Sydney’s festive season officially arrives on Saturday 25 November with two free concerts in the city centre featuring leading musicians and children’s entertainers, Christmas lights and projections, Santa Claus and fireworks.
The City’s annual Christmas program, including a Christmas concert and the official lighting of the Martin Place Christmas tree and a family concert in Hyde Park, attracts thousands of families to the city for an evening of live music, carols and Christmas cheer.
Children will get their first glimpse of Santa on his new sleigh as he travels from Town Hall to the Hyde Park Christmas on the Green concert before arriving at the Martin Place concert.
“Sydney does Christmas better than anyone else and our events have something for all the family,” Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.
“As well as our city concerts, Sydneysiders and visitors can look forward to an exciting program of events in the city centre and our villages with Christmas lights, projections, carollers and choirs.”
The concerts at Martin Place and Hyde Park will run simultaneously from 6.30pm to 8.30pm, ending with a powerful fireworks display.
Mark Ferguson and Angie Asimus will MC the Martin Place concert that includes live performances by Kate Miller-Heidke, Justice Crew, Christine Anu, All Our Exes Live in Texas, the Australian Girls’ Choir and Jay Laga’aia.
Santa and the Lord Mayor will arrive on the sleigh with children from Variety – The Children’s Charity – who will light the 21-metre interactive Christmas Tree when the concert finishes.
Christmas on the Green in Hyde Park will be a more relaxed atmosphere for families. MC Jimmy Giggle will lead an evening of performances by Bananas in Pyjamas, The Fairies, The Listies and children’s entertainment legend, Peter Combe.
Over the coming weeks, there will be village concerts in Alexandria, Surry Hills, Rushcutters Bay and Rosebery, featuring live entertainment, carols, kids’ craft activities, fireworks and a special visit from Santa.
As part of the Sydney Christmas program, family-friendly ground projections will light up Customs House Square and Martin Place; 80,000 lights will twinkle overhead in Pitt Street Mall’s Boulevard of Light; and shoppers will be entertained by choir performances in Pitt Street Mall and by the Martin Place Christmas Tree.
For all the dates and details, visit sydneychristmas.com.au
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