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Day 23: Tour Melbourne's Christmas decorations

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.

Flinders Street Station with decorations

View of Flinders Street Station (from Elizabeth Street)

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.
Bourke Street bells

Look up and you’ll see ‘Jingle Bells’ decorating Bourke Street mall

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.
Laneway Christmas decorations in Crossley Street

Crossley Street gets festive

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?
Discovering hoof prints on Swanston Street

Hoof prints on Swanston Street

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.
Arkie finds a clue in the reindeer maze

Arkie stumbles upon one of Rudolph’s 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.
The Christmas tree at Christmas Square, Melbourne

The Christmas tree at Christmas Square, Melbourne

You might find some strange characters in Christmas Square too, like these candy stick people. How sweet.
Candy-stick people at Christmas Square

Christmas Square

Huge present decoration at Christmas Square, Melbourne

Decorations at Christmas Square

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!
Christmas Square signpost

“I think the Mistletoe Bridge is that way!”

We spotted a few people getting into the spirit of kisses when we visited Mistletoe Bridge!
Mistletoe Bridge

Mistletoe Bridge

Mistletoe lights at Mistletoe Bridge

Standing under the Mistletoe lights at Mistletoe Bridge

Mistletoe Bridge love heart

Mistletoe Bridge love heart

Then it was time to climb aboard an old-fashioned City Circle tram and rumble our way to Docklands. What a fun, free ride.
Catching the City Circle tram to Docklands

Arkie and Ziggy on their way to Docklands via the free City Circle tram

In New Quay, Docklands, a long row of colourful light pillars led us to a Christmas tree that sang carols to us.

Docklands Christmas Tree


Docklands light pillars

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.
Cake window at Brunetti, Carlton

Cake windows at Brunetti, Carlton

Saluting the Brunetti nutcracker

Atten-shun! Arkie with one of the nutcracker soldiers at Brunetti in Lygon Street, Carlton

What visit to Lygon Street would be complete without ice cream?

Ice cream at Brunetti, Carlton

Brunetti, Carlton

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!
Arkie at Christmas Square

Arkie at Christmas Square

Stay in touch with the latest Christmas news and ideas on the 30 Days of Christmas blog.