Melbourne city is getting very busy this week, with everyone out and about shopping for Christmas presents and exploring the festive atmosphere. I have seen so many decorations being placed around Melbourne’s streets that I thought this week I would go and explore all the things to see and do this festive season!
First stop was Federation Square, from the 88th floor I could see many Christmas Trees located in the main square so I had to investigate what it was all about. This art installation “In The Pines” sees over 250 recycled plastic Christmas trees by local urban artists fill the main square. Throughout the month there will be a range of engaging and playful events that are free for all.
Next off it was over to see the Myer Christmas Windows! Each year Myer decorates its front windows as a gift to the City of Melbourne and visitors. Each year over one million Australians and overseas visitors view the iconic Myer Christmas Windows to see the specially selected theme – chosen from a story book, nursery rhyme, a film or even the theatre – brought to life in an animation spectacular that ignites the imagination and Christmas spirit in all.
This year celebrates its 57th year in 2012, with the highly anticipated unveiling of this year’s theme, a beautiful tribute to a much-loved children’s book, Russell’s Christmas Magic.
The centrepiece of Melbourne’s Christmas decorations program however is Melbourne’s City Square! For the month of December it has been transformed into a magical wonderland. Visitors can find Rudolph and his reindeer friends amongst the hedge maze, view a traditional nativity scene and an interactive story book, plus visit Santa in his house! I was lucky enough to meet Santa and get my photo taken with him!
It was such a great day out and I made sure I didn’t forget to place my Christmas wish in the City Square post box, which sends letters directly to Santa. If you include your postal address you can get a reply from Santa himself.
Maybe you can take a Christmas journey across the city? Use the map to find out where to see all the Christmas decorations!
View of "In The Pines" at Federation Square
Myer Christmas Windows - Russell's Christmas Magic
Christmas Square with Santa's Elves
Deckstar finding Santa's reindeers in the hedge maze
Deckstar meets Santa!
DID YOU KNOW?
- Each year the new theme of the Christmas Windows remains a heavily guarded secret while the clever artists, animaters and craftspeople are creating their magic for over six months to bring this Christmas tradition to Myer’s many Christmas visitors.
- The Myer Christmas Windows have in previous years brought to life Christmas stories including The Twelve Days of Christmas, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, A Christmas Carol and How Santa Really Works, Fairy Tales including Peter Pan, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Children’s story books including The Wizard Of Oz, Wombat Divine, Snugglepot and Cuddlepie and last year’s theme Olivia Helps With Christmas.