Noël Sydney is a brand new, truly magical Christmas celebration along Macquarie St and in The Royal Botanic Garden. Launching on Friday 9 December and running through to Christmas Eve, the free evening festival will transform Macquarie Street’s historic buildings with captivating Christmas-themed projections and lights leading to The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, where family and friends will discover a whimsical Digital Christmas Forest, curated Christmas market and nightly entertainment.

In addition, hundreds of drones will perform a mesmerising Noël Christmas Skyshow over Farm Cove nightly from December 16.

Noël Sydney runs from 9 December to 24 December 2022. Gates open at 6pm.

The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney will close by 10pm each night.

The Christmas Light Trail along Macquarie St will turn the lights off at 11pm.

The experience is designed to start at the Hyde Park Barracks where the Noël Light Trail begins. It runs down an exquisitely lit Macquarie Street towards the Conservatorium of Music, now a reimagined Sweet Palace.

Let the lights lead you into the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney to the Parade Ground, home to the whimsical Digital Christmas Forest, markets, entertainment and the Noël Christmas Skyshow.

Noël Sydney is a free event with no tickets.

Anyone and everyone is welcome. There are no age restrictions.

For those who prefer the simplest and fastest trip into town, public transport is within a short walking distance of Macquarie St and Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

Martin Place and Circular Quay are the closest transport hubs to Noël Sydney with frequent trains, buses, ferries and light rail services all a stone’s throw away. St James is across the road from the Noël Light Trail if you’re starting your evening here.

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Yes, there will be food options to tickle even the fussiest taste buds.

Whilst you can’t bring alcohol into Noël Sydney, there is a range of stalls and bar areas where you can purchase alcohol.

We have got the lot. Toilets, first aid facilities as well as water stations.

Follow @noelsydneychristmas on Facebook and Instagram for the latest updates on any program changes due to bad weather.

Yes, absolutely you can bring a pram onsite. This is a family friendly event so prams are welcome.

There are currently no provisions for stroller storage, however it is easy to keep your pram with you at all times.

In addition to your biggest Christmas smile. The following items may be worth considering:

  • Poncho (if it looks like rain)
  • Sunscreen (especially if you are coming early)
  • Jacket
  • Water bottle
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Alcohol
  • Bottles
  • Bicycles or tricycle
  • Animals in Royal Botanic Garden (except for an assistance animal that is in harness, or a dog or horse that is being used in connection with police duty) however Macquarie Street is fine to bring your pooch
  • Illegal substances, including controlled, dangerous or illicit drugs
  • Laser pointers, spotlights, flares or fireworks
  • Weapons, or resemblance of weapons, including knives, firearms, blunt offensive objects, batons, selfie sticks, umbrellas and those with sharp ends
  • Projectile items, including balls, frisbees, rackets or similar objects
  • Political or offensive materials
  • Drones or loud hailers without the prior consent of the Event Organiser
  • Skateboards, scooters and bicycles

No smoking allowed on site at any time by any person. Electronic devices included.

Yes. Accessible patrons can enjoy Noël Sydney with friends and family. Accessibility hosts will be available at the Parade Ground to provide assistance as required, Accessible toilets and baby change facilities are also available at the Parade Ground.

We recommend the Sir Stamford, 93 Macquarie Street Sydney, as an accessible drop off point.

Whilst cash maybe accepted at some market stalls, contactless purchases are always preferred. There are no ATM’s on site.

Remember to leave your pooches at home when coming into the Royal Botanic Garden. This is to protect the living collection, wildlife, ponds and heritage items. Assistance animals are allowed. 

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