Listers, ‘tis the season to be jolly and with this weekend’s line up of activities, it’s going to be a good one! With so much to celebrate – the sun’s finally back out from behind those pesky rain clouds, school’s out for the summer (work too!), Christmas parties, music festivals, tonnes glorious food, this truly is the best time of year! To help you decide what fun things to do in Sydney this weekend, we’ve narrowed down the colossal catalogue of options into this fun-sized list. Enjoy and be merry, people!
Thursday December 18th
Christmas Fare: Artisan Food Gifts
Christmas and the holidays are a time for family, giving and sharing food. Head on over to Sydney’s Hyde Park Barracks Museum for the annual Christmas Fare, which is the perfect place to pick up some last minute Christmas homemade goodies as well as to ensure your table is laden with plenty of fresh, locally made and artisanal foods. From 4-8pm, and a gold coin entry donation, Christmas Fare is the place to finish off your Christmas shopping list. While you’re at it, stop by the pop-up bar for a well deserved after work drink, grab a bite to eat from the premium food stalls and chill out with some local live music. If you’re struggling to get the perfect gift, it’s a great opportunity to swing by to put together a ‘create your own’ gourmet hamper and even make your own gift wrapping for a truly personal touch. Head to the website for more information.
World’s End Press At Goodgod Small Club
Goodgod have put together a wicked night of music with World’s End Press + Collarbones at their Liverpool Street Danceteria. This is the perfect excuse for one last hoorah before we all buckle down for some serious Christmas and family-focussed activities. Head on down from 8pm onwards and listen to some new tunes from World’s End Press’ debut album. Afterwards, you’ll be treated to Collarbones’ distorted takes on love ballads and RnB. This Sydney-Adelaide duo has just released their second album, ‘Die Young’ to much acclaim, including ‘Hypothermia’ Triple-J’s favoured single. We’re excited! Find out more here.
Friday December 19th
Lights of Christmas at St Mary’s Cathedral
Each evening from the 9th to 25th December, St Mary’s Cathedral’s facade is the canvas for a gorgeous light display created by the Vivid lights team. This is one sure fire way to boost your Christmas spirit. Every night from 7pm, spectators will be treated to choral performances by a selection of groups including St Mary’s Cathedral Boys’ Choir, Australian Girls Choir and Sing Australia. From 8:30pm to midnight the light displays will be reflected onto the Cathedral in a colourful array of moving images. What a lovely, family friendly way to get into the spirit of Christmas! Head here for more information.
Saturday December 20th
The Beaches Market
After last year’s inaugural success, the Beaches Market is hosting a Beaches Christmas Market from 9am to 3pm at the Pittwater Rugby Park, Warriewood. We’re getting excited for all of the stalls promising Christmas themed products and food. The day is set to be a great one with musical entertainment, rides for the kids, a petting zoo, fresh produce and hot food stalls and even fashion and artisanal stalls – what more could we want? With something for everyone, this is sure to be a fun filled day to spend with family and friends! For more info visit the website.
Cider Yard Newtown Hotel
In the Northern Hemisphere this time of year is generally spent sipping on mulled wine and cider to keep warm against the blustery, freezing Christmas conditions. This side of the equator, however, we prefer to keep our drinks icy and the temperatures hot. The Newtown Hotel is bringing us season two of their infamous Cider Yard, where we can keep cool in the courtyard and the hardest decision will be choosing which cider out of 22 varieties we will start with first. If this isn’t an ace way to celebrate summer, we don’t know what is. We’ll see you there, cider in hand! For more info visit the website.
Eveleigh Christmas Market
We love Eveleigh Markets down at the Carriage Works any Saturday of the year for their fresh and seasonal produce which tick all of our weekly grocery needs. However, this weekend, Eveleigh Markets is brimming with Christmas cheer, when over 80 stallholders offer what they’ve grown, made and raised ready for the festive season. This bustling marketplace will be the place to pick up the freshest of seasonal produce and the perfect stocking fillers ready for any upcoming feast with family and friends. The hard work and hours slaving in the kitchen have been eradicated with the range of delicious hams, tasty turkeys, fresh oysters, homemade Christmas puddings, handmade chocolates, sweet treats and boutique wines on offer… Whew! Christmas has come early and we couldn’t be more excited. Visit the website for more.
Sunday December 21st
A Very Puppy Christmas
Blacktown Markets have been up and running since 1994 and is one of Sydney’s largest and most eclectic market places. After grabbing a bite to eat, perusing the many op shops, garage sales, fruit and veg vendors, collectable and antique traders as well as the various other stallholders, we always walk away with a bargain, the week’s groceries and a full tummy. This Christmas, Blacktown Markets is shaking it up with A Very Puppy Christmas. From 6:15am-3pm at The Blacktown Drive-in Theatre will turn into a pet paradise with pet-themed stalls and dog competitions (think best-dressed and ugliest dogs, best-dressed dog and owner and an owner/dog lookalike contest). With a heap of Petbarn prizes to be won, A Very Puppy Christmas will make sure mans’ best friend gets a piece of the Christmas action too! Visit the website for more.
Coogee Christmas Carols
Listers’, start warming up your vocal cords, put the bubbly in the fridge, pack a picnic and head on down to Goldstein Reserve at Coogee Beach for an evening spent caroling by the water. From 6:30-8:30pm this is a perfect pre-Christmas family friendly event, co-hosted by Weekend Sunrise host Andrew O’Keefe, Wonderland’s Ben Mingay and Coogee Carols regular, Brendan Moar. There’s a huge list of performances organised, supported by a 12-piece band and, of course, Santa will fly through making an appearance. This community event will donate proceeds to help support the Youth Off The Streets South Eastern Outreach Service. What a lovely way to spend a summer evening with friends and family, celebrating Christmas the Aussie way, right by the beach. For more info visit the website.