Give yourself the gift of a good time at Darling Harbour this Christmas with interactive light installations, a live music festival, building-sized decorations and guaranteed holiday cheer
12 Nov 2021
26 Dec 2021

Christmas is for celebration, sunshine and spending time with family and friends. Where better to do all that than Darling Harbour, Sydney’s most colourful and exciting waterfront hub?

We’re decking our halls for the silly season, with giant floating baubles on Cockle Bay, Christmas-themed pedal boats, a building-sized bauble at the Convention Centre Forecourt, competitions, incredible outdoor dining options and a larger-than-life, interactive Sky Castle.

Tumbalong Park will also host four days of Christmas festivities including live music and dance, kid’s entertainment, delicious food stalls and holiday treats.

It’s official - a visit to Darling Harbour is the best thing to do in Sydney this Christmas!


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Wondering what’s on in Sydney this Christmas? Come to Darling Harbour and immerse yourself in a giant interactive rainbow sculpture of light, take a pedal boat ride around Cockle Bay and snap a festive selfie with our larger than life Christmas decorations.

Sky Castle

12 Nov - 26 Dec

The Sky Castle by ENESS is landing in Darling Harbour for the first time – this dreamy, interactive sculpture is alive with sound and colour.

Have you ever walked through a rainbow? Well now’s your chance. Sky Castle is an impressive interactive light sculpture featuring a cluster of inflatable arches in a colourful symphony. 

Pedal Boats

26 Nov - 30 Jan

Are you up for a Christmas-themed adventure on the high seas of Darling Harbour? Hire a pedal boat for up to two adults and two kids and see the Darling Harbour all decked out with festive lights and decorations from the water as you pedal between gigantic floating Christmas baubles.

Christmas Festival

Two weekends in December (11-12 and 18-19)

Tumbalong Park will be transformed into a Christmas-themed wonderland complete with food stalls and trucks, free kids activities, live music and dance performances and bubble machines for big blasts of extra fun! 

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Special Offers

Unwrap great deals on parking, food and accommodation at Darling Harbour this Christmas.

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Holiday Staycations

Why go overseas when you can have the ultimate staycation right in your own backyard? All of these hotels are taking bookings now and have flexible cancellation policies so you can confidently book a well-deserved escape for the holidays at Sydney's favourite harbourside precinct.

See staycations in Darling Harbour on any budget

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Novotel Sydney Darling Square
Want to stay in luxury near all the action? Novotel Sydney Darling Square is the place for you.
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Crowne Plaza Sydney Darling Harbour
Sydney's newest upscale hotel in the heart of the city and only a short walk to both the Darling Harbour precinct and CBD.
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Hyatt Regency Sydney
The iconic brand’s Sydney hotel is the city’s largest with stunning harbour views.
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ibis Darling Harbour
Stay at the ibis Darling Harbour hotel in Sydney for a near perfect location, comfy, cozy rooms and stunning views.
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Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour
French sophistication meets Aussie culture in this luxury Sydney hotel by Sofitel.
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The Darling
The Darling gets six stars out of five for opulent luxury and charming service.
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