Keith Urban Shares How He Continued His Childhood Christmas Traditions With His Family

Keith Urban vividly remembers getting Christmas cards with Santa on a surfboard growing up and reveals his holiday must-watch list.

Country music sensation Keith Urban prefers sand over snow on Christmas morning. 

The “Somebody Like You” singer and his wife, Nicole Kidman celebrate the holidays with their two daughters, Sunday and Faith in the land down under. The festive season looked different for Urban growing up, as December is considered summer in Australia.  

The hitmaker recently (Dec. 18) caught up with Capitol Records Nashville to reflect on his upbringing and how he introduced his favorite Christmas traditions to his own family. 

“I have great memories of getting up early and jumping on your parents’ bed and getting them up. Then, of course, you tear open presents and then it’s done. It’s like eight in the morning, and you’ve got all morning now to sort of wish you had more presents to open,” Urban recalled. “We had great Christmases growing up. I really, really enjoyed them. Mostly, we’d go to the beach, you know, ‘cause there it’s summertime. Load up the station wagon and head off to the beach,” he pointed out. 

Since the weather is warmer, Urban compared Christmas on the Gold Coast to the Fourth of July in America. After opening presents, he said locals escape to the white sand beaches to celebrate. To this date, his tight-knit unit never fails to join in on the fun. 

“We still love going to the beach at Christmas time, as long as we’re in Australia. It’s like the Fourth of July,” he declared. “It’s huge. Everybody’s out. It feels very celebratory. It’s in the 90s. It’s crazy, but having grown up with that, it feels very natural to me.” 

While there are many differences, Urban declared that they still sing and dance to the same Christmas classics. 

“We still had all of the same Christmas songs,” Urban told his label. “So, we’re in like 90-degree heat with shorts and tank tops singing ‘Walking In A Christmas Wonderland,’ and I remember getting Christmas cards of like Santa on a surfboard. So, that probably explains a lot.” 

After basking in the sun with his family, they cuddle up together and watch popular holiday movies. In fact, his go-to guitar is named after his favorite character in the 1946 film “It’s A Wonderful Life.” 

“I love ‘A Christmas Story,’ that’s a good one. ‘It’s A Wonderful Life,’ of course,” He said while ratting off his top picks. “One of my main guitars is called Clarence, and it’s named after the angel in ‘It’s A Wonderful Life.' For some reason, I swear, no matter what you’re doing flicking around the TV – you’re gonna land on ‘Charlie Brown [Christmas].’ I don’t know how that happens, but it happens every year.” 

Although Urban may not be at his Tennessee home, he still decorates with blinding lights and festive décor. 

“The lights going up, the lights, the music, all of that. The house sort of transforms into Christmas. I love it,” stressed the string master. “It’s has when it all has to go away.” 

Before Urban made the trip to Australia, he gave back to the Nashville community by distributing a donation of $250,000 between the Music Health Alliance, the Nashville Food Project, Thistle Farms, and to Vanderbilt Breast Cancer Research. The vocalist recently wrapped up his critically acclaimed Speed of Now World Tour and is gearing up to return to the states for his 16-night-only Las Vegas residency at the Zappos Theater. For upcoming appearances and tickets, visit

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