Christmas and New Years in Sydney

Christmas day is, of course, a public holiday, so a lot of places are closed. So, what should you do to celebrate? Here are two really simple but fun and popular options:

- Beach Barbecue

Head to one of Sydney’s beautiful beaches like Bondi or Coogee for a nice beach barbecue. Most Sydney beaches have public barbecues that you can use, but get there early! On Christmas day they’re likely to go fast!

- Christmas lunch at an Irish pub

Take a few friends and go enjoy a traditional three-course meal at P.J. O’Brien’s in the city. You’ll have to book in advance, and it’s a little pricey, but you deserve a Christmas treat!

In Australia, Christmas is kind of a family thing, but New Year’s Eve is when it really goes off! Here are just some of the things happening around the city.

- The Fireworks

It goes without saying that these are the centerpiece of Sydney’s NYE celebrations. To get a good vantage point on the harbour, you’ll want to go really early and take a few friends to spend the day with, as spots fill up fast! Remember to take plenty of food, sunscreen and water – it’s usually very hot! For a list of the best vantage points, go here:

- Darling Harbour

There’s always great entertainment in Darling Harbour prior to the fireworks, mainly in the form of live music, and this year is no exception. Check the website as the date approaches for more details and, again, get there early!


One of the other popular options for New Year’s Eve in Sydney is to get on a boat to see the fireworks. There are a range of popular cruise boats you can get on, but they fill up fast, so book soon! No link provided for this one – there are heaps of companies out there that provide the service, so google it and do some detective work. They’re all fairly pricey, but compare prices carefully – some are better value than others!