Where To See The Best Christmas Lights In Sydney CBD

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One of the highlights of the Sydney Christmas season each year for me and my family is visiting the Sydney CBD to view all the spectacular city Christmas light displays and spectacular Christmas trees. Sometimes we make a day of it by indulging in an afternoon Christmas high tea in Sydney city before staying on to view the Christmas lights. Christmas in Sydney is such a magical time with the city transformed into an absolute wonderland of twinkling Christmas lights.

In this guide we share our comprehensive list of where to see the best Christmas lights Sydney CBD offers.

Check out our list to plan your visit to view the best Christmas lights in Sydney CBD.

You may also be interested to see our list of the best Christmas light displays on the Northern Beaches.

Where To See The Best Christmas Lights Sydney CBD

Martin Place Christmas Tree & Martin Place Christmas Lights 2021

Address: Martin Place, Sydney

Dates: 25 November 2021 – 1 January 2022

The Martin Place Christmas Tree is so spectacular! It is the tallest Christmas tree in NSW, standing 24.5 metres tall including the 3.4 metre 3 dimensional star on top of the tree.

The tree is decorated with over 110,000 colour changing LED lights and 330 specially created glossy red, white and green hand painted baubles in three different sizes.

The Martin Place Xmas tree’s 800 branches are also dressed with 15,000 flowers representing 9 different Australian flowers, namely the banksia, waratah, eucalyptus gum flower, kangaroo paw, flannel flower, pink wax flower and white wax flower.

In addition to the lights on the tree there are 6 long strings of lights spanning Martin Place consisting of over 4000 warm icicle lights. Each string of lights also has a huge 3D star.

Between 7pm and midnight, there is a breathtaking light and sound show every 15 minutes.

Making Martin Place an even more joyous Christmas location, the Martin Place Christmas Tree will host some of the most talented choirs in Sydney to serenade you with fabulous Christmas carols each night from 6 to 8pm.

The gigantic Christmas Tree at Martin Place together with the Martin Place Christmas lights are an absolute Christmas season must see! They totally transform Martin Place into such a magical and festive spectacle.

Pitt St Canopy of Light 2021

Address: Pitt St Mall, Sydney

Dates: 1 December 2021 – 31 December 2021

Another of the best Sydney Christmas lights locations and a must see wonderland of twinkling festive lights is the Pitt St Canopy of Light. It features 85,000 LEDs and 10 stunning two metre high stars with a light show every 15 minutes. What better place to do your late night Christmas gift shopping than under this canopy of sparkling lights.

St Mary’s Cathedral Lights Of Christmas 2021

Address: St Mary’s Cathedral Square, College St, Sydney

Dates: 9 December 2021 – 25 December 2021

The Lights of Christmas is a spectacular annual event at St Mary’s Cathedral Square in College St. This light show is absolutely magnificent. Projections start at 7.30pm nightly.

Food trucks are on site to sell burgers, churros, coffee, ice cream and other refreshments.

The Rocks Christmas Lights 2021

Address: The Rocks, Sydney

Dates: 1 December 2021 – 25 December 2021

The cobbled streets around The Rocks transform into a festive wonderland at Christmas and is one of the best locations for families to visit during the Christmas season. There are dozens of Christmas photo opportunities here including the following favourites of ours.

In addition to hosting The Rocks Christmas Markets every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in December, The Rocks have loads of Christmas lights and the best Christmas decorations Sydney CBD wide tucked away in it’s various laneways.

See how many elves you can spot in the Nurses Walkway, then admire the lit up mini Christmas village in Wells Courtyard. Jack Mundey Place contains a stylish 5 metre high Christmas tree themed in silver, gold and champagne.

At the top of the First Fleet Park stairs in George St is the Mo√ęt & Chandon effervescence Christmas Tree, a sparkling gold icon inspired by the bubbles of their champagne.

A giant light up Christmas themed snow globe sits in Playfair Street and there are life sized toy soldier statues in The Rocks market area.

There are also lots of roving Christmas elves and angels plus live musical entertainment on Thursday, Saturdays and Sundays in December.

The QVB Christmas Tree & Lights 2021

Address: 455 George St, Sydney

Dates: 24 November 2021 – 10 January 2022

Every year the iconic QVB displays a huge Christmas tree under it’s central dome area towering over multiple floors. It is the largest indoor Christmas tree in the Southern hemisphere.

In 2021 the QVB introduced a new Christmas tree replacing it’s previous Swarovski encrusted fir tree. The new Christmas tree chosen was a Wollemi Christmas Pine inspired one. This Christmas tree was chosen because the Wollemi Pine is a symbol of strength and resilience and is uniquely Australian. It has been adorned with over 130 ornaments inspired by native flora.

There is also a spectacular immersive experience at 1.30pm and 5.30pm daily featuring a programmed light show and bespoke Christmas soundscape that you can view in between your Christmas gift shopping. Guided tours of the tree and it’s history are also available and the main entrance of the QVB is be pinned with over 7000 lights. This grand old building in the Sydney CBD is definitely worth a Christmas visit.

Darling Harbour Christmas Lights & Decorations 2021

Address: Darling Harbour

Dates: 12 November 2021 – 26 December 2021

Darling Harbour will be aglow with stunning festive lights and some of the best Christmas decorations in Sydney CBD this Christmas season creating the perfect backdrop for your selfies. Starting with the massive 6 metre high Christmas bauble in the Convention Centre Forecourt and the gigantic 6 foot tall Christmas presents. There are also 13 large floating Christmas baubles in the water off Cockle Bay Wharf that light up at night.

While not strictly Christmassy, Tumbalong Park in Darling Harbour is also host to the glowing inflatable arches of the colourful Sky Castle immersive art installation. The colourful lit up arches are gorgeous to look at but even more magically they also emit xylophone melodies as you walk through the arches. This art installation aims to evoke a sense of rainbows, a symbol of hope following the metaphorical storm Sydney and the world has weathered over the past two years.

For a touch of pure whimsy and Christmas magic at Darling Square you’ll find a festive golden tunnel of lights where you can make a wish for a golden year to come. This is such an enchanting Christmas light installation that is sure to delight everyone.

David Jones Christmas Windows 2021

David Jones Christmas Window Display

Address: Elizabeth St, Sydney

Dates: 12 November 2021 – 25 December 2021

Another must see Sydney CBD Christmas display and one of the best places to visit in Sydney during Christmas is the traditional David Jones Elizabeth St store annual window display. Families flock to this display moving from window to window to follow the story portrayed within. These window displays are loved by both children and adults.

The 2021 windows showcase the children’s book My Pet Star with its beautiful and simple message of kindness. It’s about a little girl who finds a lost star and takes it home. She finds the more she looks after and cares for the star, the brighter it becomes, until the star eventually flies back into the night sky.

More than 6500 hours went into creating the David Jones Christmas window displays this year.

I hope the above list has answered all your questions about the best places to see Christmas lights in Sydney CBD. If you have an additional recommendation that you believe deserves a place on this list of where to see Christmas lights Sydney CBD then please let us know in the comments below so we can add it to our list.

Merry Christmas & enjoy the festive lights!

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