As winter blankets Sydney with its cool embrace, the city takes on a whole new atmosphere, embracing the spirit of Christmas in July.
In this guide, I’ll share what you can expect at the Christmas in July Sydney celebrations, providing you with all the essential information you need to make the most of the festive events.
Christmas in July is a celebration that takes place in countries in the Southern Hemisphere, such as Australia, where the traditional Christmas season falls during the summer months.
It’s a way to experience the joy and festivities of Christmas typically associated with the winter season in the Northern Hemisphere.
People embrace the holiday spirit during Christmas in July by organising events, markets, and gatherings featuring traditional Christmas decorations, food, drinks and entertainment.
It’s an opportunity to enjoy a “winter wonderland” experience, complete with festive decorations, Christmas lights, and seasonal treats, during Australia’s mid-winter, in July.
Christmas in July Sydney 2023
Chill Fest World of Winter Fun in Campbelltown is an all-encompassing Christmas in July event that guarantees a festive experience for the whole family.
Whether you’re gliding across the ice, enjoying a Christmas meal, or immersing yourself in the atmosphere, Chill Fest is the place to be for a Christmas in July winter celebration.
Chill Fest Campbelltown 2023
This event offers activities and entertainment for visitors of all ages. Walk through interactive neon sculptures, marvel at the illuminated pathways and trees and capture memorable photos in this vibrant setting.
Experience the thrill of amusement rides, glide across the large open-air ice rink and zoom down the toboggan ice slide.
Indulge in delicious treats at the alpine food village, roast marshmallows over an open fire and enjoy the company of roaming entertainers.
For an extra special experience, book a private igloo and dine like VIPs. Choose from the lunch or dinner menu, which includes options such as antipasto plates, lasagne and various desserts.
Dates and Location
Chill Fest dates: 30th June to 16th July 2023.
Location: Koshigaya Park, Campbelltown.
Opening times: 11am to 10pm.
Parking: Please take public transport to help limit congestion.
Website: Chill Fest
Christmas in July Events
This video gives you a glimpse into the vibrant atmosphere at one of Sydney’s Christmas in July events. Many events are listed below.
Tinseltown Surry Hills
Get ready to unleash your inner elf and embrace the festive spirit because Tinseltown is coming to Sydney’s Surry Hills.
This whimsical and immersive pop-up event is the ultimate celebration of Christmas in July, delivering an enchanting experience that will make you feel like you’ve stepped into a winter wonderland.
From the moment you enter Tinseltown, you’ll be surrounded by all things merry and bright. Elves, presents, tinsel, and festive tunes create an atmosphere brimming with holiday cheer.
Indulge in winter warmer drinks, including a Christmas cocktail menu, as you revel in the joy of the season.
The venue is adorned with an abundance of decorations featuring baubles, bows, hanging trees, wreaths, and every festive delight you can imagine.
With your ticket, you’ll gain entry to the themed bar, where a bespoke cocktail awaits you upon arrival. Dive into the massive Christmas-themed ball pit, filled with thousands of balls, and float around with themed inflatables for an unforgettable experience.
Please note that Tinseltown is an adults-only event, but family-friendly sessions are available for those under drinking age. Non-alcoholic drink options are also available upon request.
Dates: 1st to 31st July 2023.
Location: 280 Cleveland Street, Surry Hills.
Opening times: 5:30pm to 11pm.
Christmas in July at the Botanist
Dates: Sunday, 23rd July 2023.
Location: The Botanist, 17 Willoughby Street, Kirribilli.
Opening times: Lunch and dinner.
Lunch at Parliament House
Dates: Monday, 3rd July to Tuesday, 1st August 2023.
Location: Strangers Restaurant, NSW Parliament House. 6 Macquarie Street, Sydney.
Opening times: Weekdays 12pm to 3pm.
Christmas In July at The Old Fitzroy
Dates: Tuesday, 30th May to Monday, 31st July 2023.
Location: The Old Fitzroy Hotel, 129 Dowling Street, Woolloomooloo
Opening times: Mondays to Saturdays 12pm to 9pm.
Christmas In July at Forresters
Dates: 1st to 31st July 2023.
Location: 336 Riley Street, Surry Hills.
Opening times: 11:30am to late.
Ripples Chowder Bay
Dates: Sundays, 2nd to 31st July 2023.
Location: 7C Chowder Bay Road, Mosman.
Opening times: Sundays, 6pm to 9:30pm.
Jounieh Lunch and Dinner
Dates: 1st to 31st July 2023.
Location: 2/17 Hickson Road, Dawes Point.
Opening times: 11:30am to 12:30pm.
Christmas at the Mercantile
Dates: 1st to 29th July 2023.
Location: The Mercantile Hotel, 25 George St, The Rocks.
Opening times: 11:30am to 9pm.
Royal Motor Yacht Club
Dates: 23rd July 2023.
Location: 46 Prince Alfred Parade, Newport.
Opening times: From 11:30am.
If you’re visiting Sydney in July, Sydney has an official tourism website listing things to do and the latest events.
For more Christmas celebrations, read my complete guide to Christmas in July in Australia.
Here are a few tips on how we can enjoy an environmentally responsible Christmas in July experience.
- Reduce Food Waste: Food waste is a major contributor to carbon emissions. Be mindful of this when eating out at these events and think about how you can limit food waste.
- Sustainable Diets: Consider vegetarian and plant-based Christmas events in July for a lower-impact meal.
- Sustainable Transport: Take public transport, walk or cycle to your event to reduce pollution and transport emissions.
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