Christmas is a wonderful time to be in Sydney. Last week I officially launched the 2014 Sydney Christmas program and this year will be our biggest yet, with more lights, trees and interactive projections than ever before.
Our celebrations will draw visitors into the city centre while also giving residents opportunities to enjoy the festive season close to home with their friends and family and local community.
Last Thursday with the help of thousands of excited children and their families I lit the tree at our annual Christmas Concert, who sang along with characters from Sesame Street, Lah-Lah's Big Live Band, Eddie Perfect and the Australian Girls' Choir.
The Martin Place tree is looking wonderful. You can jump on the interactive dance pad at the Christmas Tree, text a message to appear on its branches and play with the colours of its decorations using a touch pad kiosk.
In the lead up to Christmas, city streets will be illuminated with lights and decorations, including dramatic projections that transform the faÃ§ades of Sydney Town Hall and the King Street entrance to Pitt Street Mall.
And a Westfield sponsored LEGO Christmas Tree in Pitt St Mall is causing great excitement.
The renowned Christmas at Sydney Town Hall concert on 16 December guarantees a memorable night for the whole family. Nothing will get you into the spirit of Christmas like this very traditional affair of carol singing, festive music and readings complemented with the magnificent Grand Organ in the stunning Centennial Hall.
On the weekend, we held free family concerts at Rushcutters Bay and Rosebery. Next week we have Alexandria (6 December) and Surry Hills (7 December) to look forward to - they are one of the nicest and most popular activities we do for Christmas, with children's entertainment, live music, fireworks and a visit from Santa.
On behalf of the City of Sydney, Councillors and staff, I wish you a joyous Christmas and a great New Year.
Head to www.sydneychristmas.com.au for all the info you need.