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article imagePhoto Essay: Christmas in Sydney – 2012 Special

By Richard Milnes     Dec 26, 2012 in World
Sydney - Christmas in Australia is a different experience to that of Europe or North America. It is summertime and so traditional Christmas scenes featuring a white Christmas are nowhere to be found.
In the run up to Christmas many Sydneysiders buy Christmas trees and decorate their houses.
Carol services and concerts allow especially families with children to experience the Christmas spirit.
These trees were on display outside a Harris Farm supermarket. They were selling for $70. There was ...
These trees were on display outside a Harris Farm supermarket. They were selling for $70. There was one older looking one that had been reduced to $45.
Houses in Ashbury  Sydney decorated for Christmas.
Houses in Ashbury, Sydney decorated for Christmas.
A performance at the 30th Carols in The Domain concert in Sydney.
A performance at the 30th Carols in The Domain concert in Sydney.
Peace Angels give someone a blessing in Martin Place.
Peace Angels give someone a blessing in Martin Place.
Celebrities and politicians sometimes visit children’s hospitals and homeless shelters to bring gifts or help out the less fortunate over the Christmas period.
Governor-General Quentin Bryce speaks with Bindhu Jexin (right) and Jexin Thomas (far right) with th...
Governor-General Quentin Bryce speaks with Bindhu Jexin (right) and Jexin Thomas (far right) with their son Tom Jexin on a visit to Ronald McDonald House Charity in Randwick, in the grounds of Sydney Children’s Hospital.
Sydney Fish Market experiences its busiest time of year as people stock up for Christmas Day and stores stay open late to allow shoppers to fit in all their Christmas shopping before the big day.
It was the busiest time of year for the Sydney Fish Market in Pyrmont. There was a 36-hour Christmas...
It was the busiest time of year for the Sydney Fish Market in Pyrmont. There was a 36-hour Christmas seafood marathon until 5pm on Christmas Eve.
On Christmas Day it’s popular to go to the beach or a park to meet up with friends and family for a BBQ. However, this year the weather was very wet and so most people stayed inside.
Rainy weather in Sydney on Christmas Day 2012 – lady with umbrella. Picture taken along George Str...
Rainy weather in Sydney on Christmas Day 2012 – lady with umbrella. Picture taken along George Street close to Central Station.
As soon as Boxing Day arrives people throng to the sales. Stores open as early as 5am and the queues start earlier than that.
Pitt Street Mall in Sydney outside Myer department store during the Boxing Day Sales.
Pitt Street Mall in Sydney outside Myer department store during the Boxing Day Sales.
Shoppers queue (get in line) on Boxing Day at the LaCoste store in Pitt Street  Sydney to take advan...
Shoppers queue (get in line) on Boxing Day at the LaCoste store in Pitt Street, Sydney to take advantage of reductions of up to 40%.
Some good bargains can be found, but the huge crowds can become unbearable and make it a stressful experience. Often though, better bargains can be found a few days or weeks later when some sale items are further reduced, but the best items may already have been sold out.
The world famous Sydney to Hobart yacht race also leaves Sydney on Boxing Day at 1pm. Locals and tourists take up vantage points around the harbour in order to watch the yachts race out of the harbour and down along the coast on their way to Tasmania.
After Christmas is over the next big occasion is only about a week away when around 1.5 million people are expected to watch the fire works, when Sydney is one of the first big cities of the world to see in the New Year.
Sydney Harbour Bridge is set up ahead of the world famous New Year’s Eve fire works display. A big...
Sydney Harbour Bridge is set up ahead of the world famous New Year’s Eve fire works display. A big square has been attached to the front of the bridge and there are smaller launching platforms sticking out from the bridge.
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