Well known as a popular vacation spot, Australia has its own special way of celebrating Christmas. As Christmas season approaches, most of the houses are beautifully decorated, carols sung, Christmas trees are installed in almost every house and street corners, greeting cards given to loved ones, and kids anxiously waiting for a visit from Santa Claus. On Christmas day, friends, families and loved ones gather to exchange gifts, have fun and enjoy great tasting special Christmas food, or head for the beach. One of the most visited attractions in Australia during Christmas that draws about 40,000 people is Bondi Beach. Here are a few reasons why you should consider visiting Australia during Christmas
- Carols and Music
The Outdoor Australian Christmas Eve Carol service which began in 1937 by Norman Banks, a radio announcer, has now turned out to be a popular event that attracts thousands of visitors from around the world. The event takes place in Melbourne every year. Christmas Carols, which are televised all over the country, are well-attended by large number of people including locals and tourists. These events features lots of stars of stage and music. Some of the popular Christmas carols in Australia include The Three Drovers by John Wheelers; Six White Boomers by Rolf Harris; Aussie Jingle Bells by Colin Buchanan and much more
- Christmas Plants
Many native Australian flowers such as Christmas Bells, Christmas bush and Christmas Orchid are used mainly for decorations in different parts of the country annually. The use of their native Australian plants for decorations started off when European first arrived in Australia. They were excited having found wild flowers which can be used for Christmas decorations.
During Christmas season in Australia, locals no longer serve traditional hot roast dinner rather they opt for Cold Turkey and Ham, seafood and salads. Among the most popular Christmas food is the Pavlova, a meringue base topped with whipped cream, and fresh fruit as well as different festive ice-cream pudding.
- Films and Television.
If you are looking to know more about the historical celebrations of Christmas in Australia, you will see several movies that offer an insight into the changing culture of Christmas in Australia. Some of the films include. Miracle Down Under by John Waters, Prince and the great Race, and Bush Christmas (1947) starring Chips Rafferty.
- Major Sporting Events.
Christmas season is usually a work free period for many, giving sport fans the opportunity to enjoy several major sporting events in Australia. These sporting events include the Boxing Day Test which is a game between the Australian Cricket Team and an international touring side at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on the 26th of December, every year. In Sydney, visitors can also enjoy the most prestigious ocean races, the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.
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