5 Places To Enjoy An Australian Christmas In July
The coldest month of winter is usually a flurry of festivities as many Australians get caught up in the revelry of Christmas in July celebrations. The mid-year merrymaking is a welcome breather from the end of financial year buzz and a jubilant start to the second half of the year.
With some of the best Christmas in July events taking place over the next two weeks, woman with drive has handpicked the top five to be on your list. From sumptuous traditional feasts to winter night markets, expect your next few weekends to be filled with merriment.
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European Night Market, Melbourne
When: 22 July – 12 August
Where: Madame Brussels Lane
Winter magic returns to Madame Brussels Lane with freshly baked pretzels, German snags, Polish dumplings and flaming French crème brûlée. Savour the smorgasbord of European delicacies and sip on rich mulled wine as you stroll among the food and retail stalls. This market is reminiscent of the classic night markets in the United Kingdom minus the snow and freezing temperatures. Live music and entertainment will keep you in festive spirits all night long.
Xmas in July Lunch Cruise, Sydney
When: 23 July
Where: Vagabond Cruise
Fresh seafood, roast turkey and spectacular views of the harbour on board the sprawling Vagabond cruise ship. That is how Christmas is celebrated on water. The resplendent buffet on this three-hour cruise also includes Mediterranean style roast beef and a traditional Christmas pudding. The ship is decked out in Christmas décor to get you into the swing of things as you pull on bon bons and enjoy the live music.
The Nutcracker Dinner, Canberra
When: 21 July
Where: The National Arboretum’s Conservatory Restaurant
Feast on Canberra’s best local seasonal produce and wines in this Russian-themed three-course dinner. Ginger Catering, who runs the restaurant, promises to whisk diners away on a culinary journey inspired by the ballet, The Nutcracker, by serving a Russian winter feast of beetroot borscht, blini avruga caviar, salmon coulibiac and matching wines by Gallagher Wines. If you have never watched the ballet, it will be on your mid-year resolution list by the end of dinner.
Christmas in July Dinner Dance, Caversham WA
When: 30 July
Where: Mulberry on Swan
Mulberry on Swan is located a mere 20 minutes out of Perth city but the countryside serenity wraps around you as soon as you step onto its grounds. The manicured gardens and natural Australian bush has turned it into a popular venue for weddings, private functions and the Christmas in July Dinner Dance. Dine on traditional festive fare showcasing award-winning food and wine as you gaze out the huge windows at the Swan River. And do not be surprised to find yourself planning a return trip even before the evening is over.
Christmas in July at Beau Rivage, Perth
When: 22 & 29 July
Where: Gloucester Park
If you enjoy horse racing then you will want to book a seat at Gloucester Park’s Christmas in July celebration. Hosted at Perth’s finest international restaurant, Beau Rivage, you will be treated to a full seafood and roast turkey buffet and views of the Swan River, Burswood lights and live harness racing on the grounds.
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