Last year he declared it to be the “best Christmas ever”, having spent the “magical” time in Aspen with his three children Indigo, 10, Jackson, 8, and Emmanuelle, 6, and Erica.
The home in the swanky West Buttermilk neighbourhood has a state-of-the-art kitchen with an island breakfast bench and solid timber cabinetry, a medieval-style dining room and a generously sized living room with ceiling-to-floor windows looking out to the scenic hills.
There’s also a theatre room, bar, steam room, a games room with a billiard table, a cosy library filled with a large collection of books and a fireplace.
While there is no sign yet of his former wife or children in Aspen, this year his constant companion appears to be Kylie Lim – his girlfriend of the past two-and-a-half years, whom the casino mogul declared his love for in July.
Packer has been keeping a low profile for the past six months, having completely retreated from his former corporate life, and spending considerable time on his new $200 million superyacht IJE which he took delivery of six months ago.
Back in Sydney, the pointy end of Qantas jets flying from Los Angeles has been heaving with bold print names.
Russell Crowe, Naomi Watts and Nicole Kidman shared a flight to Sydney on Sunday, with Kidman welcomed home by her husband Keith Urban – who was already here for a performance.
Chris Hemsworth has given his children their Christmas present early, posting a shot on Instagram of his five-year-old son Tristian going through the motions like a pro on a new, purpose-built skate ramp at his recently completed $20 million luxury compound near Byron Bay.
However, The Sun-Herald reported, a friend of the family said the actor’s parents Craig and Leonie Hemsworth were planning 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.
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 Mexico.
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.
Views could be blocked from some of Sydney’s biggest harbourside mansions if millionaire ex-garbo Ian Malouf along with his wife Larissa and five children go ahead with plans to spend Christmas day aboard their giant luxury mega-yacht Mischief, which has already caused quite a bit of commotion whenever it drops anchor.
Andrew Hornery is a senior journalist and Private Sydney columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald.