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Grandchildren, Guinness and all the trimmings

Come Christmas day, Niall’s house will be full of gregarious children and the aromas of a traditional roast dinner.

Smiling man with grey hair and beard

With at least 15 family members and grandchildren aged between 2 and 15 years old, Christmas is a big occasion at Niall’s place. 
“It’s mostly chaos” says the great grandfather, who finds sanctuary in the kitchen preparing his famous baked ham. 
Also on the menu is turkey, all the trimmings and plum pudding. “We have a traditional Irish Christmas, except for the weather!”  

A former commercial traveller, Niall now prefers to stay local, especially over the festive season. “I can’t think of any good reason for not staying in Perth – it has everything I want.”  

While most of his immediate family also live in WA, sometimes Niall’s brother in Ireland will come to visit for some sunshine over the holiday season.   


Are you picking up family from the airport this Christmas?  

  • December is the busiest month for travel, so be sure to get to the terminal early. 
  • Are you going to wait in the car or meet them in the terminal? Use these tips to plan your pick-up.
  • Here’s some useful info about meeting and greeting at the airport. 
  • Use the Perth Airport app for live updates on their flight status.  
  • Download app 

  • Make time to see the Aussie-themed Christmas decorations.Christmas kangaroo decoration at Perth Airport  
  • If you’re at the airport on 21 – 24 December, between 1-4pm, you might be lucky enough to spot Santa roaming around the terminals! Bring along the little ones (and big kids) for free candy canes.  
  • You may also hear live carol singers, if your loved ones are landing or leaving on the dates listed below. Stick around and enjoy the festive tunes! 


Terminal Date Time Location
T1 International

19 Dec
20 Dec
12-3pm Check-in area
23 Dec 5-8pm Outside, near boab tree
T1 Domestic 23 Dec 12-3pm Check-in area
T2 19 Dec
24 Dec
1-4pm Check-in area
T4 20 Dec
22 Dec
2-5pm
2-4pm
Near baggage claim

However you celebrate, Merry Christmas from everyone at Perth Airport.