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Christmas in the City

George St, Martin Place & Pitt St Mall - Sydney CBD

Event start
18:30
Event finish
21:30

Important event information

The Christmas in the City event replaces the traditional Martin Place and Hyde Park Christmas concerts. Roads between Martin Place and Pitt Street Mall will close to create a large pedestrianised zone full of Christmas festivities from 6.30pm.

The event will feature the arrival of Santa and the Lord Mayor on sleigh from Circular Quay, six pop-up stages with entertainment all night, food stalls, the lighting of the new Martin Place Christmas tree from 8.30pm and a fireworks display to wrap up the night from 9.30pm. See the City of Sydney event site map.

Large crowds are expected so we strongly encourage attendees to leave the car at home and catch public transport with several major transport hubs within close walking distance of the event.

There are various train stations within short walking distance of the Christmas in the City event site including Martin Place, Wynyard and Town Hall.

Please note, the entry/exit to Martin Place train station opposite the MLC Centre will be closed from 3.30pm to 11pm for crowd safety while the event is staged. Alternate access points will remain open.

Trackwork

Trackwork is taking place between 02:00 Saturday 24 November and 02:00 Monday 26 November and may affect how you travel to and from the event:

  • T3 Bankstown Line: Buses replace trains between Sydenham and Central.
  • T4 Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line: On Saturday, from 08:00 until 22:00 buses replace trains between Sydenham and Central. From 22:00 Saturday to 09:20 Sunday, buses replace trains between Hurstville and Central.
  • South Coast line: Buses replace trains between Waterfall and Central.

To note: As of Sunday 30 September, the Epping to Chatswood rail line has temporarily closed for upgrades for around 7 months before Sydney Metro Northwest services begin in 2019. The new high-frequency bus service, Station Link, replaces trains between Epping and Chatswood. For more information on Station Link, visit transportnsw.info.

Trackwork is carried out on an ongoing basis to maintain the safety, reliability, and efficiency of the Sydney Trains network. Trackwork may affect how you travel so allow plenty of extra travel time and plan ahead. For train service disruption information, check travel alerts or plan your trip using the Trip Planner.

Plenty of bus services run regularly to the city on Saturday's and stop near Pitt Street Mall and near Martin Place. Use the Trip Planner to plan your bus trip.

Due to road closures in place for the event, some bus services will use alternate routes and stops. Route 389 services to the city will be diverted while King St is closed and instead turn right into York St, left into Druitt St and continue as normal via Park St.

For bus service disruption information, check travel alerts or plan your trip using the Trip Planner.

Catch one of the many ferry services to Circular Quay and continue on foot up to Martin Place. Alternatively you can catch one of the many bus services from Circular Quay including Route 333 that stop along Elizabeth St near Pitt St Mall.

For ferry service disruption information, check travel alerts or plan your trip using the Trip Planner.

Light rail services run between Central Station and Dulwich Hill with stops at popular CBD and Inner West destinations. Change at Central for connecting train services to Martin Place or Town Hall.

For maps and service frequencies see Light rail service information. For light rail service disruption information, check travel alerts or plan your trip using the Trip Planner.

With large crowds expected and road closures in place, attendees are strongly encouraged to catch public transport.

Roads between Martin Place and Pitt St Mall will close for the event.

  • George St and Pitt St between Hunter St and King St will close from 16:00 to 23:00.
  • King St between York St and Castlereagh St will close from 17:00 to 23:00.

Motorists travelling citybound on the Western Distributor should use the Bathurst St off-ramp to avoid delays. The City North King St off-ramp remains open however heavy traffic is expected while closures are in place on King St north of York St. Motorists can continue north east via Sussex St, Kent St and Clarence St or south via York St and Sussex St.

From 19:00 to 19:45, rolling closures will be in place as a Santa Sleigh travels from Circular Quay to Martin Place via Alfred St, Bridge St, Pitt St and Young St.

For the return trip from 20:45 to 21:00, the sleigh will travel to Town Hall via Druitt St, Market St and York St. Short term delays are expected as traffic is held to allow the sleigh to travel along the route.

For the latest traffic information visit Live Traffic NSW or download a real-time traffic app.

Parking

Parking in the Sydney CBD is extremely limited and special event clearways will be in place before and during the event. Visit City of Sydney to find out more about parking options.

Special event clearways

Special event clearways parking restrictions will be in effect from 3pm to 11pm on roads between Martin Place and Pitt St Mall.

  • Hunter Street between Pitt St and Phillip St (northern side)
  • Pitt Street between Curtin Pl and Hunter St (western side)
  • Pitt Street between Hunter St and King St (both sides)
  • King Street between York St and Castlereagh St (both sides)
  • York Street between King St and Market St (western side)

Clearways are strict no-parking zones, even for local residents or RMS Mobility Scheme Permit holders. Vehicles left in clearways will be towed and a fee applies. Check signs carefully as vehicles left in clearways will be towed and a fee applies. If your car is towed, call the Traffic Information Line on 132 701 to find its new location. For road closure and clearway details including maps, visit Live Traffic NSW 

For details of taxi networks servicing the Sydney area visit NSW Taxi Council.

Accessible trips are shown in the Trip Planner with the wheelchair icon. You can select "accessible services only" in the Options to ensure you only see accessible services. Only trip plans with accessible train platforms, ferry wharves and buses will be presented. See accessible travel or download a transport app (select the "Accessibility" filter).