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5 things to do with kids in Sydney this December

The start of the school holidays and end of year festivities are always a highlight for our family. We look forward to annual traditions such as our yearly Santa photo and seeing the city’s decorations appear, and are always delighted by new exhibitions and events that spring up each summer. I’ve listed our five highlights for the holidays in Sydney below.

1. Take a photo with Santa

Meet Santa in his Enchanted Garden at our favourite spot in Sydney, the iconic Queen Victoria Building. Santa’s whimsical garden is filled with twinkling lights, birds and characters - plus has the most legit-looking Santa we’ve ever seen! Book here.

SantaQVB Swarovski Christmas Tree

2. See the QVB Swarovski Christmas Tree

Christmas isn’t Christmas without a visit to the sparkling tree inside the Queen Victoria Building. At 24-metre tall, standing underneath the famous stained glass dome, the tree will delight littlies and adults alike with its 65,000 twinkling lights that dancing around the tree in intricate patterns. The tree is decked with 82,000 sparkling crystal ornaments, 6,400 rosebuds and topped with a 2.2-metre crystal gilded star. It’s not to be missed!

3. Pipilotti Rist “Sip my Ocean” exhibition

Introduce kids to extremely accessible, cutting-edge video art with swiss artist Pipilotti Rist’s exhibition “Sip my Ocean” at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Kids can wander through rooms filled with music and video projections, pull up a cushion and lie down on a bed to watch a kaleidoscope of colourful projected images, or, our fave, dance through a twinkling light installation.

4. Mammoths - Giants of the Ice Age

Step back in time the Ice Age and meet Lyuba, a 42,000-year-old real preserved baby mammoth. On display for the first time in Australia, the woolly mammoth was discovered in 2007 by a Siberian herder and his sons. Catch Lyuba at the Australian Museum.

5. Frosted High Tea at the Sydney Sofitel Wentworth

With the new Frozen featurette, Olaf’s Frozen Adventure, in cinemas this Christmas, Disney has partnered with the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth to bring the magic of Frozen to Sydney. Enjoy a sweet Frosted High Tea, stay overnight with their Disney Family Fun Package or make it a Christmas to remember with a magical Winter Wonderland luncheon on Christmas Day.

Christine Knight writes about navigating the world and parenthood on her site, Adventure, Baby!. You can find her sampling gelato and cake around the world with her preschooler, or building sandcastles at the beach in her home town of Sydney.

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