With only three weeks until Christmas, it seems like the perfect time to get into the holiday spirit. With so many things to do and see in the city of Melbourne, I want to share with you the best ways to enjoy yourself this festive season, listing some of the city’s best places to visit.
One of the most impressive locations on the list, the Myer Giftorium boasts an entire level of Christmas gifts and activities, making it ideal for adults and children alike. There are personalisation stations by Nutella and M&M, as well as Santaland. In Santaland, children can meet Santa, ride the ‘Santaland Express Train’ and send their very own wish-list all the way to the North Pole!
Bourke Street Mall
On a warm summer day, Bourke Street Mall is the place to be. It is the centre of all shopping in Melbourne, with Myer, David Jones and the Emporium all within a few metres. In this vicinity are the famous Myer Windows, which currently draw inspiration from Corinne Fenton and Marjorie Crosby-Fairall’s book ‘One Christmas Eve’. These installations are a must see, and portray some of Melbourne’s best landmarks.
With local buskers who may even play a carol or two, and magical Christmas characters like elves and fairies, there is something for everyone in Bourke Street Mall. For those who may be overwhelmed by the chaotic crowds, enjoy some quiet at the Federal Coffee Palace around the corner (along the GPO building) for a pit stop!
The Royal Arcade
Walking through the Royal Arcade on any given day is impressive. The black and white tiles, boutique stores, and beaming sunlight make this building iconic. Yet it is the beaded Christmas garlands that hang from the ceiling like glaciers that make this place so special at this time of the year, emulating an ethereal beauty that you do not want to miss.
David Jones Magic Cave and Christmas Shop
The Magic Cave gives young ones the chance to enter into the land of Christmas, a place where they can meet Santa and mark out their wish list amongst elves and fairies…
The Christmas Shop located on the level below the Magic Cave, is another must visit. It is where all of the trees and decorations are displayed, and will have you inspired to say the least!
Melbourne City Town Hall
There is something so special in seeing a 135 year old building decorated with festive wreaths and nutcrackers. With the Melbourne City Town Hall (corner of Swanston and Collins) you will see exactly that!
With the chaos that life brings, we often forget to take time out to explore. To write this post, I spent an entire day walking around the city that I call my home. When you have time and an open mind, it is incredible how much more you see. I encourage all of you to venture into the CBD this December and soak in your surroundings. You will be surprised at how beautiful the festivities are, and you might even find another place to add to this list!
There you have my favourite seasonal spots to visit this holiday season. If you have any other suggestions, leave a comment below. I am always looking for another adventure…
Chelsea Elizabeth xx