Summer In The Inner City

December 13th, 2019 - by Brad Gillespie

Summertime is fantastic for exploring and enjoying the best that the inner city has to offer.

From kicking back at cafes and cooling off at the local pool to taking in all of the magic and excitement of Christmas, New Year’s Eve and the Sydney Festival.

Get out and about and make the most of the warm weather and time off work at these great inner-city events and activities.

Christmas carols

Whatever your musical preference – from traditional choral to modern carols – there are plenty of places to enjoy festive singing across the city. At Carols in the Carpark you can listen to carols in the heart of Erskineville on a pop-up lawn, usually the car park, complete with a barbecue and kids’ activities. There’re also Choirs in the City at Martin Place; a Children’s Christmas Concert with the Metropolitan Orchestra at Town Hall; and, of course, Sydney’s famous Carols in the Domain.

Christmas markets

If browsing is your preferred way to do your festive shopping there are lots of great Christmas markets where you can find that perfectly unique gift for a loved one, from the Finders Keepers markets at Barangaroo to the Chippendale Christmas Market, The Maker’s Nest Design Markets in Annandale, or The Rocks Christmas Markets, which features extended seasonal shopping hours, festive kids’ activities, and live entertainment.

Christmas lights

The City of Sydney goes all out on its Christmas lights and decorations. View the giant Christmas tree in Martin Place; check out Fairytale Christmas lights at the QVB; shop under a Canopy of Light in Pitt Street; or stand inside an illuminated Christmas bauble at World Square. The Lights of Christmas is a free event at St. Mary’s Cathedral Square in the heart of the city, which includes a light show, choral performance and food trucks.

NYE fireworks

It’s the big-ticket event of the year and there are endless options for where to make the most of it. Visit the official City of Sydney website for NYE to find all of the best vantage points, fireworks displays and events to plan your big night.

Darling Harbour Fireworks

Or, you can also see the night sky light up every Saturday night during summer at 9pm in Darling Harbour, where there are also plenty of waterfront bars and restaurants from which to take in the views. While you’re there, Darling Square is a vibrant and buzzing new precinct worth checking out for its collection of great eateries, bars and cafes, including an eclectic treat street. The Exchange building features an impressive architectural design, a new state-of-the-art library, a rooftop bar, childcare facility and the Maker’s Dozen – an upscale food court with lots of tasty treats. It’s a family-friendly spot with something for everyone.

Sydney Festival

Running from January 8 to January 26 in 2020, once again the Sydney Festival promises an incredible line-up of artists, theatre, music, dance, and inspirational talks. Check out the festival brochure at the Sydney Festival website and start planning your festival season early. There are events all over the city including Barangaroo, Ultimo and Chippendale.

Splash and Swim

If you want to cool off at a local pool, rather than head to the beach, there are lots of great local options to choose from. Among them, Victoria Park Pool, Prince Alfred Park Pool, Cook Phillip Park Pool, Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool and the Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre. The Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre is also slated to open in 2020 in Green Square and is billed as Sydney’s largest pool complex to be built since the Olympics.

What’s on in the inner west

Check out the Inner West Council website for activities and events happening locally this summer in areas including Alexandria, Erskineville, Waterloo, Redfern, Rosebery and Green Square.

Other good sites to explore to find fun things to see and do include What’s On City of Sydney, Concrete Playground, Broadsheet Sydney and Destination NSW.

Our team wishes you a safe and happy summer in Sydney’s Inner City.