While the first sign of Christmas goodies in supermarkets this month may cause alarm for some, there’s nothing but excitement for Sydney Santa Spectacular devotees. First-release tickets are flying out the door for Sydney’s biggest and best Christmas festival at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse this 7–27 December.
Santa and his helpers will once again bring much more than a sleigh-load of Christmas fun and excitement when they touch down for a fourth year of Sydney Santa Spectacular fun.
The three-week festive extravaganza – Australia’s biggest Christmas festival – will deliver the city’s coolest silly-season fun, complete with one of Australia’s largest portable ice-skating rinks, imported direct from Italy for a snowy sampling of European winter in Sydney’s scorching summer heat.
Sydney Santa Spectacular also features Australia’s only double-decker carousel, a vintage beauty of 10,000 moving pieces that has been painstakingly restored by hand to take pride of place alongside show-ride favourites including a tea cup and saucer ride. And then there will be the Cha, Wave Swinger, Red Baron Flyer, Circus Train, Teacups, Sea Circus Fun House, Australia’s biggest inflatable world and a new Polar Bear playground complete with snowballs for kids to play in and putt-putt golf.
Also on offer will be unlimited rides, a toboggan slide, live stage entertainment, a glittering Santa’s Enchanted Forest with live snowfall, Christmas cookie-decorating workshops, reindeer ride-on training stables, interactive costume characters, fairy reading-times, live carolling, face-painting and special Santa meet-and-greets.
With a strong emphasis on value for money for families, the family-run business has created a flat-priced golden entry ticket which entitles all festivalgoers to unlimited rides, activities, entertainment and free parking over a three-hour session.
The Sydney Santa Spectacular also offers up festive fare including the ultimate sugar rush – Australia’s only fairy floss-encased soft-serve ice-cream – heaven-sent direct from Mrs Claus’ North Pole kitchen.
Where: James Ruse Drive Rosehill Gardens, Rosehill NSW 2141
When: 7–27 December. Session times vary each day, check the website for more details
How much: General entry starting at $40 per person for early-bird purchases (group booking deals also available). Children under two are free and do not require a ticket.