There’s no denying it, Melbourne is officially in the Christmas spirit. The decorations have gone up, and the Christmas tree has been lit to mark the start of Melbourne’s Christmas Festival.
The main action is in City Square (renamed Christmas Square for the festive season), where you can see the Christmas tree and visit Santa, but there’s also Melbourne Town Hall, Mistletoe Bridge, decorated laneways and cheery Christmas light pillars.
Here are some highlights of what our visiting Christmas helpers, Arkie (8) and Ziggy (5) saw, when they checked out the decorations in Melbourne. They started with Jingle Bells on Bourke Street.
Towards the Spring Street-end of the city we noticed some of the laneways are getting very festive. Namely: Crossley Street, Liverpool Street and Market Lane.
We noticed some strange markings on the footpath near the corner of Swanston Street and Flinders Lane. They couldn’t be from reindeer hooves, could they?
The strange markings were indeed reindeer-related. They led us to Chrismas square, where we got lost in a fun Christmas maze looking for Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer and friends.
The huge living Christmas tree at Christmas Square is 9.2-metres high. This is its third tour of yuletide duty – after December 25, it will be planted in a nice spot where it will live out its retirement.
You might find some strange characters in Christmas Square too, like these candy stick people. How sweet.
Soon it was time to bid Christmas Square farewell and go in search of kisses under the giant mistletoe at Mistletoe Bridge. Lucky everything’s well sign-posted!
We spotted a few people getting into the spirit of kisses when we visited Mistletoe Bridge!
Then it was time to climb aboard an old-fashioned City Circle tram and rumble our way to Docklands. What a fun, free ride.
In New Quay, Docklands, a long row of colourful light pillars led us to a Christmas tree that sang carols to us.
Then it was time to head home. But not before a quick pitstop in Lygon Street, Carlton, where more festive light pillars stretched from Queensbury Street to Grattan Street.
After all that exploring it was time to drop in to Brunetti for a little something before home.
What visit to Lygon Street would be complete without ice cream?
Of course, there’s loads more Christmas decorations to see in Melbourne and surrounds. Our handy Christmas decorations map shows all of the festive decorations in the city, or you can look for the reindeer hoof prints on the footpath for hints on where to find Santa’s favourite yuletide spots.
Merry Christmas everybody!
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