Hopefully by this time your shopping is done and you are ready to relax and get into the Christmas spirit. Check out a few ways to countdown to Christmas..

Visit

  • Head to St Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney for The Lights Of Christmas. Sydney’s iconic free public light projection event is proudly created and produced by AGB Events. Catch this beautiful light installation before it ends at midnight on Christmas Day.

  • Take the family out to Rosehill Racecourse for the annual Sydney Santa Spectacular event. This festive event will get the whole family in the Christmas Spirit with rides, ice skating, interactive activities and entertainment. Tickets start from $35 and runs till the 27th December.
    Sydney Santa Spectacular
  • This season experience Christmas with David Jones’ magical animated Christmas windows outside their Market Street store. Inspired by E.T.A Hoffmann’s classic tale, the Christmas windows celebrate the partnership between Disney and the new level 9 kids floor.
  • You still have time to visit the David Jones Magic Cave in Bourke Street Mall Melbourne and Adelaide Central Plaza. Create precious memories this Christmas in the enchanted Magic Cave and see Santa and his Elves.
  • This Christmas The Grounds of Alexandria has partnered with Disney to bring The Nutcracker and the Four Realms to life! With photo opportunities at every corner and yummy Nutcracker inspired treats on offer in all of our venues, everything will be available until Christmas Eve.
  • From 15-24 December, kids can experience a white Christmas, with tonnes of real falling snow, every day, at Christmas Wonderland. The 10-day Christmas extravaganza at Sydney Showground is the perfect way to get into the Christmas spirit, with snow and ice activities, magical Christmas worlds to discover, brightly coloured carnival rides, Christmas crafts and festive entertainment.
  • David Jones Sydney and Disney have created five unique neighbourhoods inspired by Disney, Star Wars and Marvel, exploring a world of story-telling for the young and the young at heart.
  • Be tempted by this year’s Gingerbread Village by Epicure in Melbourne as it returns for its 8th year. Featuring 560 kilograms of gingerbread, 420 kilograms of royal icing, 185 kilograms of marzipan and around 900 miniature Christmas trees, as well as the first ever international structure – the Osaka Castle from Melbourne’s Japanese sister city, Osaka – this year’s Gingerbread Village promises to be the biggest and best display yet!
  • This Christmas season head on down to the home of Christmas in Melbourne, Fed Square. Starting December 1 until Tuesday 25 December, Fed Square will be buzzing day and night with Christmas activities.
  • The magic of Christmas will come alive at Santa’s Magical Kingdom with an interactive walk-through adventure land including everything that you love about Christmas, plus  the Bertocchi International Spectacular Christmas Show that will amaze everyone at Caulfield Racecourse.
  • Melbourne’s famous Christmas Projection are back with spectacular free animated show illuminated on the iconic walls of Fed Square.
  • Enjoy a Christmas tradition by taking the kids to see the annual MYER Christmas windows in Melbourne and Brisbane. Since 1956 MYER has been thrilling families with a beautiful Christmas window display and this year does not disappoint. This year’s theme is Alice in Wonderland.
  • Find out all about the Story of the MYER Christmas windows at the Melbourne Museum. Make Believe: The Story of the Myer Christmas Windows is a magical, glittering, experience for children and adults alike, inviting lovers of this cherished Melbourne tradition to reconnect with the nostalgia of their childhood, and offering younger visitors the chance to experience it all with fresh eyes. A feast of magical models, working drawings, beloved books and playful puppets.
  • Join this year’s Brisbane Christmas Parade as it makes its way through the Mall to King George Square. Brimming with music and merriment, this year’s Christmas Parade will feature new exciting elements, hundreds of performers and of course the star – Santa Claus – to entertain and delight all ages!
  • Bring the kids to King George Square for the Gold Lotto City Hall Lights which has become a highlight of the festive season. Watch a playful Aussie Christmas tale come to life via animation onto City Hall every 15 minutes from 7.30pm.
  • Gather on the lawn at St Stephen’s Cathedral to view the amazing light display with the whole family. This new show is designed by AGB the creators of Sydney’s Vivid Lightwalk.
  • Catch a screening of Home Alone outdoors at River Quay Green this evening at 8.15pm.  Surround yourself with tasty snacks, sip on a cool drink and welcome in Christmas the relaxing way.
  • There is nothing better than Christmas carols to get the family into the Christmas spirit. Head to River Quay this evening for the last  Christmas carol concert.
  • This year, Christmas in the city in Adelaide will be more magical than ever with a new festive playground arriving in time for the school holidays. Offering nine days of free family fun and the best spot to see the Christmas Tree, head to Christmas Lights, Festive Nights for a memory-making afternoon or to start your evening in town. Victoria Square / Tarntanyangga transformed into a festive playground bursting with colour, live music, food trucks, Christmas movie screenings and a sleigh-load of merry-making activities.
  • Pop by Rundle Mall and view the 12 windows – each a tribute to how Christmas is celebrated in South Australia crafted by a team of collaborators.
  • The Adelaide Central Market is ready for a fruitful festive season.  The festive spirit will fill the Market with Christmas carols, free cooking demonstrations, workshops, live music and, of course, Australia’s biggest Father Christmas standing at 16.4m tall on the Market’s iconic tower.
  • Explore Perth City at night following 18 mesmerising light installations and vibrant Christmas decorations lighting up the evenings.
  • See Santa’s Magical Castle, part of the City of Perth Christmas Lights Trail running until Christmas Eve. Experience the magic of the illuminated walk-through castle, created with over 100,000 twinkle lights in an array of festive colours.
  • Watch St George’s Cathedral come to life with vibrant colours and sound, celebrating the togetherness that comes with the joys of Christmas.
  • Join the Merewether and Newcastle community in gathering beachside at Empire Park for Carols by the Beach, an evening of vibrant summer festivities. There’ll be live carols to sing along to, fun activities for kids (from 6pm), a dazzling fireworks display and maybe even a visit from Santa Claus himself…
  • There’s nothing like a Christmas themed play to get you into the Christmas mood. Check out The Most Wonderful Time of the Year at the Civic Theatre Newcastle today at 2pm and 7pm.
  • The Christmas Lights Spectacular will be lighting up the Hunter Valley Gardens until the 26th January. Enjoy live entertainment, Santa’s workshop display, and incredible rides including a Ferris Wheel, Swing Chair, Carousel, Super Slide and Inflatable zones.

