Sydney Christmas – a summer Christmas!

October 22, 2009 at 8:45 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Christmas in Sydney is in the summer season. Hence celebrations of Christmas in Sydney are slightly different from those of a white Christmas.

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The Christmas decorations do not include holly and mistletoe. They are substituted by Christmas bush and Christmas bell which are two decorative native plants available during the summer season. Indeed the houses in Sydney, or rather in the whole of Australia, are not as heavily decked up as those in other countries where it is winter during Christmas, as people here enjoy the warm climate and hence are not as confined to indoors!

Christmas feasts in Sydney most often include seafood and very often exclude the turkey. And often they are outdoor feasts with steaks and prawns on the barbie and cold salads!

Nowhere else would you find Santa Claus pictured in swimmers or Santa riding on a surfboard or Santa water-skiing! Thanks to the weather, people love celebrating Christmas outdoors or even on the beaches. Cruising companies offer party cruises during Christmas time to celebrate the season.

Magistic Cruises offer Christmas lunch and dinner cruises with buffets inclusive of choice seafood varieties and exceptional wine. One can hire a private deck or even a whole boat! Sydney Showboats offer cruises with cabaret shows and live jazz bands. All these offers come with group discounts.

If you are in Sydney this Christmas season, celebrate it on a cruise. Enjoy the feast, the fun and the outdoors!

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Celebrating Boxing Day in Sydney

October 20, 2009 at 3:32 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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In Sydney, December is eagerly awaited not only for celebrating Christmas and the New Year’s Eve, but also for celebrating Boxing Day which falls on the day after Christmas.

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If you were not Australian or British, you would probably associate Boxing Day with the sport of boxing, and you would be embarrassingly wrong! Boxing Day is the day when people generally open their boxes of Christmas gifts. Also, traditionally, employers boxed Christmas gifts for their employees on this day, from whence the day gets its name. The bargain shopping season begins in many places on this day.

In Sydney, people celebrate Boxing Day with as much fervour as they celebrate Christmas!  The Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, which begins at the Sydney Harbour, is an event held on this day and which attracts a great deal of visitors from around Sydney and farther away! The yacht race, every year, has entrants from the world over. To experience the real thrill and spirit of the race, just book yourself on a cruise around the Sydney Harbour. You can catch all the pre-race excitement from a Sydney Showboat on its Boxing Day Showboat Lunch Cruise before lining up to watch the start of the race and cheer the teams on! Or if you really want to make a party of it, there are the Magistic Cruises that are available for private charter! All these cruises provide quality food freshly prepared onboard.

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The race attracts visitors in large numbers and the passes for the cruises are usually sold out long before the event. So ahoy there! What are you waiting for?

Office Christmas parties and depleting budgets

October 16, 2009 at 10:16 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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Are you one of those employers who are harried by the financial pressures and problems of recession and are having to resort to cutting expenses and trimming budgets? Then the time that you dread most is fast approaching – the time for Christmas and year-end parties.

Christmas is a time which employees in any organisation generally look forward to.  So what if the budget is down? It still pays to have an office Christmas Party. Meeting each other socially and forgetting personal grudges at least for the time being along with the general anticipation of a great New Year help to improve camaraderie and goodwill among the members of the organisation.

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Sydney offers several venues to hold your Christmas Party, each with its own specialties and features. However, a Sydney Harbour cruise would be the best of venues, as it comes naturally with a package of spectacular views of the harbour and the excitement of a cruise.

The luxury and comfort of the Magistic Lunch and Dinner as well as Extended Lunch Cruises and the live entertainment provided on the Sydney Showboats like cabaret shows and jazz bands are guaranteed to make your function unique. And the group discounts offered for all their cruise options, with bigger groups earning higher discounts, you can not only have the proverbial cake but eat it too with the icing and all!

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