Some years ago the Sydney City Council was criticised for the paucity of Christmas lighting in the city, particularly when compared to the spectacular displays in other major cities around the world. The Council and some major retailers have stepped up to the plate and have decorated the city in a lovely fashion – even the new light rail lines were brought into play.

David Jones pulled up its socks this year and had enchanting Christmas windows in its Market Street store.

Nearby Christmas themed projections were displayed on the magnificent facade of St Mary’s Cathedral.

The giant Christmas Tree and choirs ensured that Martin Place was packed on the nights leading up to Christmas.

All pics by Ben Apfelbaum (c)