Sydney Fish Market’s famous annual 36-Hour Seafood Marathon is back again in 2021. Our retailers will be open for 36 hours non-stop, from 5:00am Thursday 23 December, to 5:00pm Christmas Eve. 

It’s the Christmas tradition that has stood the test of time for over 20 years, giving Sydneysiders access to all the premium, local seafood and produce they need for a stunning Christmas spread. While we are famous for our supply of local seafood, many don’t know that we also offer a full basket of produce, with a butcher, greengrocer, bakery, deli, gift shop, and bottle shop on-site, in addition to our six famous wet fish retailers. The Market is a one stop shop to purchase everything needed to celebrate this season. 

Sydney Fish Market is open every day throughout the festive period, aside from Christmas day. 

Read on for everything you need to know to plan your visit! 

COVID Safety

The Sydney Fish Market 36-Hour Seafood Marathon is a 26-year long tradition, however, this has been a year like no other, and our first priority is the safety of our customers and staff

Health and safety precautions, including controlled queuing, will be in place and enforced by on-site COVID Marshals. In accordance with the NSW Health guidelines announced on 23rd December, all shoppers must check in via the Service NSW QR codes provided, and must wear a mask in all indoor areas.

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Remember to leave extra time for your visit, as this is an extremely busy trading period for Sydney Fish Market.  

If you are coming by car, the main Sydney Fish Market car park will be open, with limited parking available. Additional car parking will also be available at Sydney Secondary College Blackwattle Bay Campus (opposite Sydney Fish Market on Bridge Road).

Please note that the general public will only have access to the main SFM car park from 9am on the 23rd December. Sydney Secondary College parking will be available before 9am on the 23rd.

Parking will be charged at a flat rate of $5.

Visitors commuting by public transport can use bus services 501 and 389, which regularly depart from the city. For route and timetable information visit 

Online Ordering

Our retailers offer a variety of home delivery options. If you’d rather avoid the crowds, order your Christmas spread online and have our retailers deliver it to your door! 

Most retailers are taking Christmas orders already – so if you like to get organised early, place your order today. 

Opening Hours



5am Thursday 23rd December
5pm Friday 24th December (Christmas Eve)
Christmas Eve OPEN until 5pm
Christmas Day CLOSED
Boxing Day OPEN (7am - 4pm)
New Year's Eve OPEN (7am - 4pm) 
New Year's Day OPEN (7am - 4pm)


Individual retailer hours may vary.

Please note that the arcade Sushi Bar will not be participating in the marathon and will be open for regular trading hours only (10am-4pm).


Got a question about Sydney Fish Market’s 36-Hour Seafood Marathon? It’s probably answered here!


What are the quietest times to visit the Marathon?

Do I have to be vaccinated to attend the Marathon?

Can I sit down to eat during the marathon?

What is the best way to get my seafood home?

Can I get seafood delivered to my home instead of coming to the marathon in person?

What species are good value/quality around Christmas?

How do I know what I’m buying is fresh?

How much seafood should I buy?