Exploring Sydney’s Xmas decorations


La Niña continues to soak Eastern Australia for the third year running, which has lead to the weird sensation of being cold around Christmas in the Southern Hemisphere. We’re supposed to be on the beach enjoying summer, listening to Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow with a wink.

(Funny story, first or second year I was back in Australia, I was at a coffee shop with uni friends when a bunch of women wearing bikinis with santa hats walked in. We weren’t even near a beach, because I don’t like them. Too much sand).

Instead, Clara and I braved the cold and rain to wander down to the Sydney CBD to check out the holiday decorations. The multi-story tree at the Queen Victoria Building was a bit understated compared to previous years, but I loved these flower lights.

Base of the large Xmas tree at the QVB

But our favourite was the tree near Martin Place, which was full of native Australian fauna including bottlebrushes and wattle. I thought it was really well executed, unlike this overexposed photo of it near the GPO:

Photo of a tall Xmas tree foregrounding a clock tower in Sydney.

Then it was off to Industry Beans on York Street for a break, bought for Clara and I by the lovely Asherah via the donate coffee button. Nice day, even with the rain :).

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