Kick starting Christmas in the City

This week marks the start of Christmas celebrations in the City with a lively program of decorations, light projections, music and entertainment.

The City's Christmas celebrations draw visitors into the City Centre, and give local residents opportunities to celebrate the season with friends, family and their community.

On Thursday night I joined thousands of children and their families in Martin Place for a free Christmas concert and the lighting of our iconic 21-metre Christmas Tree, with help from Santa and the lucky winner of our kids colouring in competition.

The tree has been installed in Martin Place for 75 years and is now decorated with 58,000 LED lights, 90 white LED bulbs at the branch ends, more than 150 stars and bauble decorations, and a 1.5-metre, seven-pointed shimmering star at the top of the tree.

Luke Jacobz from The X-Factor will hosted celebrations in Martin Place, with singer Paulini, Lah Lah's BIG Live Band, Teddy Rock, the Sydney Children's Choir and Play School favourites Big Ted, Little Ted, Jemima and Humpty Dumpty joining him on stage.

In Hyde Park, Christmas on the Green provided a more relaxed atmosphere for families, particularly those with younger children. MC Jimmy Giggle led a night of performances from Peppa Pig, Electric Lunchbox, the Australian Girls Choir and Lay Laga'aia from Play School, plus interactive dancing lessons from Mumble and Gloria from Happy Feet Two.

Fireworks signalled the end of a wonderful night.

It's now looking a lot like Christmas in Sydney with twenty-six Christmas trees, 1,900 new banners with bright festive stars and thousands of sparkling lights decorating streets, squares and parks until Christmas Day.

Six modern 5.3-metre trees are on display in Pitt Street Mall. The trees reflect the contemporary style of the popular shopping precinct, glowing with 300 LED colour-changing baubles, shimmering stars and ribbons.

Sydney Town Hall will light up with colourful moving projections every night until Christmas. This year's brand-new projections will feature images of Christmas from around the world.

The City has also introduced a program of carolling choirs in Pitt Street Mall and Hyde Park. The choirs will perform every Thursday night in the lead-up to Christmas.

Starting tomorrow night, we are holding Christmas concerts in Reg Bartley Oval in Rushcutters Bay, Turruwul Park in Rosebery (Sunday 2 December), Alexandria Park Oval in Alexandria (Saturday 8 December) and Ward Park in Surry Hills (Sunday 9 December) will come to life with live performances, carolling choirs, kids' activities and a special visit from Santa.

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