What are the first things that come to your mind when you're thinking about December?
If you're in the northern hemisphere, you're probably thinking dull skies, foggy days, chilly nights, but beautiful white Christmas and great winter sports.
Holidays are coming.
They are, in Sydney too.
Not the white ones.
The sunny ones.
Just wave your magic wand and set yourself ready for a summer party.
Sydney is ready for parties and holidays with Christmas trees among palm trees, colour, light and magic projected on buildings, rich decorations in the shops, concerts and carols in parks and fireworks in Darling Harbour.
The Martin Place Christmas tree attracts large crowds into the City.
Sydney is ready not only for the Christmas magic but also for the thrill of the surf and the charm of the beaches.
And, to top it all, there are some nice things to do and see around the city.
Because it is summer, you'll be tempted by the beach. But a day in the breeze and the sun goes well with a night at an outdoor cinema.
The Belvedere Amphitheatre in Centennial Park is hosting the Moonlight Cinema throughout the whole summer, from 29 December 2018 till 31 March 2019.
Bring a rug, a beach chair or hire a bean bag, bring your own food and drinks or buy them on site and enjoy new releases or old classics with your friends.
Head to The Rocks. Not only for its heritage buildings, awesome views of the harbour and its history-laden past. If you go there at the end of the working week and during the weekend you'll find yourself engulfed in a delightful shopping experience.
There are plenty of stalls with beautiful stuff to buy on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to 5 pm.
The foodies market, with fresh produce and mouth watering snacks or mains cooked in front of you, are on every Friday from 9am to 3 pm.
But come Christmas time you don't need to wait for the weekend. The Rocks Markets are alive everyday from Friday 7 December to Sunday 23 December.
Take your family and revel at the free Christmas concerts around the city.
They start on the 24th of November with lighting of the Christmas tree and free concerts in Martin Place every night up until 24 December from 6 to 8 pm. (or a family gathering and concert in Hyde Park, for a Christmas on the Green. Both events?) start at 6 pm.
There are several concerts in various locations during the December weekends. Live bands, choirs, dance lessons and Santa will make your day, or evening - the concerts are from 6.30 to 8.30 pm in Surry Hills (Saturday, 1 December), Green Square Plaza in Zetland (Sunday, 2 December), Alexandria (Friday, 7 December), Rushcutters Bay (Saturday, 8 December), Rosebery (Sunday, 9 December).
Beautiful Christmas trees are at Customs House, Hyde Park, Town Hall and St Mary's Cathedral.
Lots of fun and trim at Cockle Bay in Darling Harbour, lights displays and Christmas carols are from mid November to 25 December.
Street fun in Martin Place, a canopy of light in Pitt Street Mall, light projection on the Town Hall building and on St Mary's Cathedral will make the city even more lively.
Get tickets for the Coral Christmas celebration concerts at St Mary's Cathedral. They happen on Friday 14 December from 11am to 12.30pm and from 7pm to 8.30pm.
The The Town Hall embraces the Christmas fairy tale with a concert on Tuesday 18 December 2018. Colourful lights projections all over its majestic building are on every night from 26 November till 25 December.
Then there's the Darling Harbour ferris wheel and fireworks extravaganza plus the Christmas eve and New Year's eve. And the huge Carols in the Domain concert for families on Friday 21 December.
It is holiday time. Cruise ships are ready to set sail and take you to exciting destinations.
December 26 is the day the thrilling Sydney to Hobart race starts. Onlookers come early to take position at various vantage points: such as Watsons Bay, Cremorne Point, North Head, South Head.
If you want more than just to watch from the shore, book a cruise, have a great seafood lunch and raise a glass of wine (or more) to honour the brave racers.
On the last day of December be among the first (well, not really the first but we're almost there) people in the world to celebrate the beginning of a new year. And with the best fireworks in the world, who cares that Sydney is not really the first city to throw them on.
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