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Christmas in Sydney

Patrick's Friendly Tours - Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Have you ever experienced Christmas in Summer? If you are the lucky one to visit Sydney during Christmas season, why not  go city sightseeing with tthe theme.

Sydney's favourite Christmas trees are;
@ Martin Place, 20m tall! Beautifully decorated with hundreds of LED lights. Touch Pad Kiosk allows you to interact and control coulour settings of the tree decorations. You also can send your own christmas messages up its branches by texting from your mobile! 

@ Queen Victoria Building, 24m tall (Ground floor to 2nd floor), covered with 60,000 lights and 144,000 Swarovski Christal ornaments. Start form the trunk at the ground floor level, then climb all the way up to see the star on the top of the tree! (Do not forget to admire the historical architecture of Queen Victoria Building itself and its artefacts, including Queen Elizabeth the II's letter to the citizens of Sydney as well as the clocks.)

Tall outdoor tree decorations can be found in other locations such as Hyde Park North or Governors House.

@ Pitt Street Mall, in front of Westfield, a NEW Christmas Sleigh appears made entirely with LEGO blocks, using over 10,000 pieces of them!! There are many shining Christmas trees floating in the air all the way through Pitt Street Mall after dark, as part of "Christmas Light Forest" installation, together with digital projections on the buildings.

@ Darling Harbour, a modern tree decorated with lots of lights can be found at the Convention Centre Courtyard. There is a NEW Floating Christmas Tree suspended in the air @ Palm Grove as well! Carols is on everynight at various locations around Darling Harbour, Palm Cove & Cockle Bay throughout December. For the event detail, please refer to the other post titled "Sydney's Christmas in Summer!"

And we should not forget David Jones's window decorations on Elizabeth Street! Each of the six windows on the Elizabeth Street Store are filled with different carols with puppets singing, sharing warm wonderful christmas spirit with all the viewers young and old. (Window display will be on up to the 25 december.) Also do not miss the Magic Cave on the 6th floor in Elizabeth Street Store, to see Santa and the elves working hard preparing the presents for the children. (Open everyday till 24 December). It is a great place to find Chrissy Souvenir as well.

Walking around the City you will find lots of Christmas decorations in a very Australian style, in shops and restaurants. If you visit the suburbs, you can find some magnificently dressed up homes with wonderful luminous decorations brighting up the streets. You might also meet Santa Clause riding his surf board in his summer gear!

It is a great season to go sightseeing!
   

(From L to R) David Jones' window decorations. / It could be the tallest indoor Christmas tree. @QVB / The top of the Christmas tree in QVB. 

Carols in the Domain

Patrick's Friendly Tours - Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Carols in the Domain, Sydney siders and Australia's favourite Christmas event, and again it promises an exciting line-up of talented performers.

- The biggest public free event in Australia
- Carols with candles, picnics, fireworks. tv broadcast on channel 7.
- Famous singers and tv stars appearing.

This year's line-up includes Taylor Henderson, Dami Im, Samantha Jade, Mark Vincent, Adam Garcia, The McClymonts, Lee Kernaghan, Judith Durtham & the cast of Wicked the Musical, and so on.

 

Saturday 20-December
Carols in the Domain
@
The Domain, Royal Botanic Gardens 

 

Event carnival commences from 12:00, pre-show entertainment from 15:00, Concerts from 20:30-23:00.
For more details please visit:  http://www.carolsinthedomain.com/

Pack your picnic basket, blankets, and don't forget the mosquito spray.

~ For other Christmas events, please click "Christmas" in Tags section on right hand side of this screen.~

Sydney's Christmas in Summer!

Patrick's Friendly Tours - Sunday, November 23, 2014

The Festive Season has already begun and all the decorations and huge Christmas Trees can be seen here and there in the City. If you are one of the lucky ones to visit Sydney during this holiday season, why not experience Christmas in Summer, Sydney style!

Let's start with a few special FREE events of the season to warm you up.

Thu-27-November

Martin Place Children's Christmas Concert

@ Martin Place 18:00 - 20:30
Celebrate the lighting up of the Christmas Tree (20m tall!!), with Santa himself and the Australian Girls Choir. (The Christmas Tree will be displayed until 25-Dec.)  

 

Christmas on the Green

@ Hyde Park Noth 18:00 - 20:30
Relax on the lawn and enjoy the live broadcast of the lighting up of the Christmas Tree at Martin Place on a huge screen. Carols by St.Mary's Cathedral Choristers, and wait for Santa's appearance on his sleigh! Don't forget to bring your picnic basket! 

 

Sat 29 November - Wed 24 December

Santa Fest

@Cockle Bay & Darling Harbour, Palm Cove, and Village Green
Come and join in the biggest gathering of Santas you've ever seen. Celebrate Christmas with lots of fun! Fantastic fireworks every Saturday from 21:00, and carols take places in various locations untill Christmas Day. There is a NEW floating Christmas tree suspended in the air (!) to be spotted in Palm Cove, together with some fun activities such as Paddle Boat Rides (tickets available for purchase) around floating Santas in Cockle Bay, and Christmas Movie Nights Under the Stars (Fridays & Saturdays) at Village Green throughout December. For the event's ditails visit official website.

 

Sun 7 December

Annual Variety Santa Fun Run

@Darling Harbour  08:30 - 

Join other hundreds & thousands of Santas (and his little helpers with paws) running for a good cause!  For more Information & registration click HERE.  

 

Thu 11 December - Christmas Eve

Christmas Carols by The David Jones Staff Choir
@ Elizabeth Street Store, Level 7. (Excluding Sunday) Performing daily from 09:00 to 09:30.
Hear the wonderful voices of David Jones Staff Choir.Christmas Eve Performance will be at 8AM.

Holiday Season Operating Hours

Patrick's Friendly Tours - Monday, December 09, 2013
Our operating dates/hours during the holiday season;

Wed 25 December – Closed

Tue 31 December – No City Sights. Other tours & services - operate as usual. (Because of road closures for Sydney Harbour & Darling Harbour NYE Fireworks, we might not be able to provide pickups & drop offs from/to your hotel. We will advise your most convenient location.)

 

Thank you all for your support throughout the year. We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a safe & prosperous New Year!!

Tree-cycle

Patrick's Friendly Tours - Saturday, December 18, 2010
is made from the recycled parts of up to 100 bicycles.
 
The tree-cycle is the 3rd christmas tree made from recycled materials by Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority. this year's tree stands aprox 7m tall, and took 8weeks to design and built.

All the bicycles are from CMA Recycling, Australia's leading integrated recycling group. Once the tree comes down, CMA will collect all the bicycle parts and recycle them again.