As if December wasn’t already the busiest month of the year. This month we’ve rounded up mango eating festivals, twilight markets and the best locations in Sydney to watch the New Year’s Eve firworks for free— which means you can spend your hard earned cash on more important things, like more wine.
Here’s your ultimate list of all the free things worth doing in Sydney this December! For when you forgot about last year’s most important resolution… to save.
Twilight Christmas Market
Take hold of all of your last minute Christmas shopping (let’s be honest, is there any other type of Christmas shopping?) with the St John’s Twilight market. Stock up on gourmet treats, cakes, pudding, arts, fashion, jewellery and… free samples. That’s the kind of stuff we like.
Where: 754 Pacific Highway, Gordon
When: Friday 2 December, 4pm – 9pm
Our favourite golden summer fruit has a festival all to itself. Indulge in endless taste-testing, Mango eating comps and make your own mango smoothie with the famous smoothie bike at the Mango Mess-tival. Sloppy eating, totally encouraged.
Where: North Bondi Surf Life Saving Club
When: Sunday 4 December, 8am – 12pm
Heartfulness Meditation Classes
Because the end of the year is always so damn busy, Sydney traffic is the worst and all your friends have gone away. Zen yourself out with Heartfulness Meditation classes at Seva Yoga Studio.
Where: Seva Yoga Studio, 3c/8 Cowper Street, Parramatta
When: Every Sunday until Christmas, 11.30pm – 12.30pm
Sydney Hills Christmas Sky Show
If there’s one thing that makes the end of the year great, it’s Christmas lights. And the Sydney Hills Christmas Sky Show has seriously hit these bad boys right on the mark. We’re talking more lights, more snow and more stalls than ever before.
Where: Castle Hill Main Street
When: Sunday 25 November – Monday 26 December
Aussie Night Markets
Hit up the Aussie Night Markets for a massive festival celebrating all that we love in life, food! With over 40 food stalls boasting different flavours from the around the world, we’re thinking Christmas has definitely come early with this one.
Where: 62 Flushcombe Rd, Blacktown
When: Every Friday, 4pm – 10pm
Free Kimbra Concert
Grammy award-winning performer Kimbra is hitting up the stage in Darling Harbour and guess what? You won’t have to pay a dime to see her do her thing. Yeah, we’re dying too. Plus, while this babe is singing, there will be a smorgasbord of food trucks to grab a snack from. Fresh food and fresh tunes? Sound like our kinda thing.
What: Celebrate Darling Harbour 2016
Where: Tumbalong Park
When: Sunday 11 December, 12pm
Carols By The Sea
None of us can sing to save our life but give us the tune to Jingle Bells and we can belt that out for hours on end. For an awesome night of carol singing, glow-sticks and sausage sizzles, the Carols by the Sea event at Bondi Pavilion is a must this December.
Where: Bondi Pavilion
When: Wednesday 14 December, 5pm – 8:30pm
Chairs In Squares
You can now spend the summer months relaxing outside in colourful, striped deckchairs (cue our wanderlust of the French Riviera). Sprinkled all over the city, there’s also cafe tables (perfect to enjoy some take-out on) and loaded book crates to read and soak up that summer sun.
Where: 483 George Street, Sydney
When: Weekdays until Friday 31 March, 9am – 6pm
Watch The Sydney To Hobart
Skip the Boxing Day sales (who likes crowds anyway?) and watch the Sydney to Hobart race. And whether you're really into the sport or not, this is a win-win situation. Because we all know the best picnics entail Christmas leftovers.
Where: Various locations
When: Monday 26th of December, 12pm
Carols In The Domain
Truth be told, we’re all suckers for Christmas carols and The Domain event, is a pretty big deal. Pack your picnic baskets, gather your friends (the vocally savvy ones). Get ready to sing Christmas classics harder than Michael Buble.
When: Sunday 18th of December
Strathfield Movies In The Park
Open-air cinemas are one of the greatest things on the planet so if we came across a free one, you’d want us to tell you about it, right? Setting up in Sydney is Strathfield Movies, the one event giving you free movies all summer. Yes. To. That.
Where: Strathfield park
When: Every Saturday, 7:30pm
Twilight Food Fair
So, summer evenings just got a whole lot better. Hit up the annual Twilight Food Fair in North Sydney's Civic Park, your one-way ticket to awesome food, live music and seriously good stalls!
Where: Civic Park, North Sydney
When: Every Friday until March, 5:30-9:30pm
Live Music At Opera Bar
Because with a killer location, killer food and killer drinks, you need killer live music. Obviously. Opera Bar has an epic line-up of local talent for the summer, perfect for the ultimate lazy afternoon.
Where: Opera Bar, Circular Quay
When: Various nights
New Year’s Eve Fireworks
If you’re looking to save some dosh on your NYE celebrations but still score that gram-worthy firework snap, we feel you. And lucky for you, there’s a heap of locations around Sydney where you’ll be able to save and spend your money on more useful things… like wine. Here’s your list of places in Sydney to watch the fireworks for free:
• Bradfield Park
• Darling Harbour
• Coogee Beach
• Manly Cove
• Koshigaya Park
• Dee Why Beach
Where: Various locations
When: Saturday 31st of December, 12pm
Rock With Laughter Darling Harbour
Free laughs? Sign us up. The Star is hosting Rock with Laughter, a seriously hilarious night of comedy with headline act featuring Bruno Lucia!
Where: Rock Lily, Level 1 The Star Casino
When: Thursday 24th of November, 7:30pm
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Image credit: Jackielyn Powell at Opera Bar