Christmas festivities by the water, free films and lunch by the pool, this upcoming summer season is set to be epic.
Gin on the Lawn at Chiswick
65 Ocean St, Woollahra 2025
Fancy a fresh, crisp gin this summer? Where charm, memorable food and gin unite, Chiswick Woollahra and Bombay Sapphire welcome you to Gin on the Lawn. Serving botanical gin cocktails and canapés whilst enjoying live acoustic tunes and garden games including bocce and lawn bowls.
Join in the alfresco fun each week and make the most of those pre-sunset temperatures with some hard-earned hump day knock-offs. The pop-up Bombay Sapphire bar will be slinging a selection of spring-perfect gin cocktails, including the Garden G&T for a shockingly cheap $10 and the Summer Twist priced at $12 with gin, peach bitters and mint. Chillin on the lawn under the sun with a cocktail in hand – what more could ya want?
Where: 65 Ocean St, Woollahra NSW 2025
What: Gin on the Lawn
When: Nov 28th, 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Christmas in Darling Harbour
Darling Harbour, Sydney NSW 2000
In honour of the festive season, Darling Harbour transforms into Australia’s largest, magical, Christmas wonderland!
Wander around a 6 metre tall Christmas bauble and see sparkling light displays. Settle in on the grass and enjoy classic Christmas movies on the outdoor screen or bring the kids down for hands-on workshops and activities. From the tree lighting in Martin Place to singing carols in the Domain, Sydney celebrates the joy of Christmas with wonderful traditions, festivals and markets.
In the city center the Christmas tree lighting in Martin Place will feature concerts, fireworks and a visit by Santa Claus. But wait, there’s more! Under a canopy of lights in Pitt Street Mall, choirs herald the season’s joy and peace every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday between 6pm and 8pm, from November 25 to December 21.
The city of Sydney has your Christmas set up and ready to go!
Where: Darling Harbour, Sydney NSW 2000
What: Christmas in Darling Harbour
When: Nov 14th to Dec 25th, 9am to 12am every day
FREE FILM SERIES
Art Gallery Rd, Sydney NSW 2000
Art Gallery of New South Wales’ latest free film series presents a rare opportunity to see landmarks of soviet cinema on stunning 35mm on the big screen.This collection of films unites Russian slapstick, Moscow high melodrama and sci-fi masterpieces. Featuring masterpieces by Andrei Tarkovsky, Dziga Vertov, Chantal Akerman, Aleksandr Sokurov and more!
The films screen on Wednesdays and Sundays in the comfortable Domain Theatre, down at the bottom of the building, and it’s recommended that you book your seat online, as they often fill up. The best part? The films are free!
Where: Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney NSW 2000
What: Free Film Series
When: Nov 7th – 16th Dec
LUNCH AT THE POOL CLUB
320 George St, Sydney NSW 2000
Pool Club is all the things you want it to be. A place to relax with a few cocktails, a place to have a pizza alfresco and a place to party. Just choose the time of day to arrive to get the vibe you want. If you’re up for fun, weekends are the prime time with local and international DJs setting the tone.
Hungry? Order from a delicious selection on the Italian menu curated by maestro Vincenzo Biondini. Enjoy any one of Vinnie’s famous pizzas plus, enjoy a Kirin, glass of Cape Mentelle Sauvignon Blanc, Coombe Farm Pinot Noir, San Pellegrino or Acqua Panna for just $29. It’s a crime to not sample their cocktails, they’re criminally delish.
Ivy Pool Club is now prepped for a whole new season of poolside lounging, overt splurging and a whole bunch of Italian-themed festivities. Dip your feet in the pool and savour the moment. Go on, you know you want to.
Where: 320 George St, Sydney NSW 2000
What: Lunch at the Pool Club
When: Every Thursday & Friday 12:00pm – 3pm
By Penelope Amanatidis