The capital of New South Wales, Sydney is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city. Sydney overlooks a spectacular bay and is home to a very busy port. On the edge of the harbor near the Circular Quay, is located The Rocks – the place that hosted the first European settlement in Australia. There are streets with colorful buildings that house restaurants, shops and other commercial activities. Among the buildings that characterize the city there are the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House. The central business district offers fantastic opportunities for Christmas shopping from stylish Castlereagh Street and Elizabeth Street to the Queen Victoria Building and bustling Pitt Street. Even at Darling Harbour which is just a few minutes from the center of the city there are countless opportunities for shopping. The districts of Potts Point, Kings Cross, Darlinghurst and Balmain are famous for good restaurants, entertainment and shopping. During Christmas Sydney has much to offer: The interactive Christmas Tree and Christmas Projections in Martin Place, several concerts and street choirs in every corner of the city. The QVB Swarovski Christmas Tree adorned with beautiful sparkling crystals under the Queen Victoria Building’s magestic dome. The Magic Cave at David Jones Department Store. Experience Santa’s highest grotto – 250 metres above Sydney at Sydney Tower Eye.
SYDNEY CHRISTMAS MARKETS
Christmas on George Street (Christmas on George Street, 424/430 George St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia). Events and activities along George Street from King Street to Market Street. The George Street Christmas program will create a festival atmosphere celebrating one of Sydney’s best known shopping precincts. George Street has everything from homewares to handbags, technology to toys and food to fashion. The event will also be characterized by festive lighting and a nine metre high Christmas tree.
Opening: 21 November – 27 December 2016. Opening Hours: Mondays to Wednesdays and Saturdays, 10am to 6pm. Thursdays, 10am to 9pm. Fridays, 10am to 7pm. Sundays, 10am to 5pm.
Organization: Transport for NSW CBD Coordination Office with support from the City of Sydney, Office of the NSW Small Business Commissioner.
Christmas at the Strand Arcade (Christmas at the Strand Arcade, Strand Arcade, 412-414 George St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia). The Strand Arcade remains a majestic beauty in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Sydney’s CBD. The Strand was established in 1891, it was the fifth and last of the arcades built in Victorian Sydney. Today, it is the only remaining heritage Victorian Arcade. This Victorian architectural monument during Christmas is packed with traditional decorations and a glittering fern tree. Explore the Arcade to find unique and bespoke Christmas gifts.
Opening: 3 November – 24 December 2016. Opening Hours: Mondays to Wednesdays and Fridays, 9am to 6pm. Thursdays, 9am to 9pm. Weekends, 10am to 5pm.
Organization: Strand Arcade, 412-414 George St, Sydney NSW 2000. Phone: (02) 9265 6800
Lindesay Christmas Gift Fair (Lindesay, 1 Carthona Avenue, Darling Point, NSW 2027). This Christmas fair, which in 2015 celebrates its 14 th Anniversary run over 3 days. The fair consists of 80 stalls both inside the house and in marquees set in its beautiful gardens. The exhibitors of the fair have a wide variety of stunning clothing, jewellery, linen, gift and gourmet food stalls will be available just in time for the festive season. A complimentary shuttle bus service will run from Edgecliff Station – top level of Edgecliff railway station bus interchange (Stand H) – from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM to Lindesay.
Opening: 17 November – 19 November 2016. Opening Hours: 10am to 4pm.
Organization: Australian Council of National Trusts. T. (02) 9363 2401 or email: email@example.com
Manly Fair Trade Christmas Market – St Matthews Square, Manly Corso. The Manly Fair Trade Christmas Markets will be held at St Matthews Manly Corso on Saturday 28 November 2015 from 9am till 5pm. There will be an amazing array of fairly traded & Fairtrade certified tea, coffee, chocolate, homewares, stationery, jewellery, art, baskets, Christmas decorations, sporting goods and children’s toys.
Opening: 19 November 2016. Opening Hours: 10am to 5pm.
Organization: Fair Trade NSW, 16 Lockwood Ave, Belrose, New South Wales 2085. All traders are welcome to take part in this event. The venue has indoor and outdoor space so weather is no issue. To book a stall contact Chris Hartley from the Fair Trade Association or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Eryldene’s Christmas Fair (Eryldene Historic House and Garden, 17 McIntosh Street, Gordon NSW 2072). This Christmas fair takes place in Eryldene – a historic house in the Sydney North Shore suburb of Gordon, designed by the Australian architect William Hardy Wilson. The market offers a wide selection of unusual and quality gifts. The market consists of about 50 stallholders displaying jewellery, antiques, Christmas hampers, jams and preserves, cakes and puddings, silk ware, garden ornaments, plants, homewares, children’s and women’s clothing, toys, pearls and paper products.
Opening: 26 November – 27 November 2016. Opening Hours: 10am to 4pm.
Organization: Eryldene Historic House and Garden, 17 McIntosh Street, Gordon NSW 2072. Tel 02 9498 2271 – 0422 596 292. Email email@example.com