St Mary’s set to shine brightly for Christmas

November 22, 2022 | General

The Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney is set to transform the St Mary’s Cathedral forecourt into the spectacular centre of Christmas celebrations in Sydney.

Commencing Thursday, 8 December and running right up until Christmas day, the newly created ‘Christmas at the Cathedral’ event will see Australia’s mother church and forecourt shine brightly each night with a unique, and spectacular light display.

The Cathedral forecourt will offer Christmas market stalls, live music and activities in an event the Catholic Archbishop of Sydney, Anthony Fisher OP, hopes will bring the spirit of community back into Christmas after several trying years.

“I want to put on something really wonderful for the families, for the young people, for the people of Sydney.”

“There will be of course the great Nativity scene, the beautiful images projected onto the Cathedral, with music and with a story to tell. The Cathedral itself will be open for people to visit.”

“We’ve been building up over the years what we do in the lead up to Christmas and I think this is going to be the best year.”

While St Mary’s Cathedral is one of Australian Catholic’s most important places of worship, it is also one of Sydney’s top 10 tourist attractions, visited by more than a million tourists from around the world each year.

“Everyone is welcome, this is something we are doing for Sydney, for Australia. Whatever your background, spiritually, ethnically, linguistically, whoever you are we want to share Christmas with you,” Archbishop Fisher said.

Light shows and designs for this year’s event will be delivered by award-winning Australian company The Electric Canvas, the same team responsible for delivering world-class displays at events such as VIVID Sydney and the Melbourne International Arts Festival.

The Electric Canvas Managing Director Peter Milne said they are thrilled to be connecting the community with the joy and spirit of Christmas.

“Through a series of familiar biblical narratives, woven together with moments of rousing emotion, audiences will be taken on a journey that captures and highlights the true meaning of Christmas.”

The Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney also expressly thanks its presenting partner, Paynter Dixon for assisting it in bringing this magnificent gift to Sydney this Christmas season.

Paynter Dixon’s Executive Chairman James Boyd, said it is a wonderful opportunity to partner with charities and make a real difference.

“Through our philanthropic partner the PAYCE Foundation, we have been fortunate to support joint initiatives which address the key drivers of homelessness.

“This includes past event charity partner, End Street Sleep Collaboration, which we have proudly supported from their inauguration.

“St Mary’s Cathedral occupies a special place with Sydneysiders, especially in this festive season. We look forward to joining with the community in celebration and reflection over the coming weeks”, Mr Boyd said.

Authored by Marcus Middleton, this abbreviated article appears courtesy of The Catholic Weekly.