Bringing the spirit of the most beautiful French-European Winter Christmas Festival to Australia. 4 Days of Food, melted cheese, mulled wine, artisan creations, live entertainment, street shows and concerts. Free to attend.
The Spirit of a cold and white Xmas in 4 full days of Food, Mulled wine and Entertainment.
In 2017 we decided to bring to Australia, the feel of Strasbourg (France) most beautiful Christmas market. To do so, we imported in Australia authentic Chalets (wood huts), Nutcrackers, traditional food and hot wines, music and more…
Launched in the Rocks in Sydney, the event created an immediate sensation with over 100 000 visitors on the market the first year. In 2019, the Christmas in July saw 250 000 visiting the Rocks over 4 days and enchanted nights.
In 2022, the enchanting Christmas spirit of France made its way to Canberra for the very first time, captivating the hearts of all who experienced it. This year, we invite you once again to be transported to the wintry wonderland of eastern France, where the magic of the holiday season is brought to life through twinkling fairy lights, bubbling pots of melted cheese, cozy fire pits, and steaming mugs of mulled wine, and much more. Get ready to immerse yourself in a truly unforgettable Christmas experience as we return to Canberra in 2023 with even more festive cheer and holiday delights. Stay tuned!
With something as joyful and spectacular as Christmas, why not have it twice ? The Xmas in July Festival takes you to a French inspired food, wine & winter market.
(Free Entry) Authentic wood huts, Christmas lights, Snow Falling, Mulled wine bars, Melted Cheese stations, live concerts… It’s all about the magic of a white Christmas.
‘TIS THE REASON TO CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS TWICE !
What’s not to love about Christmas, the presents, bonding time with family, friends and let’s not forget the food food food ! We may have it good in Australia, but we’re a few snowflakes, mulled wine, and toasty fires away from great. From the picturesque snow lane to the live concerts in the Mulled Wine Garden, the Fire Pit, this festival will become your preferred way to say hooray !
The Xmas in July festival will take place in front of the beautiful Park Lanes Lawn in Canberra. Over the extraordinary four (4) days, families, friends, and Christmas enthusiasts alike will have the opportunity to gaze through a memorable combination of free and ticketed experiences.
EXTRAORDINARY POP UP RACLETTE MELTED CHEESE IGLOO EXPERIENCE
The extraordinary melted cheese foodie experience is coming back! It’s a French winter tradition to melt Raclette cheese and drop it on hot potatoes, ham, salami & pickles. Gather your friends and family in your private igloo – from 6pp to 8pp – feast on Raclette cheese and enjoy your own fire pit.
Let your love for cheese fill your stomach and warm your heart. Raclette is a long-time crowd pleaser. More than a dish, it’s a fun experience to share with your loved ones and it includes a cauldron of mulled wine and giant marshmallows skewers to roast around your private fire pit.
THE MAGIC OF A SNOW FALLING LANE & THE FIRE PITS
Two giant nutcrackers will welcome you along with real Christmas trees and dazzling lights await as you stroll through our snow lane, with flakes drizzling from above. An experience to remember and your ultimate Instagram moment !
Through the snow lane, make your way along humming Silent Night towards the fire pits, sweets to roast and toast the night away. Eight fire pits will be available to hire, offering all-you-can-eat roasted marshmallows and a cup of mulled wine to warm up your winter night around the woodfire.
THE MULLED WINE GARDEN AND THE CONCERT STAGE
There is no winter without mulled wine and if previous wonderlands indicate anything, is we better have reserves ! In the winter cold, fill your glasses fill with aromas of spiced steamy cinnamon wine as you indulge in the enchanting atmosphere. If you can’t withstand the cold, let alone the temptation, a cup of boozy hot chocolate might be your calling. For the brewery lovers, a handful of locally distilled craft beers will meet you whenever a refill is needed. Brews created especially for this Xmas Festival. Embrace a new festive season !
GOOD NEWS DON’T COME ALONE : THERE ARE MELTING CHEESE STATIONS EVERYWHERE ALONG WITH AMAZING COMFORT FOOD, ARTISAN PRODUCTS AND LOCAL DISTILLERIES
Your stomach and tastebuds are our guest of honour. Rightfully, Europe and France are known for their delectable selection of fine food and wine. Come prepared for a culinary journey like no other.
On offer : iconic crêpes, Fondue Savoyarde in a cob – from the French Alps – German hot dogs, Italian pasta in a cheese wheel, Belgian waffles, torched-flamed crème brûlée… Comfort food will be bountiful ! Adding to the excitement, five (5) of Canberra’s and Sydney’s most avant-garde chefs will create unique fusion dishes, this will be a FEAST-IVAL like no other !
While feasting on your favourite food, make sure to wander around the magical Xmas market and shop ‘til your heart’s content. We have stalls filled with beautiful art, craft and spirits from local producers, that will make the perfect present for your Xmas in July celebration.
Let’s not forget the mistletoe ! Xx
The XMAS TEAM.