City kicks off spectacular Christmas season

City kicks off spectacular Christmas season

The City of Sydney will kick start Christmas celebrations this week with a lively program of decorations, light projections, music and entertainment.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore today launched Sydney’s Christmas celebrations in front of the City’s iconic 21-metre Martin Place Christmas Tree, with help from singer Paulini and Don Spencer OAM from this year’s Christmas Charity Partner, the Australian Children’s Music Foundation (ACMF).

“The City’s Christmas celebrations draw visitors into the City Centre, and give local residents opportunities to celebrate the season with friends, family and their community,” the Lord Mayor said.

“From our wonderful children’s concerts and pop-up choir performances, to the colourful decorations, this Christmas will be a great celebration. I encourage all Sydney residents, workers and visitors to get into the festive spirit.”

Twenty-six Christmas trees, 1,900 new banners with bright festive stars and thousands upon thousands of sparkling lights will adorn the city’s streets, squares and parks from this week until Christmas Day.

The star of the show will be Sydney Town Hall, which will light up with colourful moving projections every night from this Thursday until Christmas. This year’s brand-new projections will feature images of Christmas traditions from around the world.

The City’s popular Martin Place Children’s Concert and Tree Lighting Celebration this Thursday night features a musical line-up including Paulini, Lah Lah’s BIG Live Band, Teddy Rock, the Sydney Children’s Choir and Play School favourites Big Ted, Little Ted, Jemima and Humpty Dumpty. Luke Jacobz from The X-Factor will MC.

At the end of the night, Santa will arrive on his sleigh to light the iconic Christmas tree, and the show will close with a bang courtesy of fireworks on top of city buildings.

Christmas on the Green will provide a more relaxed atmosphere for families, particularly those with younger children. MC Jimmy Giggle will lead a night of performances from Peppa Pig, Electric Lunchbox, the Australian Girls Choir and Lay Laga’aia from Play School, plus interactive dancing lessons from Mumble and Gloria from Happy Feet Two.

The concerts will be followed by a program of carolling choirs throughout Pitt Street Mall and Hyde Park, serenading late-night shoppers as they enjoy the best of Sydney’s retail offerings and kick start their Christmas shopping.

The choirs will perform in retail hot spots throughout the city every Thursday night in the lead-up to Christmas.

In December, the City’s villages will be transformed with Christmas spirit, with children’s concerts in Rushcutters Bay, Rosebery, Alexandria and Surry Hills.

Families are invited to bring a picnic blanket and settle in for a night of live entertainment from some of Sydney’s best-loved bands, carols from the ACMF choir, craft activites and games for kids, and a special visit from Santa.

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For more information, contact City of Sydney Senior Media Adviser Keeley Irvin.
Phone 0448 005 718 or email

For interviews with Lord Mayor Clover Moore, contact Jonathon Larkin.
Phone 0477 310 149 or email