Forming the centrepiece of the City of Sydney’s Christmas decorations, the Martin Place Christmas tree has been set up in a dazzling display for its fiftieth year. The tallest Christmas tree in New South Wales, it’s the perfect site for Sydneysiders and their visiting loved ones to get into the Christmas spirit.
Throughout the 1960s, Hyde Park was home to the city’s main Christmas tree. When Martin Place was made a pedestrian-only zone in 1971, the council wanted to highlight how people could gather in the new plaza and so shifted the point of celebration to its current home. Originally, real trees were put up every year, but after a few too many issues with falling pine needles, the council approved the use of artificial trees that lasted longer and stretched taller – the first artificial tree was 20.1 metres tall and served Martin Place all the way until the 1990s!
Although smaller trees were used for some years after that, the current tree, first installed in 2018, reaches even higher than the first to a whopping 24.5 metres – that’s over seven storeys tall. This year, the tree is decorated with over 110,000 LEDs, 330 specially created glossy baubles, and 15,000 flowers representing nine kinds of Australian flora, including bottle brush, eucalyptus gum flower, kangaroo paw, and pink wax flowers. But of course, what would a Christmas tree be without the final decoration on top? The showstopping star is 3.4 metres tall and changes colour, just a small taste of the bigger music and lights show that the tree puts on every fifteen minutes after 7pm.
The detail, the decorations and the lighting display are a real treat for the crowds who come into the city.
The 2021 Martin Place Christmas tree is an awe-inspiring tribute to Australiana, fitting for its half-a-century history. You’ve got until January 1, 2022, to pay a visit to the awe-inspiring sight, as well as ten similarly decorated (though slightly smaller!) trees dotted across Sydney.
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