New To Tasmania: What’s the Festive Season like in Hobart?
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17 December 2017

New To Tasmania: What’s the Festive Season like in Hobart?

It’s time to deck the halls with boughs of holly, get the geese fat for dinner and start being excited about what’s going to be under the tree. But the Festive season is also about family, friends and memories of Christmases past. If it’s your first Christmas as a tenant in Hobart, don’t pine. Baxton Property Management in Hobart assures you there’s so much to do and experience during a Tasmanian Festive season, you won’t have time to feel homesick.

It’s in the southern hemisphere so it’s all about sunny skies and dreaming of a white Christmas is pointless, right? Not necessarily, because it’s also the closest habitable place to the Antarctic. Hobart is known for its changeable weather, and the past two Christmases there have proved that’s more than a rumour.

Many Seasons in One Day

Two years ago, the Tasmanian capital had the hottest Christmas day on record – a scorcher that reached 36 degrees Celsius. Then last year, the island state experienced a summer snow storm. And in 1984 it took the record for the coldest ever December 25 in an Australian capital city, when it reached a chilly high of only 12.6 degrees just after the Summer Solstice. So white Christmases aren’t an impossible dream. If nothing else there could be a dusting on the top of Mount Wellington, only 20 minutes away.

Long term forecasts for this year bode well for enjoying the many markets and festivals planned for Hobart. December 25 is seen as having a mixture of sunny skies and clouds, with the temperature reaching 22 degrees, and dipping to 14. On New Year’s Eve, however, you might have to party up a storm to keep warm, with the temperature dropping to 11 degrees Celsius.

Getting the Party Going

While the build-up to December 25 is largely made up of markets and shopping, Hobart turns on the entertainment after Christmas, and the fun goes on well into the New Year.

Taste of Tasmania, the island state’s premier food and wine festival, presents the unique flavours of Tasmanian food and drink on the waterfront of Australia’s smallest capital city from December 28 to January 3.  It also plays host to outdoor movies on the Parliament House Lawns, as well as street performances and programmes on everything from sporting activities to creative work, and some cookery classes.

The festival culminates in Hobart’s biggest New Year’s Eve programme, which offers live entertainment from well-known musicians, and a chance to watch the two fireworks shows over the Derwent River, one at 9.30pm and the other at midnight.

In the street alongside the Taste of Tasmania festival, the 300-stall Salamanca Market  hosts a special market on December 31 between 8.30am and 3pm, offering the local arts, crafts and fresh produce that have made the market famous in its regular slot on a Saturday.

Taking to the Water

As the fireworks fade and the New Year dawns, Hobart readies itself for the arrival of the yachts completing the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. Now in its 73rd year, 110 yachts will be taking part in the world-renowned race which starts its gruelling 628 nautical mile course in Sydney on Boxing Day, December 26, and ends in Hobart on January 1.

But in true Hobart tradition, there’s no waiting for the last minute to celebrate the race – the Hobart Race Village comes alive long before the yachts reach the finish line, bringing with it music, food and drink stalls and plenty of activity. Then on the eve of the finish, the race village offers a prime position for viewing the New Year’s Eve fireworks from the only outdoor festival venue in Hobart on New Year’s Eve.

Can’t Shake the Holiday Mood?

As the days tick over and you find yourself well into January 2018, you may feel torn between recovering from the season and looking to extend the spirit of fun.  Choose to extend it, because you certainly don’t want to miss MOFO2018, which will fill the city with a kaleidoscope of sounds and sights in three days of concerts and performances at the Museum of Old and New Art in Hobart from January 19 to 21. A temporary nightclub called Faux Mo provides one of the venues.

Tis the season to be merry, and to spread love, goodwill and peace among men. Whether it’s your first, last, or somewhere in between,  Hobart Festive Season, Baxton Property Management knows you will find one or more of the many events that will provide memories you will treasure. For more information of interest to tenants and rental property owners, visit Baxton on line.


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