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|6 Jul|3 mins

How to Celebrate Christmas in July

Dress the part with festive outfits to match
Laura Collins
6 Jul
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Christmas comes but once a year, but to hell with that – we’re always on the hunt for ways to incorporate festive cheer into our lives, year round. Thus, Christmas in July is the perfect opportunity to boost winter morale, swap gifts with loved ones just because, and finally perfect that mulled wine recipe. Here are three excellent ways to celebrate the faux-festive season this month.

Advice
|6 Jul|3 mins

How to Celebrate Christmas in July

Dress the part with festive outfits to match
Laura Collins
6 Jul
Share:

Christmas comes but once a year, but to hell with that – we’re always on the hunt for ways to incorporate festive cheer into our lives, year round. Thus, Christmas in July is the perfect opportunity to boost winter morale, swap gifts with loved ones just because, and finally perfect that mulled wine recipe. Here are three excellent ways to celebrate the faux-festive season this month.

Throw a wintery Christmas at your place

An Aussie Christmas is truly one-of-a-kind. Where else does Christmas consist of a morning beach swim followed by a BBQ lunch – featuring huge piles of fresh prawns and one epic pavlova – and an hours-long backyard cricket tournament that has the potential to incite family feud? Yes, it’s truly magical stuff. But it’s totally understandable that you might feel a tiny bit jealous watching Home Alone for the 600th time; look at the twinkling lights, the snow, the matching jumpers! It’s just not the same. Invite your besties over to share a roast dinner, hot cider and break open some crackers (now do you see why those open-all-year-long Christmas stores come in handy?). We promise it’s just as feel-good as seeing little Kevin McCallister show the Wet Bandits who’s boss. Make the dress code as fancy as you like, from novelty knitwear to party dresses.

Head to the night markets

In Melbourne, the Madame Brussels Lane European Night Market is the closest you’ll get to living out your Christmas in Europe fantasies (and without the need for serious puffer jackets, thermals and a pocketful of Euros). From July 6 to 27, Madame Brussels Lane – just off Lonsdale Street – is transformed into a delicious wonderland, inspired by Europe’s most popular Christmas markets. Sample German sausages, candied nuts and cups of spiced rum and have a boogie with your nearest and dearest. Way cheaper than the return airfare to Prague.

Hit the rink by the beach, because ‘Straya

Where else could you go ice-skating while the sound of the ocean crashes on the not-so-distant horizon? This year, Bondi’s Winter Magic Festival is back with the Bondi Ice Rink. It’s open until 9pm, so head down late enough in the evening to avoid the under-5s crowd and you’re set. If your Australian childhood did not at all prepare you for the sometimes tricky art of ice-skating, don’t sweat it. There’s a bunch of professionals on hand in case you want to go from novice to Adam Rippon in the space of an hour (and, if it doesn’t quite work out that way, you can just borrow one of those cute little penguin skate-aids).

Laura Collins
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