Christmas is just around the corner, but not all Christmases are made equal. For those who are sick of the conventional roast dinners, carol singing and the last-minute stampede at the mall, here are 5 interesting ways you can celebrate Christmas even without the snow!

Shop your Christmas list at an artisan market

A magical marketplace is popping up in the historic precinct of The Rocks with an oversized snow globe landing in the cobbled streets and market stalls with unique gift ideas such as handmade Christmas decorations, artisan jewellery, street food, locally designed fashion. The Rocks Christmas Market opens from 9am-9pm Friday and 10am-5pm Saturday, 7-23 December.

Have an untraditional Christmas Lunch at unconventional locations

If formal dinners are too mainstream for you, tuck into a decadent degustation at one of Australia’s most haunted sites—the historic Q Station Manly on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. The former quarantine station is serving up a six-course degustation based on local ingredients at their Boilerhouse Restaurant & Bar on Christmas Day.

On Sydney HarbourThe Gantry Pier One are showcasing Australian ingredients with a four-course tasting menu and glass of wine for $120 per person for Christmas Day, and over in the lush green space of Centennial Parklands, Centennial Homestead is offering interactive food stations with paella, kid’s grazing table and cook-to-order BBQ instead of a traditional lunch.

Cocktail served at The Gantry Restaurant & Bar, Walsh Bay. (Photo credit: Destination New South Wales)

Cocktail served at The Gantry Restaurant & Bar, Walsh Bay. (Photo credit: Destination New South Wales)

Watch a Christmas movie under the stars

Enjoy classic flick Love Actually on 23 December at the biggest outdoor bed cinema in the world, Mov’in Bed Cinema at Moore Park’s Entertainment Quarter, with an amazing 150 queen-size beds plus LED-lit bedside tables, pillows and blankets.

At Centennial Park at Moonlight Cinema’s Belvedere Amphitheatre, settle into a bean bag on the grass and watch The Nutcracker and Four Realms on 22 December, while on the stunning Sydney Harbour, watch the giant screen rise up over the water as night falls at St George Open Air Cinema while sampling the signature menu by the team from Chiswick.

Centennial Park - outdoor cinema at its best. Belvedere Amphitheatre, Centennial Park, Sydney. (Photo credit: Destination New South Wales)

Centennial Park – outdoor cinema at its best. Belvedere Amphitheatre, Centennial Park, Sydney. (Photo credit: Destination New South Wales)

See Christmas Lights on Houses in Country NSW

Decorative street light displays are an annual tradition throughout NSW, one in which houses are illuminated with thousands of festive lights in anticipation of the holidays. From December 6 in the small town of Leeton near Griffith, more than 200 homes are decked out in gorgeous fairy lights and decorations to herald the Christmas spirit in the Light up Leeton event. Or take the family to the beautiful Pokolbin in the Hunter Valley, for the spell-binding Christmas Lights Spectacular. Running from November 8 to January 26, these charming gardens display thousands of lights in illuminated themes and displays.

Christmas messages sent by text illuminate the Martin Place Christmas Tree in Sydney's CBD. (Photo credit: Destination New South Wales)

Christmas messages sent by text illuminate the Martin Place Christmas Tree in Sydney’s CBD. (Photo credit: Destination New South Wales)

Laze by the beach

On the North Coast of NSW, beachside boutique hotel, Halycon House, offers an indulgent festive banquet lunch prepared by executive chef Ben Devlin on Christmas Day. The menu showcases the very best of local produce and includes canapés on arrival as well as unlimited beer, wine and French Champagne. Later, relax with a quick dip in the sea, or soak up the sun along the pristine Cabarita Beach.

Swimming pool in boutique hotel Halcyon House, Cabarita Beach. (Photo credit: Destination New South Wales)

Swimming pool in boutique hotel Halcyon House, Cabarita Beach. (Photo credit: Destination New South Wales)

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