words by james phillips
Being an Aussie, the idea of a White Christmas has never really done it for me.
I’ve never seen the fantasy of being cooped up in a house while it’s snowing, raining and freezing cold outside.
To me, nothing says Chrissy like a big BBQ, plates of prawns, soaking up the sun on the beach and some backyard or, if you’re lucky enough, beach cricket with your closest family and friends.
In Bondi, we’re more likely to spot a surfing Santa carving up a wave on his way to the sand than tip-toeing along snow-drenched rooftops – and that’s just the way we like it.
As it turns out, we’re not the only ones that like it… and on Christmas Day the shoreline of Australia’s most popular beach sees thousands squashed onto the sand for one of the biggest parties in Sydney. There are plenty of Santa hats and no shortage of sunburnt backpackers strewn across the beach as those from the colder climates make the most of being outside on a hot sunny Chrissy day!
Christmas on Bondi Beach is often referred to as Orphan Day in honour of all the family-less internationals that make the annual pilgrimage to Bondi’s shores, joining the local crowd and creating one giant pseudo-family that loves to play underneath the blazing sun, splash around in the sea and spread the Christmas cheer to all those on the beach. If this sounds like your sort of Chrissy, grab a towel from reception and join the fun – just remember to finish your drinks in the room before you head off as alcohol is banned on the beach.
Now December 25 is traditionally one of the quietest days on the Sydney calendar and when it comes to the bars, restaurants and shops in Bondi, there aren’t too many that stay open for the big day. Luckily, though, there are a few of the reliable favourites that continue to dish out the joy on Christmas Day. Around the corner from QT, Vida Surf Store and Swell will be holding down the café scene on Curlewis St – no reservations required.
If you’re planning on spicing it up with a few tasty cocktails to go along with your festive feed, Vue Bar are taking bookings for a Christmas Lunch on their killer rooftop spot. The same goes for the all-time legends at The Bucket List who will also be turning it on for Chrissy – they’re fully booked for lunch but still have room for the night! If you’re only around for the day, though, Lush on Bondi will be the closest you get to drinking on the beach with their bar and kitchen open from 10.30am.
So whether you’re an Aussie or not, come make the most of the shining sun and celebrate Chrissy with us on our stunning beaches!
From everyone at QT Bondi – We hope you have a very Merry Christmas!
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