The coldest days of the year are upon us, and you don't have to be from the Northern Hemisphere to enjoy a winter Christmas!
While Australia has a uniquely summer-y Christmas culture all of its own (Santa wearing thongs and boardies on the beach, anyone?), there's a whole lot of sentimental festivity of a cold-weather Christmas that warms the body and soul: think mulled wine, eggnog, Yule logs… it's the perfect thing to get you out of that cold-weather funk and in the mood to celebrate. So what's the solution? As many a UK and North American expat will tell you, it's Christmas in July!
Why not enjoy the best of both worlds by celebrating everyone's fave family holiday twice a year with these heart-warming Christmas in July ideas! Break out the snow globes and ugly sweaters, it's time to coax Santa out of hibernation, put the tree back up, and make wintery memories to remember. And since you're in Perth, we've got Winter Christmas experiences aplenty, from snow and skating to a Christmas-themed mystery dinner, as well as plenty of top-notch places to get your loved ones together for a buffet meal, festive feast or a good ol' roast dinner. 'Tis the season!
Christmas in July Dining
Head into the city for The Flour Factory's Winter Warmers Gin Masterclass (28 July), from Sneakers & Jeans. Prepare to fall in love at FROST sip as you discover four iconic gins from the juicy GINventory - including the new The Flour Factory Gin & The West Winds' new Mulled Wild Plum Gin. Paired with assorted Fever-Tree tonics and winter garnishes, explore the history, production and styles of all things gin!
Nestled in the beautiful Yanchep National Park, the beautiful and historical Yanchep Inn is getting into the festive swing of things every Saturday evening this July: enjoy a 3-course Christmas-themed dinner in the cosy atmosphere of a crackling fire as they sing carols. Think traditional and tasty!
Joondalup Resort's Lakeview Function Centre is also offering up a Christmas in July Dinner to savour on 24 July, with a delish buffet menu prepared by their Executive Chef and his Team, consisting of carved-to-order Christmas ham and roasted pork, a delicious range of hot and cold options (vegetarian and vegan options also available) and special Christmas desserts. Yum! You'll also enjoy a four-hour beverage package with beer, wine, soft drinks and juices, and a DJ and dance floor will help you round off a fabulous night. 18+ only, so treat yourself to a kid-free Christmas celebration!
Explore Mandurah's serene Murray River aboard Mandurah Cruises Murray River Lunch Cruise. This month, they have launched a new hot Christmas in July buffet lunch. Visit the Coopers Mill heritage Island for a walking tour and afternoon tea. See the regions incredible wild flora and fauna - including diverse water birds and surfing resident dolphins.
It just isn't festive without feasting, so bring your fam and friends together for a tasty buffet, feast or roast dinner to savour together!
Some top spots for a Chrissy in July buffet include Epicurean at Crown Towers Perth, where you'll find an unparalleled array of Western and Asian cuisine showcasing the freshest local produce; the seriously luxe Atrium Buffet at Crown Metropol Perth and the Firewater Grill at Duxton Hotel Perth.
There's some fab fare happening in the Perth Hills, too! We love the century-old Parkerville Tavern, steeped in heritage and tradition; they do a divine Sunday roast: a delicious garlic and herb rolled roast pork belly with roast veg, perfect to savour by the fire with a glass of red. And La Fattoria's divine Italian-style feast Nonna's Family Table never fails to delight. You'll be enjoying rustic, seasonal homestyle fare inspired by the family's real-life Nonna. There's also an a-la-carte Pick a Platter menu: choose your selection of antipasto platter items and your favourite La Fattoria wine or cider to accompany. Buon appetito!
Finally, the British-style gastropub Mayfair Lane is the perfect place if you're hankering for a Great British Christmas! Their winter menu is full of seriously tempting fare, including lamb shoulder for two, bangers & mash and sticky toffee pudding. Yum!
Let it Snow
Nothing says North Pole like snow and skating, but in our part of the world winters are blissfully mild - which is a big part of what we love about our city! But fear not, you can still live your best Winter Christmas life in our slice of paradise, thanks to these awesome winter attractions.
Over in the iconic ice-cream factory in Northbridge (now one of the hottest event spots), The Winter Village Perth is a pop-up magical winter wonderland the whole family will adore, running until 5 September. It's free to enter, open 7 days a week, and has a ton of awesome events and activities to explore. From cosying up in one of 20 super-cosy private igloos bedecked in fairy lights and dining on delish warming winter food and drinks. You can also catch a snow shower when you visit at 12pm, 3pm, 6pm or 9pm - just perfect for family fun and photo moments!
Ice skating is peak Christmas, and you're spoiled for choice this winter in Perth. You'll find an ice rink in the The Winter Village Perth. Or head to Bibra Lake for the Cockburn Ice Arena, a state-of-the-art dedicated ice rink facility that's proud to be one of only two ice rinks in the Southern Hemisphere with two ice surfaces. They're open every day of the week, and as well as ice skating they also do ice hockey games, and super-fun ice byke sessions; and when you're ready for a feed, Perth's only rinkside restaurant Cabin 401 Bar and Grill is bound to hit the spot.
We hope we’re got you right into the festive spirit! There's nothing like a spot of celebration, tasty food and winter fun to get you out of that cold-weather funk, so rug up and make the most of winter by putting Christmas in July on your festive calendar. And if you'd like more ideas for a fab winter in Perth, check out our best of Perth blog for more ideas including Perth winter warmers: 18 restaurants to fill your heart and belly, Perth winter events you won't want to miss, and getting your cosy game on this winter.