How to do a Wintery Christmas in July… in Queensland!

Don your ugliest Christmas jumper and see you in Stanthorpe for some Christmas in July fun!

Stanthorpe is the coldest town in Queensland and with frost covered hills and vineyards, the high altitude of the Granite Belt is Queensland’s favourite destination for a true winter escape.

Stroll amongst the real Christmas trees; sip hot chocolate; feed Santa’s animals; snuggle by a log fire and sip a warm mulled wine! Here’s all you need to know about doing Christmas in July in Stanthorpe…

Visit the Christmas Farm!

Granite Belt Christmas Farm

The Granite Belt Christmas Farm brings the spirit of Christmas alive all year round.  Walk through the Christmas gates to a wonderland of 15,000 real Christmas trees, Santa’s animals to feed (including the cutest donkeys and deer), warming hot chocolates and a Christmas store that is so delightful it feels like Christmas morning!

Christmas in July Luncheons are so popular that they have sold out for 2023, but Mrs Claus’ Kitchen is open daily for lunches and snacks, plus there’s picnic hampers available for a picnic amongst the Christmas trees.

Dine in Mrs Claus’ Kitchen or pre-order a picnic basket to enjoy amongst the Christmas trees. Granite Belt Christmas Farm is free entry, animal feed is $2 and pre-booking for meals is recommended.

TIP: You won’t feel out of place if your group arrive in matching ugly Christmas jumpers here, all Christmas fashions are welcomed!

Christmas in July at Granite Belt Brewery

Christmas in July at Granite Belt Brewery is held across 4 evenings on Wednesday and Saturdays in July. This traditional three-course Christmas dinner event makes for a delightful wintery retreat, with the log fire burning in this cosy cedar-walled restaurant.

It’s a family friendly evening, with live entertainment and even a visit from Santa.  …More about this Event

The Most Christmassy Place to Stay!

Sabo’s on Severn Bed & Breakfast

Every July (and December) Sabo’s on Severn Bed & Breakfast undertakes a complete Christmas transformation… to a level you’ll hardly believe!

The 15 foot high giant reindeer is the first thing you’ll spot as you arrive and from that point onwards every window sill and doorway is laden with Christmas cheer. There’s even a full-size throne for Santa (Joe Sabo the host has a magnificent white beard to play his part when called on).

Giant Deer at Sabo’s on Severn Bed & Breakfast

Rooms at Sabo’s on Severn are available in the main homestead, or separate suites are available with your own separate entrance. See also in this blog info about Christmas in July Dinners at Sabo’s.

Christmas in July Dining at Heritage Estate

Open fire, Santa with gifts, bon bons and more at Heritage Estate Wines

Throughout July Heritage Estate‘s elegant antique-laden cellar door has an additional layer of decoration, transformed with Christmas cheer for Christmas in July Luncheons. Santa arrives with gifts for everyone, while festivities include jokes, bon bons, quizzes and singing to the pianola. The open fireplace is warming and the food and wine are flowing, so join one of these weekly Christmas in July luncheons …More about Christmas in July at Heritage Estate


The loved Barrelroom at Ballandean Estate will roll out a warm festive Christmas in July welcome on Saturday 15th July. Step inside to the warming atmophere surrounded by the giant old barrels of the Barrelroom and warm up with a mulled wine on arrival. Dining is Ballandean Estate’s signature Christmas platter and wine tasting experience followed by a delicious dessert. …MORE ABOUT A BARRELROOM CHRISTMAS IN JULY


Dine with the Granite Belt’s resident cooking school teacher, Lizzie Sabo at one of three Christmas in July Saturday Dinners at Sabo’s On Severn. You’ll be surrounded by twinkling lights, snowflakes, decorated Christmas trees and a plethora of festive decorations as you enjoy a delicious four-course dinner with a European flair.

Expect roasted turkey with all the trimmings, a succulent wood-fire baked ham with a honey glaze, all to the tune of Christmas music and a visit from Santa Claus himself! More About 15th July Dinner, 22nd July Dinner and 29th July Dinner.


Girraween Country Inn’s Smokehouse Restaurant will feature a Christmas in July menu every Sunday night during July. Christmas menu also available other nights by prior booking …MORE ABOUT A DINING AT THE SMOKEOUSE RESTAURANT

Tastes Like Christmas in a Glass… Spiced Mulled Wine

Fall into a bean bag and sip on warm mulled wine at Summit Estate’s Sunset Sessions.

Mulled wine is a traditional part of a wintery cold Christmas in many parts of the world and right here on the Granite Belt mulled wine awaits to be served at the Summit Estate Cellar Door.  It’s the perfect winter warmer to enjoy at Summit Estate’s Friday and Saturday evening Sunset Sessions by the campfire as the sun sets over the vineyard.

Enjoy these in the stylish cellar door overlooking the winery vineyard, or slouched down in a cosy bean bag beside the cellar door fireplace.  Find out about their Friday and Saturday night sunset sessions.

Alternatively make your own mulled wine to indulge back at your accommodation – here’s a recipe for how to make it.

Book a Cosy Place to Stay with a Fireplace

Almost every cottage, villa, holiday house and bed & breakfast on the Granite Belt offers a wood burning fireplace… we love our red wines by the fire! Find your perfect winter accommodation here.

Cool Tips for Winter Wine Trips

Check out these cool tips on how to take a winter wine trip to Queensland’s Granite Belt Wine Country.

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