Christmas lights in Sydney

Time Out has done some extensive research on where to see some of the best Christmas trees and Christmas lights around Sydney. 

The King Street Wharf Christmas tree is a ribbon cone tree that’s 13 metres tall. It’s covered in 800 LED starlights and an Aussie designed it. But that’s not all, the Christmas tree is a way to raise money for charity too. Every Thursday to Saturday up until Christmas (8-10pm) there will be live music, along with volunteers collecting donations for Starlight Children’s Foundation. Starlight is dedicated to brightening the lives of seriously ill children and their families by replacing pain, fear and stress with joy, fun and laughter.

Sydney’s other famous Christmas Tree has become even more celebratory. Discover a new world of festivity under the Queen Victoria Building’s majestic dome. Don’t miss the new QVB Swarovski Christmas Tree adorned with beautiful, sparkling crystals when making your gift purchases at the glorious Queen Victoria Building.

The interactive Christmas Tree in Martin Place is back this year, providing a visual spectacle that invites visitors to share the spirit of Christmas and interact with the city’s Christmas decorations in different, fun ways. Jump on the interactive dance pad at the Martin Place Christmas Tree.

St Mary's Cathedral is revving up their Christmas engines and prepping to project spectacular light images all over their gorgeous sandstone building. In recognition of the United Nations' International Year of Light, the theme will prompt audiences to reflect on how powerful a shining light can be. Set yourself up in the cathedral forecourt and take in a choral performance, followed by the 75m high display of light and sound. 

With a huge LED light canopy stretching across Main Street, painting the town red and green and gold and everything else in between, the Castle Hill Sky Show is bound to leave you feeling all sorts of Christmas tingles. Three Christmas light stories will be told, one for the little ones, one with the festive message of kindness and one that will get the rest of the night booming with a rockin’ Christmas feel.

The Old Northern Road will close at 5pm, so be sure to grab a coffee or a sweet treat before the show begins.