I reckon it’s September when the mince pies appear in the supermarkets, soon after follow the first decorations, crackers, and of course the Christmas themed chocolates.
By early November it’s open slather, with shops and shopping centres choking with decorations. At least the City of Sydney wait until mid-November.
And I hate to break it to you all, but it’s not real. The Martin Place Christmas Tree, Sydney’s largest yuletide symbol, is a fake.
Today the heavy machinery rolled in to to commence construction of the 21 metre tall ornament, complete with over 50000 LED lights, 200-odd steel baubles, and countless stars – the largest being a 7 pointed star measuring around 1.5m sitting proudly on the top.
There’s plenty to do in a fortnight however, with the interactive tree set to come to life on the evening of November 27th. It’s a 2.5 hour concert hosted by the inaugural City of Sydney Christmas Ambassador (and GWS Giants #1 ticket holder) Melissa Doyle.
Of course there will be fireworks.
This year will see the return of the interactive tree, with touch-pads at ground level putting you in touch with several of the ornaments on the tree.