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December in Sydney & NSW

Book early! Accommodation over New Years Eve in Sydney often books out months ahead.

  • 3 December (Saturday) 2016 – International Day of People with Disability – Aims to promote an understanding of people with a disability and encourage support for their dignity, rights and well-being.
  • 5 December (Monday) 2016 – International Volunteer Day is celebrated on December 5th each year to thank volunteers for their efforts and increase public awareness on their contribution to society
  • 10 December – International Human Rights Day is celebrated on 10th December each year.
  • 16 December (Friday) 2016 – End of NSW School Term 4 and School Year for students. Teachers finish on the 20th. (see links to official sites for Australian school holiday dates)
  • 25 December (Sunday) 2016 – Christmas Day – Public Holiday. (See AU school and public holiday dates.)
  • 26 December (Monday) 2016 – Boxing Day (See AU school and public holiday dates.)
  • 31 December (Saturday) 2016 – New Years Eve

December Events from the forum

These events are in the order that they have been posted - not in date order.
  • Concert: Carols in the Domain - by BCL Editor
    *Saturday 19 December 2015* The biggest Christmas concert in Australia! Carols in the Domain is Australia's largest free Christmas concert and is...

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2-Day Best Of Tilba Tour2-Day Best Of Tilba Tour, Strathfield, Sydney
Stunning Scenery, Fascinating History And Delicious Food & Wine. Spend 2-days discovering the Tilba area, a hidden gem of the deep South Coast of NSW. Set in idyllic countryside with stunning scenery the area is full of unexpected surprises. Throughout this two day trip you will experience all the great things this spectacular corner of the world has to offer. You will visit an operating dairy farm (weather permitting), stunning country gardens and winery, sample delicious locally grown food & locally crafted wine. The beautifully restored historic cottages on the main street of Central Tilba (location of popular TV show River Cottage Australia) host a lovely set of shops that burst with a wide range of goods from toys to accessories, gift ware, home ware, collectables and much more. see more info and booking details from Viator


El' Circo VIP New Year's Eve Celebration at Slide SydneyEl’ Circo VIP New Year’s Eve Celebration at Slide Sydney, Sydney
Please note: 2015 dates are sold out! Please check back for 2016 dates later in the year.

Slide Sydney’s famous 9 course circus degustation, ElÕ Circo captivates with the charm and flavour of Parisian cabaret; timeless yet original Ð itÕs a little piece of Europe in the heart of Sydney. Talented aerial performers, enthralling statuesque dancers, incredible voices and the strongest pole performers in the business take to the stage for an unforgettable night. You’ll also have the opporutunity to watch the renowned Sydney New Year’s Eve firework live on the big screen. see more info and booking details from Viator


New Year's Eve at Sydney Tower 360 Bar and DiningNew Year’s Eve at Sydney Tower 360 Bar and Dining, Sydney
Please note: 2015 dates are sold out! Please check back for 2016 dates next year.

Celebrate this New Year’s Eve in style at 360 Bar and Dining, located high atop Sydney Tower. Get the best seat in the city for excellent views of SydneyÕs spectacular new yearÕs eve fireworks displays. Savor a 6-course meal paired with a matching wines as you enjoy the opulent surroundings of 360 Bar and Dining. The meal is timed so that you can watch the two fireworks displays between courses. A live band performs throughout the night so you can dance into the new year on this memorable evening. see more info and booking details from Viator


New Year's Eve Opera Gala at the Sydney Opera HouseNew Year’s Eve Opera Gala at the Sydney Opera House, Sydney
Celebrate New Year’s Eve 2016 in operatic style at the Opera Gala at Sydney Opera House, where the worldÕs favorite opera moments will be performed by an array of international and Australian artists. The Opera Gala includes a specially timed interval for SydneyÕs 9pm fireworks, allowing you to take full advantage of the Opera HouseÕs fabulous vantage point right on Sydney Harbour. see more info and booking details from Viator


