We’re back with a crazy month full of free gigs, Christmas lights, trivia, karaoke and an unmissable suitcase rummage.
Here are the best free things happening this December in Sydney.
Check Out Sydney’s Best Christmas Lights
Not only is going on the prowl for Sydney’s most flashy and colourful Christmas lights an absolute rite of passage in our glorious city, it’s also completely funds-friendly and totally free. Whatever suburb you’re in, however far you’re keen to travel (or not), there’s a street packed with blinking LED goodness ready for your gawking. Head here to check out all the best spots to see Christmas lights in Sydney, according to us.
When: Throughout December
Where: Various locations
Merivale's This Is Sydney Free Gigs
Just as we learned that lockouts in the CBD were about to be a thing of the past, Merivale announced This Is Sydney—an epic program of events designed to revive Sydney's nightlife and get us living our best life—after dark. As well as extended happy hours and a sweet deal where you can cop 50% off your food bill at Merivale venues if you dine between 11pm and 12am, This Is Sydney includes a bunch of free gigs.
On Friday 6 December, hit Ivy's rooftop pool club for a free set from Sydney-based house music producer Alex Preston. Not your average DJ on decks, Preston's live show sees him spinning house and disco-tinged tracks, while playing a Fender strat at the same bloody time. For more details on Merivale's live gigs, head here.
When: Throughout summer
Where: Merivale venues
Smirnoff Infusions Balanced Brunch
We told you "slow drinking" was going to be a big vibe moving into 2020. Proving that point is Smirnoff Infusions, a tasty new spirit offering from the vodka juggernaut that is both low-calorie and low ABV. To celebrate the release of Smirnoff Infusions and the start of summer, these guys are hosting a free brunch at the Coogee Bay Hotel. Yes, a brunch that is totally free.
You'll be treated to a selection of bircher pots, fresh fruit and baked goods, followed by roaming brunch canapés, cured ocean trout blinis, corn fritters topped with avocado and feta, and BLT sliders. And, of course, a selection of Smirnoff Infusions cocktails. All you need to do is register here, but be quick! Spaces are limited to 100.
When: Sunday 15 December, 10am - 12pm
Where: Coogee Bay Hotel
Hosted by Sydney's own trivia king, James "Breko" Brechney, Monday night trivia at The Imperial is equal parts knowledge, improv comedy and games. If your Monday has been low-energy, expect to switch it up a gear or three with activities like “tops and bottoms”, Uber rating bingo and a bubble blowing challenge. It all starts at 7.30pm, more details are here.
When: Every Monday, 7.30pm
Where: The Imperial, Erskineville
Movie Mondays With Bottomless Popcorn
We all know Soda Factory sports one of the best free and weekly movie nights across all of Sydney. For December, it’s all systems go on the cult Christmas movie front, which means you’re in for the likes of National Lampoon's (Monday 9) and The Grinch (Monday 23). Entry opens at 5pm with these gems kicking off at 8pm. To make sure you nab a spot, you can also book right here. And did we mention there’s bottomless popcorn?
When: Every Monday
Where: The Soda Factory, Surry Hills
The Native Rose is one of Rozelle's most loved pubs. Having recently undergone some fancy renovations, this haven of craft beer also sports an intense “Karaoke Thursday”, which is absolutely free. Yep, whether you’re keen to get your Lizzo on or hit a touch of Daryl Braithwaite, there are over 25,000 bangers to choose from or, you know, work your way through. Head here for more info.
When: Every Thursday
Where: Native Rose Hotel, Rozelle
Thursday Jazz Jam At Cafe Lounge
This awesome weekly event is a must for all those jazz lovers out there. To kick things off, the house band plays their set while guests are invited to kick back and relax. After that, the band invites audience members to come up and jam, whether you can play an instrument or you're a budding vocalist, everyone is welcome.
When: Thursday 5 December, 7.30pm - 10.30pm
Where: Cafe Lounge, Surry Hills
Goros Castle: Night Of Challenges
This month at Goros, get ready for a night of challenges! Paying homage to a traditional Japanese game show, they’ve set up a full night of fun where the challenges are the most ridiculous you’ve ever come across. They've also got Mario Kart running as well as delicious food and drinks to be served throughout the night. Head here to book a spot.
When: Wednesday 11 December, 7.30pm - 10pm
Where: Goros, Surry Hills
Suitcase Rummage In Sydney
This mini market is basically every vintage shopper’s dream. Setting up shop along The Goods Line in Ultimo, pack a bag with all your pre-loved gems and haul them down to this epic suitcase rummage. This market always bears vintage artwork, clothing, books, jewellery and a whole heap of handmade goods. Head here for more info.
When: Sunday 8 December, 11am – 4pm
Where: The Goods Line, Ultimo
Image credit: Isaac Curban