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Christmas Time In Melbourne
Melbourne comes alive over the Christmas period - there is so much to see and do for the whole family. Let us help you unlock the best Melbourne has to offer over this special time, whether you're a local or visiting us for the first time. Here's our guide to the best of Christmas in Melbourne.
Myer Christmas Windows
Each November, the unveiling of the annual Myer Christmas windows signals the start of the Festive Season in Melbourne. For generations, families have
made the trip into town to gaze at the miniature make-believe worlds behind the glass, in what has for many become a beloved and unmissable tradition.
They were the brainchild of Fred Asmussen, who had been in charge of dressing the Bourke Street windows from 1939. The windows have an appeal across generations, as parents and grandparents, remembering trips to the windows in their childhood, continue the tradition with their own children. Bringing to life popular stories and Christmas themes through the use of innovative lighting, costumes and mechanisation. Asmussen's last window was The Butterfly Ball in 1974.
In 1939 the theme was, of course, Santa and the Olympics, in 1967 the theme was Chinese Fairy Tales and in 1995 it was Mag Gibbs and the Gumnut Babies. The theme for 2018 is "Alice In Wonderland" - the windows are on display in the Bourke Street Mall.
A new exhibition launching Saturday 17 November at Melbourne Museum,Make Believe: The Story of the Myer Christmas Windows, connects us to this shared memory, revealing the magic and creative artistry behind the windows. In a definitively Melbourne tradition that is now 62 years old, over one million people line up along Bourke Street Mall each year for a glimpse of the famous Myer Christmas Windows. The windows attract multigenerational visitors, as parents and grandparents reminisce on their childhood experiences of make-believe and continue the tradition with their own families.
Make Believe is a magical, glittering, experience for children and adults alike, inviting lovers of this cherished Melbourne tradition to reconnect with the nostalgia of their childhood, and offering younger visitors the chance to experience it all with fresh eyes. A feast of magical models, working drawings, beloved books and playful puppets.More Information
If you would like to arrange some one on one time with Santa it can be done - you can reserve some time in advance with the very busy man himself at Santa Land in the Myer Bourke Street store. Santa will be at the store : Sun - Wed - 0900 - 1900 hrs and Thur to Sat - 0900 - 2100 hrs
Christmas in Federation Square
Don't miss the supersized 16 meter Christmas Tree nightly in Federation Square. The Official Tree Lighting Ceremony is on 30 November with roving performers to entertain children and big kids alike, as the crowd eagerly awaits Melbourne's 16m-tall Christmas tree springing to life to launch the festival's celebrations. The entertainment starts at 6pm culminating with the tree being lit at 9pm. Other highlights include Santa’s House, festive films and projections, and the return of Melbourne’s favourite Yuletide selfie spot, the Giant Christmas Bauble.
The District, Docklands
At the opposite end of the city, the District Docklands has its own collection of Christmas Festivities that are focused on the whole family. The Christmas Tree Exhibition is on from 26 November to 25 December and is a collaboration with local primary schools and groups in the surrounding community to help decorate Christmas trees. Each school and community group was given 2 Christmas trees to decorate. Come see the beautiful results for yourself.
The Christmas Shopping Weekend will be held on the weekend of 1 - 2 December to launch Christmas with a weekend of free fun, shopping and a visit from Santa Claus. There's a huge line-up of fun for everyone to enjoy, and Santa Claus will settle into his big chair for the festive season.
Come and meet The Flash and Wonder Woman from Justice League, enjoy roaming entertainment by the Christmas Ballerina and Christmas Nutcracker. Plus, enjoy a little Christmas cheer from our Carolling Group and a pop-up performance by Hobson's Bay Music Academy, plus groove to the Christmas DJ!
Meet & Greet with The Flash from Justice League Saturday 1 December
12pm - 12.45pm
1pm - 1.45pm
2pm - 2.45pm
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