If you’re stuck for ideas for things to do in the lead up to Christmas and New Year’s, here are a few festive events around Sydney to enjoy, including the Sunset Cinema Bondi and the Wonka pop-up at Darling Square. 

Wonka at Darling Square: Darling Square is celebrating the launch of the new Wonka movie with limited-edition retailer specials, roving entertainment and festive decorations, alongside free face painting on Friday and Saturday nights from the kids. Find out more here

Sunshine & Good Times at Sydney Place: Circular Quay’s newest dining precinct, Sydney Place, is running an incredible line up of special menus and free bites, live music and activations throughout the precinct until end of Jan, inviting Sydneysiders to enjoy ‘Sunshine & Good Times at Sydney Place’. Special deals are on offer from a selection of Sydney Place’s standout restaurants and bars (including Bar Besuto, Dopa by Devon, Sushi Yuzen, Burger Point, Open Sesame and C9 Gelato, with a pop-up bar on Thursdays from beloved Italian restaurant Bourke & Ward); alongside happy hour deals, live music and giant board games dotted throughout the precinct. Find out more here

Rosé & Croquet at Centennial Homestead: Bask in the sun with AIX Rosé while enjoying complimentary croquet at Centennial Homestead, every Wednesday through Sunday until 31st December. Find out more here

Rosé & Croquet at Centennial Homestead

Barangaroo Bells: Celebrate the festive season at The Streets of Barangaroo – with seasonal menus, giant Christmas bells and live tunes, alongside a range of last-minute Christmas gifts available via one of the precinct’s many stores such as Title Books, Peter’s of Kensington & Oh Boo Chocolates. Find out more here

Sunset Cinema Bondi: Sunset Cinema in Bondi Pavilion will showcase fresh releases, on theme underwater classics and festive favourites against one of Sydney’s most iconic backdrops. Guests can BYO picnic to enjoy in one of the many bean bags on offer, with hot food and drinks available to purchase on site. Find out more here

Summer Express at South Eveleigh: Embark on a journey of holiday cheer as South Eveleigh introduces the exciting Summer Express, a unique advent-style calendar of daily holiday fun taking place until Saturday 23 December. The historic site of Sydney’s Locomotive Workshops will become a kaleidoscope of colour and activity for free, fun events including Santa sightings, live music, pop-up games, festive food and drink offerings and family-friendly entertainment. Find out more here 

Summer Express South Eveleigh

Free Caviar Bumps, courtesy of Patron: Patrón is offering free bumps of the luxe N25 Caviar, served alongside cocktails to celebrate its launch of the world’s first quadruple-distilled prestige tequila. The special is available at venues including Bar Lucia in Potts Point, Londres 126 in Circular Quay, Santa Catarina in the CBD, and Carbon, Calita and Taqiza in Bondi while stocks last.