When I first started my blog over a year ago, one of my favourite post topics was to document Christmas. I am now officially on my Christmas holidays from work and won’t be back till 2014. So I now have the luxury of enjoying my Christmas break with my family. But it has also given me the opportunity to shoot some of my favourite Christmas decorations in the City of Sydney. As someone who celebrates Christmas I know the real meaning of this occasion, but I can’t help but enjoy the effort that is made to decorate and celebrate at this time of year. A lot of the decorations are tacky and (quite honestly) cheap, but I have chosen the ones that I think are special and hurt the power bill or cause storage headaches for the other 11 months of the year. The images in this post link through to my larger photos on Flickr.

The Christmas tree in Martin Place is really a centre piece for the city, but this year it has been hard to shoot it with a couple of over grown trees on either side of it. But it is quite unique this year with an LED ribbon that shimmers in different light patterns.

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The baubles are big and chunky and equally playful with the light.

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Some of the shop arcades have pulled out some stops to decorate. These are some of the giant Christmas people in Chifley Tower.

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The Westfield Mall in Pitt Street is showered in light and I love these hanging stars that cover four stories. They too dance with different light.

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By far the best decorations in Sydney are in the wonderful Strand Arcade (sorry QVB). It is as if the building was built to showcase Christmas.

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There are some cool shop displays too, trying to tempt us to buy their wares. I found this jewelry store shop window elegant and the shop owners made some serious effort to decorate with class.

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Even though we are in the Southern Hemisphere, doesn’t mean we don’t indulge in Christmas sweets. I love gingerbread…

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And this year the Sydney Town Hall had no scaffolding on it, so the illuminations could be displayed in all their glory. It is pretty cool.

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Only three more sleeps… hopefully it is shaping up to be a hot one 🙂