Sydney 2016 FESTIVE SEASON

Sydney 2016 FESTIVE SEASON Christmas in Sydney Experience Christmas the Australian way There’s nothing quite like an Australian Christmas. Making th...
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Sydney 2016 FESTIVE SEASON

Christmas in Sydney Experience Christmas the Australian way There’s nothing quite like an Australian Christmas. Making the most of the summer weather, Christmas is best spent alfresco, indulging in spectacular seafood with a glass of chilled local Sauvignon Blanc, enjoying an afternoon of cricket on the beach, or picnicking in a harbourside park. Take a morning stroll around Circular Quay looking out to the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House. Catch up with family and friends over a scrumptious lunch or dinner at one of the city’s best restaurants and cafes. To ensure you make the most of this memorable time in Sydney, our Concierge team has compiled a guide to the best dining options, lighting displays and Christmas festivities. The team is on-hand to assist with more detailed information, maps and festive arrangements. Please do not hesitate to contact them in person or via concierge. [email protected] or +61 2 9250 3141.

Festive events and activities The Sydney Christmas Walk Take the family on a special journey through the city and explore a thousand sparkling lights and projections on iconic buildings from Pitt Street Mall to Sydney Town Hall. Start at the Market Street entrance to Pitt Street Mall, where you will be greeted by the ever-changing colours of the Christmas Light Forest installation suspended overhead. Walk under the mesmerising canopy of lights to King Street where magical projections will light up the façade of buildings at this lively intersection. Continue the walk down to Martin Place to the interactive Christmas tree where you are invited to share the spirit of Christmas by sending a personal message to light up its branches. Complete the walk under the stunning arches of the Queen Victoria Building and marvel at its incredible indoor Christmas tree spanning three floors. Queen Victoria Building Swarovski Christmas Tree Thursday 27 October 2016 to Sunday 8 January 2017 Monday-Wednesday and Friday, 9am to 6pm | Thursday, 9am to 9pm | Saturday, 10am to 4pm | Sunday, 11am to 4pm Celebrate the joy of Christmas under Queen Victoria Building’s grand dome. The iconic QVB Swarovski Christmas Tree stands at an impressive 24 metres high and is adorned in sparkling Swarovski Crystals and topped with a mesmerising 2-metre crystal studded star for all to wish upon. Martin Place Christmas Concert Saturday 26 November 2016, 6.30pm to 8.30pm Immerse yourself in to the spirit of Christmas as Sydney’s largest Christmas tree is lit for the first time by Santa and the city’s Lord Mayor. Enjoy the free children’s concert, packed with entertainment the whole family will love. Finish the night with a spectacular fireworks display to mark the start of the festive season. Martin Place Christmas Tree Saturday 26 November 2016, 6.30pm to 8.30pm Take a short stroll to Martin Place and behold their interactive Christmas tree. Spread the Christmas cheer with your very own message. Text or tweet your greeting to +61 427 840 851 or #sydxmastree and stand by as it lights up the tree branches for everyone to see.

Christmas on the Green Saturday 26 November 2016, 6.30pm to 8.30pm Perfect for families, Sydney’s free Christmas concert in iconic Hyde Park offers a lively and festive night with great entertainment for young ones and adults. Enjoy craft activities, a sausage sizzle, gelato and a fun Santa stocking filled with goodies for a gold coin donation. All proceeds will go towards Guide Dogs NSW/ACT. Once the sun sets, the night sky is illuminated with a stunning fireworks display. Christmas Carols in The Domain Sunday 18 December 2016, 8:30pm to 11:00pm Join Australia’s largest free outdoor concert at the annual Woolworths Carols in the Domain. Now in its 34th year, this iconic Christmas celebration brings together some of Australia’s most talented singers to fill the air with traditional Christmas favourites including Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer and Away in a Manger.

Town Hall

Celebrate the festive season at Four Seasons Pei Modern An award-winning bistro by acclaimed Australian chef Mark Best, Pei Modern delivers a relaxed dining experience built on best-in-class, seasonal produce and a philosophy of eating well. Mark is joined by Head Chef Joachim Borenius and Dessert Chef Lauren Eldridge to create a culinary experience to suit all occasions, from a leisurely lunch to a special event, with an array of menus to choose from, catering to any dietary requirements. The team makes full use of the wood-fire oven, grill and open kitchen to create memorable dishes such as slow-cooked Milly Hill lamb shoulder, roasted honey Balmain bugs with garlic butter and lemon thyme, and wildflower honeycomb and cultured cream. Pei Modern also features a bar showcasing world-class international and local wines, creative cocktails and a range of beers and spirits. More information: www.peimodern.com.au CHRISTMAS DINNER: $150 per person, $45 per child under 12 | 6.30pm-10.30pm Indulge in a festive feast on Christmas Day at Pei Modern restaurant. Relax in the smartcasual dining room with open kitchen and wood-fire grill, choosing from a sumptuous buffet of savoury treats and sweets. To book, call +61 2 9250 3160, email [email protected] or visit the Pei Modern website www.peimodern.com.au.

