Fresh platters of cold seafood, hours spent jumping in and out of a pool, and afternoon naps to escape the heat and let the coma of the lunch feast pass. These are the hallmarks of Christmas in Australia. This unique and sunny spin on Santa’s big day is only offered by the Southern Hemisphere, and gives many travellers a dramatically different Christmas to what they are usually accustomed to, with no sign of genuine snow and little fuss given to serving turkey. Christmas time in Australia is not restricted to one day or even a week, but rather to the whole month of December, which morphs into a melody of parties and festivities known fondly as the ‘silly season.’ It is during this time that Aussies can be found enjoying the long days and great outdoors to their full potential, with plenty of time spent at the beach and in the country’s many parks, indulging in one too many summer barbecues. Not that many people in this country believe that there is such thing as ‘too many summer barbecues’. Beyond Christmas, Australia has a burgeoning festival scene, starting at the numerous events dedicated to music, and continuing to include cultural events, art fairs, Australian film festivals, and much more.
Visit the outback regions of the Northern Territory and you may catch events dedicated to camel racing or the knitting of beanies. Venture to the Victorian capital of Melbourne and you may find yourself in a puddle of laughs at a comedy festival or roaming through inner-city light installations in the midnight hours of White Night Festival. Meanwhile, smaller towns are becoming known for their ability to draw international acts and offer a pamphlet of culture, summed up best by Byron Bay’s much-loved Splendour in the Grass festival. There is no doubt the festivals in Australia could rival any in the world, and timing your trip with something festive will reward in a myriad of magical ways.
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