An Australian Christmas Darling Harbour 1989 – 2003

Mary Lopez created the concept of An Australian Christmas in 1989 to raise funds for the work of the Wesley Mission.

The two-hour spectacularly costumed pageant at Tumbalong Park Darling Harbour told the true story of Christmas. It featured a 1000-strong cast including many high profile Australian artists, a procession of 500 actors and dancers from the NSW community, a 400-voice choir, a symphony orchestra, 50 animals, and pyrotechnics.

The show featured a diverse range of Australian performers including Tommy Tycho, John Williamson, Human Nature, John Paul Young, Julie Anthony, Slim Dusty, Shanley Del, Eric Bogle, Doc Neeson, Graeme Connors, stars of the Australian Opera, Leah Purcell, Alan Dargin, Jackie Love, Tony Barber and Maria Venuti.

An Australian Christmas was broadcast nationally on the Seven Network (1989 – 1997) and Network Ten (1998 – 1999).

  • Dawn Fraser AO

    "Mary's given more young Australian performers a chance to shine than any other Australian I know"

  • Paula Duncan

    “I consider Mary Lopez one of the true talent discoverers. She has found and established some of the great talents of Australia, including Human Nature"


    "Mary Lopez is a wonderful Australian and a generous giver"
  • John Williamson, Country Singer

    "Mary loves Australia and this love shines through in everything she does"

  • Father Chris Riley

    "In the words of Batchelor Girl – Mary encourages and gives our kids ‘permission to shine’"

  • Human Nature

    “Mary believed in us … she nurtured us, developed our talent. She’s always there for us and we’ll always be there for her.”

  • Contact Details

    Mary Lopez AM

    Entertainment and Talent Director
    TDP Artistic Director and CEO
    Emeritus Director Schools Spectacular

    p: +61 (0)2 9954 5540



    "Mary Lopez is one of the most professional, dynamic, dedicated and enthusiastic people I have ever met"
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