Christmas Downunder


An Aussie Christmas may not be what you are used to especially if you visit Manly from overseas where the festive season is cold and snowy. Even for out-of-town Australian visitors, the Manly Christmas has a truly beach feel.

Aussie Christmas is like everywhere in that it’s about the family, friends, food and drink. But instead of turkey, the focus is on seafood and indoors and warm fires are replaced by
BBQs and the beach.

Traditional Christmas trees, both real and decorative, are a feature in most homes, and spectacular Christmas tree light shows can be found in Edwin Street, Manly, where the whole street joins in decorating their homes and raising money for charity at the same time. 

There are also amazing displays in Borgnis Street and at 10 Cambage Court, in Davidson.

Christmas Eve usually means a trip to the Fish Market in the city or somewhere closer to home as seafood feature highly over the festive season. Prawns, lobster and Balmain Bugs, are all popular choices for both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day menus.

Some families opt to serve both the traditional European meal of Turkey with stuffing, cranberry sauce, roast potatoes and veggies – but if the weather is in the thirties, this is not always a pleasant cooking option.

Again, many homes and restaurants will serve up Christmas pudding and mince pies but the true Aussie Christmas dessert is a huge pavlova topped with cream and an array of fresh fruit.

Visitors and Mantown (Manly) residents alike will opt to spend some, if not a lot, of the day at the beach enjoying the sunshine and the water. There is a great feeling of community and the festive spirit sees surfers in Santa hats and youngsters with their new boards taking to the water.

Close to Christmas, Santa usually makes his own trip to the beach arriving on his very own surf board or surf ski, so keep a lookout and you may catch him riding in on a wave at Manly Beach.

where to hanGout at xmas

The ‘Office’ on East Esplanade
East Esplanade park, manly
Grab your friends or family and head to the ‘Office’ to enjoy Christmas Day by the beautiful clear water of Manly Cove with a picnic Christmas Lunch.

Christmas day at QStation
25 December, 12pm-3pm

Governor Bourke Ballroom, 1 North head scenic dr, manly
Celebrate with family and friends at Q station for a unique Aussie experience. There is a choice of two dining options, seafood and carvery or a six course degustation with alcohol included. To book visit:

CHRISTMAS DAY at Taronga zoo
25 December, 12pm-2pm

Enjoy Christmas lunch without any effort this year at Bakhita’s Café. Sit back to a delicious lunch menu overlooking the beautiful Savannah Lake while you watch the Primates play.
Adults - $45.00 per person
Children - $20.00 each