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How to Have a White Christmas in Australia

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Published November 14th 2013
The tree is up, the lights have been lit, and the carollers are starting to sing. I'm dreaming of a white Christmas…

How to Have a White Christmas in Australia
Image by Roberta F. via Wikimedia Commons

Well you can keep dreaming, because here in Australia, we literally have a snowballs chance in hell of seeing snow on Christmas Day (except for that one weird year). Not that there's anything wrong with an Aussie Christmas – Santa and his six white boomers; BBQs, beers and prawns; Boxing Day sales – but when you're sweating through the summer, a Northern Hemisphere Christmas seems pretty attractive. The good news is that you don't have to update your passport to celebrate a white Christmas – with a little ingenuity, you can enjoy a white Christmas Down Under.

Fake It

How to Have a White Christmas in Australia
Image by Holger Ellgaard via Wikipedia

You remember that episode of Beverly Hills 90210 where Brandon hires a fake snow machine to give his family the white Christmas they'd enjoyed back in Minnesota? Simply channel your inner Brandon Walsh (denim tuxedo and Ken doll hair optional) for guaranteed snow.

A simple Google search will give you a selection of fake snow machine hire options, or you can make your own using soap, science, or cinematic special effects.

Make It

How to Have a White Christmas in Australia

It's easy to make your own white Christmas – the delicious rocky road meets rice crispy treat, that is. Stick to tradition or mix it up, the choice is yours. White Christmas squares won't keep you cool, and you can't make a snowman from them, but they are delicious.

Take Off

How to Have a White Christmas in Australia
Image by Enochlau via Wikimedia Commons

If you absolutely insist upon the real thing, now is the time to book a snowy getaway. The ski fields of NSW or Victoria are a cheap and easy way to see real snow on Christmas Day.

Mount Donna Buang in Victoria will host Christmas night markets and a street party, while Thredbo Resort offers the real deal; a Christmas buffet in the snow fields. All you need now are some chestnuts roasting on an open fire and you've got yourself an official Christmas party.

Do you have your own white Christmas cheats? Let us know in the comments. Sharing is caring!
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Your Comment
Hey Carly,

Great article. Not that I'm wishing for one, but a really good hail storm could turn Brisbane white for Christmas.
by Geraldine Massey (score: 3|8182) 3420 days ago
Congratulations on getting 1st place, Carly.
by Bastion Harrison (score: 4|12640) 3409 days ago
Very ingenious options for faking it Carly!
by Dave Walsh (score: 4|11309) 3411 days ago
My kids and I like to make snowflakes out of doilies and bits of paper... remember when you used to fold a circle into a tiny wedge and then cut shapes out of it so when you opened it up, it looked like a snowflake? That's the closest we get to a white Christmas here in Perth, except for the blinding white heat, that is.
by Shannon Meyerkort (score: 3|1832) 3414 days ago
Last year, I cranked up the Aircon, and played one of those 'Flickering Flames in a Fireplace' DVDs.
Worked beautifully
by Debra (score: 1|84) 3415 days ago
The edible white christmas might be as "white" as our family will get this year, I reckon. Thanks for the reminder.
by Lucy (score: 3|1157) 3420 days ago
Fantastic article and congrats on winning the competition well deserved
by Anne Dignam (score: 2|870) 3409 days ago
White Christmas squares = scrumdiddlyumptious! Congrats on your win Carly & wishing you a "Merry Christmas" (it'll be here before we know it)...
by Jenny Pickett (score: 3|1747) 3409 days ago
crank up the air con and spray some fake snow around then wait for the electricity bill later on

Get real and enjoy our real summer Christmas joy of not being trapped in over heated houses with too many relatives as they do in northern hemisphere
by suanc (score: 1|29) 3416 days ago
Congratulations on your competition win Carly - great article concept.
by Damsel Martin (score: 2|315) 3409 days ago
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