DECEMBER HAS ARRIVED! Yas kweens, it’s here, which means it’s now summer (in AUS), Christmas is approaching and there’s a slew of fun activities to take part in. Whether you want to try some new things this month, want to impress your family visiting from Canada or just fancy a few fun nights out, I’ve compiled a list of great things you can do in Sydney in the lead-up to Christmas. (I’m sorry to anyone reading this who doesn’t live here).
Start the month off with something super fun and super healthy like a Thursday night spin class at Home Bar. Yes you read that right, Flow Athletica are bringing Sydneysiders an exercise class like no other, complete with DJs and a smoke machine. Find out more here and tickets are available here.
When did you last spend your Friday night playing croquet? Didn’t think so. Do something you haven’t done before at the Royal Croquet Club in Bondi. They’ll be music by Hayden James (DJ Set) and Wealth & Jimmy 2Sox; amazing food from places like Butter and Messina; with art, fun and croquet! Find out more here.
Head to Star Bar in the CBD for some cheap drinks and comedy this Saturday night. 20 comics in 60 minutes is presented by the BONKERZ Comedy Clubs so you’re guaranteed a good laff. Tickets available here.
Lillet Secret Garden pop-up is where you’ll want a Sunday in the sun as you enjoy a long and languid afternoon with your gal pals. Hosted at Cruise Bar (located at the Overseas Passenger Terminal), it’s free entry and boasts an array of fruity cocktails for $10 each (not too shabby a price). Relax in the courtyard, which has been dressed in floral trimmings, a Petanque playing field, and even a swing for the perfect insta snap.
Enjoy an advanced screening of Allied at Hoyts Broadway. Tickets include freebies and a seat at Hoyts LUX (way comfier) – buy here!
Head to 32 Kensington St, Chippendale for a thought-provoking exhibition ‘Dysmorphia Playground’, a formidable exhibition exploring perceptions of masculinity by artist Alun Rhys Jones.
American artist Megan Geckler has brought her intricate and breathtaking installations to Sydney, and her newest body of work ‘A Million Things To Make Your Head Spin’, is mesmerising people inside one of Sydney’s most beautiful and historic buildings. Entry is free at Customs House.
If you haven’t heard of Boyce Avenue you need to sort that out STAT. They have sung some of the most beautiful covers ever done and are behind ‘Be Somebody’, which you’ve surely heard all over the radio. Buy tickets here and see them live.
Opera Bar is always good but when summer has just arrived and we’re in the throngs of party season, it’s even better. Head there after work for an Aperol Spritz (or 10) to celebrate FRI-YAY as you watch the sun set over the beautiful harbour.
Enjoy Saturday vibes with Australia’s biggest electronic export, Flume. Make sure you don’t drop the game (haha see what I did there) and get your tickets here.
Work off your late nights and too many cocktails and canapes with the beautiful Bondi to Bronte coastal walk.
Love Actually is one of the most feel-good, iconic Christmas movies ever made (speaking of Hollywood, it’s about time you gave us a new one) and what could be better than watching it in the lead up to Christmas than watching it outside at the Open Air Cinemas. Book tickets here and don’t forget a great picnic blanket for your snacks!
Enjoy some nachos, tacos, quesadillas, burritos and PLENTY of guac at Mejico.
El’ Circo at Slide on Oxford Street is something EVERYONE should experience. Sit through a 9-course degustation meal to tantalise your tummy while your eyes feast on 9 circus acts. Find out more here and there are more dates available to book 🙂
Amy Schumer is not for the faint-hearted but my word she is funny. For a great night out (and plenty of chuckles) with your bestie, get tickets here.
Enjoy carols and traditional religious practices at the mesmerising and iconic St.Mary’s Cathedral. Find out more here.
Nude: art from the Tate collection is presented exclusively in Australia by the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Well worth a visit as it explores a spectacular tour through many major art movements, including romanticism, cubism, expressionism, realism, surrealism and feminism. Find out more here.
Take a drive out to Bella Vista for a quaint and cosy lunch at the Lil Miss Collins café pop-up at Bella Vista Farm. A great opportunity to enjoy some delicious food and explore the historic site. Find out more here.
Take a breather from this crazy busy month with a yoga or pilates class at Yoga Bar Sydney, located on Park Street in the CBD.
This is for my single gals maybe looking for a NYE date! ‘Swipe Right Speed Dating’ at the Friend In Hand Hotel is a great way to get out of your comfort zone and if nothing else, would be a great laugh!
Time is running out for gift shopping! With only mere days left until Christmas, make sure you jump online and head to our gift shop for last minute gifts. Check out Pinterest for gift wrapping inspo.
Is it even Christmas if you don’t see some version of The Nutcracker? Opt for a chic affair this year at the ballet. Tickets available here.
Enjoy the magic of Christmas by taking a stroll through the CBD. The David Jones window displays are always spectacular and there’s plenty of beautiful light illuminations around Town Hall and Pitt Street Mall.
Pack your beach bag and head to Watsons Bay for a sunbathe and pre-Christmas dip in the ocean. After you’re all sunned out, head to Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel with some friends for a few celebratory bevs.
Words by Kelly McCarren.