Enjoy a happy Christmas Melbourne style - you will love it!
With the colourful street decorations Melbourne displays, the Christmas lights Melbourne shops and laneways delight in showing off and Santa's little helpers on every street corner, Melbourne really is a fun place to explore throughout the Christmas festive season.
The 'big smoke' has to be a truly unique and exciting place to explore with or without the children and every year it seems to get better and better.
Most of the displays and events held throughout the festive season are FREE, with great live entertainment, music, art and plenty of fun-filled activities to enjoy.
There is so much to see and do in and around the Christmas Melbourne CBD and so many different experiences to enjoy over this festive time.
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Don't miss the Christmas Melbourne Spectacular Show put on at the Crown Casino, held each year in the Atrium in the Crown Towers. View the huge Christmas tree and a spectacular lighting and musical display. Plus have your photo taken with Santa.
Seems he is everywhere in Melbourne at the same time!
Let's start the Christmas Melbourne festivities off with the traditional Myer Christmas Parade but remember to get there early to secure a great vantage position. The public line Spring Street all the way down to the Bourke Street Mall and it is here where the beautifully decorated floats parade on by.
The floats herald the arrival of good old Santa Claus to spend his days discussing with the kiddies as to what it is they would like for Christmas. The parade is a free event put on by the Myer's department store - basically signalling that Christmas shopping in Melbourne has begun!
Make sure to book your personal time to see Santa in Santaland. That way you won't have to stand in the long queue.
The Myer Department Store also provides the public with an amazing window display with each year celebrating a different theme. The windows are open to viewing from early November through to early January the following year.
In previous years the windows have brought to life Christmas Melbourne stories including ...
The Christmas Melbourne windows are based on the new children’s book ‘One Christmas Eve’ by author Corinne Fenton and illustrator Marjorie Crosby-Fair all.
Bella visits her Grandparents, who live in St Kilda, on Christmas Eve and from there the adventures begin.
The 2016 theme features 3D adaptions of Melbourne's well known and recognized attractions such as Luna Park, The Palais Theatre and the Sidney Myer Music Bowl (Host to many Carols by Candelight Christmas celebrations)
The city itself is decorated throughout the streets and the laneways with enormous bells, tinsel, stars and baubles. The Melbourne City Square.
City Square is usually decorated with a magical forest where by day you can discover nutcracker soldiers, interactive candy canes and get a free photo with Santa. You can even try on some festive decorations for a free, personalised photo and Christmas card!
There is music and carols and story telling for the kids. The centre is close to shops for you to discover that 'just right' gift for that special person.
And just when you thought it was time to head on home because you have seen it all, nope! There's more!
The Christmas Melbourne Projection Show is an exciting music and lighting show where images are projected onto some of Melbourne's iconic buildings. The show starts late November and goes all the way up to Christmas day. The display is timed to start at dusk and finishes around 11:00pm
The Melbourne Town Hall and Federation Square come to life with colourful animated image projections. Watch this video to get a feel for what sort of show you are in for!
Christmas shopping in the Melbourne CBD is quite an experience. The larger department stores really put on an amazing Christmas display with decorations, music carols and massive displays throughout their stores. Markets provide excellent venues to shop for that special Christmas gift and Melbourne has plenty of them, both in the city CBD and in the outer surburbs.
Here are a few favourite selections for you to enjoy a wonderful Christmas Shopping Melbourne experience ...
This has been a tradition now in Melbourne, Australia, for over 78 years. A night filled with family entertainment combining traditional Christmas Carols and some of Australia's incredibly good singers, dancers and entertainers. Hosted by Vision Australia, this has to be the best way to see herald the arrival of Christmas.
All of the funds raised by Vision Australia’s Carols by Candlelight go directly to provide services to children who are blind or have low vision and their families.
You will need to book your tickets as it is no longer a free event and it is truly an extremely popular Melbourne yearly event, one to enjoy at least once in your lifetime!
Over and above the amazing Christmas Melbourne Projections in the heart of Melbourne, there are more Christmas Lights Melbourne outer suburbs display for your enjoyment. Wander along suburban streets and enjoy the displays that have taken the home owners hours and hours to put together.
Seems that each year these home decorations get bigger and bigger and I'm sure this year is not going to be any different.
Some suburbs actually shuttle visitors to the street lights as they have become so popular. Just check the suburbs you want to visit for more information.
Traditional suburbs that have amazing lighting shows are, just to mention a few out there ...
For a map of where to find the best Christmas lights just click this Christmas Lights Melbourne link here.
There is nothing like the smell of a real Christmas tree and it has become quite a big business growing a traditional Christmas fir tree for the festive season.
Christmas tree farms have sprung up throughout Victoria and some of these have been in operation for years. One such example is the Melbourne Christmas Tree Farm (formally Melton Christmas Tree Farm) has been trading Christmas trees since 1987, when the first crop was ready to be harvested. The farm is open from 8am – 8pm 7 days a week
Some suggestions for Christmas Tree Farms in the suburban areas in and around Melbourne ...
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So there you have it! Melbourne has to be one of the most exciting places to play in at Christmas time. Take the kids right into the heart of the city for all the fun and games. Create a family tradition to pass done through the years. I love the excitement of Christmas, the hustle and bustle of the shoppers, the bright lights, the entertainment and of course getting my photo taken each year with the jolly old man dressed in red.
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