The festive season has officially kicked off so we have put together a list of things to do in Sydney to keep you sane this silly season and avoid falling into a last minute Christmas shopping panic. Aaaand hopefully you will even have some fun along the way. There are Christmas markets at The Brewery Yard, a sample sale with Cheap Monday and their mates as well as a pop-up store by Ten Things, so you shouldn’t have any problems picking up those last few gifts. Whether a Mango Mess-tival or a fun run with thousands of Santas is more your speed, you are guaranteed a laugh this Sunday.
Book a dinner with Dimmi… And win!
Is there a better way to spend a work Christmas party than with a feast by Masterchef’s Adam Liaw, bowls piled high with wonton noodles and mountains of dumplings? We don’t think so. All you have to do to win the feast is to book a meal over at Dimmi and enter the promo code ADAM, hang tinsel around your entire office and put on a Santa suit (we may have made those last two up, but it couldn’t hurt your chances). So dust off those chopsticks, make a reservation with Dimmi, and you may just find yourself crowned as the most popular person in your office if you win.
Brewery Yard Christmas Markets
The Brewery Yard Markets are having a Christmas makeover this weekend, which in our opinion, is absolutely the best kind of makeover. There will be Santa’s merry elves and hip-hop carollers delivering just enough Christmas cheer to give you a second wind of Christmas shopping stamina. With over 60 stallholders, live music, workshops and more festive treats than you could possibly require, Christmas shopping is sorted.
When: Thursday, December 3rd and Friday, December 4th from 4pm - 9pm
Where: Central Park, Chippandale
Ten Things Christmas Pop-up Shop
If you are stumped on what to buy for that friend who has everything this Christmas, then the Ten Things Pop-up Shop has come to your rescue, just in time. Their curated collection embodies simple and functional minimalist homewares that’s at risk of joining the ranks of your bestie’s most treasures possessions. Our top picks are the large wooden cake stand or the statement champagne wall clock.
When: 2nd -20th December
Where: Branch 3D gallery & shop space, 44 Ross St Forest Lodge NSW 2037
Henry Bucks Tasting
Calling all dedicated single malt whisky drinkers! This Thursday, Henry Becks and Beam Suntory would like to take you on a journey of discovery through the Exceptional Peated Malts of Distinction. With Brendon Rogers as your tour guide, you will travel through Ireland, the Scottish Highlands and Islay to explore the many shades of smokiness and complexity of 5 world-class smoky whiskies, all without ever leaving Sydney. Spaces are limited, so be sure to RSVP to lock in your seat.
When: 6:30pm, 3rd December
Where: Henry Bucks, 23-25 O’Connell Street, Sydney
Cheap Monday and Friends Summer Sample Sale
There are very few things we love more than heavily discounted clothing to instantly re-stock our wardrobes. And there truly is a little something for everyone at the Cheap Monday and friends Annual Summer Sample Sale, with basics courtesy of Cheap Monday (think skinny jeans in all washes imaginable) and quirky steals from Lazy Oaf and Nicce London. They have thought of everything and are even offering further discounts on bulk purchases. Enough said.
When: 3rd - 6th December
Where: 76 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills, NSW 2010
Change Coffee Revolution
We love coffee here at The Urban List and we also love other people who love coffee. This week, Change Coffee Revolution is giving us the opportunity to channel all of that love (and our daily caffeine addiction) to make a fundamental change to the lives of children who have been orphaned or affected by AIDS. So, by simply purchasing two coffees on December 4th from a participating café in Sydney, you can help to alleviate poverty and literally change the life of a child in Sub-Saharan Africa. Now that is something we can all get behind. For more details, head here.
The Appleton Trail at Taylor’s
The third installment of The Appleton Trail is taking over Taylor's rooftop bar in the heart of Sydney’s CBD this weekend. Running over two nights, Taylor’s will be decked out to give you an authentic Jamaican experience with DJs, Jamaican percussion, singers and dancers. If you want to take your love of rum to the next level, then you are in luck, because you will get a glimpse into the rum making process and the rich Jamaican culture from which Appleton Estate was born. Plus, with talk of a Jamaican food menu designed specifically for the event, you definitely won’t go hungry.
When: Friday 4th and Saturday 5th December from 6pm
Where: Taylor’s: 13 Tank Stream Way, Sydney NSW 2000
Unstoppable Foundation with Aimee Pedersen
For a healthy dose of zen and good ju-ju this weekend head over the Anzac Bridge to Egg Of The Universe for a challenging flow sequence and to support a great cause. In 90 minutes you will expand your body and heart through a flow sequence and also support The Unstoppable Foundation, which is a non-profit organisation bringing sustainable education to children in developing countries. It sounds like a win-win to us. The cost is a donation (recommended $30) and there is no need to book.
When: Friday 4th December from 6pm – 7.30pm
Where: Egg of the Universe: 711 Darling St, Rozelle NSW 2039
Salt Meats Cheese Burger Masterclass
There is no denying that the popularity of the humble burger has skyrocketed in 2015. In fact, the days of the classic Aussie hamburger from the take away shop down the road are long behind us as a not-so-humble burger stack emerges. Known for their fab workshops, Salt Meats Cheese has enlisted Jovi of infamous, delicious and obscenely popular Pub Life Kitchen and armed with tasty cheese and perfect buns (yeah, we went there) he will teach you the secrets to crafting the perfect burger. Happy Saturday! Bookings are essential ($99 per person), so jump online to secure your place.
When: Saturday 5th December, 10am – 12pm
Where: Salt Meats Cheese, 41 Bourke Road, Alexandria
The Beresford Hotel Dog Show
Need an excuse to enjoy your sunny Saturday afternoon with your favourite pooch (and a simultaneous schooner of The Beresford’s finest)? This Saturday, The Beresford is hosting their inaugural Dog Show where your mutt can strut its stuff in their finest getup and even take home a few goodies from Pup n Pussy. Or maybe you just want to hop along, sans dog and enjoy the festivities? It is sure to be so damn cute that we won’t even judge you for it.
When: Saturday 5th December, 3pm – 5pm
Where: The Beresford, 354 Bourke Street Surry Hills, 2010
Annual Mango Mess-tival
Nothing screams ‘Australian Summer’ quite like the smell of a fresh mango or the sight of a van on the roadside offering a tray of these golden treasures for $10. This weekend North Bondi Surf Club is celebrating the official start of summer with their annual Mango Mess-tival and we can’t think of any better way to ring in the warm weather. Head down to try your luck in an eating challenge and shake hands with the growers who keep us in supply of the good stuff year after year.
When: Sunday 6th December, 8am – 12pm
Where: North Bondi Surf Club
Variety Santa Fun Run
The Variety Santa Fun Run returns to Sydney this year for its annual event, which sees all entrants dressed up as Santa and running (or skipping, dancing and walking) 5km through the CBD. Entry is only $40 and raises money to support kids who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs, plus, they supply you with your very own Santa suit. So sign up to bask in the absurdity that is grown men and women dressed as our favourite festive fat guy, while racing around Sydney. It doesn’t get much better than this people.
When: Sunday 6th December, site opens from 6.30am
Where: First Fleet Park next to the MCA at Circular Quay (you won’t be able to miss the Santas)
And while you're at it, seeing as it's the first weekend of December, why not start ticking off our list of the top ten things to do.
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