For most of us, Christmas is a time for frantically rushing around, buying presents and trying to figure out exactly how we’re going to carve the hulking leg of ham that appeared in the fridge at some point during the month.
But for Sydney parents Jade and Joshua Evans, it’s all about ensuring the 50,000-plus people attending their annual Christmas spectacular have an unforgettable experience.
Launching last year, The Sydney Santa Spectacular is about as close to Santa’s Workshop (and all its magical glory) as you can get.
There’s a 15-metre charity Christmas tree, an open-air ice-skating rink, toboggan slides, a double-decker carousel, an elf craft corner, roaming carolers, 1000 handmade wreaths, 12 custom-made Christmas huts, and just about everything else Christmas-related that you can imagine.
"Family is very much at the centre of the event," Jade told Mamamia days ahead of the event's opening.
"As a mother myself, it's something we really think about, and we really try to get it right."
But if bringing their yuletide vision to life wasn't enough, Jade is also 35 weeks pregnant with the couple's fifth child.
"It's been a bit hot setting up," Jade admitted, laughing. But for the 31-year-old, it's clear that the project is truly a labour of love.