Best Christmas Lights in Sydney CBD (Central Business District) for 2021 - Lights of Christmas at St Marys Cathedral

Where: St Mary's Cathedral Square along College St, Sydney

When: Everyday Thursday 9 December to Saturday 25 December from 7.30 pm to 11 pm

Cost: Free

Check out Sydney's favourite free Christmas tradition at St Mary's Cathedral. The Lights of Christmas at the cathedral is one of the best Christmas lights in the Sydney CBD. This annual event draws locals, families and travellers with its visual storytelling and sound effects projected on the facade of the cathedral. 

Colourful light patterns illuminated on St Marys Cathedral Sydney

Christmas tree visual display on St Marys Cathedral, Sydney

I was keen to capture this visual display with the contrasting colours. As a Sydney local, I loved the message because it feels personalised. This has to be one of my favourite displays. 

Joseph and Baby Jesus visual display on St Marys Cathedral

I always loved seeing traditional portrayals of The Holy Family because it adds a spiritual aspect to the whole Christmas display. I enjoy seeing the true meaning of Christmas shown to a modern-day audience. Seeing this reminds me to think of those who maybe dreading Christmas or spending that time of the year alone.  

Check out my time-lapse video of the changing visual display shown on the cathedral.

Getting to St Mary's Cathedral, Sydney

Getting to St Mary's Cathedral via public transport

Train stations are walking distance to the cathedral. Nearest one is St James station.

8 minute walk from Martin Place station

10 minute walk from Town Hall station

16 minute walk from Wynyard station

Several buses within the inner city stop around College St, Prince Albert Rd, William St and Elizabeth St.

301, 302,303,308,309,310,311, 323, 324,325,326,327,339,343, 373, 374,376, 377,380, 389,391, 392, 394,396, 397,441,461,480 and 483.

Getting to St Mary's Cathedral via car 

No onsite parking available at the cathedral. Nearest parking stations are:

ENACON parking on 2 Cathedral St, Sydney

DOMAIN parking Entry on St Marys Rd

Limited street parking available along Hospital Rd. 


Best late-night cafes, bars and restaurants around St Mary's Cathedral

The Lights of Christmas is well-served with food trucks but if you're still peckish, there are numerous late-night food options within walking distance from the cathedral. 

Max Brenner Chocolate Bar

Westfield Sydney on Level 6

Satisfy your sweet tooth with their wide range of chocolate-based desserts and beverages. 

Verandah Bar

55/65 Elizabeth St, Sydney

A popular bar and restaurant that serves Modern European cuisine and wines. 

Gowings Bar and Grill

1/49 Market St, Sydney. Located in between Queen Victoria Building and Sydney Tower.

A fine dining restaurant that serves a seasonal wood-fired menu and local produce.

Bodhi Restaurant

2/4 College St, Sydney

Delicious plant-based yum cha menu. Rated as Australia's best vegan restaurant.

City Extra Restaurant

E4 East Podium, Between Wharf 3 and 4

Popular low-key eatery located near Circular Quay station with an overlooking view of Sydney Harbour. Open til very late. Caters for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 


Check out my other top things to do in Sydney.


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About Let There Be Life Photo

Karen is the creative founder and photographer of Let There Be Life Photo. She loves capturing Sydney and creating happy memories for lovers of Sydney. She turns beautiful images into wall art prints for Sydney lovers. Check out more of her Sydney photos featuring Sydney Harbour, Cremorne Point, Balmoral Beach and the eastern suburbs in Sydney.


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