I'm a freelance writer and primary school teacher living in SE Melbourne. I love finding adventures for myself, my husband and our four kids to enjoy. Come along! Heart my articles, subscribe to the fun, follow along on www.facebook.com/WNMelbourne
Published November 7th 2014
Kid-friendly sticker tree from IKEA last year
Christmas Kingdom is a favourite Christmas shop of our family, where it begins to feel a lot like Christmas, from the moment you harken the door. Santa's throne, moving reindeer, chimneys and stockings and snow and nutcrackers; if they were permitted to have an open fire, I'm sure there would be chestnuts for roasting. But I haven't even mentioned trees. Height, width, colour, shimmer and shine; the choices are nearly endless for your artificial tree at Christmas Kingdom. Telephone: 03 9587 1566; open 9.30am until 5.00pm, seven days a week until Christmas, at 219-221 Nepean Hwy Mentone VIC.
There are often not-for-profit organizations setting up cut trees in lots around the suburbs of Melbourne; do you have a favourite spot or organization that you support every year? When and where do they usually set up shop? Here's a link to get you started on your search.
Tree farms are your best (ahem, only legal) option for a live tree these days. One of the best experiences with kids is to head south to Santa's Place, where they are decked out in decorations, and the sleigh bells will jingle you all the way to the tree farm out in the back to do your selecting (tractor ride). Head out to the cafe and playground to re-energize before getting your tree home.