Sydney summer events guide: What's happening on Boxing Day, December 26, 2016?
A summer favourite, Moonlight Cinema in Centennial Park screens JK Rowling’s latest fantasy film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, starring Eddie Redmayne as the creature collector Newt Scamander in 1920s New York.
December 26, 8:30pm, Moonlight Cinema Sydney, Belvedere Amphitheatre, Centennial Park, $14.50-$35, moonlight.com.au.
Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
A Boxing Day tradition, the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race kicks off at 1pm this year. The best vantage points to watch the start of the race include Middle Head lookout in Sydney Harbour National Park and the Georges Heights Lookout at Headland Park in Mosman. Good views for spectator boats include Taylors Bay, Chowder Bay, Obelisk Bay and North Head on the west and Rose Bay, Watsons Bay, Camp Cove and South Head to the east. Or jump on a ferry leaving from Manly or Circular Quay at 12pm.
December 26, 1pm, Sydney Harbour, Sydney. rolexsydneyhobart.com.
Sydney Hills Christmas Sky Show
Christmas continues for one more day in Castle Hill. See two animated light stories, from four options entitled Christmas Choir, An Aussie Night Before Christmas, Oh Christmas Tree or The Little Pine Tree, shown on a 40-metre LED light banner stretching down Castle Hill Main Street, and keep the festive spirit going. The show will be accompanied by light and sound effects, and snow, with live entertainment starting at 7pm.
December 26, live entertainment starts 7pm, Shows at 8.30pm and 9.30pm, Old Northern Road, Castle Hill, free, 9843 0112, sydneyhillsevents.com.au.
Circus 1903 – The Golden Age of Circus
This modern circus features unique, daredevil acts from around the world and caters to all ages. It draws on circus traditions to feature contortionists, acrobats, musicians, knife throwers and high wire performers.
Until December 29, 3pm or 7pm, Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House, $79.96-$125.84 + booking fee, 136 100, ticketmaster.com.au.
Circus 1903 – The Golden Age of Circus. Photo: Supplied.
Races at Royal Randwick
A day at the races involves fashion, placing bets, watching the horses and the odd trip to the bar. This race day is a traditional wind-down after Christmas, and will feature eight races throughout the day.
December 26, 12pm-5.40pm, Royal Randwick Racecourse, Alison Road, Randwick, $7.50-$55, 9663 8400, australianturfclub.com.au.
Randwick Races. Photo: bradleyphotos.com.au.
Art from Milingimbi
An exhibition of bark paintings and sculptures from the small island community of Milingimbi in Arnhem Land from the 1950s. From the gallery’s collection, it features the work of Indigenous artists including Binyinyuwuy, Buranday and Dayngangan.
Until January 29, 10am-5pm, Art Gallery of NSW, Art Gallery Road, The Domain, free, 1800 679 278, artgallery.nsw.gov.au.
Art from Milingimbi. Photo: Brenton McGeachie
Out of Hand: Materialising the Digital
Examining the role of digital manufacturing in art, science, fashion, design and architecture, Out of Hand: Materialising the Digital includes work from more than 60 artists, designers and architects worldwide. The futuristic exhibition features digital printing artworks, 3D scanning and more. Guided tours are available every Saturday at 2pm.
Until June 25. Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris Street, Ultimo, Free/$8/$15, 9217 0111, maas.museum.
Out of Hand: Materialising the Digital exhibition features at the Powerhouse Museum. Photo: Supplied.
Sydney Morning Herald’s Photography Exhibition
The Sydney Morning Herald’s Photos1440 exhibition showcases 20 graphic panels, including some of the best images by Herald photographers over the past two years, both published and unpublished. The exhibition includes works from Nick Moir and many other renowned photographers.
Until January 29, various times, State Library of NSW, Macquarie Street, Sydney, free, 9273 1414, sl.nsw.gov.au/exhibitions.
OUT OF TOWN
Christmas Lights Spectacular, Hunter Valley Gardens
The final day of this huge light display includes over 2 million twinkling lights illuminating the Gardens. The Hunter Valley Gardens also play host to Santa’s Workshop, which is filled with Santa, his elves busily working on belated gifts, photo opportunities, and the chance for kids to write letters to the North Pole.
Until December 26, 6.30pm, Hunter Valley Gardens, 2090 Broke Road, Pokolbin, free/$23/$28/$72-$92, 4998 4000, huntervalleygardens.com.au.
Australian Advertising: 1790s To 1990s’ Exhibition
Advertising is a huge part of life. This exhibition considers how Australian advertising has used words, images and sound to persuade viewers to stock up Vegemite, chocolate and jocks from the 1970s through to the 1990s. It reveals how advertising has been influenced by social and technological change, and considers what this shows about Australians and culture.
Until April 25, 10am-5pm, National Library of Australia, Parkes Place, Canberra, free, 6262 1111, nla.gov.au.
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