FAMILIES and friends took advantage of the beautiful weather at Millennium Esplanade today.
The clear, sunny day was the perfect opportunity to celebrate birthdays or just head down for a day at the beach.
Barbecues sizzled and cake was cut as people enjoyed each other's company.
Others had a picnic lunch on the grass, soaking up the sun.
Kids enjoyed playing on the playground and climbing trees, many on the countdown to Santa's visit on Tuesday night.