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Christmas in Australia

So much more to experience…with Christmas in Summer!

The countdown to Christmas has begun! Forget about the 12 days of Christmas, nowadays shopping malls in Australia start their decorations as early as October! Although families will usually hold off putting up the Christmas tree until the 1st December.

Ho ho ho t’is the season to be jolly…

Down under in Australia, the white snow-filled Christmas imagery does not apply! Forget snowflakes and think of golden sand and surfing.

Most Australians celebrate Christmas day by waking to presents and gift-giving, maybe a quick swim if they live near the beach, then a Christmas lunch with family and closest friends with a dip in the pool after lunch, (if you are lucky enough to have a swimming pool!)

A typical Aussie Christmas menu

As Christmas day in Australia can be 30 degrees Celcius, a Christmas lunch will typically consist of both cold and hot dishes, including prawns or ‘Shrimp’ on the barbie being very popular too!

Many families enjoy cold meats, especially a Christmas ham – but even though it is usually a hot summer’s day, many still partake in a hot roast turkey or meat followed with a traditional hot Christmas pudding with custard on the day!

The expression “Christmas lunch with all the trimmings” means that the lunch comes with all the extra little things added to it to make it more special. This could be table decorations, Christmas crackers, place settings, special plates, glassware and cutlery AND it can also mean all the extras in terms of food, things you traditionally eat with Christmas such as the roast turkey or ham plus cranberry sauce, roast potatoes, gravy, stuffing, carrots and so much more! You may be thinking, what makes your family celebrations extra special?

So much more to share…with a Secret Santa

If you’ve extended your stay at Urbanest over Christmas – a great idea to celebrate in a group is to organise a ‘Secret Santa’ also known as ‘Kris Kringle’ with friends. Rather than having to purchase gifts for all your friends, you pop names on paper and place these name slips into a hat. A budget is agreed and each person draws out a name for whom they will purchase a gift for. This is a fun way to share the enjoyment without breaking the bank! This is very popular amongst large families or in the workplace.

Practice your English in a fun way!

Why not indulge in some good old-fashioned Christmas carols, each major city in Australia will hold events, such as Sydney Carols in the Domain. Singing Christmas carols is also a good way to practice your English whilst enjoying the festivities! 

Check out what’s on for Christmas in your city here:


Christmas Lights, Festive Nights

Adelaide Christmas Carols Guide to local events


Lord Mayor’s Christmas Carols

Christmas Fireworks in Brisbane


Carols by Candlight

Fed Square Christmas film screenings – FREE!


The Rocks Christmas Markets 2019

Lights of Christmas at Sty Mary’s Cathedral

Carols in the Domain

Happy and safe holidays!

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