Christmas in Australia and New Zealand is a little different to that romantic perception enjoyed by our Northern Hemisphere-dwelling cousins. Down here, there is little need for a roaring log fire, thick-knitted jumpers and cosy nights wrapped up inside as the snow and wind howls around your home. 

From a sweet barbecue, through to a marquee to keep everyone dry in the rare chance of rain, we at Kennards Hire have got you covered.

Instead, the festive period in the Antipodean nations is one of glorious sunshine, where heading down to the beach and firing up the barbecue under a wonderful blue sky is a classic way to spend December 25th. There are still certain Christmas traits we share with our European and North American pals, though - namely, eating lots of great food, inviting your friends and family round for the day and generally having a fun, festive time.

This year, you can ensure your Christmas festivities to go off with a bang with a range of essentials from Kennards Hire. From a sweet barbecue, through to a marquee to keep everyone dry in the rare event of rain, we at Kennards Hire have got you covered - here are four items to get you going. 

Trailer barbecue

Nothing says 'summer' more than a backyard barbie, and at Kennards Hire, we've got the perfect barbecue to feed you, your family, friends and perhaps everyone on your street. Three trailer-mounted, commercial-sized BBQ hot plates means that you'll have more than enough space for sausages, bacon, eggs and anything else you fancy throwing on. Anyone can cook up a up a storm on a trailer barbecue, and it is easily towed behind your car - just pick it up and drive home!  Remember, you can always opt for a smaller model if you're not feeding quite so many people.

Christmas is the perfect time to fire up the barbecue and have your friends and family over.Christmas is the perfect time to fire up the barbecue and have your friends and family over.

Garden furniture

With more people roaming around your house and garden than you are probably used to, it's likely that you won't have enough chairs or table space to comfortably accommodate everyone - unless Nana perches on an upturned flower pot. Neither you nor Nana want such a scenario, and with Kennards Hire, it needn't occur. Our stacking chairs, which offer great value for money, mean that no one needs to sit on the floor.

Our stacking chairs, which offer great value for money, mean that no one needs to sit on the floor.

You can also hire a table or two from us, so that everyone can sit together when the time comes to dole out that delicious food you've been cooking up. Our tables easily fold out, so setting them up for service is simplicity itself - and this makes them a cinch to transport, too.

A fridge

When you're cooking outside under a sweltering sun, all that food - whether it's meat, dressing, cheese or ice cream - can spoil pretty quickly. No one wants to eat melted ice cream that may as well be a milkshake, so keeping your treats in tip-top condition should be a big priority. Beer, wine, and soft drinks will all need to be kept cool, too, and if your home fridge just hasn't got the room for all the extras, you could do worse than rent a refrigeration appliance from Kennards Hire to relieve the pressure.

Drinking a beer with friends is a great way to spend Christmas - unless you serve it warm!Drinking a beer with friends is a great way to spend Christmas - unless you serve it warm!

Beneath the marquee

In Australia and New Zealand, Christmas Day is usually enjoyed under a shining sun, but you never can tell what Mother Nature might have in store. With this in mind, it's well worth your time hiring a marquee to be on the safe side. At 6m x 3m, they're large enough to fit everyone underneath should the heavens open, and is just lovely to enjoy a Christmas dinner underneath. Our marquees add that little touch of class to any outdoor occasion - and none more so than a Christmas gathering for all your friends and family.

Be sure to get in touch with the team at Kennards Hire to get your Christmas party preparations underway!