Cairns Esplanade had it's Christmas tree front and center. There are the markets along the esplanade with many places to shop. They are a good place to get souvineers or Christmas gifts. It gets very busy on the weekends with many locals and tourists. In Cairns, Christmas is in summer time and it gets very hot. Fires were on the news often while I was there. The hot summers cause lots of worries over fires. The Cairns Esplanade is well kept and clean. The environment is laid back yet active. It was a great place to go for a walk.