An unofficial holiday, Christmas in July is supposed to imitate the festivities of Christmas, but in cooler weather. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly when this tradition sprung up in Australia, however celebrating Christmas in July has gained mass appeal with a range of hotels and other businesses putting on their own themed parties. If you want to celebrate Christmas in July in the comfort of your own home, you only have a few days left! Don’t fret—we’ve found some easy ideas to make your party a success.

Fail to plan and you plan to fail! Be organised.

You’ll want to be as prepared as possible, so think about how many guests you want to invite versus how much cooking you actually want to do. Some of your guests may even be happy to give you a helping hand in the kitchen—or you could always cook the main dish (a big roast) and ask your guests to bring along a plate of food to save you the time and energy.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Time to decorate.

You could rummage through your garage to find that elusive box of Christmas decorations, or you could try something a little bit different. Christmas in July in Australia is all about the cooler temperatures, so mimicking a white Christmas may be the easiest way to go about dressing up your surrounds. Gingerbread Christmas trees, red stockings on the walls, cute little snowmen placemarkers, the ideas and possibilities are endless! If you don’t like going OTT, light some gorgeous church candles for a cheery yet subtle atmosphere.

Christmas is all about being a big kid, so don’t forget the after-dinner games!

Before the roast dinner food coma sets in, bring out some games to brighten up the evening. If you want to stike up some friendly competition, you could play charades, otherwise other popular games include White Elephant(perfect for Christmas in July!) and camera hot potato (this will result in some funny pictures your friends will beg you not to upload!).

Prefer to host Christmas in July where you won’t have to clean up afterwards? Try these Southern Highlands restaurants.


New Jack Style Thai Restaurant
Christmas in July is all about getting together with friends and family to celebrate each other’s company. What better place to enjoy high-quality food than at New Jack Style Thai Restaurant? Fully licensed, you can enjoy an indulgent drink or two alongside your delicious and authentic Thai cuisine. Be sure to book a table, this is a popular restaurant that fills up quick!
Where: Shop 1 & 2/3 Station St, Bowral, NSW 2576


Fountaindale Grand Manor
Get Christmas in July with all the trimmings, and do zero of the work. For just $60 per adult and $15 per child, you can enjoy a real Christmas in July dinner at Fountaindale Grand Manor. Hosting traditional 3-course buffets every Friday and Saturday night in July until the 31st, you’re sure to enjoy yourself! Bookings are essential, so be sure to give them a call today!
Where: 4575 Illawarra Hwy, Robertson NSW 2577

Need more ideas for your next party? Check out these 4 great tips to spice up your dinner party!


Have you hosted Christmas in July already? Let us know your hints and tips below!