Holidays

The World's Sexiest Holiday Parties

by Abby Ellin

The Place: Sydney

The Crowd: A decidedly casual summer vibe, with surfer dudes in surfer duds partying on the beach. Fashionistas and movie stars abound, too: Naomi Watts, Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, Geoffrey Rush, the great Cate Blanchett, plus local celebs we know nothing about on this side of the world. Lots of happy intoxication all around.

Celebrate Christmas: You're in Oz, so you might as well pretend to be a daredevil. Climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge is a thrill, and you will be harnessed in. The more mellow folk can take a self-guided walk with the city of Sydney's Christmas Map, which outlines Christmas tree locations, decorations, concerts, floral displays, and carol singing.

Celebrate New Year's: Enjoy the massive fireworks show with the crowds at Sydney Harbour or Bondi Beach. Even better, sneak into the Club Lounge at the InterContinental Sydney (though it's technically reserved for hotel guests). You might run into a Watts, Kidman, Urban, or Jackman, and the views over the water are unbeatable.

Stay in style: The Observatory Hotel is magnificently located near Sydney's historic Rocks and central business district, right near the harbor and that bridge.

Bridge Climb
Tel: 61 2 8274 7777

InterContinental Sydney
Tel: 800 327 0200

Observatory Hotel Sydney
Tel: 800 237 1236
Doubles from $700, with a 5-night minimum

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