How to get into the Christmas spirit

27 November, 2020

And what to eat while you’re doing it!

The lead up to Christmas is looking a little different this year, thanks to Covid-19. Community carol concerts in the park have been cancelled and the plug has been pulled on some of Sydney’s famous festive light displays. Even the iconic Woolworths Carols in the Domain is being performed behind closed doors at the ICC Sydney (but you can tune in on Channel 7 on December 23).  

But there are still ways to get (safely) out and about and enjoy this most wonderful time of the year. Read on to discover how to get into the festive spirit (and what do eat while you’re doing it!).

Where can I see Christmas lights?

Kick off a pre-Christmas trip to the city with an early dinner at Chatswood Interchange. If Asian cuisine is your thing, save the turkey for Christmas Day and head to General Chao for the Genera’s popcorn chicken. Or perhaps silky pork ramen from Ippudo is more your vibe?

As nothing says Christmas like a festive light display, hop on a train to see the CBD sparkle. Check out the Christmas lights and decorations walk on the Sydney Culture Walks app which includes NSW’s largest Christmas tree at Martin Place. It features 110,000 LED lights, a 3.4-metre colour-changing star and 330 glossy baubles.

Other highlights of the walk include the stunning Canopy of Light on nearby Pitt Street and a stroll through the iconic Rocks precinct which looks particularly festive at this time of year.

Get your Christmas on

Closer to home, why not spend a day in Chatswood doing some Christmas shopping before taking in some carols?

On Saturday December 5, check out the Fair Trade Christmas Market at Chatswood Mall Market. Find an ethically-sourced, hand-crafted gift with an inspirational story before grabbing lunch at the many stalls offering tasty global treats. 

Later, head to The Concourse for the first of two performances of Christmas Celebration, billed as a jubilant one-hour concert for the whole family. Christmas classics will be performed by the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra and guest soloists from Pacific Opera. 

With limited seating to accommodate physical distancing, booking is essential.

Take a festive suburban stroll 

The pandemic sadly means some of Sydney’s famous suburban light displays – such as Davidson’s famous Borgnis Street extravaganza – will be switched off this year because crowd concerns. So why not take a stroll around some of our local streets to see if any houses have decided to stage individual displays?

As no-one wants to walk on an empty stomach, head to Chatswood Interchange to pick up some snacks to munch on the way (while admiring the Christmas decorations at the same time, of course). Some of our favourite portable treats include:

And finally…

Be Covid-safe. Keep your distance, wash or sanitise your hands and wear a mask if it’s a bit crowded. And if you are unwell, stay home!