As Australia’s favourite time of the year draws near, indulge with these great ideas for you and your friends!

1. See a movie under the stars at Moonlight Cinema

With venues across six cities, the event offers advance screenings, new releases and cult films throughout the season. Happy Moonlighting!

Dec – Mar

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2. Travel interstate for epic music festivals

St. Jerome’s Laneway, Meredith, Rainbow Serpent, Falls… if you are a festival junkie, then this summer Australia has you covered. With great weather, great vibes and great artists from all around the world, what are you waiting for?

Throughout summer

3. Be part of a public sing-along at Christmas Carols

How can you miss one of Australia’s favourite traditions since 1938? Gather around during the weeks before Christmas Day at parks, malls or stadiums to celebrate the joyous occasion of Christmas! Found in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and other major cities.

Nov 26 – Dec 25

4. Join the annual shopping frenzy on Boxing Day

The biggest shopping day of the year for all Australians promises lots of discounts and specials so you’d better get in early! Aussies are poised to spend over a billion dollars during the pre-Christmas and Boxing Day period, while retailers gear up for a heated price war.

Dec 26

5. Count down to the year of 2017 on New Year’s Eve

53 days till 2017! On December 31, millions of Australians will indulge in a range of celebrations including epic firework displays, countdowns and live shows. Get ready for a memorable experience on your last day of 2016!

Dec 31

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6. Witness record-breaking moments at Australian Open

Every January, Aussies have the chance to see the sport’s top elites at Australian Open. With attendance second only to the US Open, the tournament is also held on some of the hottest days – please stay cool!

Jan 16 – 29

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7. Enjoy a ‘barbie’ on Australia Day 2017

Join the celebration that inspires a nation as concerts, fireworks, parades and parties are held across all major cities on January 26th.

Jan 26

8. Watch the lion parades for Chinese New Year

Celebrate Australia’s cultural diversity as billions of Chinese around the world ring in the Year of the Fire Rooster. Lion and dragon dancers will be performing to traditional music across the country, as cities are decorated in the lucky colour of red.

Jan – Feb

9. Beautify your local community on Clean Up Australia Day

Clean Up Australia encourages thousands of Australians to take to their local parks, beaches and streets every summer to clean up, fix up and preserve our environment. Join the campaign to make a difference!

Feb 28, Mar 3, Mar 5

10. Dress up in green on St Patrick’s Day

St Patrick’s Day is not just reserved for those with Irish heritage – everyone is welcome to take part. Get creative with your outfit as cities gear up for the spectacular parades where the only dress code is “green”.

Mar 17