Listen up errrybody! We are officially on the homestretch to 2017. If we’re being honest, we don’t really know how we survived this year, but we’re pretty glad we did because December in Sydney is going to be epic. The first month of summer is bringing it’s a-game, meaning we can all kiss 2016 goodbye with a bang.
From pre-work parties, sky yoga and pop-up dessert bars— and that’s just the start. Sydney is offering up a damn impressive list of things to do this December.
Here are 21 of the very best things to do in Sydney this December.
Royal Croquet Club
Anyone for a game of croquet? For the first time ever, the Royal Croquet Club is hitting Sydney shores and we are damn excited. Think delicious food, new music, epic art and of course, croquet! See why the folks in Radelaide, and our friends across the border in Melbourne can’t get enough of this pop-up wonderland.
Where: Bondi Park
When: Thursday 24th of November until Sunday 4th of December, 12PM
You will really, really, reaaaaally regret this one if you miss it. Really. Get amongst this major multicultural event showcasing all things Malaysian with traditional entertainment, performances, delicious food, activities and more.
Where: Pyrmont Park, Pirrama Road
When: Saturday 3rd of December until Sunday 4th of December, 11:30am
Nail The Silly Season (By Doing Nothing At All)
Navigating the silly season can be a bit tricky, especially in a city like Sydney where (a) there are more dining options than you could ever want or need, and (b) they’re all hidden behind an incognito door, down a random alleyway. The only way you’re going to get even close to nailing the silly season is with Dimmi. From Christmas lunch with the in laws to the annual debrief with the girls, you’re sorted. They’re even giving away five, $500 vouchers to spend at any Dimmi restaurant and all you need to do is head over to the Dimmi website or download the app and book a seat at one of their restaurants (using the promo code URBANLIST) before 31 December to go into the draw.
Bondi To Bronte Ocean Swim
If there’s one ocean swim you’re going to do this year, make it this one. The Bondi to Bronte Ocean Swim is easily one of the best open water events around and hey, if you’re no Thorpedo, no problemo. Everybody needs a cheer squad and there’s a whole heap of sand for you to spectate from.
Cost: $60 per person
Where: Bondi Beach
When: Sunday 4th of December, 10am
Laneway At The Intercontinental
Heads up guys, an epic foodie collab is happening. The Intercontinental is transforming into a pop-up laneway with not one, but two dining events. The first is a five-course degustation dinner by the award-winning team from 117, complete with 270-degree views of the harbour. The second is a one-night only kind of deal, with a four-course degustation style dinner that’s glam AF.
Cost: $159 per person
Where: The Intercontinental
When: Thursday 1st of December, Friday 2nd of December, Thursday 8th of December and Sunday 10th of December
Sydney is having one helluva soiree so don’t be the sorry sob who misses out, because everybody is going. If there’s one night that will finish the year the right way, it’s this one. Expect three courses, 3 houses and a massive after party with over 200 people!
Where: Eastern Suburbs
When: Saturday 10th of December, 6pm
Monday Movies at The Soda Factory
We love the Soda Factory and we love movies. So this one is a no-brainer. Every Monday night, these guys are screening our favourite classics (pretty sure that’s the cure to our Monday-itis). Order up the ultimate movie feed, something along the lines of their southern crispy chicken and BBQ pork ribs, and then sit back and watch anything from 10 Things I Hate About You to Moulin Rouge.
Where: Soda Factory, Surry Hills
When: Every Monday night, 8pm
Beats For Breakfast
Excluding your boss, who says you can’t party in the morning? The awesome team at The Indigo Project, Sydney’s latest boutique mindfulness and yoga studio, are giving new meaning to the term rise and grind. Get amongst the morning rave with Beats for Breakfast in celebration of music and the ultimate pre-work party.
Cost: $20 per person
Where: 33 Foster Street, Surry Hills
When: Every Tuesday until the 6th of December, 7-9am
Finders Keepers Markets
The Finders Keepers Markets are back (for those of you that don’t know, they’re only the best design markets in the entire world, period). Expect over 200 stalls with dedicated food and beverage stalls, live music, bars and food trucks!
Where: Australian Technology Park, Exhibition Hall
When: Friday 9th of December, 6pm; Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th of December, 10am
A Night Of Horror International Film Festival
For those of you gutsy enough to handle the spooky stuff, you’ll want to hit up the Dendy this December for the best in horror, sci-fi, thriller and fantasy. The Night of Horror International Film Festival is heading into their 10th year which means they’re showcasing some seriously good and seriously scary flicks.
