Christmas is here in Australia.
We are so lucky in Australia to have such warm beautiful weather throughout the festive season and with an abundance of events in each state, we can really take advantage of it. From Santa visits to market stalls and unique Christmas light displays, here are our top Christmas events to entertain you throughout this festive season.
Christmas Lights Spectacular
After your winery hopping, head on over to Hunter Valley Gardens to view the beautiful Christmas Lights Spectacular featuring a range of new and returning light sculpture favourites. Expected to be a new crowd favourite, the Lover’s Corner give couples the change to walk through a heart-shaped tunnel and take some gorgeous photos. Food and drink options are not lacking at Hunter Valley Gardens, offering up everything from loaded fries, hearty burgers as well as yummy desserts. The cherry on top would be to catch carollers walking by singing all your favourite Christmas tunes!
Christmas Wonderland Putt Putt
For those in Brisbane looking for something exciting to do over the festive season, look no further than Victoria Park Golf Course who have re-imagined their Putt Putt course as a magical Christmas Wonderland. Think huge sculptures of various Christmas characters complete with twists and turns at every hole you play. On top of the gorgeous view players will have of Brisbane city as they play, Christmas Wonderland Putt Putt has a great selection of food available. Whether it’s showing-off in front of friends and family or trying to impress on a first date, there’s something for everyone at Christmas Wonderland Putt Putt.
Christmas Lights Trail
Are you one of those families who love jumping in the car around the festive season and driving around to look at Christmas lights? Well look no further than the Christmas Lights Trail in the heart of Perth. Back for its third year, this festive season the set-up includes three separate expeditions through light trails showing off the CBD, Northbridge and Claisebrook Cove in East Perth. Make your way around the trails at your own pace and be sure to stop in for a drink or a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants you will come across in your travels or check out the live performers running around on Friday and Saturday nights.
Sydney Santa Spectacular
The Sydney Santa Spectacular is an occasion for the public to give back to those in need. Hosted at Panthers Penrith Leagues Club, every day from Saturday 23 November leading up to Christmas, visitors can donate gifts to those less fortunate. The Sydney Santa Spectacular opened up this year with the invitation of children from the Sydney Children’s Hospital who were treated to gifts donated by others who attended the launch event. Plus, as a reward, the Sydney Santa Spectacular also includes a great list of activities perfect for the family, including ice-skating, a carousel and, of course, meeting Santa!
Melbourne, this Christmas you’ve been treated with Australia’s first ever walk-through Christmas tree planted at QV Melbourne. As visitors walk through the tree, they can look upwards in awe at the amazing light show above them that skies 15 metres into the air. Already well known for their high-end shopping experience, over the festive period QV Melbourne are offering a great range of Christmas goodies including personalised Lindt ribbons for your boxes of chocolate and chances to win shopping vouchers. Plus, QV Melbourne will also be hosting a pinata challenge where shop-goers can search for a hidden Lindt ball inside the QV Pinata Hut to win a $1000 QV shopping spree – all you need to do is take a photo with the Christmas tree to enter. What are you waiting for? There are prizes and good times are waiting for you!
Mandurah Christmas Lights Cruise
You have never seen a Christmas light show better and more magical than what the houses residing alongside the canals in Mandurah put on each year. As soon as the sun sets, homeowners flick on their displays to entertain those cruising down the canals with millions of illuminated lights, music and Christmas carollers singing joyfully from the balconies. This truly is a special event and something that should be experienced with the whole family on board, so make sure you book in straightaway – it is well worth every penny.
Every year, there is a rush of people who flock to Europe in the festive season to experience a white Christmas and to explore many of the popular attractions, such as the beautiful Christmas markets. Lucky for those living in Adelaide, the Hahndorf Christkindlmarkt are setting up in the Adelaide Hills, meaning locals don’t have to travel far to get their hands on some European-style gifts. The markets include over 50 stalls, so there is sure to be something for everyone!
The Cannery Christmas Markets
The Cannery Rosebery is a buzzing precinct in inner Sydney, bringing together a bunch of different vendors such as restaurants, artisan and lifestyle boutiques as well as bars to offer Sydneysiders a unique spot to shop and dine. On Sunday 15 December the space is transforming into its annual Christmas markets which will not only get everyone into the Christmas spirit, but well and truly organised for Christmas. There will be over 40 stalls with an array of handmade creations, sustainable fashion, jewellery and other unique gifts, so it is definitely worth the visit to cross some gifts off the list.
Christmas Flicks and Carols
The Christmas movie classics of Home Alone, Die Hard and Elf are staple movies when the festive season begins and not only do we never tire of their jolly plot lines, but we love the memories and nostalgia they create when we have our family sitting alongside us watching. While we love settling in the comfort of our couches to watch these classics, Moonlight Cinemas across Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane will be premiering a range of Christmas film favourites for you to enjoy with a picnic and bottle of wine.
Feature Image: The Lover’s Corner at the Christmas Lights Spectacular. Image supplied.