Brits enter lockdown and face Xmas without families… while it’s a different story in Sydney

While Britons are facing tightening restrictions in the run-up to the bleakest of Christmases, revellers on the other side of the world are making the most out of the festive season.

In Sydney, the streets are thronging with people being merry and kissing under the mistletoe as residents of the Australian city bask in its low Covid infection rate.

Work Christmas parties hit the town on Thursday night despite a new cluster of cases in the New South Wales capital, with many clearly overdoing the festivities.

Revellers in Sydney, Australia, are making the most of their relaxed coronavirus measures, flocking to the bars and clubs in fancy dress for the festive season

Revellers in Sydney, Australia, are making the most of their relaxed coronavirus measures, flocking to the bars and clubs in fancy dress for the festive season

Revellers in Sydney, Australia, are making the most of their relaxed coronavirus measures, flocking to the bars and clubs in fancy dress for the festive season

The streets are thronging with people being merry and kissing under the mistletoe as residents of the Australian city bask in its low Covid infection rate

The streets are thronging with people being merry and kissing under the mistletoe as residents of the Australian city bask in its low Covid infection rate

The streets are thronging with people being merry and kissing under the mistletoe as residents of the Australian city bask in its low Covid infection rate

Australians are making the most of their relaxed rules while Britons are facing harsher restrictions in the run-up to Christmas

Australians are making the most of their relaxed rules while Britons are facing harsher restrictions in the run-up to Christmas

Australians are making the most of their relaxed rules while Britons are facing harsher restrictions in the run-up to Christmas

Pubs, bars and restaurants overflowed with Sydney-siders with many spilling onto the street to celebrate the recent lifting of coronavirus restrictions

Pubs, bars and restaurants overflowed with Sydney-siders with many spilling onto the street to celebrate the recent lifting of coronavirus restrictions

A couple of young women are seen celebrating on Thursday night in Sydney’s CBD as Christmas parties kicked off around the city

For one Mrs Claus, the night had gotten a bit too much as she rested on a bollard in Sydney's CBD

For one Mrs Claus, the night had gotten a bit too much as she rested on a bollard in Sydney's CBD

Another woman struggled with her sky-high heels as Sydneysiders enjoyed a wild night out

Another woman struggled with her sky-high heels as Sydneysiders enjoyed a wild night out

For one Mrs Claus, the night had gotten a bit too much as she rested on a bollard in Sydney’s CBD (pictured, left) while another struggled with her sky-high heels

Work Christmas parties hit the town on Thursday night despite a new cluster of cases in the New South Wales capital, with many clearly overdoing the festivities

Work Christmas parties hit the town on Thursday night despite a new cluster of cases in the New South Wales capital, with many clearly overdoing the festivities

Work Christmas parties hit the town on Thursday night despite a new cluster of cases in the New South Wales capital, with many clearly overdoing the festivities

On a day Sydney recorded a 17th new case within 24 hours, there was little social distancing between revellers in the centre of the city

On a day Sydney recorded a 17th new case within 24 hours, there was little social distancing between revellers in the centre of the city

On a day Sydney recorded a 17th new case within 24 hours, there was little social distancing between revellers in the centre of the city

A group of friends take care of a young woman following a string of wild Christmas parties after restrictions eased across Sydney

A group of friends take care of a young woman following a string of wild Christmas parties after restrictions eased across Sydney

A young woman rests on her friend's shoulder after a long night of partying

A young woman rests on her friend's shoulder after a long night of partying

A group of friends take care of a young woman following a string of wild Christmas parties after restrictions eased across Sydney

A partygoer shows off their moves to friends as revellers partied well into the night in Sydney's CBD (pictured on Thursday) despite the looming covid outbreak just a few kilometres away

A partygoer shows off their moves to friends as revellers partied well into the night in Sydney's CBD (pictured on Thursday) despite the looming covid outbreak just a few kilometres away

A partygoer shows off their moves to friends as revellers partied well into the night in Sydney’s CBD (pictured on Thursday) despite the looming covid outbreak just a few kilometres away

Some offices were lucky enough to spend their work Christmas part on yachts as they celebrated in style

Some offices were lucky enough to spend their work Christmas part on yachts as they celebrated in style

Some offices were lucky enough to spend their work Christmas part on yachts as they celebrated in style

Partygoers in fancy dress were seen falling over and taking late-night breathers on the side of the busy bars and clubs.

