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Everything You Need to Put in Your Diary for December

Here's your guide to filling this month with all the best food, drink, films, live music, pop-ups and activations this wonderful city has to offer.
By Concrete Playground
November 28, 2022
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  • Food & Drink

    The Recycled Bar by 1800 Tequila

    A pop-up tequila bar has landed in the Royal Botanical Gardens, and it's made completely from recycled materials.

  • Food & Drink

    Free Ramen at Ippudo Westfield

    The first 300 customers through the door will score free ramen, plus a two-for-one deal will run all day.

  • Food & Drink

    The Drop RAFI Wine Club

    Sample rare and premium wines by the glass at this daily wine club.

  • Design & Style

    Holiday Market at Ace Hotel

    Find native Christmas trees, playful candles, ceramics, rare books and magazines and summer-ready t-shirts at this holiday market.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Palace Cinemas' $8 Movie Club Tickets

    Palace's Sydney cinemas are treating cinephiles to a week of discounted tickets.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Noël Sydney

    This light-filled Christmas festival is taking over the Royal Botanic Gardens and its surrounds for 16 nights.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Strange World

    Taking a journey to the centre of an otherworldly realm, Walt Disney Animation Studios' 61st film is heartfelt, urgent and visually stunning.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Mister Organ

    New Zealand filmmaker David Farrier has done it again, chronicling another story so wild that it can only be true — and this one started with an antiques store’s car park.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    The Huxleys at Oxford House

    Escape into the fantastical androgynous world of Will and Garrett Huxley.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Seriously Red

    Paying tribute to the one and only Dolly Parton, this Australian comedy follows a plucky impersonator swapping the nine-to-five for playing her idol.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Uncensored

    For three nights, Powerhouse Museum is pairing its 'Unpopular' 90s music exhibition with six stunning documentaries.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Sunset Cinema St Ives 2022–23

    Cinema under the stars is returning to St Ives Showground with Christmas films, big-screen blockbusters and a three-day doggo fest.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Sydney Modern Project Opening Program

    The Art Gallery of NSW is welcoming art lovers to its new Sydney Modern Project with a free nine-day program featuring extended opening hours, a concert from Ellie Goulding and a series of talks.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Violent Night

    Casting David Harbour as a kick-ass Santa is a gift, but this festive action-comedy pilfers too many of its parts from other, better films.

  • Food & Drink

    EQ Dining Festival

    This summer, Thursday night at the Entertainment Quarter is for street food, drinks to match, live music and play for all ages.

  • Food & Drink

    IKEA Christmas Dining Experience

    Put a Swedish spin on your festive season with three-course Christmas dinners at IKEA's Sydney stores.

  • Food & Drink

    The Golden Sheaf Summer Parties

    The Sheaf has ice-cold bevs, stand-out live music and free entry at each of these five sunshine-soaked parties.

  • Food & Drink

    $3 Scoops at Gelatissimo

    Start summer with $3 ice creams — including Gelatissimo's brand-new smashed berry pavlova flavour.

  • Design & Style

    Second Life Markets: Summer

    Pick up pre-loved and upcycled clothes from over 100 local sellers and designers at this Darlinghurst market.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    The Menu

    A culinary thriller-slash-black comedy with bite, this Ralph Fiennes- and Anya Taylor-Joy-starring cinematic dish is savage, savvy and slickly satisfying.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio

    The 'The Shape of Water' and 'Pan's Labyrinth' director's stop-motion take on the beloved 19th-century Italian tale might just be the most magical yet.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Bones and All

    Timothée Chalamet and Taylor Russell play cannibal lovers road-tripping through America's midwest in this evocative and exquisite film from 'Call Me By Your Name' director Luca Guadagnino.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    South Eveleigh Openair Artist Markets

    Find art, eats and slick beats — minus the Christmas cliches — as an array of artists and chefs take over Locomotive Street.

  • Food & Drink

    $9.95 Schnitzel Tuesday

    Tuck into $9.95 schnitzels one day a week at The Bavarian.

  • Design & Style

    Gucci Garden Archetypes

    The Powerhouse Museum is hosting a two-month run of this immersive multi-sensory Gucci exhibition.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Pixar Putt Darling Harbour 2022–23

    A Pixar-themed mini golf course is popping up at the Pier St Underpass this summer.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Monster Fest 2022

    Australia's touring genre film fest is back with another lineup of weird, wild, strange and surreal movies.

