Christmas Lights Above the Coke Sign, Christmas Eve, 2010.
It's a Friday night and Christmas Eve in Darlinghurst and the neighbourhood is empty. Residents have flown from the city, suburbia has decided to give the suburb of sin a miss for the night, and tourists are low key.
Hundreds of them.
Yet over the past couple of weeks, people have been celebrating Christmas in Darlinghurst with trees, wreaths and colourful lights - in laundromats, dress shops and private homes. I wandered through the back streets seeking out such decorations and here is a collection of photographs taken on my jaunts.
I'll be back on Monday, December 27, with a reader's ripper of a story set in 1960s Darlinghurst, so make sure you check in next week.
Have a safe and happy Christmas dear readers!
Stars and Lights, Burton Street Laundromat, Darlinghurst.
Christmas Tree, Caldwell Street, Darlinghurst.
Lights, Liverpool Street, Darlinghurst.
Bells, Surrey Street, Darlinghurst.
Red Christmas Tree, Forbes Street, Darlinghurst.
Christmas Tree, Hardie Street, Darlinghurst.
Kingsgate Shopping Centre, Kings Cross
Merry Christmas, Blossom Gardens Nursery, Burton Street, Darlinghurst.
Plastic Santa, Blue Spinach, Liverpool Street, Darlinghurst.
Christmas Tree, Womerah Avenue, Darlinghurst.
Red Door and Wreath, Womerah Avenue, Darlinghurst.
White Door and Wreath, Surrey Street, Darlinghurst.
Star and Wreath, Surrey Street, Darlinghurst.
Blue Lights, Surrey Street, Darlinghurst.
Tinsel-Covered Bus, Oxford Street, Darlinghurst.
Christmas Trees, 61 Roslyn Gardens, Elizabeth Bay.
Miniature Christmas Tree, 46 Roslyn Gardens, Elizabeth Bay.