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If you don't live on the Northern Beaches or close by, then you're probably asking 'What is Park House?'
As it happens, Park House is a new multipurpose dining and social space that has risen from the ruins of the Mona Vale Hotel. Re-imagined to match the neighbourhood's exciting evolution, it's a landmark with a lot of fun times planned.
Christmas has begun with the festive songs playing and the decorations going up for all to enjoy as part of a month-long schedule that sees a variety of activities. The outdoor 'Truck Stop' has transformed into a Yuletide oasis with lights, Christmas tree and all things glistening.
Now, to be clear, this truck stop is not the type you see in America with diners and loads of large transport trucks lined up outside. Instead, think colourful beach umbrellas covering park benches painted white, an air stream bar (converted trailer), pizza kitchen and a taco truck, and you'll be on the mark. But that's not all. This space has plenty to keep the kids happy whilst the adults relax (or vice versa). There are multiple handball courts, snooker croquet, ping pong tables and green areas to utilise, along with a rolling program of live acoustic entertainment, temporary food trucks and colourful art in some striking murals.
Night Christmas markets will grace the area, popping up on Fridays (7 & 14 December), selling special Christmas gifts and decorations, arts and crafts, fashion, indulgent cakes and gelato, whilst Christmas carols ring in the spirit of the season further. Stalls announced include Made by Leigh, Gypsy Cat Designs, Kraftlii, Sharon White Art, Carrawa Cottage and Calleli.
On 8 & 9 December, Santa will visit and save you from queuing up at the busy shopping centre for photos. Furry friends are welcome too for a sitting with family members and a professional photographer aiming for that perfect shot. Best of all, the photos are free. Register here, by choosing a session, to avoid disappointment.
A craft station will be set up where children can write letters to Santa and drop them in the mailbox, make Christmas wreaths and decorate gingerbread men on select dates, with the latter being Fridays and weekends. The cost is $5 for 3 gingerbread.
A giant snow globe is another interest for the young ones where they can play, roll around and even start a snowball fight with a friend. It's perfect for a photo too and available on Friday 7 December and continuing onto the weekend.
Entry to the Christmas Village is free, along with the majority of activities. For all the timings, visit the venue's website.
But wait, there's more. Lots of Christmas food creations are in the works with icons, such as the Aussie pavlova on the menu. Adults can also enjoy Christmas cocktail time with the Christmas Colada, consisting of house-made eggnog served in a pineapple glass, and Pepe the Parkhouse Reindeer made with Don Julio tequila, muddled with lime, a spring of mint, ginger ale and a candy cane atop.