Best Christmas Lights in Sydney CBD (Central Business District) to see in 2021 - Martin Place

The end of 2021 has finally come. While we have spent much of the year being in lockdown, now is the time to check out the best Christmas lights in Sydney CBD for this year. Get yourself into the Christmas cheer and joy by checking out the Christmas tree lights at Martin Place.

Christmas lights at Martin Place, Sydney

As I walked down the slopes of Martin Place, I was so excited to see everything lit up. I loved seeing and capturing that angle because I can see how beautiful it is from further away. I found it such a novelty experience because I hadn't made the effort to catch the Christmas lights during the last few years. After such a difficult year, it was wonderful seeing people enjoy themselves out and about. 

Check out my video time-lapse of the Christmas lights at Martin Place below.

As I walked further down the ramp and steps, I was excited to see the constantly-changing lights on the tree. I liked how the colours of the lights shined on the wet ground after the rain. The clocktower in this image aligns nicely with the tree. It's like seeing Sydney come to life. After pressing the shutter button on my camera on a slow shutter speed, I couldn't wait to see what the final image looks like on my camera screen.

Christmas tree lights at Martin Place

Enjoy seeing the changing tree lights in action as seen in the video below:


Best bars and late-night cafes around Martin Place

Barrio Cellar

Basement level, 58 Elizabeth St, Sydney NSW 2000

Conveniently located just past Martin Place. Stylish bar in basement serving tequila cocktails and Mexican street food. 

Trading hours: Mon 12pm-10pm, Tues and Wed 12pm-11pm, Thurs 12pm-12am, Fri 12am-3am 


Frankie's Pizza

50 Hunter St, Sydney NSW 2000

A well-known pizza restaurant with DJs and live acts every other night. Wide range of pizzas and drinks available. Enjoy the rock n roll atmosphere. 

Trading hours: 4pm-3am daily.


Old Mate's Place

Level 4, 199 Clarence St, Sydney NSW 2000

Popular cocktail bar with rustic interiors. Rooftop seating area available. Awesome late-night menu to fill your empty tummies.

Trading hours: Tues-Thur 4pm-2am, Fri 12pm-2am, Sat-Sun 2pm-2am. Closed Mondays.


Max Brenner Chocolate Cafe

Westfield Sydney on Level 6

Fulfil your sweet tooth with their wide selection of chocolate-based drinks and foods. Lovely cosy atmosphere. 

Trading hours: Mon-Wed 9am-9pm, Thurs-Sat 9am-10pm, Sun 9am-8pm.


Getting to Martin Place

Getting to Martin Place via public transport

Catch the T4 train line (located on the Eastern Suburbs and Illawarra line) that stops at Martin Place Station. Walk up the steps after the escalators.

Alternatively, you can get off at Wynyard Station and head to the Clarence St exit. An easy 6-minute walk from Wynyard via Wynyard Park. 

Bus routes 100, 120, 288, 304, 333, 343, 377 and 423 all stop nearby Martin Place. 

Martin Place train station signage

Getting to Martin Place via car

Very limited car space at this time of the year, especially with the party season going on. Be prepared to drive around until you find your ideal parking spot, especially in the later part of the week. 


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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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