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|Christmas at Bondi Beach|
Sorry, there are no photos from Christmas 2011 or 2012.
Here are some pictures taken on New Year's Eve, 31st December 2010.
More pictures, this time taken on Christmas Day 2009.
Christmas Day 2009 was an overcast, windy day and much cooler than expected. There were few people on the beach, but many groups gathered in the park and had picnics to celebrate Christmas. It sure looked like it would rain at any moment, but it held off until about 5 o'clock. There was a huge music event inside the Bondi Pavilion and hundreds were queued up for the full ritual of metal detectors, photo-IDs and wrist-tags for everybody, all in the name of having a good but safe time.
Previous years. Sorry, there are no photos from Christmas 2008.
Here are some earlier pictures taken on Christmas Day 2007. The day was overcast and cool, but there were red santa hats everywhere. Not a huge crowd, by Bondi standards. The beach was once again an alcohol free zone.
Here are some pictures taken on Boxing Day 2006. Once again drinking alcohol on the beach was not permitted. Boxing Day was a perfect summer's day, but there was no sign of red santa hats and other Christmas festivities. Waverley Council has published a "My Bondi Summer" booklet with the emphasis on "sober santa" and holding regimented events. The aims are to ensure a safe Christmas, to prevent injuries and to reduce complaints by residents.
See some pictures taken on Christmas Day 2005. For the second year in a row drinking alcohol on the beach was not permitted. It was a perfect day for the beach but all bags were searched, so the famous annual "backpacker's party" was destroyed yet again. Many people held parties in their flats instead. Waverley Council published a "Sober Santa" booklet and it was just a typical summer's day.
See the pictures taken on Christmas Day 2004.
See some happy pictures taken on Christmas Day 2003.
Sorry, there are no photos available from Christmas 2002.
See some pictures taken on Christmas Day 2001 and New Year's Day 2002. The haze and the odd colours in some pictures are caused by bushfires over 60Km away.
Here are some earlier pictures taken on Christmas Day 2000 and New Year's Day 2001.
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