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Tis the season to celebrate and the stylish Bella Vista Hotel is getting into the festive spirit with a number of Christmas events this year. We certainly need some cheer after enduring such a bad start to this new decade.

Whilst some experiences take place inside, it is the Bella Garden outside that will shine when it is transformed into a Christmas wonderland.

In no particular order, here's what's happening where you can eat, drink, learn and enjoy the merriment of the season -

Sydney Hotshots Christmas Show

Calling all ladies, get your crew together for this adults-only night of fun with the all-male and all-muscle Sydney Hotshots dance team teasing you, tempting you and turning you on in an extravaganza that will have you yearning for more.

They'll be performing sensational routines in and out of costume over the course of the 2hr Covid-safe show, in which you can enjoy with $15 cocktail specials in hand.

Bookings are essential.

Taking place: Thurs 17 December, 8pm
Cost: Entry free

Christmas Cocktail Masterclass

Join the hotel's expert mixologists in the Bella Garden for a cocktail making masterclass where you'll build, shake and sip your festive drinks whilst indulging in a Christmas-themed grazing board.

It sounds pretty good to this sweet-toother and I love the names of the cocktails - The Grinch, the Mistletoe Martini, the Christmas Mule and the White Chocolate Martini.

All equipment is included in this adults-only event that lasts 2hrs. Spaces are limited and pre-payment is needed to secure a booking.

Taking place: Sat 5 December, 1pm
Cost: $99pp

Out of Office Christmas Party

Celebrate the end of the working year with Bella's 'out of office' party that features live acoustic entertainment, in addition to a DJ in the main room playing RNB and all the hits from the 80's and '90s.

Enjoy $15 cocktail specials with your workmates as you let loose into the night.

Groups will need to book, due to Covid restrictions.

For private dining, bottle service and catering options, click here and start planning your tailored event.

Taking place: Fri 18 December, 5pm till late
Cost: Entry free

Pinot & Picasso Christmas Under the Stars

Pinot & Picasso is Australia's No.1 Paint & Sip class where no artistic experience is necessary. In Christmas spirit, you'll be painting the North Pole and taking on some basic and some more advanced techniques of painting on canvas.

The evening takes you through a step-by-step process that also sees plenty of time to allow your inner Picasso run wild. The session goes for 3hrs and you'll receive 2 glasses of wine, be it red or white (mocktails can be provided in lieu of wine).

Limited spots are available so book early to ensure your space.

Taking place: Weds 2 December, 6.30pm
Cost: $80pp

Christmas Flower Bouquet Workshop

Let the team from Daisy Flower Truck show you how to create a gorgeous festive flower bouquet that will take pride of place in your home this Christmas.

In the Bella Garden, you'll be learning tips and tricks, colour placement, texture and structure as you put your creation together in this 90-minute class that includes all the florals and equipment needed, along with a Christmas Champagne cocktail.

Be sure to wear your best Christmas hat/accessories as there's prizes up for grabs at this adult-only event.

Bookings can be made via this link.

Taking place: Sat 19 December & Sun 20 December, 1pm
Cost: $90pp

Personalised Christmas Stockings Workshop

Learn how to create adorable personalised stockings for your family, friends or fur babies with the team from The Hideout Craft Workshops.

Choose your stockings - boot, bone or one of each - and master a basic wool hand sewing technique, as well as making burlaps and lace bows to add a boho touch to your finished items.

All materials are provided, together with a Christmas Champagne cocktail or mocktail on arrival.

The class runs for approximately 2.5hrs. You can book this one here.

Taking place: Thurs 10 December, 6.30pm
Cost: $105pp

Christmas Twilight Markets

As the stars and lights twinkle overhead, enjoy a magical evening in the Bella Garden shopping for Christmas gifts as you listen to live music and enjoy a wine.

Due to Covid, you will need to book a 90-minute session. Choose from 5pm-6.30pm, 6.45pm-8.15pm or 8.30pm-10pm and pick up something unique from the range of artisans attending.

Each guest will go in the draw to win a $200 BellaXO voucher (Bella's Home Delivery Food & Cocktail Service).

Taking place: Thurs 3 December, from 5pm
Cost: Adults $5pp, incl. wine tasting token; Children free

Christmas Gift Wrapping Workshop

We can all do with some expertise on wrapping gifts, especially the awkwardly-shaped ones, and thanks to Gift Hunters Australia we'll get exactly that with Laura showing us the basics of wrapping a box, folding edges and using invisible tape. You'll also learn about adding embellishments, such as stars and bells, and the best way to stack boxes using a variety of paper.

You will receive a gift bag to use, that includes all you need for the workshop. From the tape to the scissors, boxes, A4 card, wrapping paper rolls, ribbon and belly bands, you won't run short and you can take home what you don't use. A Christmas Champagne cocktail on arrival is also covered in your ticket price.

The workshop runs for 2hrs with one session on each of the Tuesdays below. Bookings are essential.

Taking place: Tues 8 December, 15 December & 22 December, 7pm
Cost: $45pp

Christmas Brunch

Christmas Brunch, Bella Vista Hotel

Enjoy a catch-up with family or friends and revel in the Christmas theme of the Bella Garden as you indulge in a 5-course set menu that includes a carved leg of ham, Caprese salad, a Breakfast Platter, a seasonal Fruit Platter and Christmas pudding with all the trimmings. You can also add 2hrs of bottomless Christmas-themed cocktails to the equation.

Sessions are 10am, 11am and 12pm, with pre-payment required when booking.

Taking place: Fri, Sat & Sun during December, from 10am
Cost: $55pp or $85pp with cocktails

Christmas High Tea

Who doesn't love a high tea and a Christmas one at that?

Bella are taking their high tea next level and it's looking huge with more than your average 3-tiered combination. There's items like glazed ham with pickled vegetables and lavosh, cheese, fingered sandwiches, savoury pastries, sweet delights like fruit mince pies, fresh scones, seasonal fruits and a selection of teas and coffees. You can upgrade this to include a glass of sparkling. Check out the full menu here.

Organise your friends and grab a spot before it's too late.

Taking place: 1-24 December, from 12pm
Cost: $42pp or $48pp with a glass of sparkling

Christmas High Cheese

If you'd rather your high tea be more about cheese, then Bella have you covered with this celebration of cheese in various forms.

The menu sees you devouring whipped Chevre goat's cheese with caramelised figs, toasted walnuts and lavosh before moving on to a selection of curated Italian meats served with marinated vegetables, parmigiano reggiano and grissini. For the sweet finale, there's baked ricotta cheesecake with seasonal berries.

Varieties of tea and espresso coffee are also included and you have the option to add on a glass of red, white or sparkling wine.

Booking times are 1pm, 2pm and 3pm on each of the dates below, with pre-payment required.

Taking place: Sat 19 December & Sun 20 December, from 1pm
Cost: $45pp or $52pp with a glass of wine

Christmas Trivia Night

Get a team together for this themed trivia where Bella's trivia master will test your knowledge on all things Christmas, from movies to songs and fun facts.

Do some research beforehand as there are prizes and giveaways for the top 3 teams.

$15 Christmas-themed cocktail specials are on offer, so RSVP your team now.

Taking place: Weds 16 December, 7pm
Cost: Free

A few other items are available to book. The full list can be found here.

So plan your Christmas catch-ups with your loved ones before time runs out as a Bella Christmas is a whole new level of indulgence you won't want to miss.
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