Back for its 31st year, this wonderful family event is Australia's largest FREE Christmas concert. This year's Woolworths Carols in the Domain is on Saturday 21 December 2013.
Gracing the stage, backed by the wonderful choral voices of Australian Girls Choir, Jubilation Gospel Group and The Salvation Army Choir and the Sydney Youth Orchestra, you'll see Samantha Jade, Johnny Ruffo, Jimmy Barnes, Tina Arena ,The Wiggles, Jai Waetford, Dami Im, Mark Vincent, Grease The Musical, Strictly Ballroom the Musical, Justine Clarke, Angelina Ballerina, Jessica Mauboy.
For all details visit Carols in the Domain
The City of Sydney is turning on the lights and ramping up the festive spirit this Christmas so head into town after sunset and see for yourself!
The iconic Martin Place Christmas tree has gone interactive this year - text a festive message to the new interactive tree and watch your words as they travel up the branches for all to see!
Wander down George Street to see the spectacular Christmas Projections on Sydney's Town Hall and share the fun and see how loudly and brightly you can make the Infinite Choir sing in the Pitt Street Mall.
Visit City of Sydney for details of Christmas in the City
Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority presents this FREE program of BIG-TIME Christmas celebrations with Santa Fest 2013 operating across Darling Harbour until Christmas Eve, Tuesday 24 December.
There's plenty of fantastic, family-friendly, festive fun to be at Darling Harbour and Sydney’s finest a capella groups will perform live at Carols by the Darling Harbour Christmas Tree of Light and Laughter from 7.00pm-9.00pm every Thursday – Sunday between until December 22 and on Christmas Eve.
Stunning Harbourside Fireworks from 9.00pm on Saturday 14 and 21 December will also captivate visitors and offer a preview of the magical kaleidoscope of fireworks to explode over Harbourside on Christmas Eve.
For more details visit Darling Harbour
Santa will be greeting children and adults alike from the Observation Deck at the Sydney Tower Eye from 4pm – 7pm on weekdays and 12pm – 6pm on weekends until December 24 and, from 21st December, Santa will be greeting guests from 10am right through to 6pm.
All guests receive a FREE PHOTO with Santa inside his cabin and kids 15 years and under receive a FREE GIFT from Santa’s bag of toys.
Visit www.sydneytowereye.com.au to book your tickets and take advantage of the perfect opportunity to pop (high) up and meet Santa while taking in the stunning views of Sydney!
January 2014 sees the return of the hugely popular Movies by the Boulevard, now in its 13th year. Catch some of the best films, free, at Cathy Freeman Park.
Kids movies include Despicable Me 2, Monsters University, The Croods, Turbo and Iron Man 3. On kids movie nights there are plenty of great activities and fun kicking off at 5pm before the movie starts at 8.30pm.
For more information including transport, what to bring and session dates and times visit Sydney Olympic Park
Across the other side of town, catch FREE movies under the stars at Darling Quarter. The third annual Little Darlings Night Owls Kids Film Fest hits the big screen at Darling Quarter from January 10 to January 23, 2014.
Watch Despicable Me 2, Wreck it Ralph, Hugo, The Adventures of Tin Tin, Brave and catch Disney classics, Mary Poppins, 101 Dalmatians and Pinocchio.
Family fun time can also involve mum and dad with screenings of Muriel's Wedding, The Breakfast Club and Billy Elliot!
From 5.30pm onwards each night there will be a vibrant mix of live entertainment for the youngsters, including performances from Lah Lah’s Big Live Band on Opening Night and a special kids theatre performance by Monkey Baa on Closing Night.
Following the off-screen entertainment, a stream of short films from Australia’s major children’s short film festival Little Big Shots, all before the Night Owl’s feature film.
Kids LOVE Kids in the Park Summer Programs and it's on again at Sydney Olympic Park these school holidays!
Kids in the Park is on EVERY DAY of the summer school holidays from Saturday 21 December 2013 – Monday 27 January 2014 (inclusive) offering heaps of FREE activities and good-value options for less than $20 per child.
Featuring more than 50 activities, Kids in the Park makes Sydney Olympic Park the official home of the biggest range of school holiday activities of any location in NSW.
For the full program, dates, times and more visit kidsinthepark.com.au
Circus Oz sizzles back into the Circus Oz Big Top at Sydney’s Tumbalong Park in Darling Harbour with their latest critically acclaimed show – Cranked Up from 1 – 27 January 2014.
Fun for the whole family - click here to read more.
Get ready for the Ultimate Australian Animal adventure these school holidays! Put on your Akubra and head to WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo for the ultimate Australian animal adventure in the heart of the city! Walk through iconic Australian habitats and encounter some of the most loved, feared and unique Aussie animals.
From Thursday 19 December 2013 to Sunday 26 January 2014, young adventurers will have the opportunity to explore the Zoo with an Adventure Passport, collecting stamps along their journey through Australia to win a prize at the end!
To book your tickets visit www.wild-life.com.au
Get up close and personal with One Direction, Prince William and Kate and a host of other life-like and life-sized wax figure celebrities, sports people, heroes and icons at the amazing Madame Tussauds Sydney. Don't forget to bring your camera or smartphone for some 'selfies with the stars'!
Located right next to WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo at Darling Harbour, check opening times and ticket prices by visiting Madame Tussauds.
See ten species of sharks in the brand new shark nursery and put your courage to the test by touching real shark jaws, eggs and much more in the interactive discovery area.
