NSW Christmas Holidays

 Christmas is a magical time in NSW. All across the state, you can celebrate the festive season with markets, carol services and spectacular light displays. There’s plenty of holiday fun to be had for the whole family – and you might even get a visit from Santa himself.

Blue Mountains

Scenic World is open on Christmas Day, so you can enjoy the beauty of the Blue Mountains from the Scenic Skyway. Indulge in a delicious Christmas Day Luncheon in the Grand Ballroom at Fairmont Resort and Spa or a sumptuous 3 tier Christmas dinner in the Wintergarden at the historic Hydro Majestic Hotel. 

The Scenic Skyway cabin passes over the Jamison Valley, Katoomba in the Blue Mountains

Hunter Valley & Central Coast

See over 3 million lights illuminate the gardens at the Christmas Lights Spectacular at Hunter Valley Gardens. Featuring a giant Walk-Through Bauble, Candyland, a Fairy Garden and a Princess Castle from 5 November 2020 – 26 January, 2021 (Closed 25th December).

Enjoy Christmas on the Coast in Gosford, Woy Woy, The Entrance and Toukley with exciting free Christmas craft activities, decorations and an Augmented Reality Christmas photo experience from December 5 – 23.

Horse and carriage sculptures located at Hunter Valley Gardens, Pokolbin

South Coast

Get frocked up for Christmas race days along the South Coast – the Illawarra Turf Club Christmas Race Day is on 12 December and the Moruya Christmas Cup is on 20 December. 

Light Up Leeton in Leeton, Wagga Wagga & Riverina, Country NSW

Country NSW

Get into the festive spirit at the 2020 Cowra Christmas Festival, with two late-night shopping evenings, weekly prize draws, and a Cowra Christmas Lights Competition. Head for Light Up Leeton and the official turning on of the 2020 Christmas lights on December 5th.

Enjoy 12 days of Wagga Christmas, which launches 1 December and Come to Bethlehem at Holy Trinity Parish - a live display of Bethlehem City as in the days of Jesus, with animals, costumes and realistic city scenes.

At Gundagai's annual Christmas carnival and carols, take part in free kids’ activities, photos with Santa, Christmas storytime and eat from delicious food stalls.

Great Christmas Events in NSW


Public Holiday Dates 2021-2022 

Holiday 2021 2022
New Year's Day Friday, 1 January  Saturday, 1 January (Additional Day Monday, 3 January )
Australia Day Tuesday, 26 January Wednesday, 26 January
Good Friday Friday, 2 April Friday, 15 April
Holy Saturday Saturday, 3 April Saturday, 16 April
Easter Sunday Sunday, 4 April Sunday, 17 April
Easter Monday  Monday, 5 April Monday, 18 April
Anzac Day  Sunday, 25 April Monday, 25 April
Queen's Birthday  Monday, 14 June Monday, 13 June
October Long Weekend (Labour Day) Monday, 4 October Monday, 3 October
Christmas Day public holiday Saturday, 25 December (Additional Day Monday, 27 December) Sunday, 25 December (Additional Day Tuesday, 27 December)
Boxing Day Sunday, 26 December (Additional Day Tuesday, 28 December) Monday, 26 December