Christmas time in Melbourne
From beautiful weddings to Christmas decorations, this weekend we could definitely tell that December was just around the corner. The city of Melbourne really brought it this weekend – the weather was just right and everywhere we turned there was something bright and cheery.
We stayed at the Grand Hyatt Melbourne over to attend a wedding of a dear family friend and ended up having an awesome adventure in the city as well! Daniel was so happy (except for the little time we spent in H&M trying to buy him some clothes, he was crying so loud wanting to get out of the store – must’ve been too crowded for him!).
Daniel here excited to be catching a tram right outside our hotel!
It’s not often you can be a tourist in your own city and I think this festive season is the perfect time! There were so many things to do and see and lots of them free! Here are some of the things we saw last weekend – it felt like we were on a huge scavenger hunt looking for different Christmas items around the Melbourne!
1. Christmas Square in the City Square – Swanston Street
Just down the road from our hotel was the City Square. A giant Christmas tree, daily visits from Santa and plenty more activities. A nice open area in the middle of the city for kids to let off some steam after being dragged around shopping! 🙂
The magical Christmas forest on Swanston street’s City Square
2. Melbourne Town HallThe majestic Melbourne Town Hall. When the sun goes down you can see amazing projections on its facade. We loved watching them last year! – a must-see during this Christmas season from 9pm each night!
Also, starting today the great Gingerbread Village display is back with new scenes added! A gold coin donation is all you need to get in and all proceeds go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Photo courtesy of Gingerbread Village, Epicure We stopped by Cafe L’Incontro for some brekkie before continuing on to see more Christmas sights
3. Bourke Street Mall
Bourke street Mall decorated with the season’s festive colors and the long lines for the Myer windows.
These colorful Myer windows are now in their 60th season and this year showcases a tribute to the children’s book Little Dog and the Christmas Wish. The animated displays this year include some of Melbourne’s iconic sights such as Flinders Street station and the Block arcade. The detail in each scene is impeccable after requiring more than 17,000 hours of work.
You can view the windows from 7.30am-1am each day until January 6th 2016.
4. The Lego Christmas Tree in Fed Square
How amazing does this pixelated tree look! The Lego Christmas tree in Fed Square weighs 3.5 tonnes and took more than 1,200 hours to build! Look out for a few Aussie touches such as the cricket playing elf and the mischievous kookaburras!
You can even build your own Lego Christmas tree decorations to take home and other Christmas activities in Fed Square until December 27th 2015!
This Lego tree in Fed Square was just awesome!
It felt like there were Christmas decorations everywhere – brilliant!
5. Markit@Fed Square
The Markit@Fed Square happened to be on this past weekend too – it is held twice a year in May and November! Loads of gorgeous things designed and made by local artists.
Don’t worry if you missed out on this November’s Markit! – The Big Design Market is on this week from the 4th until the 6th of December at the Royal Exhibition Building. Shop exquisite and unique gifts for you loved ones just in time for Christmas. Check out what we purchased at last year’s Big Design Market – we bought a heap of cute jewelry from Aacute!
6. Good Food Month’s Night Noodle Market – Birrarung Marr
Watermelon cake and fried mushrooms from Wonderbao
It was final weekend of the Night Noodle Markets at Birrarung Marr just a short walk from Flinders Street Station behind Fed Square. The markets were just one of the events held in November as part of Good Food Month (we were also at the Brisbane event in August). This year there were 3 different sections that we found a bit hard to navigate as we couldn’t get hold of any map to find the stalls we were looking for.
Luckily we walked over to the stalls just before the lines started to expand to intolerable lengths (an active three year old is not a very patient line-dweller!). We didn’t have to wait long at all and also easily found tables and chairs. My favourite out of all the things we ate was the Bombay Spider Crab taco. The hubby and I had been to Mr Miyagi for my birthday early this year and loved it so we just had to try their tacos at this year’s markets!
If you like the foodie festival type of atmosphere then you can find food, music and drinks at the weekly Night Market each Wednesday at the Queen Victoria Market from 5-10pm.
When we arrived home on Sunday night look what we found in the mail! A Christmas Festival event guide from the City of Melbourne council. Complete with an illustrated map pointing out 32 locations of Christmas decorations this year! – I want to walk over the Mistletoe Kissing Bridge, meet you there!?
If you didn’t get yours in the mail you can find all the information here.
Merry Christmas everyone! Happy first of December!