Celebrate Christmas in July in Sydney

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Christmas in July in Sydney is the best excuse to celebrate Christmas before Christmas has even arrived!

Snow falling softly outside, mistletoe hung from the rafters and a cosy fireplace with carols playing in the background... a white Christmas is, unfortunately, something that Australians only get to experience in movies or when travelling to the Northern Equator, that is until Christmas in July became a thing!

Where to Celebrate Christmas in July in Sydney

1. Tinseltown 

Tinseltown Pop up Bar Sydney
A dedicated Christmas pop-up bar is coming to Sydney this July!


Sydney's Tinseltown Christmas Pop-up Bar is coming to town to make Christmas in July ultra festive and merry. Sydney's Entertainment Quarter will be taken over by elves, Christmas games, Christmas songs on repeat (All I Want For Christmas, anyone?) and a merry cocktail menu from 6 to 31 July. 

Where:      The Entertainment Quarter
When:       6-31 July 2022
Cost:         Prices start from $15 for a 90-minute session.

2. Experience a Magic Winter Festival

Bondi Festival
Magic is in the air at Sydney's Winter Festivals 2022.


Sydney is putting on quite the Winter Wonderland this year with a whole string of winter festivals to tickle your fancy. From a two-week extravaganza at Chill Fest Campbelltown to beach ice-skating at Bondi Festival, French fine-dining at Bastille Festival, and the legendary Bathurst Winter Festival, Winter in Sydney is looking pretty cool this year!

Check out the full lineup of exciting Winter Festivals in Sydney.

3. Have a Cruisey Christmas in July

Christmas in July Cruise
Grab your Christmas jumpers and hit the seas on a Christmas Cruise.


Sail away on 'Christmas Day' with a three-hour Christmas in July Lunch Cruise on Sydney Harbour, complete with a delicious buffet of seafood and carvery and traditional Xmas pudding with coffee & tea, plus Xmas décor and bonbons, live music and the stunning Sydney Harbour backdrop. Under 5s are FREE. Wear your best (ugliest!) Christmas jumper for a chance to win great prizes. 

Where:      Sydney Harbour
When:       Saturdays throughout July 2022
Cost:         Prices start from $85.

4. Christmas in July at Parliament House

Christmas in July Sydney
Book your table for a Christmas-themed lunch at Parliament House.


Strangers' Restaurant overlooking the stunning Domain will transform into a Christmas-themed haven this July. The lunch menu will be fine-dining all the way with fresh seasonal produce and hand-selected wines to tantalise your Christmas tastebuds. 

The a la carte menu and three-course lunch special is available Mondays to Thursdays.

Where:      Strangers' Restaurant - 6 Macquarie St, Sydney
When:       Mondays to Thursdays from 4-28 July 2022
Cost:         Prices start from $78 pp.

5. Yulefest in the Blue Mountains

Blue Mountains Yulefest
Yulefest in the Blue Mountains includes plenty of beautiful snow this year!


Yulefest is the annual Christmas in July celebration in the Blue Mountains that sees many of the region's most loved locations putting on special celebrations during the month of July. 

One of our favourite out-of-town family-friendly destinations is The Fairmont Resort - and it doesn't skimp on luxury for Christmas July! It transforms into a winter wonderland during their Yulefest, complete with roaring fires, storybook scenery and even occasional snowfall. A big highlight is the festive Yulefest Dinner at Jamison's View Restaurant on Saturday evenings throughout July. 

The Carrington Hotel will be pulling out all the festive stops for Yulefest at the Carrington Hotel complete with a fancy Saturday Night Yulefest Gala Dinner that even includes a special Children's Gala Menu!

One of the Blue Mountains' most elegant (and most visited lookouts!) venues is also putting on a festive Christmas soiree. Yulefest at the Hydro Majestic will include a sumptuous five-course degustation dinner from 2-30 July. 

6. Roast With all the Trimmings

Sunday Roast in Sydney
Nothing says winter or Christmas in July better than a roast with all the extras!


We love Four In Hand's $29 Sunday roast with all the trimmings. The Woolwich Pier Hotel also has a Sunday roast for $30 - pork belly and crackling with roast vegetables, pumpkin mash, apple purée, Yorkies & gravy - yum! The Tavern at The Duke of Clarence in the CBD has a much-lauded award-winning Sunday roast offering of beef, pork or lamb with the lot!

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