Things To Do

11 Awesome Things To Do In Sydney This December

By Lucy Bell Bird
2nd Dec 2019

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It’s not just the last month of the year, it’s the last month of the decade! Yep, with only just a bit left until we head into the Roaring Twenties 2.0, there’s a stack of insane parties, festivals and feeds to get into.

Here’s everything to do in Sydney this month.

Late Nights At Merivale

Merivale wants you to stay our late and reward you for it! In a bid to reinvigorate Sydney’s nightlife scene (which we can say is really doing god’s work) Merivale’s late-night city bars will drop 50% off your food bill if you eat between 11pm and midnight, Tuesday through Saturday. Suddenly a midnight feast has never felt so good! That’s 50% off at Palings, Establishment Main Bar, Slip Inn, Ivy Pool Club, Palmer & Co, Bar Topa, Little Felix, Charlie Parker’s and coming soon Bar Totti’s (the CBD extension of the Bondi spot known for their burrata) and Jimmy’s Falafel. 

To further encourage us to stay out late (not that we needed the encouragement) Will & Co will be turning into a tiny disco every Thursday and Friday night, POOF DOOF, an iconic LGBQTI club-night from Melbourne, will take over Ivy every Saturday night, Marco Polo will take over Ivy Pool on Sundays. Plus there’s gonna be more live music at Merivale venues all summer. 

When: Throughout December
Where: Various Merivale locations

Kurios: Cabinet Of Curiosities

Kicking off on Sydney shores this October, KURIOS will be the entertainment company’s 35th production. This time around, the story will follow an ambitious inventor who defies the laws of time, space and dimension so he can reinvent everything around him. In doing so, the visible becomes invisible, perspectives are transformed and the world is literally turned upside down.

You’ll catch deep-sea contortionists that embody electric eels, Rola Bola the fearless aviator and a heap of quirky, imperfect and dysfunctional robots. Head here to grab your tickets.

When: Every day until Sunday 29 December
Where: The Showring, Entertainment Quarter

Christmas Infinity Rooms

Let’s cut straight to the chase. Sydney’s Market City has revealed a set of infinity rooms just in time for Christmas and there’s your end-of-year antics sorted. Think three absolutely mind-blowing and multi-sensory spaces built with mirrors, graphics, miscellaneous objects and lights. Like superstar artist Yayoi Kusama’s famous infinity room, The Spirits of the Pumpkins Descended Into The Heavens, walls, floors and ceilings are covered top to toe in mirrors to create an endless galaxy where you can literally—gaze into infinity. 

When: Every day until Tuesday 24 December, 10am – 7pm
Where: Level 1 Centre Court, Market City

Sydney SS19 Finders Keepers

Finders Keepers is a massive three-day event that features over 200 independent art and design stalls. Popping up at The Cutaway, an exciting new cultural venue at Barangaroo Reserve. These markets are always meticulously curated and are packed with cool fresh talent from Sydney and favourites from around Australia. Expect dedicated food and beverage stalls, live music, bars, coffee carts, and food trucks, as well as gorgeous handmade goodies that will help you work your way through your Christmas shopping list. Head here for more.

When: Friday 6 December until Sunday 8 December
Where: Barangaroo Reserve
Cost: $5 

Rosé Bay Wine And Food Festival

We’d be lying to ourselves if we said a lot of this decade hadn’t been about day drinking. Let’s be honest, there was a lot to day drink about, harem pants, kale, side fringes, shutter shades and politics in general. Luckily when things were bad, rosé was always there to help us through the hard times. Celebrate all things rosé with great food, great wine and a great harbour view at this festival! Head here for more.

When: Saturday 7 December, 12pm – 6pm
Where: Woollahra Sailing Club, Vickery Avenue, Rose Bay

Egyptian Love

Big news Sydney, West Coast royalty and electro innovator Egyptian Love is descending on Sydney this December. For one night only he'll be bringing a bag of old school electro heaters, his 808 and a call for all freakaholics (that’s you) to take two steps to the dance. Hosted by the one and only Stelly G, plus boss level DJs, Merph and Simon Caldwell keeping you limbered pre and post Egypt – this next level party will be cranking until 3am Saturday.

When: Friday 13 December, 9pm
Where: Waywards, upstairs at The Bank, Newtown

Japan Supernatural At AGNSW

A new must-see exhibition has arrived in Sydney. Japan Supernatural is a mega collection of Japanese art focusing on the creepy creatures, ghosts, goblins, ghouls and other mysterious shapeshifters that inhabit the ‘spirit realm.’ These paintings, illustrations and prints range from large-scale installations to miniature carvings and all illuminate elements of Japan’s rich folklore. 

The hero piece is an exciting new artwork by art-world-superstar Takashi Murakami, made up of 502 individual silkscreens, the thirty-metre long piece is the largest single painting in the Gallery’s entire international art collection. It’s official title is: Japan Supernatural: Vertiginous After Staring at the Empty World Too Intensely, I Found Myself Trapped in the Realm of Lurking Ghosts and Monsters, but Murakami has been fondly referring to it as a “stupid cat painting.” A piece like this is something you’ll want to check out for yourself.

When: Until 8 March 2020
Where: Art Gallery of NSW

Makers Nest

The Makers Nest is a biannual design market filled with irresistible, gorgeous, locally-made goodies that would make the perfect Christmas presents. This December there will be 50 artisans selling goods perfect for every price point. Three makers we’re especially excited to check out are: Farn, a Melbourne-based line with the cutest prints, tunics and designs, 9R, a line that recycles leather from old couches to make new products and Studio Flos, a multi-disciplinary artist to get a bit of art and culture onto your walls. For those interested in becoming a maker themselves there are makers workshops presented by Blume Flower School. To find out more about the Makers Nest head here.

When: Sunday 15 December, 10am – 4pm 
Where: The Community Hall, Tramsheds Sydney

Check Out Sydney’s Best Christmas Lights 

Even the biggest Grinch among us would have to crack a smile at the sight of some sparkly lights. Christmas light displays are all about bringing joy to the masses and the best part is they’re free on the street for us all to enjoy! Some people really go all out for Christmas, whether it’s just one man with a couple of thousand LED lights and a spot of determination or a combined effort from a whole street or suburb - when they’re done well - they’re amazing. Check out this list of the spots with the best Christmas light displays in Sydney.

When: All month
Where: Various locations

ABBA V. Queen Christmas Party

We don’t want to favour it too heavily but as far as we’re concerned, this may be the most important event that’s happening this month, year - nay decade! A night of festive Christmas bangers and battling hits from two of the worlds biggest bands - there’s snow way we’re missing this! Whether you’re going to sing Snowhemian Rhapsody or bust out Snowing me, snowing you - this is a party for the books! Get your tickets before they sell out.

When: Friday 20 December, 9pm – 3am 
Where: Oxford Art Factory, 38-46 Oxford Street

Grab A Stress-Free Christmas Feed

All of December can sometimes feel like a ramp-up to Christmas which can sometimes make what’s meant to be the most wonderful time of the year feel like the most stressful time of the year. So if you’re not in the mood to cook come Christmas Day, check out this list of the best Christmas Day lunches you can hit up. From the Winery’s Orphan’s Christmas Lunch, to Manly Wine’s Beachfront Christmas Extravaganza, to Luke Mangan’s fancy four-course tasting menu at Glass Brasserie. Head here for more.

When: Wednesday 25 December
Where: Various Location

If you'd rather explore places outside of Sydney, these road trips are for you.

Image credit: Joel Amissa, Drew Graham, Anna Oliinyk and Quentin Dr.

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