Where: Dendy Cinema Newtown
When: Various dates
Yoga From The Sky At Sydney Tower Eye
Because sun salutations are always better closer to the sun, right? Wednesday morning at the Sydney Tower Eye calls for an epic Yoga sesh above the city, with an epic 360 degree sky high view to match. You’ll score Sydney’s greatest vista on the Observation Deck, yoga mats included and a fab breakfast feed to satisfy your post-yoga munchies!
Cost: $25 per person
Where: Observation Deck, Sydney Tower Eye
When: Every Wednesday, 7am
Twilight Racing On Sydney Harbour
Pilgrim Sailing are letting you and your friends handle the big job of “pulling ropes” (why they would trust us, we have no idea) in a real yacht race on Sydney Harbour. And hey, if you’re no stellar skipper, you can always sit back on deck and enjoy the views (cheering is hard work too). Plus, after the race you can bask in your victory with post racing drinks at the Yacht Club.
Cost: $99 per person
Where: Rosebay Public Wharf
When: Wednesday and Friday nights, 5pm
GPO Dessert Bar
Dessert pop-up bars are life. For the third year running, the GPO Dessert Bar will pop-up right next to the Christmas Tree in Martin Place and guys, the desserts are insane. Ditch your summer bod plans because the crew here are serving up delicious gelato, house made sweets, cakes, coffee, cold beverages and savoury brunch. And heads up, the eats here are addictive.
Where: Martin Place, CBD
When: Saturday 26th of November until Friday 30th of December.
A Million Things That Make Your Head Spin
It’s time to get cultured with a new installation that will have you feeling like you’re inside a rainbow. Coinciding with Art and About Sydney, American artist Megan Geckler has brought her multi-coloured work to Sydney, and you can see it for yourself at Customs House. The hyper-colourful, mathematically based, not to mention giant creation uses 720 colourful strips to make you feel like you’re stepping right into the middle of a rainbow!
Where: Customs House, Circular Quay
When: Every day until Sunday 30th of April
For European market vibes you’ll want to hit up the Christmas Markets down at Central (cue treating yourself after work to gourmet European food!). These stalls will be up and running every Thursday night, meaning your late night shopping just got a whole lot better!
Where: Belmore Park, Eddy Avenue
When: Thursday 17th of November until Thursday 22nd of December
Open-air cinemas are the epitome of a Sydney summer, meaing you can’t miss out on a balmy night, under the stars, in front of the big screen. And where are the best open-air cinemas in Sydney? Right here.
Sunday Sunset Sessions At Fort Denison
The end of the year calls for a massive celebration (well done for surviving another year guys), so we’ve found the ultimate location (and food) to cap off 2016. Fort Denison is delivering Sunday sunset sessions and yep, it’s exactly what it sounds like. Enjoy tasty bites with one of the best views going around (hello Opera House!) and listen to come sick beats! Plus, there are cocktails.
Cost: $105 per person
Where: Fort Denison
When: Every Friday of December
Tatsuo Miyajima At The Museum Of Contemporary Art
God forbid you go into the New Year without seeing this exhibition. Tatsuo Miyajima is one of Japan’s most renowned contemporary artists and his latest installation at the MCA, Connect With Everything, is made up of sculptural works, rooms, environments, LEDs and performance videos.
Cost: $22 per person
When: Every day until Sunday 5th of March 2017
Nude From The Tate At The Art Gallery NSW
Nude from the Tate are presenting over 100 major works of basically… nude-ness. The exhibition includes paintings, sculptures, photographs and prints by renowned artists (Picasso and Matisse to name a few).
Cost: $24 per person
Where: NSW Art Gallery
When: Saturday 5th of November 2016 until Sunday 5th of February 2017
Bondi Beach Laughter Club
Get your daily dose of laughter and positive energies from Laughter Wellness. These guys are giving us a guided meditation, breathing techniques, positive affirmations and laughter exercises— exactly what we need at this hectic time of the year!
Cost: $5 per person
Where: Bondi Pavilion
When: Every Saturday, 10-11am
Lil Miss Collins Pop Up
The Lil Miss Collins pop-up is up and running for the entire summer at Bella Vista Farm. The remodelled shipping container is churning out a heap of food, drinks and entertainment. You can bring the whole crew to this one, yep small humans are welcome too.
Where: Bella Vista Farm Park
When: Wednesday 2nd of November until Saturday 28th of January
NYE Midnight Masquerade
If there was one party we all wished we had an invitation to, it was Blair Waldorf’s masquerade ball. Nothing says elegance and sophistication quite like a masquerade party and hey, we’re always ready to get our full glam on. To top off 2016 and start 2017 with a bang, The Stamford is launching into the new year with an epic party. Expect live music and masquerade masks. Everywhere.
Where: Sir Stamford Hotel, Macquarie Street
When: Saturday 31st of December, 7:30pm
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Image credit: Fort Denison