What’s On in Sydney This Summer

The sun is shining and the beach is calling. Start planning your Sydney summer holiday now and dream of days smell like sea salt. In addition to the joys of being at our beachside locale there are also plenty of events running through the summer from festive events in the Christmas lead up to sport, theatre and markets. Start your #summerbucketlist with some of our favourites upcoming events to put together the perfect itinerary.



Martin Place Christmas concert and tree lighting
Christmas Precinct, City
24 November

The official opening of Christmas in Sydney! Santa and the Lord Mayor will arrive on a cycle-drawn sleigh to lit the Christmas tree and officially kick off Christmas in Martin Place.

Canopy of Light

24 November to 1 January
Pitt Street Mall, City

The mall turns into a Christmas wonderland of twinkling lights. Do your Christmas shopping and enjoy carols every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 6pm to 7pm.

Christmas on the Green
Matron Ruby Grant Park, Zetland
2 December

Start off your festive celebrations with a live and free outdoor concert in Green Square which is easily accessed from the hotel on the 370 bus. Perfect for the whole family with lots of kid’s entertainment, food vendors and fireworks to cap off the night.

Christmas at QVB
455 George Street, City

Visit Santa at QVB in the Enchanted Garden located on level two, did you know he loves photos with your fur babies just as much as your real little elves? For the first time, get a photo of your cat or dog with Santa! Plus see the beautiful Swarovski Christmas Tree, at 24 metres this is Sydney’s tallest Christmas tree and residing under the beautiful QVB dome with over 82,000 crystals, 65,000 lights and a 2.2m wide crystal gilded star it is definitely the most spectacular.

Coogee Carols
16 Decmeber
Goldstein Reserve, Coogee Beach

Bring the whole family to the 17th annual Coogee Carlos. Enjoy traditional and contemporary carols, a visit from Santa and fireworks.

Christmas at Sydney Town Hall
18 December

This annual summer event in the beautiful town hall building featuring choirs and the police band. Tickets can be purchased here.



Movinbed Cinema

Mov’In Bed Outdoor Cinema

Mov’In Bed
30 Nov to 17 February
The Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park

The biggest outdoor bed cinema in the world, enjoy the fun of an outdoor cinema this summer with the comfort of queen beds. It’s really the only way to watch a movie this summer.

Titanic the Exhibition
Closing February 4, 2019
Byron Kennedy Hall, The Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park

Titanic The Exhibition unravels the mystery of the unforgettable tale of RMS Titanic’s first and final deadly voyage in a thrilling self-guided tour.

The Australian Ballet
Capitol Theatre

The Australian Ballet’s 2018 season wraps up with a colourful and comedic ballet: Cinderella ( 30 Nov to 19 Dec). And perfect for little ballerinas Storytime Ballet: Coppelia (19 to 29 December) is a condensed performance full of colour and fun playing at the Opera House.

La Boheme – Opera Australia

Opera Australia
Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House

Opera Australia’s 2019 season starts off with two Puccini operas: La Boheme (2 January to 28 March) and Turandot (15 January to 30 March).  Explore love, jealousy and loss in the first and fantasy and drama in the second.




The Big Design Markets Sydney

The Big Design Markets
7 to 9 December
Royal Hall of Industries

The perfect reason to start your Christmas shopping with more than 200 stall holders, great dining options and even free activities for the kids. We love finding those beautifully handcrafted items and one-of-a-kind pieces that make our friends and family feel extra special. 



Sydney Summer sport is all about cricket, key fixtures:

Gillette T20s, Third T20, Australia V India, 25 November, SCG
India Tour of Australia – Men’s, Three Day Tour Match,  Cricket Australia XI V India, 29 November, SCG
Domain Tests, Fourth Test, Australia V India, 3 January, SCG
One Day International Series, First ODI, Australia V India, 12 January, SCG
Sheffield Shield, Round 6, NSW V SA, 7 December, SCG


  • SIX V SCO, 22 December, SCG
  • SIX V STA, 27 December, SCG
  • SIX V REN, 16 January, SCG
  • SIX V HEA, 20 January, SCG
  • SIX V HUR, 23 January, SCG
  • SIX V STR, 29 January, SCG
  • SIX V THU, 2 February, SCG

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  • SIX V HEA, 22 December, SCG
  • SIX V REN, 27 December, SCG

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Image credits:
Martin Place Christmas Tree – Destination New South Wales | La Boheme – Opera Australia | The Big Design Markets –  The Big Design Markets | Cricket – Destination New South Wales