  • Food & Drink

    Built to Spill Wine Pop-Up Shop Tour

    This local natural winemaker is popping up at The Lansdowne, The Duke of Enmore, Leichardt Bowlo and Laguma with free tastings, vinyl and DJ sets.

  • Design & Style

    The Finders Keepers Spring/Summer Markets

    Support the next wave of independent artisans at this three-day art and design market.

  • Food & Drink

    Carriageworks Twilight Christmas Market 2022

    Sip cocktails from Archie Rose while you shop for produce and gifts from the likes of Nonna's Grocer, LP's Quality Meats and AP Bakery.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths

    For his first movie in seven years, Oscar-winning director Alejandro González Iñárritu ponders the weight of being a filmmaker in a feature both spectacular and indulgent.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    She Said

    Carey Mulligan and Zoe Kazan lead this powerful newspaper drama, which follows the journalists who broke the Harvey Weinstein story.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Good Things 2022

    Catch TISM, Bring Me the Horizon, Deftones, The Amity Affliction, NOFX and Millencolin at this massive alternative, metal and punk music fest.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Festival X 2022

    Calvin Harris and Don Toliver headline Festival X's big 2022 return.

  • Food & Drink

    Sydney Seafood School Summer Class Series

    Whether you want to learn the secrets of Singapore chilli crab or perfect your paella, these summer classes will level up your cooking game.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Van Gogh Alive at The Entertainment Quarter

    The wildly popular, multi-sensory Van Gogh experience is returning to Sydney this December.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Greenhouse by Joost

    Step inside one of Joost Bakker’s most ambitious zero-waste projects yet: a fully sustainable, recyclable home in Melbourne’s Federation Square that grows all of its own food.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    NORMFEST '22

    A stacked local lineup, drinks from P&Vs Mike Bennie, flash tattoos and a mullet station will all be popping up at The Great Club for Heaps Normal's music festival.

  • Food & Drink

    Taste of Talisker

    Josh Niland is hosting a seafood and whisky event pop-up at his Saint Peter restaurant.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Beyond the Valley 2022

    See out the year dancing to live tunes when this regional music fest makes its much-anticipated comeback.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Cambridge Christmas Markets

    Check off your Christmas shopping list outdoors this year, while you browse artisan products and festive foods.

  • Food & Drink

    Wine Mixer: South

    The Dolphin Hotel is bringing a slice of Sicily to Surry Hills with a wine mixer dedicated to southern Italy.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Millie Lies Low

    There's nothing false about this astute and hilarious NZ comedy about faking it till you make it in a social media-ruled world — or about Ana Scotney's exceptional performance.

  • Food & Drink

    New Year's Eve at View Sydney

    Sit down to a delectable five-course degustation or party outside until your feet fall off while enjoying front row seats to Sydney's fireworks spectacular.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Entertainment Quarter Ultimate Christmas Market

    Head to the Entertainment Quarter on the first Sunday of December to sort out your holiday shopping via over 130 stalls.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    'Karen Black: Gentle Pulse' at Sullivan+Strumpf

    The final exhibition of 2022 showcases Karen Black's reinterpretation of radical care.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    The Killers: Imploding the Mirage Tour

    Destiny is calling you: Las Vegas-born rockers The Killers are coming to Sydney this summer.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Moonlight Cinema Sydney 2022–23

    Moonlight Cinema is back for another huge summer of cinema under the stars.

  • Food & Drink

    Martin Place Christmas Markets

    Food, fashion and festivities will transform Martin Place into a Christmas wonderland.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Sharks at the Australian Museum

    Submerge yourself in the deep ocean and uncover the wonders of these ancient predators.

  • Food & Drink

    Nel's Christmas Degustation 2022

    We hope you're ho, ho, hungry: nel is dishing up a Christmas-themed 11-course degustation.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Do Ho Suh — MCA Australia

    South Korean artist Do Ho Suh's immersive solo exhibition is now on at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (and it's exclusive to Sydney).

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Scorsese Season

    Explore the iconic director's filmography on the big screen, including 'Taxi Driver', 'Goodfellas', 'The Departed' and more.

  • Food & Drink

    Quay Quarter Lanes Markets

    Circular Quay is home to the first monthly fresh produce market this close to the Sydney CBD.

