Thursday, to get ready (or continue the vibes of sweet, sweet denial) before the best time of the year. 

Here are 10 awesome things to do this weekend in Sydney before Santa comes.  

Thursday 15 December 

Christmas Fare 

Sydney Living Museums will once again host the annual Christmas Fare at Hyde Park Barracks, and they’ve teamed up with everyone worth teaming up with. Sydney’s best artisan producers and makers including the boys from Young Henrys, oyster maestros The Shuck Truck, Cornersmith, Black Star Pastry and loads more, making it a Christmas fare like no other. The best part? You can create your own gourmet hampers for that last minute, I have no idea what to buy them, gift and enjoy free museum entry too. 

What: Sydney Living Museums Christmas Fare 
When: Thursday 15 December 4pm-9pm 
Where: Hyde Park Barracks Museum, Macquarie Street 
Cost: Gold coin entry, head here for more details

Friday 16 December

Go On A Christmas Light Hunt

Jingle your way down to these amazing Christmas light displays across Sydney. It’s safe to say our fairy city got lit very quickly, and we’re pretty impressed with the lights popping up all over the place this Christmas. So jump in the car/uber/train and take your favourite holiday enthusiast on a light crawl like no other. 

What: Sydney’s Christmas Lights 
When: Every night throughout the festive season, because Christmas lights don’t really look that good during the day
Where: Streets across Sydney, check them out here 

Summer At The Clubhouse 

Aperol, the orange drink of the festive season, is popping up everywhere. This weekend we’re feeling particularly good about it coming to the Clubhouse in the Beresford courtyard. Enjoy Aperol inspired cocktails, as well as canapes inspired by the spritz. LIFE HACK: Aperol gelato does exist. So get to Clubhouse, now. 

What: Summer at the Clubhouse
When: Friday 16 December 12pm 
Where: The Beresford Courtyard 

Saturday 17 December

The Sydney Hills Shakespeare In The Park 

Hail Caesar, Sydney’s West has your ‘When in Rome’ attitude sorted with a Shakespeare festival starting this weekend at the Bella Vista Farm, Baulkham Hills. This outdoor showcase of two of Shakespeare’s most famous plays, Julius Caesar and Antony and Cleopatra, kicks off at 5pm and 8pm respectively. BYO the melodrama, Shakespeare is in for a big one. 

What: The Sydney Hills Shakespeare in the Park 
When: December 17 2016– January 7 2017 
Where: Bella Vista Farm, Baulkham Hills 
Cost: Adults start at $38. Book your tickets here.

Discovery Markets 

In their last event of the year, Discovery Point has put together more than 60 of the best gift-inspo stalls to once and for all blast that Christmas shopping list. They’ve also got something for the kids, a silent disco and Christmas-themed workshops to keep the family busy. These markets also run into the night time, so there’s no excuse to not get around the boutique gifting this Chrissy. 

What: Discovery Markets 
When: Saturday 27 December 9am-3pm, 5pm-9pm 
Where: Discovery Point 
Cost: FREE! 


For the first time ever, the legends at the Sydney Opera House are presenting 24 hours straight of binge worthy content. Bingefest celebrates our collective love for Internet culture and its endless ocean of memes. Catch the Internet Cat Video Festival, a mini-marathon of cat videos played for 24 hours non-stop (yes, we’re serious), or the Beyoncé vs Rihanna dance class taught in an Australian Ballet rehearsal room. Headlining are internet royalties: Shia LaBeouf, Nastja Säde Rönkkö and Luke Turner. There is even a Harambe memorial service. RIP dear friend, finally the send-off you deserve. 

What: Bingefest 
When: Saturday 17-Sudnay 18 December 
Where: multiple locations within the Sydney Opera House
Cost: prices vary, head here for details 

Sunday 18 December 

Hardtofind Christmas Market 

Suitably named, Hardtofind has been our online saviour for a while now, dedicated to finding those ‘aw that’s so thoughtful’ personalised and fun gifts. You know the ones, it’s 3am and you’re in a mad panic? Thought so. Thankfully this weekend they’re answering all of our last minute prayers with a pop up Christmas Market at the EQ. In association with the Australian House & Garden magazine, the team are presenting over 75 independent makers, delivering the very best of cottage industries. 

What: Hardtofind and Australian House & Garden Christmas Market 
When: Sunday 18 December 10am-5pm 
Where: Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park 
Cost: Free 

Icebergs Terrace X Heineken 

This summer, Icebergs’ Terrace is joining forces with Heineken to give us a specially curated menu, extra cold Heineken on tap and an impressive range of cocktails (merry Christmas y’all!). The view is preeeettyyy good too, and as we know, summer in Sydney is all about location, location and a little bit more location. 

What: Icebergs Terrace x Heineken 
When: All summer
Where: Icebergs Terrace 

Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives 

Dancing like an Egyptian takes on a whole new meaning this weekend, as six mummies have arrived in Sydney from the British Museum. They will be displayed alongside their 3D CT scan visualisations while respecting their original condition. Actually learn something this weekend and listen in on a chat about the lives, habits, state of health and age of these ancient Egyptians. 

What: Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives
When: On now until 25 April 2017 
Where: Powerhouse Museum, Ultimo 
Cost: prices vary, head here for details. 

Centennial Park Moonlight Cinema

Prepare for the week the right way, with an advanced screening of the Australian Sequel Red Dog: True Blue at the Centennial Park Moonlight Cinema. With clear skies predicted and the perfect opportunity to BYO wine, food and dog, there isn’t much else in the whole entire world that would make us happier than a snuggled night under the stars.

What: Moonlight Cinema 
When: Sunday 18 December 8.30pm 
Where: Belvedere Amphitheatre, Centennial Park
Cost: Adult $19, Child $14.50 plus booking fee. Book tickets here. 

Want to find more things to do in Sydney this festive season? Check out more things here. 

Image Credit: The Discovery Markets

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