Also staying Stateside is Hugh Jackman and wife Deborra-Lee Furness, who will host a lavish Christmas for their nearest and dearest at their three-storey mansion in New York’s West Village, worth a reported $21 million.
Not all A-listers like to make a fuss during the holiday season, with some opting for a more low key approach during the holiday break.
Despite their recent home renovation to their Byron Bay mega-mansion, the Hemsworth clan will return to their roots and celebrate Christmas in their childhood backyard on Phillip Island.
According to a friend of the family, Craig and Leonie Hemsworth were talking up their impending plans to host a low-key Christmas celebration on the Victorian south coast, with their three actor sons Luke, Chris and Liam all expected to attend.
Darwin-born songstress Jessica Mauboy, who launched her new album Hilda in October and will this week release a music video for her song Selfish, will finish her year exploring nature rather than lounging poolside.
Mauboy and her fiance Themeli Magripilis are returning home to the top end for a few weeks away from the hustle and bustle of Sydney. The down-to-earth couple will make the most of their time away from the city by relaxing with family, fishing, crabbing and long drives through the bush.
Friends of Karl Stefanovic and wife Jasmine (nee Yarbrough) have fuelled rumours the couple are expecting their first child together, a year after tying the knot in an OTT wedding in Mexico.
Instead of knocking back a Bundy and coke – the drink the couple first bonded over – the pair will instead celebrate Christmas sober in Queensland. The Sun-Herald understands colleagues at Nine are yet to be officially informed of the pregnancy.
The Stefanovics are expected to spend the festive season at the Yarbrough family home in Ascot, Brisbane, celebrating with Jasmine’s beloved 93-year-old grandmother Isabel.
Palm Beach at Sydney’s northern tip is where many of the city’s rich like to play during summer and it’s there that millionaire ex-garbo Ian Malouf along with his wife Larissa and five children will spend Christmas day aboard their luxury mega-yacht Mischief.
While a boat ride might not be everybody’s idea of luxury, the six-bedroom vessel that boasts 14 full-time staff means the Malouf clan won’t have to lift a finger during the holiday break. The Sun-Herald understands the family will sail south after New Year’s to arrive in time for the Australian Open in Melbourne.
Much like Sydneysiders flock to “Palmy” in summer, Melburnians retreat to Portsea and its neighbouring Sorrento on the Victorian capital’s Mornington Peninsula.
Billionaire trucking magnate Lindsay Fox will leave his Toorak mansion to spend time at his 16,000-square-metre family compound close to Millionaire’s Walk in the esteemed neighbourhood.
Lucy Manly is a reporter and gossip columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald and Sun-Herald.