7 favourite Christmas traditions plus Santa’s Magical Kingdom – Giveaway!

Christmas is such a magical time of year when everyone seems so cheerful, decorations brighten up the place and a sense of hope and togetherness touches us all. The year draws to close paving the way for a new year of discovery and learning. Whether it’s staying up until midnight on Christmas Eve, cooking and eating your favourite dishes of the festive season or, spending some thoughtful, quiet time in reflection, we all have our different Christmas traditions that we love to share. Here are some of ours!:

1. Seeing the Christmas projections on Melbourne Town Hall and various Christmas decorations around Melbourne cityMelbourne Town Hall

2. Driving around to see the local Christmas lights

3. Attending Simbang Gabi – the traditional Filipino dawn masses leading up to ChristmasSimbang Gabi Resurrection Kings Park

 4. Donating to canned goods or clothing to St Vinnie’s

5. Baking gingerbread biscuits with Mr DChristmas gingerbread man

6. Decorating our Christmas tree whilst listening to our favourite carolsChristmas in Melbourne

7. Sharing a meal with all the relatives on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

The great thing about family traditions is that you can always create new ones together and there are so many amazing ways to share the joy of the silly season! In the past couple of years the kids (and us big kids alike!) have absolutely loved visiting the wonderland that is Santa’s Magical Kingdom. It has been a must-see for us leading up to Christmas with sessions being sold out annually.

Santa's Magical Kingdom 2014 The Urban Ma

Where else can you experience dreamy snowfalls, creative activities for the kids, jaw-dropping performances by the awesome International Spectacular Christmas Show crew and keep the kids happy and enthralled for three hours where everything is organised for you (Mums join in with me as I heave a sigh of relief!)?snow fall The Urban Ma blog SMK

Santa’s Magical Kingdom this year will include:

• A magical Christmas walk-through wonderland
• Snowland the Snow Queen
• A free gift, when you meet Santa
• A brand new International Christmas Show Spectacular
• Roving Christmas characters
• Christmas Craft Village where you can make your own Christmas tree decoration
• Gingerbread Land, where you can decorate your own gingerbread man (this is always a favourite of ours and we end up eating our gingerbread on the car ride home!)
• Interactive Letter Writing area and Storytelling area with Mrs Claus (Mrs Claus is a darling!)
• Amusement Rides & Games, including Santa’s Sleigh Ride, the Giant Ferris Wheel, one of the Largest Super Slide’s in the country, The Elves Magical Train Ride and more (love the giant Super Slide!)
There’s so much fun for the whole family

Help Celebrate Rudolph’s Birthday!
In addition this year, Rudolph will be celebrating his birthday at Santa’s Magical Kingdom. Rudolph loves parties, so we need to impress him and celebrate in style! Rudolph will be joined by Mrs Claus, the Snow Queen, as well as Trolls: Poppy and Branch to celebrate his birthday. You will be able to meet and greet Movie Stars – Poppy and Branch. Every child will receive a special gift. All activities are inclusive with your Santa’s Magical Kingdom Admission Ticket. Rudolph’s Birthday will be celebrated on specific dates during the season.

Mon 12 Dec: Session 1: 10am – 1pm
Tue 13 Dec: Session 1: 10am – 1pm
Wed 14 Dec: Session 1: 10am – 1pm
Thu 15 Dec: Session 1: 10am – 1pm Session 2: 2pm – 5pm
Fri 16 Dec: Session 1: 10am – 1pm Session 2: 2pm – 5pm

The above times are the sessions where Rudolph will be celebrating his birthday and there are also more session times available for you to choose from! Tickets are now on sale so get in early to avoid missing out.

Santa Melbourne blogger

Santa’s Magical Kingdom will be open from November 18th to December 23rd, 2016 with the big top at Caulfield Racecourse being transformed into an unforgettable event to suit all ages. I think it would even make for an awesome early Christmas present for those of you who have started planning early and are thinking of what to get for those on your Christmas list!

Mrs Claus the Urban Ma blog Melbourne

Santa’s Magical Kingdom Giveaway (This giveaway is now closed!)

++++++++++AND THE WINNER IS….NICOLE! (Updated 20/11/16)+++++++++++

Please email theurbanma@hotmail.com with your postal address and the ages of your kids by 5pm 22/11/16 in order to claim your prize otherwise another name will be drawn. Congratulations and thank you so much to all who entered. We look forward to sharing more events and products with you in the future.


Thanks to Santa’s Magical Kingdom, we have a Family Pass (2 x adults and 2 x kids) worth $140 for Friday 25th of November 6pm session to giveaway.

To enter, simple leave a comment below on this blog post and let us know one of your favourite Christmas traditions. Competition closes November 14th, 2016. The winner will be randomly selected and will be given 48 hours to respond via email with their name and address. Good luck and have a great week everyone.

P.S Thank you so much for your support throughout the year. It is because of you that am given the opportunity to give away such fun, awesome experiences like this. So if you like discovering new places and experiences, check out the latest on my Instagram and Facebook pages and follow along with our adventures!  Much love, Jacqui.


16 thoughts on “7 favourite Christmas traditions plus Santa’s Magical Kingdom – Giveaway!

  1. Apart from decorating the x’mas tree and having a big x’mas feast with friends and family we go to the Melbourne city to see x’mas deco’s, participate in fun family activities, enjoy Myer display. We would love to visit Santa’s Magical Kingdom this year and make it as our Christmas tradition.Thanks for the opportunity 🙂

    • I’ve gotta say, visiting Santa’s Magical Kingdom has become one of the kids’ most anticipated Christmas activities! Good luck!!

  2. From as far as a remember as a little girl we used to celebrate Christmas Eve at my Grandma’s house. All my Aunts, Uncles, Cousins etc would be there and the air was always filled with excitement. Santa would always make an appearance at this gathering as well with chocolates etc for us kids. My Grandma has since past but we still still keep the tradition going. I don’t usually see much of my Aunts/Uncles or Cousins these days but that’s the one time of year we all make the effort to catch up and its always special. Now we keep it going for my children and my cousins kids etc.

  3. We love going to see houses decorated with with Christmas lights!! Some are just so amazingly creative. That’s our tradition every year

    • Totally agree! – some are so creative…they put so much time and effort into decorating! I love how it rings the community together!

  4. Dinner on Christmas Eve is my fav. A tradition we celebrate since i was little. Where we all talk about the things we are grateful for. Then eat yummy dessert with no limits or calorie counting. As we then give eachother our christmas gifts and watch my children get so excited and happy as they open their gifts from Santa. Thats my favourite part.

  5. We love decorating our Christmas tree with Christmas Carols playing and both sets of grandparents to join in the fun with the kids. They love leaving out food for Santa and seeing how much mess the Reindeer have left the next morning after eating their Reindeer food!

    • Mum used to always make us decorate the tree with Christmas music on so now I do the same! Really gets the Christmas mood going 😀

  6. Our favourite tradition is setting the table up extra special for christmas lunch on christmas eve before watch the carols on TV. The females of the family then would head to Midnight mass. This year I hope to include my daughter in this for her first christmas. Would love to win this pass to celebrate the magical time as a family 😊

    • Midnight mass is always such an amazing celebration. The Christmas spirit is truly in the air! I haven’t been to a midnight mass in a while as we always go to the earlier ones but hopefully one day when the kids are a little older we’ll make it to one again! 🙂

  7. One of our favourite Christmas traditions is choosing items from the World Vision Smiles catalogue to buy; with the money going towards those less fortunate than us. My daughters really look forward to this.
    We also love heading into the city to see the Myer Christmas Windows, and afterwards my daughters buy an ornament each to put on our Christmas tree. We all love this time of year.

    • Both those Christmas activities sound so beautiful! Love the giving and also love the Myer Christmas windows. Can’t wait to head down and see this year’s ones!

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