Christmas in Australia is within three days of the longest day of the year therefore we have long daylight hours with warm temperatures instead of short cold days with long cold nights.
I commenced this page in 1999 and have tried to think of the things that make a summer Christmas different from a winter Christmas. It was only when Sydney City decided to stage a large Christmas Parade in 2005 that I realised that there were events in every small and large town in Australia to celebrate the arrival of the Christmas season. Sydney are advertising their parade as the biggest summertime Christmas Pageant in the world.
Traditionally it has been each large department store has had its own Santa arrival either by horse drawn carriage or limo or helicopter landing on their roof.
In the smaller country towns the local fire brigade truck transports Santa to most of the suburban streets with him dispensing sweets to the children as they go.
November 2005 Received an email which adds
Often in small towns Santa rides in police cars, divy vans (police drink driving vans) or as you said fire trucks.
December 2007 Received the following email from Sam.
Just love your site. Thought I'd send you a photo of the way Santa gets around in Caboolture, Queensland. The local Apex Club have an old fire engine and drive around the streets for about a week each year. Our children (6 and 8) look forward to it every year.
2012 - Our town's Dragon Boat crew gave Santa a lift into town this year