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Christmas at the Cathedral will begin in Sydney on December 14 (Sydney Archdiocese/Giovanni Portelli)

Sydney Archdiocese is set to transform the St Mary’s Cathedral forecourt into the spectacular centre of Christmas celebrations in Sydney.

Starting on December 14 and running until Christmas Day, this year’s Christmas at the Cathedral theme will focus on The Twelve Days of Christmas marking twelvetide, the festive Christian season celebrating the Birth of Jesus.

Once again, the Cathedral forecourt will come alive with Christmas market stalls, musical acts and activities in the special, free family event open to everyone.

The cathedral will also be open each night until the extended time of 10pm, with traditional Christmas displays, including a Nativity scene, a towering real Christmas tree and displays explaining the true Christian teachings and origins of the 12 days of Christmas.

Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP hopes the celebrations will offer reprieve for Sydneysiders battling cost of living pressures.

“I think for every human being, you need periodically a shot in the arm and some encouragement, especially if there are some bleak things happening in your world,” Archbishop Fisher said.

“Here is a way you can celebrate Christmas with your children, give them a wonderful night out and it’s not going to cost you.”

Light shows and designs for this year’s event will be delivered by award-winning Australian company The Electric Canvas, the same team responsible for delivering world-class displays at events such as VIVID Sydney and the Melbourne International Arts Festival.

Electric Canvas managing director Peter Milne said the company is thrilled to deliver the Archbishop’s vision for Sydney, with its creative team working more than 265 days creating the innovative visual content for the displays.


Christmas at the cathedral set to celebrate with the Twelve Days of Christmas (Sydney Archdiocese)