Watch

  • Events cinemas are screening The Royal Opera House Nutcracker Ballet this Christmas. The Nutcracker has long been one of the most delightful ways to discover the enchantment of ballet – and makes for a delicious seasonal treat for all the family. Tchaikovsky’s much-loved music is matched to a magical adventure on Christmas Eve for Clara and her Nutcracker doll. Their journey to the Land of Sweets brings with it some of the most familiar of all ballet moments, such as the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Waltz of the Flowers.
  • Take the little ones to a screening of Elliot the Littlest Reindeer at HOYTS cinemas to get them excited for the big day!  When Blitzen announces his retirement on December 21st, a miniature horse has 3 days to fulfill his lifelong dream of earning a spot on Santa’s team at the North Pole try-outs.
  • Head to the cinemas to see the latest version of The Grinch just released before Christmas. Each year at Christmas they disrupt his tranquil solitude with their increasingly bigger, brighter and louder celebrations. When the Whos declare they are going to make Christmas three times bigger this year, the Grinch realizes there is only one way for him to gain some peace and quiet: he must steal Christmas.
  • Christmas TV Viewing
    Sunday 23rd December

    • Peter Rabbits Christmas Tale ABC Kids 5.43pm
    • The Polar Express 7Flix 6.30pm
    • How the Grinch Stole Christmas GO 5.01pm
    • Olaf’s Frozen Christmas Adventure TEN 7pm
    • The Santa Clause 3: The Great Escape GO 7.06pm
  • Monday 24th December
    • Peppa’s Christmas ABC Kids 8.01am
    • Peter Rabbits Christmas Tale ABC Kids 9.30am
    • Timmy’s Christmas Surprise ABC Kids 10.07am
    • Guess How Much I Love You: Christmas to the Moon and Back ABC Kids 10.40am
    • Timmy’s Christmas Surprise ABC Kids 4.23pm
    • Octonauts Special: A very Vegimals Christmas ABC Kids 5.43pm
    • Stick Man ABC Kids 6.20pm
    • Carols by Candlelight NINE 8PM
    • Elf TEN 8pm