While I respect everyone to believe in whatever god they want to believe in I always find it disappointing on Christmas Day that most cafes and restaurants close, because there are many people, myself included, who are not Christian and who just want to have a nice coffee and breakfast.
So my research this morning found that on the Cappuccino Strip only Ali Baba is open, and just below in the Piazza Exquise is also open.
No cafes open in South Fremantle, but Lenny the Ox in Wray Avenue is open and in East Freo the Seven Seeds on Marmion Street as well.
Did you know that the lady at Exquise makes all the pastries in house herself and I hear the food at Ali Baba is very good, great fish&chips as well I was told!
Have a great Christmas Day and relax because tomorrow the hectic of shopping and sales already starts again.
The City of Fremantle Christmas Carols, the first one at South Beach, was very popular on Sunday night with thousands of people enjoying the family atmosphere, music and sunset.
The sea breeze was very strong and had a real chill in it so many people cuddled up under blankets to try to stay warm, but it was a very nice event with food stalls catering for the hungry.
The experts claim this Saturday and Sunday are the worst and most hectic days for Christmas shopping, so I’ll stay well away from it all and bought my food at 8 am.
Local Council meetings are now done for this year so it will probably be a very quiet news time for this blogger.
So let me remind you of a few events that are on tomorrow Sunday December 18.
Of course the lovely Growers Green Farmers Market will be on from 8-12 at the South Fremantle Senior High School on Lefroy Road.
The Fremantle Arts Centre free courtyard music session from 2-4 pm features Liz Stringer from Victoria, one of Australia’s most respected songwriters.
Also on from 2-7 pm is the Sunday Sounds–Music for the Beeliar Wetlands event in protest of the Roe 8 highway. It is on at Hope Road, North Lake.
And from 6 pm onward the Fremantle Christmas Carols will be on at South Beach with food vans and a beautiful sunset.
Fremantle is an outstanding city to connect with the community so get out and about and meet new people, and if you really need to do Christmas shopping, shop local in Freo please to support our traders!!
It is all Ho Ho Ho at the historic Fremantle Roundhouse today with volunteer guide Ken dressing up as Father Christmas while guides Phil, Frank, Robert, Steve and James dressed up as Santa’s not so little helpers.
By the way, Ken drives all the way from Darling Downs every Friday to be a tourist guide at the Roundhouse!
A reminder for mums, dads and grandparents that this Sunday December 18 the Fremantle Christmas Carols are on at South Beach from 7 pm, so it will be great to get a stunning sunset while cuddling up with the kids and enjoying the community.
There will be food stalls from 6pm, so no need to bring your own if you feel a bit lazy on the day.
I’m dreaming of a white beach Christmas!
Next Thursday December 15 the Basilica of St Patrick will be holding “Finding a Place: A Christmas Reflection through Words and Music” It is an evening of sacred music, readings and Christmas carols.
Dominic Perissinotto, an organist of world-renown who is currently the Director of Music at St Patrick’s, will coordinate and perform the sacred music pieces with a team of professional musicians, while Dr Angela McCarthy, a regular commentator on ABC Radio National’s religious programmes and senior lecturer with the University of Notre Dame’s School of Theology, is the scripture and liturgy consultant.
This inaugural concert at the Fremantle Basilica is based around a similar event which has been a regular feature on the liturgical calendar of the Catholic Archdiocese of Westminster in London for many years.
Tickets are $30.00, Concessions $ 20.00 and under 12 free. Proceeds to the Catholic Mission’s work overseas with asylum seekers and refugees.
It’s less than three weeks to Christmas and the North Fremantle precinct will hold its annual Christmas Concert on Sunday December 11.
It starts at 6.30 pm at the North Fremantle Community Hall. Entry fee $ 5.00 per person and $ 15.00 per family.
Bring a plate and drinks and come along for a sing-along.
The first Fremantle Long Table Dinner in historic High Street looked absolutely stunning with little port cranes carrying Christmas presents and all lit up.
This is a fantastic event that should become an annual one and all the way to the Roundhouse.
Well done to all who worked so hard to make this happen!!
Fremantle retailers are making a real effort for Christmas this year with some nice creative window displays, so take the kids for a walk in the evening as many windows are lit up.
There is a dinosaur, kangaroo, peacock, Father Christmas, etc. so support our Freo traders and shop local this year for creative presents.
Cotton On will open this Friday so finally something that resembles a department store back in the CBD and it looks pretty good!