Pei Modern

Grain Bar - Four Seasons Hotel Sydney Experience Sydney like a local, and drink where the locals drink, at award-winning spirits and cocktail bar, Grain. Awarded Hotel Bar of the Year in the 2016 Australian Bar Awards, Grain celebrates the fine craft of drinking, with an extensive menu of boutique beers, carefully-crafted cocktails, local, biodynamic and organic wines, one of Australia’s largest whisky selections, and some of the city’s best bar food. Beautifully-designed with wood, glass and copper features, the bar space is warm and intimate, with natural light pouring through retractable street-facing windows on one side. Central to Grain is the eye-catching island bar, clad in curved slabs of Queensland blackbutt timber over a frosted glass inner core, highlighted by bottle-filled suspended shelves of the back bar. Grain’s team of passionate, bartenders expertly complete the experience with personalised, friendly table service. More information: www.grainbar.com.au CHRISTMAS DAY: Open from 12noon until late Take the day as it comes and stroll in to Grain for a casual bite to eat or celebratory cocktail from noon and watch the world pass by through the street-facing windows.

Grain

Restaurants Manta Relax in stunning waterside Woolloomoolloo and enjoy quality seafood, sustainably sourced and prepared by Executive Chef Daniel Hughes and his team. $185 per person | Four-course lunch Quay Celebrate Christmas in style at award-winning Quay restaurant with unbeatable harbour views and a delectable menu created and prepared by Executive Chef Peter Gilmore. Lunch details to be confirmed. O Bar and Dining Treat yourself to 360° views of Sydney Harbour and its surroundings at O Bar and Dining. Celebrate Christmas lunch or dinner with fine food and wine as Sydney’s best panorama passes by. $205 per adult | $105 per child (Under 12 / Lunch Only) | Lunch and dinner | Four courses Bathers’ Pavilion Enjoy an irresistible brunch on Christmas morning, or select from a three-course lunch at the fine dining restaurant or casual café. Alternatively enjoy a seafood buffet in the upstairs dining room. $125 per person | Brunch $285.00 per person | Restaurant lunch $193.00 per person | Café Lunch $225 per person | Buffet Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel Experience Australian Christmas as you overlook Sydney Harbour at Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel. Enjoy a family-style buffet including delicious fresh seafood, traditional turkey and ham plus an array of delicious sides. $299 per person | Buffet lunch Centennial Parklands Dining In the heart of Sydney’s beautiful Centennial Park, enjoy a banquet lunch at Centennial Homestead. Perfect for families, you’ll have the choice of a selection of premium seafood and traditional Christmas dishes. Beginning with a chilled selection; the banquet will also feature a carvery of traditional Christmas roast meats. $150 per person, $65 per child | Buffet lunch

Christmas Mass in the City St Mary’s Cathedral Christmas Eve 24th December 5:00pm First Vespers of Christmas - Cathedral Choir 6:00pm Vigil Mass with Congregational Carols 7:30pm Carols with St Mary’s Singers 8:00pm Choral Vigil Mass Christmas Mass Midnight Mass - 11:15pm Carols with Cathedral Choir Christmas Day 25th December 7:00am Said Mass 9:00am Mass with Congregational Carols 10:30am Solemn Choral Mass, Cathedral Choir 6:00pm Mass with Congregational Carols St Patrick’s Catholic Church Christmas Eve 24th December 5:30 pm Carols 6:00 pm Vigil mass Christmas Mass Midnight Mass - 11:00 pm Carols Christmas Day 25th December 7:00 am, 8:00 am, 9:00 am, 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 12:00 pm (noon), 6:00 pm

St Mary’s Cathedral

Christmas Tree for your room At Four Seasons Hotel Sydney, you can light up and decorate your room during the festive season with a beautiful Christmas tree. They are available in three different sizes and arrive decorated with lights. Prices listed below: 2ft (61cm) decorated tree with lights | $150 (Exc GST) 4ft (122cm) decorated tree with lights | $400 (Exc GST) 6ft (183cm) decorated tree with lights | $900 (Exc GST) Please contact the Concierge team if you wish to make a purchase. All prices are in AUD$