Business in your village

Business in your village

Christmas in the Villages

13–14 December 2014

Promote your business to a wide audience for free with the City of Sydney's Christmas in the Villages retail promotion.

What is the Christmas in the Villages retail promotion?

From Paddo to Pyrmont, Glebe to Green Square, Christmas in the Villages is a weekend long shopping extravaganza on 13–14 December that highlights our villages as the best place to shop, dine and celebrate the festive season with family and friends.

Santa will visit some villages and there'll be live entertainment on the streets.

This is the biggest opportunity of the year to advertise to a broad audience. Christmas in the Villages will be promoted through an extensive marketing campaign.

Promote your business on Sydney Christmas 

Each year, the City  produces the Sydney Christmas website, the definitive one-stop-shop for all city-wide Christmas information.

We are now calling on all businesses in our villages running their own seasonal activities and events to upload their promotions.

Think window dressings, in-store promotions and special events. It's free to be involved and what you do is up to you!

You can submit your Christmas in the Villages event.

For more information on how you can get involved, please contact Alice Chatwood:02 9265 9831.

Even if you are planning something for a different date, you can still submit your event for promotion on the site. 

#bestwindow #sydxmas

This year the City is asking Sydneysiders to tag their favourite Christmas windows #sydxmas #bestwindow for a chance to win a $2,000 Qantas travel voucher courtesy of American Express.

The business with the best window will receive a $5,000 Red Balloon voucher courtesy of American Express and an early Christmas gift – a visit from Santa and friends, who'll be flying in for a song and a celebration.

Proudly brought to you by the City of Sydney and American Express.

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Business in the villages

The City of Sydney is helping nurture economic development in the 10 village centres across the local area. As part of this, we developed a new Economic Development Strategy to keep Sydney prosperous.

Local business is essential to our village centres as it provides localised services and employment to our residents, which also reduces the pressure on our transport system and infrastructure.

Each of our village centres is unique. They have their own character and inspire a sense of community portrayed in our presentation, Slices of Sydney.

This section features an overview of each village centre in terms of business opportunities, existing business and who lives and works in the area.

You’ll also find contact details for the City's business precincts coordinator and the local chamber of commerce and/or business association for each village.

CBD and Harbour

Once dominated by the now closed port facilities, the proposed Barangaroo development promises new business opportunities for the CBD and Harbour village through increased residential and commercial activity in the north-western part of the peninsula.

Chinatown and CBD South

Retail and food and drink outlets provide the most dominant business opportunities in the Chinatown and CBD South village, which is the smallest of the 10 village centres. The area is particularly famous for its range of Asian cuisine, Chinese stores, restaurants and the bustling Friday night markets in Dixon Street.

Crown and Baptist Streets

Although the fashion industry has played a long-standing role in the Surry Hills economy, business opportunities around Crown and Baptist Streets are emerging for creative start-ups and dining/café businesses.

Glebe Point Road

Changes to licensing laws have seen a flourish of small bars and eateries in the Glebe, Forest Lodge and Annandale areas, with new businesses taking advantage of the unique demography and geography of Glebe Point Road.

Green Square and City South

Green Square is thought to be the largest redevelopment project of its kind in Australia and it will provide new business opportunities for a diverse range of businesses in Green Square and City South.

Harris Street

Creative industries, higher education and research are expected to continue to dominate employment in the Harris Street village, which sits on the Pyrmont peninsula.

King Street

With its close proximity to the city centre and its long held reputation for drawing the city's fringe, bohemian and alternative crowd, King Street village offers business opportunities in retail, hospitality and entertainment.

Macleay Street and Woolloomooloo

Australia's most densely populated district, the Macleay Street and Woolloomooloo village around Kings Cross, Potts Point and Elizabeth Bay is famous for its nightlife and dining, with many new upmarket bars and restaurants opening in recent years.

Oxford Street

The Oxford Street village has long been a creative and cultural centre. An integral part of Sydney's gay and lesbian scene, the area is well-known for shopping, eating out, art house cinemas, heritage buildings, creative industries and major educational facilities.

Redfern Street

The City's shopfront improvement program has been a major catalyst in driving renewed interest in the Redfern Street village, with new shops, bars and restaurants invigorating the charm and character of this historical area.


City of Sydney
Business Precinct Coordinator02 9265 9333

Contacts for State and Federal Government organisations and local associations are listed on our more help for business page.


Slices of Sydney: a taste of our villages

Last updated: Friday, 5 December 2014