The festive season brings with it a chance to relax and unwind and join in the celebrations that only happen once a year. It also brings an opportunity to catch up with friends not often seen, enjoy the Christmas lights and decorations and give to those you love and those less fortunate.
Each capital city in Australia holds Christmas carols, often hosted by the Lord Mayor of that city. Many celebrities sing traditional and modern carols and a full stage show is performed by many talented dancers from all over the country. This is a truly unique family event which will leave the young ones in awe. So grab a blanket and take along a picnic and enjoy listening to Christmas carols on a balmy star studded night.
Lighting the Christmas Tree
The lights on the city’s Christmas tree are traditionally turned on on 1st December. For this event, activities catering for the children and Christmas market stalls for the adults go toward creating a spirit of Christmas atmosphere. Celebrities will often sing to herald the start of the festive season and Santa often makes a surprise visit.
Homeowners put in a mammoth effort to adorn their homes with bright lights of all kinds. Flashing rope lights, icicle lights and lights of all shapes will dazzle as you drive past a house decorated for Christmas. Many businesses and churches also partake in this traditional event. Bus tour companies organise tours of the best lights but you also go for a drive and view them yourself. Many generous homeowners allow you to walk through their grounds to get a close up view of their amazing light display.
Many capital cities hold a Christmas parade in the lead up to Christmas. The parade consists of traditional Christmas themes, like camels with the three wise men, little drummer boys and the nativity scene. Often this parade culminates in a Christmas pantomime to keep old and young alike entertained.
Boxing Day Cricket
The Boxing Day Test is hosted in Victoria involving the Australian cricket team and an opposing national team. This tradition has been going since the 1950s.
Chinese New Year
Celebrating the start of the New Year in January, this festival represents the 12 creatures of the Chinese Zodiac. It is celebrated with lantern parades, lots of music and feasting. Gift giving is important as this marks the start of the Chinese lunisolar calendar.
There are an enormous range of activities on offer to celebrate New Year. Every major hotel will hold a New Year’s Eve function complete with dinner, drinks, dancing and sometimes fireworks. Capital cities always organise a fireworks extravaganza, usually in two time slots, so the little ones don’t miss out before their bed time! The internationally acclaimed Woodford Folk Festival is a good place to herald in the New Year, with many activities and exhibitions on offer in the lead up to New Year.
Australians enjoy Christmas and New Year when summer is at its scorching hottest. There are loads of entertainment choices from traditional and cultural events to sporting competitions. The festive season is celebrated throughout the country in a variety of unique ways. Event planning organisations meticulously make sure the holiday season is a time to be enjoyed by all.