Darling Harbour Events

Darling Harbour is a vibrant waterfront Sydney hub, hosting a myriad of great festivals and activities all year round. Every season boasts major events like New Years Eve, Australia Day and Chinese New Year to cultural festivals, celebrations such as "Fiesta", "Santa Fest" and 'Month of Love", plus regular weekend Harbourside Fireworks.

Upcoming Events

  • Fireworks Saturdays in December
  • Christmas Daily to 24 December
  • Summer School Holidays 21 December to 27 January 


  • When Saturdays in December
  • Where Darling Harbour
  • What Fabulous fireworks lighting up the Darling Harbour night sky
    • From 9pm Saturday nights
    • Free!
  • Why not join the Sunset Dinner Cruise to unwind after a busy day of sightseeing or shopping. Enjoy a three course dinner with drinks and harbour views, then disembark at 6.30pm for a leisurely stroll along King St Wharf, pop into a bar (or two) and arrive at Cockle Bay in time for the light show. 


  • When Daily to 24 December 
  • Where Darling Harbour
  • What Celebrate the magic of the season in the lead up to Christmas with Santa's Crew!
    • Roving entertainers ho-ho-hopping around Darling Harbour
    • Christmas workshops, giant festive decorations and light displays
    • Catch a festive film under the stars
  • Why have sandwiches again when you could be tucking in to a Buffet Lunch (that you didn't have to cook)? Treat the family to a Lunch with absolute harbour views - the kids will love it, especially when followed with some Christmas festivities! Visit the Sydney Harbour Buffet Lunch page for the latest specials.


  • When 21 December - 27 January
  • Where Pier 26 (next to Sydney Aquarium) and King St Wharf No.1, Darling Harbour
  • What Great deals on a huge range of Sydney Harbour sightseeing and dining cruises during NSW school holidays. Visit the School Holiday Fun page for details 
    • Kids cruise FREE on selected cruises*
    • FREE ferry with entry to SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo or Madam Tussauds*
    • Discounts for groups of 6 or more on dining cruises
    • Hop On Hop Off cruises - 24 hours of family fun
    • Plus more!

*Refer School Holiday Fun page for full details, conditions and bookings

Watch this space for all the upcoming events ...

Select cruise and date below

Options Travel date Price from  
Christmas Day 25Dec19   From $189pp Visit the Christmas Day page for info & bookings
Boxing Day 26Dec19   From $99pp Visit the Boxing Day page for info & bookings
New Years Eve 31Dec19   From $550pp Visit the New Years Eve page for info & bookings
Options Travel date Price from  
Sightseeing Cruises Limited time   From $35pp Visit the Sightseeing page for info & bookings
Hop On Hop Off Limited time   From $50pp Visit the Hop On Hop Off page for info & bookings
High Tea Cruise Limited time   From $59pp Visit the High Tea page for info & bookings
Lunch Cruises Limited time   From $69pp Visit the Lunch Cruise page for info & bookings
Dinner Cruises Limited time   From $89pp Visit the Dinner Cruise page for info & bookings
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Other Cruises - Special Events

New Years Eve
December 31
Australia Day
January 26
Valentines Day
February 14
Christmas Day
December 25
Boxing Day
December 26
Vivid Festival
May - June
Melbourne Cup
Mothers Day
Fathers Day
Seniors Festival
Christmas Parties
November - December
Christmas in July
Big Ships in Sydney
Year Round
Food Festival
Good Food Month
School Holiday Fun
Great Offers for Kids
Whale Watching
May - November
Earth Hour
March - June 
Sydney Royal Easter Show
March - April
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