It is a stark contrast to Britain where the government has enforced harsher measures across many parts of the country including London in the run-up to Christmas.

More than 38million people are in the toughest Tier 3 which sees pubs and restaurants closed except for takeaways.

A couple of friends take a smoke break after Christmas parties kicked off around Sydney this week

A couple of friends take a smoke break after Christmas parties kicked off around Sydney this week

A couple of friends take a smoke break after Christmas parties kicked off around Sydney this week 

Two glamorous women make their way into Sydney's CBD for a night of celebrations as Christmas rolls around the corner

Two glamorous women make their way into Sydney's CBD for a night of celebrations as Christmas rolls around the corner

Two glamorous women make their way into Sydney’s CBD for a night of celebrations as Christmas rolls around the corner

Partygoers in fancy dress were seen falling over and taking late-night breathers on the side of the busy bars and clubs

Partygoers in fancy dress were seen falling over and taking late-night breathers on the side of the busy bars and clubs

Partygoers in fancy dress were seen falling over and taking late-night breathers on the side of the busy bars and clubs

Social distancing? In Britain, the government is still urging people to follow strict measures to stop the spread of the virus, but in Sydney, revellers were getting very close to each other

Social distancing? In Britain, the government is still urging people to follow strict measures to stop the spread of the virus, but in Sydney, revellers were getting very close to each other

Social distancing? In Britain, the government is still urging people to follow strict measures to stop the spread of the virus, but in Sydney, revellers were getting very close to each other

Two revellers enjoy a brief nap after wild Christmas parties hit Sydney on Thursday night (pictured)

Two revellers enjoy a brief nap after wild Christmas parties hit Sydney on Thursday night (pictured)

Two revellers enjoy a brief nap after wild Christmas parties hit Sydney on Thursday night (pictured)

There was little physical distancing on display as revellers hugged and kissed each other, held hands, sat closely together and danced in the streets

There was little physical distancing on display as revellers hugged and kissed each other, held hands, sat closely together and danced in the streets

There was little physical distancing on display as revellers hugged and kissed each other, held hands, sat closely together and danced in the streets

Christmas parties in Sydney are in full swing due to recent easing of restrictions, but there are increasing fears of a looming lockdown if the outbreak can't be contained to the city's northern peninsula (pictured, two mates out in Sydney on Thursday)

Christmas parties in Sydney are in full swing due to recent easing of restrictions, but there are increasing fears of a looming lockdown if the outbreak can't be contained to the city's northern peninsula (pictured, two mates out in Sydney on Thursday)

Christmas parties in Sydney are in full swing due to recent easing of restrictions, but there are increasing fears of a looming lockdown if the outbreak can’t be contained to the city’s northern peninsula (pictured, two mates out in Sydney on Thursday) 

Pubs, bars and restaurants in central Sydney were packed with carefree revellers in party mode as they celebrated the festive season

Pubs, bars and restaurants in central Sydney were packed with carefree revellers in party mode as they celebrated the festive season

Pubs, bars and restaurants in central Sydney were packed with carefree revellers in party mode as they celebrated the festive season

Pubs, bars and restaurants in central Sydney were packed with carefree revellers in party mode as they celebrated the festive season

Pubs, bars and restaurants in central Sydney were packed with carefree revellers in party mode as they celebrated the festive season

Christmas parties in Sydney are in full swing due to recent easing of restrictions, but there are increasing fears of a looming lockdown if the outbreak can't be contained to the city's northern peninsula

Christmas parties in Sydney are in full swing due to recent easing of restrictions, but there are increasing fears of a looming lockdown if the outbreak can't be contained to the city's northern peninsula

Christmas parties in Sydney are in full swing due to recent easing of restrictions, but there are increasing fears of a looming lockdown if the outbreak can’t be contained to the city’s northern peninsula 

But the Christmas spirit in Sydney may soon be dampened for some with the news that 270,000 northern beaches residents are in lockdown for the next three days.

