The warm weather during Christmas in Australia intensifies in the northern cities like Cairns and Darwin. Christmas in Cairns, for example, gets weather reaching the upper 80s quite regularly, and sunshine flows in abundance given that there are over 300 days of it each year. As most Australians and people from across the globe are on holiday during Christmas time, those wishing to have a sun-filled experience flock to the Cairns region to soak up some rays.
Since the region fills with tourists, backpackers and working holiday makers, the many tourist establishments like hotels and hostels tend to provide Christmas Day meals and celebrations. Choose from full-course dinners, dining on a cruise, or celebrating on the Great Barrier Reef!
Besides these activities, the majority of businesses and local Cairns attractions, such as the Skyrail to Kuranda, will be closed on Christmas Day, and the larger companies tend to operate on a limited scale. Instead, a visit to the glorious beaches of the Cairns region should be entertained, where there are sure to be men dressed in Santa gear attempting to surf.
Cairns, regardless of being located in the tropical north of Australia, tries to portray a festive Christmas holiday spirit, full of homes decking out their exteriors in Christmas lights. Even the Esplanade Plaza hosts a special Christmas tree and lighting day to kick the town into holiday mode. Carols by Candlelight takes place earlier in December as a fundraiser to help create Christmas cheer baskets for families in need.
It would not be Christmas in Australia without the annual Boxing Day shopping bargains. Boxing Day, the day after Christmas, is when retailers in Cairns and throughout the country see the biggest shopping day of the year.