By DAMIEN NOVAK
Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore has been accused of being a Christmas Grinch in the past, allegedly watering down previous Christmas celebrations, but there will be no such accusations this year with the Lord Mayor and City of Sydney Council going all out to bring Christmas cheer to the Harbour City.
Pop-up performances of Christmas carols, light displays, decorations and more Christmas trees than ever before are featuring throughout the local government area (LGA).
Eleven Christmas trees are now up across the LGA, including trees at Customs House, Martin Place, St Mary’s Cathedral and Town Hall in the CBD; Dr H J Foley Rest Park in Glebe; Green Ban Park in Erskineville; Green Square Plaza, Zetland; Fitzroy Gardens in Kings Cross; Surry Hills Library, Surry Hills; Taylor Square in Darlinghurst; and Union Square in Pyrmont.
The Lord Mayor said that while Covid-19 had led to some changes in the way the community will celebrate Christmas – including the cancellation of the annual Christmas concert program – the City was encouraging people to get into the Christmas spirit in a festive, Covid-safe way.
“While life is a little different this year, we’re still creating a festive atmosphere in the city centre and across our inner Sydney villages,” she said.
“We encourage everyone to safely return to the city over the holiday period. Once you’ve finished your Christmas shopping, dine al fresco on city streets, marvel at the outdoor decorations and lighting displays, and experience the joy of a Covid-safe Christmas!”
The City has even developed an app to facilitate a self-guided walking tour of Christmas lights, trees and shopping destinations across the inner city.
The walk starts at the Customs House Christmas tree, winding its way through Sydney’s historic The Rocks precinct, before travelling up through Martin Place, Pitt Street Mall and Town Hall.
The walk is free to download and is available at sydneyculturewalksapp.com.
Each Christmas, the City partners with a charity and this year’s charity partner is food rescue organisation, OzHarvest, which collects surplus food and distributes it to people in need.
The City is encouraging those who can afford it to make a donation to OzHarvest’s important work at feedsydney.com.
“We are so grateful to be collaborating with the City of Sydney to make sure we get good food to those who need it most across Sydney, especially at this time of year,” OzHarvest NSW State Manager, Richard Watson, said.
A dedicated website – sydneychristmas.com – has been launched to inform the public of the City’s various Christmas attractions and events.
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