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What’s on in Australia at Christmastime?

Christmas in the City

Sydney has a great calendar of festive activities to check out when you book Christmas packages to NSW. Many of these activities are part of Christmas in the City, an initiative that transforms Pitt Street Mall and Martin Place into a Christmas wonderland between late November and late December. The streets come alive with sparkling decorations, choirs singing Christmas carols, and visits from Santa. You can also see the Martin Place Christmas tree if you book Christmas holiday packages to Sydney during this time. The tree is a towering 25 metres tall - the tallest Christmas tree in NSW. 

Christmas by the Sea

Heading into its 14th year, Christmas by the Sea is an exciting event that you can attend by booking Christmas packages to the Gold Coast. It takes place at Palm Beach in the southern suburbs of the Gold Coast for one day in mid-December. There are plenty of kid-friendly games, such as bouncing castles, crafting activities, and photos with Santa. Festival-goers can also browse market stalls to shop for Christmas gifts or graze on plates from any of the street food vendors. Live music performances happen throughout the day, and Christmas carols begin once the sun goes down.

Victoria Quay Christmas Carnival

Head west by booking Christmas accommodation and flight packages to Fremantle, WA. For one day every December, this event takes over Victoria Quay. If you travel to Fremantle with Christmas holiday packages, expect a fun day of rides, street food, Christmas market stalls, street performers, and live music. The programme also includes things for kids, such as an elf show and a visit from Santa himself. Book Christmas packages to Fremantle in early December to check out Victoria Quay Christmas Carnival.



What are the best places to stay in Australia over Christmas?

Melbourne

The Victorian capital is a fun and vibrant place to book a hotel and accommodation for Christmas. The city centre is adorned with Christmas lights and decorations: a tree pops up in Federation Square, Christmas window displays take over the Myer windows, and festive projections light up Town Hall. Melbourne is also one of the shopping capitals of Australia, so there’s no better place to shop for gifts when you book Christmas holiday packages. In between Christmas-related activities, check out the diverse restaurant and nightlife scene across Melbourne, as well as attractions like St Kilda Beach, Eureka Skydeck, and Queen Victoria Market.

Adelaide

Experience the holiday season in South Australia by booking a hotel and accommodation for Christmas in Adelaide. A range of events pop up across the city throughout December, and one of the most popular is Santa’s Wonderland. Santa’s Wonderland starts in early December and goes right up until Christmas Eve. Families can enjoy rides, ice skating, and stage shows. Other Christmas decorations and celebrations across Adelaide include a giant tree in Victoria Square and Christmas-themed windows displays along Rundle Mall. Other Adelaide attractions to check during your holiday out include Glenelg, Mount Lofty, and Adelaide Botanic Garden.

Cairns

Spend the holidays in the tropics by booking Christmas packages to Cairns. Bright lights decorate the city, and there are many fun activities to check out. Carols By Candlelight takes place at Fogarty Park; a Santa’s Grotto is set up at Cairns Central; and the village of Kuranda comes alive with festive decorations. You can also try your hand at making an Australian sandman on the beaches north of the city or along Cairns Esplanade Lagoon. There are also a variety of attractions to see around Tropical North Queensland when you book Christmas accommodation and flight packages to Cairns. Spend a day on the Great Barrier Reef, hike the Daintree Rainforest, and take a ride on the Kuranda Scenic Railway.



What should I pack for Christmas holiday packages in Australia?

The Christmas period marks the start of Australia’s summer season. You’re sure to have an unforgettable experience no matter where you book a hotel and accommodation for Christmas. Pack breathable summer clothes along with swimwear and sandals if you book Christmas holiday packages during this time. Shorts and lightweight tops are perfect for daytime, and jeans are good to have at night when the temperature can cool down. Hiking is a popular warm-weather activity and if you’ll be planning on checking out national parks or rainforests while holidaying on Christmas packages, pack a pair of sturdy shoes and hiking clothes. It’s also a good idea to pack a nice outfit when you book Christmas holiday packages, which you can wear to holiday celebrations and festivities. Finally, sunscreen is a must for anyone travelling with Christmas accommodation and flight packages. The December sun is strong in Australia! Make sure you pick a reef-safe sunscreen if you’ll be spending time in the ocean.