Thursday, December 23, 2010

A Sunny Merry Christmas in the Land of Oz

If you have had enough of a white Christmas year after year and want to see something different, grab one of the flights to Australia and get acquainted with a sunny Christmas. Clear blue skies, brilliant sunshine, and a hot weather are the usual hallmarks of an Australian Christmas. Everybody is in a celebratory mood as it’s the Summer Holiday season in Australia. The country is a melting pot of numerous colourful ethnicities such as Britons, Greeks, Spaniards, French, Chinese, Indians, and Thais and visiting Australia during Christmas allows one to experience the tremendous diversity marking the celebration of the festival. Here are two of the most popular cities in Australia for a Christmas holiday.


Sydney makes for a charming destination for celebrating one’s Christmas in Australia. One of the liveliest venues is the Bondi Beach, where rampant merry making continues throughout the day and the aromas of booze and beach bar-be-cues are overwhelming. Visiting one of the Carols by Candlelight events of Sydney is another excellent way of making the most of your Christmas in Australia. Carols by Candlelight are Christmas carols led by celebrities and other pillars of the community. The biggest of such events is held at the Domain Park. Sydney is also hailed as the most liveable city in the world by its residents and would be one of the ideal places to celebrate Christmas and welcome New Year’s Eve, 2011 with a bang. There are ample opportunities for experiencing the spirit of Christmas amidst all the holiday merry making as well. Just one example is the Reverend Bill Crewes’ Exodus foundation lunch at Ashfield


Melbourne, along with Sydney is another terrific city for celebrating Christmas holidays and New Year’s Eve, 2011 in Australia. Melbourne’s denizens also hail it as the most liveable city in the world and both cities try to outdo each other whenever the chance presents itself. Of course, Christmas is no exception. There are hearty meals and scores of free Christmas events in parks, gardens, streets, and other venues. If you are with kids, don’t miss Santa’s Grand Arrival event at Bourke Street Mall. Some of the other places worth checking out are Vision Australia’s Carols by Candlelight, Wonderland Fun Park, Nativity Scene, and Ice Lounge. Those looking forward to indulge in some great Christmas wining and dining would do well to check out venues such as Arintji Restaurant, Three Degrees, The French Brassiere, and ZINC at Federation Square amongst many others.

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