Christmas at the Cathedral: Fun, Free Festivities for Families - Hope 103.2

Christmas at the Cathedral: Fun, Free Festivities for Families

This year's celebration features entertainment, gift stalls, food options and a whole lot of Christmas cheer!

By Joni BoydThursday 7 Dec 2023ChristmasReading Time: 2 minutes

St Mary’s Cathedral forecourt is set to be transformed into a Christmas spectacular from next week. With free entry, it’s a great option for families looking for a night of festivities that won’t break the budget!

This year’s Christmas at the Cathedral celebration is focused on The Twelve Days of Christmas, a way to mark Twelvetide, the festive Christian season celebrating the birth of Jesus.

With market stalls, food options, face painting and activities available as well as live musical acts, the event is open to everyone.

Christmas at the Cathedral. Photo by Giovanni Portelli Photography © 2022

Christmas at the Cathedral is set to be a hit with families. Photo by Giovanni Portelli Photography © 2022

Catholic Archbishop of Sydney, Most Rev. Anthony Fisher OP says he hopes the celebrations will offer a reprieve for those battling the rising cost of living pressures.

“I think for every human being, you need periodically a shot in the arm and some encouragement, especially if there are some bleak things happening in your world,” he says. “Here is a way you can celebrate Christmas with your children, give them a wonderful night out and it’s not going to cost you.”

The Cathedral will be open to the public each night until 10pm, with a holy nativity scene, traditional Christmas displays, a huge (real!) Christmas tree and symbolic displays explaining the Biblical story of Christmas and the origins of the Twelve Days of Christmas.

Christmas at the Cathedral

14-25 December, 2023

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5.30-10.30pm every night.

The Cathedral will be lit up at 8.30pm.

Entry is free.

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Images by Giovanni Portelli Photography © 2022