So I did a wrap up of Christmas in Vancouver, but I think it is time to do a guide to a Melbourne Christmas.
Turns out the city knows how to do the holiday season right. I have loved seeing the city lit up and filled with Christmas cheer. Here is my guide to everything Jingle Bells and Santa Claus, to ensure you have a Merry Melbourne Christmas too.
Melbourne’s City Square is transformed intofor the month leading up to the big day. There are three prime photo opportunities here: of the official Melbourne Christmas Tree, the nutcracker soldiers, and with Santa of course (free during selected times). I’d recommend visiting at night as it is definitely a lot prettier all lit up.
Christmas Projections on Melbourne Town Hall
What an amazingly awesome experience this is. For the month prior to Christmas Day, between 9 and 10:30pm, a Christmas light show is projected onto. It has to be seen to be believed as the interactive display countdown the 12 Days of Christmas, Melbourne-style. Trams, Docklands, Hosier Lane and many more are featured.
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Santa’s Magical Kingdom
Although I never visited, Santa’s Magical Kingdom seems to be a must to add to your Melbourne Christmas bucket list. Kids can meet the Original Snow Princess and decorate gingerbreads. Everyone will enjoy walking through the Snowland and the Enchanted Forest. There are also rides and a spectacular lights show. Santa’s Magical Kingdom is located at Caulfield Racecourse.
Christmas at Fed Square
To see the largest LEGO Christmas Tree in the Southern Hemisphere, you have to visit Christmas at Fed Square. The tree, and its surrounding decorations, are made from over half a million bricks. Other Christmas events happening at Fed Square include an outdoor cinema, a Christmas market and the chance to make your own LEGO decorations.
The Gingerbread Village is a free exhibition located in Melbourne’s Town Hall. Many of Melbourne’s landmarks are made out of gingerbread, thanks to the award-winning team at EPICURE. Apparently it took them over 2,000 hours to create the magic. To get the complete experience, enjoy a ginger treat or ice-cream afterwards.
Christmas by Crown Melbourne
Walking throughis an experience in itself. There is an amazing Christmas Tree and Santa is there for photos too. The casino also does an interactive music and lights show, where different Christmas scenes are revealed inside large baubles. It is great for kids, but not so much us adults.
Bourke Street Mall
There are pretty stars and bells hanging above Bourke Street Mall during Christmas, but its biggest drawcard is the Myer Christmas Windows. People and families line up for hours to walk passed these windows and enjoy the displays. Although I love Christmas, I couldn’t queue for that long. But if you are prepared to wait, I am sure you will be rewarded with some beautiful displays.
Carols by Candlelight
I love watching Carols by Candlelight on Christmas Eve, which is broadcast annually from Melbourne. It is the best way to end the night before you wake in the morning to open your presents.
Melbourne Christmas Decorations
Although these aren’t related to a specific Christmas event, these Melbourne city decorations are still a pretty sight to enjoy when walking around the city and beside the Yarra River. Remember to take your special someone to the Elizabeth Street Bridge, which is transformed into the Mistletoe Kissing Bridge for Christmas.
From my backyard in Melbourne to your home in the world, I hope you have a wonderful holiday season.
Tell me, how does your town celebrate Christmas?