  • The Other Art Fair 2022

    The global art fair returns to Sydney, and it dares us to think differently.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Christmas Actually 2022 — The Little Red Company

    This supremely festive cabaret show sings through all the hits from 'Love Actually'.

  • Travel & Leisure

    NYE Picnic at the Royal Botanic Gardens

    Pack a blanket and some bevvies to watch the year close out from one of the best seats in the city.

  • Food & Drink

    Cambridge Markets EQ

    Head to The Entertainment Quarter every Wednesday and Saturday to shop, eat and meet a variety of makers.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Japanese Film Festival 2022

    Celebrate new and classic Japanese cinema with an animated flick about competitive gliding, an action-comedy giving assassins a kawaii spin and a documentary about four top Tokyo chefs.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    'The Muppet Christmas Carol' in Concert

    It's time to play the music at this big-screen session of a festive classic with a live orchestra.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    'Love Actually' in Concert 2022

    Revisit the classic Christmas-themed British rom-com with a live score.

  • Food & Drink

    Baby Got Brunch

    Enjoy a nostalgic Australian barbecue spread and bottomless cocktails over a bangin' 90s soundtrack.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Lost Paradise 2022

    Lost Paradise returns to Glenworth Valley with a huge program including sets from Lil Nas X, Arctic Monkeys, Jamie xx and PinkPanthress — plus yoga, talks, workshops and glamping.

  • Food & Drink

    DOOM JUICE's Saint Lawrence Bistro

    DOOM JUICE's new St Peters cellar door is hosting weekly culinary pop-ups with chefs from Sagra, Cafe Paci, Bar Louise and The Old Fitz.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Pleasures Playhouse

    This music and arts festival has taken over an abandoned Chinatown cinema.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    UNPOPULAR

    This exhibition features never-before-seen footage of bands like Nirvana, Foo Fighters and Beastie Boys taking to Australian stages.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Australia on Celluloid

    As part of its 85th birthday celebrations, the Ritz is spending a year screening iconic Australian films on 35mm.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Vanfest 2022

    Two massive music-filled days are taking over one of Australia's most renowned racetracks this summer.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Palace Cinemas' $9 Student Saver Day

    The cinema chain is treating students to $9 tickets every Wednesday.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Waranara Tours

    Take a deep dive into First Nations histories and cultures on an expert-guided tour at the Australian Museum.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Marrickville Metro Markets

    The new community market will be slinging unique art, homewares, handmade jewellery, vintage fashion and delicious grocery goods each month.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Ryde Wharf Market

    Explore over 70 stalls featuring beautiful local produce, artisanal clothing, homewares and more at this fortnightly Sunday market on the banks of the Parramatta River.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Woodford Folk Festival 2022–23

    Southeast Queensland's annual end-of-year festival is back.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Clay Dynasty

    See the evolution of Australian studio ceramics at the Powerhouse Museum with over 400 works by 160 different artists.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella

    Glass slippers and pumpkin carriages are coming to Sydney, with the Broadway production dancing into the Sydney Lyric Theatre from October.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Inner West Night Market

    An easy-going market packed with food, drinks and produce in the heart of the inner west.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Moulin Rouge! The Musical

    The Broadway hit is finally bringing its all-singing, all-dancing romance to Sydney.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2022

    Direct from London's Natural History Museum, the best nature photographs from the past year are now on display in Sydney.

  • Food & Drink

    Big Poppa's Late-Night Dinner Party

    Party until 3am every Sunday night at Big Poppa's.

  • Food & Drink

    Rocker Sundays

    Head to Rocker each Sunday arvo for two hours of free-flowing rose, Sydney rock oysters, cauliflower hummus and live tunes.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Frankie's World Famous House Band

    Catch covers of rock and heavy metal classics with a slice of pizza in hand.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    TNT Trivia at Frankie's

    Add some rock 'n' roll to your after-work routine with a trivia, a live band and free beer.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Stargazing Tour with an Astrophysicist

    Explore the night sky at this astronomical tour in the Blue Mountains.

  • Food & Drink

    $2 Tacos

    Sydney's Tex-Mex bars are slinging cheap tacos one night a week.

  • Food & Drink

    Saturday Breakfast at Fred's

    The Paddington restaurant serves coffee, scones and canelés from 8am, and sells boxes of fresh produce too.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Yoga at Pocket City Farms

    Finally a yoga practice where you can literally touch the earth.

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