Christmas in Australia is in our summertime so in the lead up to Christmas Day, most Australians get outdoors to enjoy the numerous holiday activities, markets and family events. In South Australia, the Credit Union Christmas Pageant, the Lights of Lobethal Festival and Carols by Candlelight are three of the most popular events.
For students, the lead up to Christmas is extra exciting because it is also the start of the long summer holidays. Term 4 of school will finish in mid- December with Term 1 not commencing until the end of January. During this long break families may go away on holiday, friends will meet up and spend time at the beach, cinema, shopping malls, skate parks, museums or take the opportunity to earn some extra pocket money working at a part-time job.
Christmas Day for many families is spent enjoying a backyard barbecue, picnic in a local park or down at the beach. Favourite outdoor activities on Christmas Day include swimming in a pool or playing cricket. At some beaches Santa Claus even arrives by surfboard or in a surf lifesaving boat!
It is often warm to hot on Christmas Day, so for many families the typical Australian Christmas meal may include traditional roast turkey with cold ham, prawns, salads, delicious summer fruits and plenty of icecream! Australia is a very multi-cultural community so every culture brings their own unique traditions to the meal.
Ideas for summer holiday activities
Here are a few things to start you off:
- Explore Adelaide and its zoos, museums, shops and cafes
- Cuddle a koala in one of our wildlife parks
- Learn how to surf or windsurf
- Enjoy bushwalking in one of our beautiful national parks
- Take a ferry to Kangaroo Island
- Go to a local sporting game or international event
- Learn about local Aboriginal culture
- Go cycling or swimming at the beach