Step into a world where cheer is the currency and joy the native language. This season, Darling Harbour is teeming with events and activities that put the 'merry' in Merry Christmas.
Dive head-first into festive kids’ fun at The Harbour Village, where your little elves can write letters to Santa, be spellbound by Aussie storytelling sessions, get crafty at Santa's workshop, or have a dance-off with Santa’s DJ helpers.
Then, enjoy a pedal boat ride right on Cockle Bay, get your putt on with Pixar Putt mini golf, snap a selfie in-front of a giant Christmas bauble on the Convention Centre Forecourt, and watch the sky light up with weekend fireworks.
Looking for somewhere to grab a bite? From authentic Asian flavours in Darling Square through to casual alfresco dining in Darling Quarter and prime harbourside dining at Cockle Bay, there are over 150 incredible places to cover every type of yuletide gathering in your planner.
So ho-ho-hold onto your Santa hats and dive into the merriment at Darling Harbour.
The Harbour Village
Pop by The Harbour Village on the Darling Quarter Village Green to join in on Christmas sing-alongs with The Beanies, and Jayden Rodrigues, write letters to Santa, get crafty with Christmas workshops, and enjoy a visit from the big man himself!
Your chance to win a PS5 and set off the Christmas Fireworks
We've partnered with PlayStation and Sony Foundation to give 3 lucky winners the chance to push the button to set off the Saturday night Christmas fireworks AND win a new look PlayStation® 5 Console. Simply donate a minimum of $2 to Sony Foundation's children's holiday camps to go in the draw. Together, let's make Christmas more magical for kids with disability.
Are you up for a Christmas-themed adventure out on the water? Soak in the summer sun and take a pedal around Sydney's iconic Cockle Bay, as the perfect way to catch up with a friend or plan a special Christmas date night!
On Friday AND Saturday nights, end the night with a bang by heading over to Cockle Bay to watch the sky above the harbour light up with spectacular fireworks.
9pm Fridays 8, 15 and 22 December
9pm Saturdays 2, 9, 16 and 23 December
Plus, join us every Saturday night to see Santa’s Dance Crew take centre stage busting out their moves and spreading Christmas cheer!
Trust us, you’re not going to want to miss the 6 metre tall, Christmas bauble lighting up Darling Harbour this festive season!
Darling Quarter is coming alive this Christmas with living Christmas presents made from real life vertical gardens boxes! Snap a selfie amongst the beautiful plants wrapped in a festive red Christmas bow.
Christmas is all about eating and drinking and 2023 will be no exception! Whether it be catch-up drinks, work Christmas parties, or a family get-together, Darling Harbour has all your celebrations covered.
Round up your friends and family for a toast to good times for the year ahead while sipping in the spectacular harbour views at your favourite watering holes.
The Gift Of Fun
Not sure what to get the family this Christmas? Check out our ultimate gift guide, from endless fun, to unique experiences, and luxury stays, Darling Harbour is the home of Christmas!
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.