Enjoy the fun, with giant interactive touch screens displaying everything you need to know, from shark tracking to details on their curious anatomy. Kids can delve into a new interactive quiz trail learning shark trivia such as how these great creatures give birth, a 3D maze displaying how sharks use their senses as well as being able to touch and feel jaws with an interactive game revealing their diet.
Kids can also climb inside the jaws of a Megladon shark and marvel at the humungous 7.4m replica of the Great White Shark to get a sense of the sheer size of these great creatures.
For more information and to book visit www.sydneyaquarium.com.au
Eight lively Ring-tailed Lemurs will be swinging into action these summer school holidays, as they settle into the zoo’s new Lemur Forest Adventure. The first of its kind in Australia, combining opportunities for education, active play and Lemur viewing in one amazing space, this is one experience the kids won't want to miss!
There's also a great chance to see the newest addition to Taronga’s Chimpanzee group, born to mother Kuma in October. The healthy baby has become steadily more familiar with life within the chimpanzee community and has generated plenty of excitement among Taronga’s chimps, keepers and visitors alike.
Taronga Zoo is open 9.30-5pm every day of the summer school holidays. For more information visit www.taronga.org.au
In its seventh year, the Christmas Lights Spectacular at the Hunter Valley Gardens has become a family tradition for Australian families.
With 1.5 million Christmas lights the event is quite a spectacular sight to see. Festive sights, sounds and activities will kick start that holiday feeling and the opening night will hold a great firework show to spark off the celebrations.
The largest Christmas lights display in the Southern Hemisphere, the lights will be dazzling until Sunday 26th January, 2014 (excluding Christmas Day and night). Gates will open nightly from 6.30pm, with pre-lights entertainment and food stalls. The lights display will commence at 7.30pm.
Visit HVG for details
This summer will be the hottest ever with the world's best water theme park now open!
Wet'n'Wild Sydney features amazing world-first attractions, interactive ride technology and will take fun to a whole new level for the entire family with a never-before-seen range of over 40 slides and attractions including heart pumping thrills on the world's tallest double Sky Coaster and the best beach ever with white sandy shores and no rips or sharks.
There's even a whole zone dedicated to little water adventurers and adrenalin pumping action on some the tallest and fastest water rides in the world, it’s so much more than a water park.
Set on 25 hectares between the M4 motorway and Prospect Reservoir at Prospect. A free shuttle bus service will operate between Parramatta train station and the water park throughout the school holidays.
Open daily from 10am-11pm, for more information visit Wet 'n' Wild Sydney
Launching just in time for summer, the brand new seahorse safari includes the chance to search for fossils, a 3D find-the-seahorse landscape, a seahorse dance lesson and stamp stations where kids can document their fun and educational journey around the aquarium.
Plus, with an interactive rockpool for visitors to get hands-on with, guided tours and feeding sessions throughout the day, as well as story time for little kids all included in the price, it’ll be a fun day out for all ages.
For more information visit Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary
Marian Street Theatre for Young People presents Snow White during the school holidays.
This enchanting, timeless tale will thrill young audiences aged 3-10 years and plays from Saturday 11 January.
There are two sessions daily during the holidays at 10.30am and 1pm.
Children $20, Adults $24, Families of four $74, Groups 15 + $18p.h. Vacation Care/OOSH groups $13 per head.
Prioritize Fitness Sport Variety Sessions are designed for active and passive children. Encouraging a love of sports, fun and games, activities include – soccer, cricket, volleyball and Frisbees. Our focus is on participation and having a good time.
For program details, age group sessions, times and further details click here.
Visit the Powerhouse Discovery Centre in Castle Hill these school holidays to celebrate a time when machines and the world were powered by steam, creating a sense of adventure and exploration! Watch Journey to the Centre of the Earth, a show based on the classic Jules Verne novel, performed by the talented Mark Penzak and Cogs the Robot will teach young visitors all about how steam engines
Young discoverers will enjoy make-and-do activities, Adventurous Airships and Goggles Galore to make and take home, exploring the collection by completing a Discovery Trail and getting creative by entering the SteamPunk! design and colouring competition.
From 10am-4pm January 14-17 and January 21-24.
Visit PDC Facebook Page for all details
The largest theme park in NSW is action packed and guaranteed to thrill every member of the family - from little ones to mum and dad! A whole day here in the school holidays is just the ticket for Super Summer Fun.
Situated on the South Coast between Wollongong and Kiama, just a couple of hours drive south of Sydney, why not combine a beach getaway with a Jamberoo Family Pass? Check out these accommodation and family pass deals!
For day trippers, visit Jamberoo Action Park for more information
Just 10km from Bateman's Bay this award-winning, private zoo is committed to the survival of endangered animals and provides world standard facilities for over 200 animals of more than 42 rare and exotic species, including the White Lions of 'Timbavati'.
Mogo Zoo also boasts the largest collection of primates in any private zoo in Australia.
Open 7 days, 9am-5pm.
For further information, including opportunities to 'Meet The Animals', visit mogozoo.com.au.
Still on the NSW South Coast, get along to the Illawarra Fly Treetop Walk these school holidays and enjoy FREE guided tours and FREE Meet the Ranger sessions.
Guided tours are at 11am and Meet the Ranger sessions at 2pm. Offering a great chance to learn more about the rainforest, local fauna and flora and of course what it takes to be a Ranger at the Illawarra Fly. Tours run for approximately one hour and ranger sessions run for about thirty minutes.
Bookings are essential so visit Illawarra Fly for details
The best indoor funpark, FUNLAND at Ulladulla, has a whole host of new attractions for the summer school holidays!
Funland opens 10 am every day and has fantastic value packages and unlimited ride packages, so you can play as little or as much as you want!
Read more about Funland's brand new attractions here