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Exhibition: Something Else is Alive

'Something Else is Alive: Sydney and the Animal Instinct' approaches the idea of the animal in the city in various ways from the humorous to the downright creepy, from the symbolically sacred to the secular. The exhibition will feature objects drawn from the City of Sydney collection and archives alongside artworks by four Sydney-based artists: Mechelle Bounpraseuth, Blak Douglas, Mylyn Nguyen and Garry Trinh. Something Else is Alive will investigate everything from the difference between Indian myna and noisy miner birds, engaging people from all walks of life.

Dates: 17th August - 22nd February Where: Customs House - 31 Alfred Street, Sydney
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Boulevard of Light

Discover a Christmas wonderland right in the heart of Sydney as you stroll along Pitt Street Mall underneath a canopy of suspended Christmas trees. Featuring nearly 80,000 LEDs, our Christmas light forest installation will make your late night shopping sparkle. Warm up your tonsils and sing along to your favourite holiday tunes while you do your late night shopping.

Dates: Carols 6 -8pm every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from Saturday 25 November to Thursday 21 December Where: Pitt Street Mall
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Martin Place Xmas concert & tree lighting

Kick off Christmas 2017 at the free Martin Place Christmas concert. See the interactive Christmas tree lit by Santa and the Lord Mayor, who’ll arrive on a cycle-drawn sleigh. The concert starts at 6.30pm. Performers include Jay Laga’aia, Australia’s most prolific Indigenous female entertainer Christine Anu, and the Australian Girls Choir, with more to be announced. The night finishes with a spectacular fireworks display to mark the start of the festive season.

When: 6.30pm, 25th November Where: Martin Place, Sydney

Carols in the Domain

Woolworths Carols in the Domain is Australia's largest Christmas concert. 2017 will be the 35th year of this iconic star studded Christmas celebration held in the Domain adjacent to the Royal Botanic Gardens. Come early to enjoy the pre show entertainment and activations or at twilight for the commencement of the main event. Woolworths Carols in the Domain is a well organised, family-friendly event, that kids will treasure, as they create memories of singing Christmas carols, under the stars. Entry is free.

When: 6pm, 17th December Where: The Domain, Sydney CBD
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Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race

The Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race will be conducted on the waters of Sydney Harbour, the Tasman Sea, Storm Bay and the Derwent River. Over the past 70 years, the Rolex Sydney Hobart has become an icon of Australia's summer sport- no regular annual yachting event in the world attracts such huge media coverage than does the start on Sydney Harbour. Participants from maxi yachts to weekend racers take part in this event, which starts from Nielsen Park in Sydney Harbour and takes the international fleet 628 nautical miles to the finish line in the Derwent River, Hobart.

When: Boxing Day Where: Sydney Harbour

Sydney New Year's Eve Fireworks

Enjoy the spectacular Sydney fireworks from public viewing areas dotted around beautiful Sydney Harbour. Ticketed events are at some vantage points, including the Sydney Opera House, Royal Botanic Garden and harbour islands. Pre-show entertainment for the world-famous fireworks starts at 6pm, with a thrilling air show above the Harbour. The aerial acrobatics is followed by a tug boat’s splendid water displays and then a Welcome to Country, a traditional Aboriginal welcome ceremony. There are two dazzling fireworks displays. The first is at 9pm for families with young children and then at the stroke of midnight, fireworks are launched from the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Sydney Opera House and seven barges on the gleaming harbour for a spectacular start to the New Year.