Sydney will turn on its Christmas lights tomorrow night, signalling the start of the festive season.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore said it was the first time the city had started the celebrations on a Saturday.
“Usually we have Santa arrive here at Martin Place and we light this wonderful interactive Christmas tree during the week,” she told a press conference today.
“But this year we’ve moved it to Saturday to enable more families to be able to come in.”
The celebrations will officially kick off at 6.30pm tomorrow with the annual Martin Place Concert and Tree Lighting event, hosted by Samantha Armytage from Sunrise and Channel 7 news anchor Mark Ferguson.
The family concert will include performances from Megan Washington, Justine Clarke and Bananas in Pyjamas. Santa stockings filled with goodies will be on sale for $5 with all proceeds going to charity partner Guide Dogs NSW/ACT.
“In Martin Place we will have the Moorambilla Voices … people like Justine Clarke and Splash Dance and Jimmy Giggle, and lots of other wonderful entertainment for children and of course Christmas carols,” Ms Moore said.
“The highlight of the evening, of course will be Santa arriving on his sleigh to greet all the children, and then of course we will turn on the lights of the Christmas tree and then there will be fabulous fireworks and all the little children will all squeal in delight – it’s the most wonderful, wonderful event.”
Over the next month, up until Christmas eve, Sydney will light up Martin Place with Bulgari lights, there will be a boulevard of light in Pitt Street Mall and illuminations on Town Hall and St Mary’s Cathedral, as well as various choir performances and carols.
The City of Sydney has put together a page of all the events that will be taking place from November 26 to December 25. – Lisa Solinareos
Image of Sydney Lord Mayor turning on the Christmas lights last year from City of Sydney website.
For what’s on in Melbourne see “Melbourne gets into the Christmas spirit“.