New Year's Eve Opera Performance at the Sydney Opera HouseNew Year’s Eve Opera Performance at the Sydney Opera House, Sydney
Ring in the New Year at the Sydney Opera House with passion, fireworks, celebration and ‘La bohŽme’! Be swept up in the emotion of PucciniÕs famous opera, spectacularly re-imagined in a Berlin nightclub. The performance of ‘La bohŽme’ includes a specially timed interval for SydneyÕs 9pm fireworks, allowing you to take full advantage of the Opera HouseÕs fabulous vantage point right on Sydney Harbour. see more info and booking details from Viator


New Years Eve Sydney Harbour Dinner CruiseNew Years Eve Sydney Harbour Dinner Cruise, Sydney
Tickets are already selling out fast! Be sure to book early to avoid disappointment! 

Cruise Sydney Harbour on New Year’s Eve for the ultimate views of Sydney’s spectacular firework display. Come on board this amazing three-level, air conditioned modern catamaran to enjoy an unforgettable night to bring in the New Year. With large windows and four spacious outdoor decks, you will have an amazing view of Sydney’s famous New Year’s Eve firework shows! see more info and booking details from Viator


Pottery Classes in Crows Nest on Sydney's Lower North ShorePottery Classes in Crows Nest on Sydney’s Lower North Shore, Sydney
Silky Shapes Studio offers pottery classes for adults. Students will learn basics of pottery and will take home ceramic pieces they have made themselves. This package includees three 2-hour classes and all materials. You will receive personal instructions and demonstrations that will help you develop the basic skills necessary to create your own pieces. see more info and booking details from Viator


Sydney Harbour Boxing Day Cruise with Seafood BBQ LunchSydney Harbour Boxing Day Cruise with Seafood BBQ Lunch, Sydney

Please note:  2015 dates are sold out! Please check back for 2016 dates next year.

Be amongst the excitement of Sydney’s premier sporting event, the Sydney to Hobart Yacht race. On board an authentic tall ship watch the start of the race from a premier position on Sydney Harbour whilst you enjoy a delicious seafood barbeque lunch and unlimited beverages.

see more info and booking details from Viator


Sydney Harbour New Year's Eve Tall Ship Dinner CruiseSydney Harbour New Year’s Eve Tall Ship Dinner Cruise, Sydney
Please note: 2015 dates are sold out! Please check back for 2016 dates later in the year.

Be part of the action this New YearÕs Eve on a romantic tall ship dinner cruise on Sydney Harbour. While cruising the harbor in a historic tall ship, join in the spectacular parade of illuminated boats and enjoy a privileged position on the water for Sydney’s world-famous New Year’s Eve fireworks at 9pm and midnight. Choose between the Soren Larsen or the Southern Swan, both traditional square rigger tall ships built in the style of the 1850’s. see more info and booking details from Viator


Sydney Silent Disco Dancing TourSydney Silent Disco Dancing Tour, Sydney
Silent disco dancing in the streets of Sydney is the most fun you can have in one evening! Bust out your best moves on this fun tour as you rock around the Rocks, shimmy down the steps to Circular Quay or disco your way around Darling Harbour. A high energy guide, headphones and great disco music are provided. Grab some friends and come prepared to move and groove! No dance experience is necessary just a sense of fun! see more info and booking details from Viator


Sail in the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht RaceAdrenalinSail in the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race

We are offering a place to compete on this exciting yacht during the Sydney Hobart race! Challenge yourself on this year’s yacht race with 600 miles of tough ocean racing on this fantastic yacht. (from Adrenalin)

Sydney to Hobart Spectator AdventureAdrenalinSydney to Hobart Spectator Adventure

Soak up the Sydney – Hobart on board one of our America’s Cup racing yachts – be part of the crew, take the helm, work on the grinders or simply sit back and enjoy the action! (from Adrenalin)

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