Deckstar’s Melbourne Adventure comes to an End

The year has finally come to an end and so has my Melbourne Adventure! I’ve had such a great time this year visiting Melbourne’s most iconic and historical landmarks and meeting so many new friends along the way! I hope you too have learnt many new things about our great city.

I have made a short slide show of all my adventures, I hope you enjoy! Maybe next year I will expand my journey!

I hope you all have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Feel free to pop by over the school Holidays to say hello!

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Deckstar Meets Santa!

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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.
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It’s beginning to look a lot Like Christmas!

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December is finally here which means Christmas is not too far away! As I was walking around the Skydeck today high above the clouds I noticed the sun shine off the roof of the Art Centre Melbourne’s Sidney Myer Music Bowl. Every Christmas Eve the staff and I gather around the windows and watch the magic that takes place at the Music Bowl for the Carols by Candlelight ceremony and I have always wondered what the venue was actually like. So this week I decided to head down there to find out!

As I made my way past the Arts Centre and across St Kilda Road I headed into the gardens of Kings Domain where I saw the large structure at the base of sloping lawn. This structure, known as the Sidney Myer Music Bowl is an outdoor performance venue that was officially opened on the 12th of February 1959.

Named after Sidney Myer, “The Bowl’s” construction was inspired by the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles that Sidney had once visited. Looking at the venue I really did take note of its unique construction which features a stage covered by a large silver canopy that looked a little to me like a giant cobweb!

While I was there I was told that this hugely popular summertime venue hosts everything from dance festivals, to concerts for international superstars, to the popular Carols by Candlelight event as well as Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s free summertime concert series. In fact it is actually the largest, purpose built, permanent outdoor performance venue in Australia! History tells me that during the mid-1970’s a performance by Billy Thorpe and the Aztecs drew crowds extending into the trees of Kings Domain of over 250,000 people! While most were unable to see the stage, the unique design of “The Bowl” allowed the sound to be heard several kilometers back. These days recent works on the lawns extending from the seating and stage and the construction of a fence and gates has reduce the total capacity to a little over 30,000 however this has largely improved the visibility and standard of facilities for spectators.

Unfortunately when I visited the Sidney Myer Music Bowl there were little more than a few people lying in the glorious sun enjoying a beautiful November day, however I am hoping to come back on Christmas Eve this year to take part in the magical Carols by Candlelight event! Each year an array of top entertainers perform a mix of the season’s favourite contemporary and traditional carols whilst thousands of candles light up the night sky. All money raised by Carol’s by Candlelight goes towards Vision Australia, supporting children who are blind or have low visibility. So not only is the night a great way to enjoy the spirit of Christmas it is also raises money for a good cause.

Have you ever been to Carols by Candlelight at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl?

Deckstar at the top of the hill!

Deckstar at the entrance

The Bowl has fixed seating for 2030 people.

Deckstar gives a performance on stage.

Deckstar gets a sneak peak at one of the dressing rooms

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Surrounding lawns can seat up to 10,000 people.
  • The stage area is 27.4 metres wide by 19.5 metres deep.
  • The orchestra pit can accommodate 80 players.
  • The total area of the Bowl’s canopy is 4055 square metres. At its highest point, it is 20 metres tall.

Class Activity Idea – This week get into the spirit of Christmas with some fun Christmas activities. See our Teachers Resources Page for more details.