A 17th new coronavirus case within 24 hours was recorded late Thursday afternoon.

The number of infected venues now stands at 30 along with three busy trains as concerned health authorities scramble to track down the source of the shock new cluster. 

The Christmas spirit in Sydney may soon be dampened for some with the news that 270,000 northern beaches residents are in lockdown for the next three days

The Christmas spirit in Sydney may soon be dampened for some with the news that 270,000 northern beaches residents are in lockdown for the next three days

The Christmas spirit in Sydney may soon be dampened for some with the news that 270,000 northern beaches residents are in lockdown for the next three days

Britain is facing a bleak midwinter, with harsher restrictions coming into force for millions, while Australians are enjoying life cloesr to normality

Britain is facing a bleak midwinter, with harsher restrictions coming into force for millions, while Australians are enjoying life cloesr to normality

Britain is facing a bleak midwinter, with harsher restrictions coming into force for millions, while Australians are enjoying life cloesr to normality

Bars, pubs and restaurants are all but closed for much of the UK, with those in Tier 3 regions only allowed to serve takeaway food and drinks. In Australia it is a very different story as many packed the venues on Thursday

Bars, pubs and restaurants are all but closed for much of the UK, with those in Tier 3 regions only allowed to serve takeaway food and drinks. In Australia it is a very different story as many packed the venues on Thursday

Bars, pubs and restaurants are all but closed for much of the UK, with those in Tier 3 regions only allowed to serve takeaway food and drinks. In Australia it is a very different story as many packed the venues on Thursday

Sydney-siders were seen dressed in Christmas hats and sombreros as they celebrated well into the evening

Sydney-siders were seen dressed in Christmas hats and sombreros as they celebrated well into the evening

Sydney-siders were seen dressed in Christmas hats and sombreros as they celebrated well into the evening

As concerned Northern Beaches residents queued to be tested and left supermarket shelves bare amid a return to panic buying, it was a different story on the other side of the Harbour Bridge on Thursday night.

Pubs, bars and restaurants in central Sydney were packed with carefree revellers in party mode as they celebrated the festive season and the recent easing of Covid restrictions in NSW.

There was little physical distancing on display as revellers hugged and kissed each other, held hands, sat closely together and danced in the streets. 

Two friends enjoy a catch up at their Christmas party following a tough year of working from home

Two friends enjoy a catch up at their Christmas party following a tough year of working from home

Two friends enjoy a catch up at their Christmas party following a tough year of working from home 

As thousands of Sydneysiders on the northern beaches were advised to stay at home, it was a different story on the other side of Sydney as carefree revellers embraced friends (pictured, partygoers in Sydney)

As thousands of Sydneysiders on the northern beaches were advised to stay at home, it was a different story on the other side of Sydney as carefree revellers embraced friends (pictured, partygoers in Sydney)

As thousands of Sydneysiders on the northern beaches were advised to stay at home, it was a different story on the other side of Sydney as carefree revellers embraced friends (pictured, partygoers in Sydney)

An exhausted reveller enjoys a quick siesta after a big night on the town on Thursday night (picture) in Sydney's CBD as offices enjoyed their Christmas parties

An exhausted reveller enjoys a quick siesta after a big night on the town on Thursday night (picture) in Sydney's CBD as offices enjoyed their Christmas parties

An exhausted reveller enjoys a quick siesta after a big night on the town on Thursday night (picture) in Sydney’s CBD as offices enjoyed their Christmas parties

These revellers were in the festive spirit on Thursday night, despite growing fears about a growing coronavirus outbreak over the harbour

These revellers were in the festive spirit on Thursday night, despite growing fears about a growing coronavirus outbreak over the harbour

These revellers were in the festive spirit on Thursday night, despite growing fears about a growing coronavirus outbreak over the harbour

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