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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

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2-Day Best Of Tilba Tour2-Day Best Of Tilba Tour,
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 (multiple currencies, select yours in top right of their pages)
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Christmas Lunch Cruise on Sydney HarbourChristmas Lunch Cruise on Sydney Harbour,
Tickets for this cruise are already selling fast so be sure to book in advance! This hugely popular 3 hour luncheon cruise is the perfect way to spend a relaxing Christmas in Sydney. Including a delicious, freshly prepared buffet meal with seafood, traditional roasts a variety of fresh salads and scrumptious desserts, this will be one Christmas to remember for all the right reasons. see more info and booking details from Viator (multiple currencies, select yours in top right of their pages)
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El' Circo VIP New Year's Eve Celebration at Slide SydneyEl’ Circo VIP New Year’s Eve Celebration at Slide 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, El’ Circo captivates with the charm and flavour of Parisian cabaret; timeless yet original – it’s 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 (multiple currencies, select yours in top right of their pages)
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New Year's Eve at Sydney Tower Buffet RestaurantNew Year’s Eve at Sydney Tower Buffet Restaurant,
Sydney Tower Buffet Restaurant is the perfect New Year’s Eve choice for all the family. On New Year’s Eve, Sydney Tower Buffet is bringing you another memorable, not to be missed event for 2016! With over 50 international dishes to choose from and flowing drinks from 7.30pm – 12.30am, there is no better way to bring in the New Year! Spoil the family with unbeatable views of Sydney fireworks and entertainment the whole family will love. see more info and booking details from Viator (multiple currencies, select yours in top right of their pages)
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New Years Eve Sydney Harbour Dinner CruiseNew Years Eve Sydney Harbour Dinner Cruise,
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 (multiple currencies, select yours in top right of their pages)
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Pottery Classes in Crows Nest on Sydney's Lower North ShorePottery Classes in Crows Nest on Sydney’s Lower North Shore,
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 (multiple currencies, select yours in top right of their pages)
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Sydney Harbour Boxing Day Cruise with Seafood BBQ LunchSydney Harbour Boxing Day Cruise with Seafood BBQ Lunch,
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 beverages. see more info and booking details from Viator (multiple currencies, select yours in top right of their pages)
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Sydney Harbour New Year's Eve Cocktail CruiseSydney Harbour New Year’s Eve Cocktail Cruise,
Please note: 2015 dates are sold out! Please check back for 2016 dates later in the year. Join the “Harbour of Light Parade” and enjoy exclusive views of Sydney’s two spectacular fireworks displays on a six-hour New Year’s Eve cocktail cruise. Sailing into Sydney Harbor’s restricted waters, you’ll have 360-degree views of the 9pm and midnight fireworks shows and take a fairy-lit harbor circuit as part of the Harbour of Lights Parade. Feast on cocktail snacks and drinks all night from the licensed bar, dance to your favorite songs and join in the countdown to 2016 from center stage as you watch Sydney’s world-famous New Year’s Eve fireworks display from the harbor’s central exclusion zone. see more info and booking details from Viator (multiple currencies, select yours in top right of their pages)
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Sydney Harbour New Year's Eve Tall Ship Dinner CruiseSydney Harbour New Year’s Eve Tall Ship Dinner Cruise,
Be part of the action this New Year’s 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 (multiple currencies, select yours in top right of their pages)
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Sydney's Gay and Lesbian History and Culture Walking TourSydney’s Gay and Lesbian History and Culture Walking Tour,
Sydney’s world-famous Mardi Gras is the evolution of 200 years of gay and lesbian history in Sydney. From the gay governor whose conduct scandalised the British Empire to the bright lights of the gay strip on Oxford Street, hear the stories and see the sites that define Sydney as one of the friendliest cities for gay and lesbian culture in the world. see more info and booking details from Viator (multiple currencies, select yours in top right of their pages)
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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 Adrenaline)

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 Adrenaline)

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