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Published June 12th 2016
Why Wait Until December for Christmas
Top 5 Children's Christmas in July Events Christmas can seem a long time coming to a child so why not give them an early taste of festive cheer with one of these Christmas in July events. Your children may have to wait another six months for presents but not for Santa to make an appearance, for elves, decorations, or even for faux snow.
Give Your Children an Early Taste of Festivities with Christmas in July (Photo in the Public Domain via Pixabay)
Between the 25th of June and the 24th of July Main Street at Sovereign Hill will be adorned with Christmas trees and decorations and Christmas carols will be played throughout the day. Family and children's activities are planned and there will be a full theatre program. All of which is fantastic but what makes Sovereigns Hill's Christmas in July truly amazing are the make believe snowfalls and the incredible after dark Winter Wonderlights displays projected across the buildings.
Faux Snow for Sovereign Hill's Christmas in July (Photo from Sovereign Hill Facebook Page)
Sovereign Hill is at Bradshaw Street, Ballarat. They can be contacted via their website or by telephoning (03) 5337 1199. Opening times are 10am to 7pm. Costs for entry including the gold museum and Winter Wonderlights are Adult $54.00, Concession $43.20, Child (5-15) $24.50, Family (2 adults & up to 4 children) $136.00, Single Parent Family (1 adult & up to 3 children) $98.00, Children under 5 admitted free.
In addition to Luna Park's usual rides and attractions Santa and his elves will be in attendance. The park will be displayed as if it was the North Pole and there will be snowfalls on the hour, reindeer rides, festive face painting, Christmas food, and appearances by the Bouncing Elves. On the 26th June Scrat and Sid from Ice Age will also be visiting.
It's Snowing at Luna Park (Photo from Luna Park Melbourne Facebook Page)
Luna Park is at 18 Lower Esplanade, St Kilda. They can be contacted via their website or by telephoning (03) 9525 5033. Winter school holiday opening hours are 11:00am to 8:00pm Friday and Saturday, and 11:00am to 6:00pm Sunday to Thursday. Admission and entertainment for Christmas in July is free. Normal costs for rides and attractions apply.
Santa Sings Christmas Carols at The Cuckoo
The Cuckoo Family Restaurant is hosting Christmas in July from 1st to 31st of July. With the building and the forest outside dusted with snow this small part of the Dandenong Ranges takes on a European feel.
Snow at the Cuckoo in 2011 (Photo from Cuckoo Restaurant Facebook Page)
The Christmas flair continues with the festive decorations inside. Christmas carols are sung while you enjoy a family traditional Christmas Dinner or a Christmas buffet and even Santa bursts into song. This family restaurant also caters for children with colouring sheets and a playground and is renowned for its Bavarian style entertainment. The Cuckoo which describes itself as "a little mad, magical and brilliantly bizarre", has quite a pedigree and has been dishing up family fare and fun for over 60 years.
Playing the Cowbells, a children's favourite at The Cuckoo (Photo from Cuckoo Restaurant Facebook Page)
The Cuckoo Restaurant is at 508 Mount Dandenong Tourist Road, Olinda. They can be contacted via their website or by telephoning (03) 9751 1003 . They are open 7 days a week for lunch and Friday, Saturday and Sunday for dinner. Bookings for Christmas in July are essential.
It's Snowtime at Wonderland
Although not strictly Christmas in July it will seem so to your child. Underneath the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel at Docklands, Wonderland presents 'It's Snowtime.' Between the 25th June and the 10th of July deck the children out in their coats, gloves and gumboots and enter a snow wonderland where they can build snowmen, slide down mini snow mountains and test their skills in the snow ball target area.
Rug up for 'It's Snowtime' at Wonderland (Photo in the Public Domain via Pixabay)
Wonderland is at Under the Melbourne Star at 101 Waterfront Way Docklands. They can be contacted via their website or by telephoning (03) 9602 1311. Session times are from 10am to 4pm and sessions run for 50 minutes. Cost is $18 per child, accompanying parent of children to 8 years old are admitted for free, and accompanying parents of children over 8 is $10.
Fireworks and a Christmas Feast
The RACV Country Club in Healesville is offering a traditional three course Christmas dinner on the 9th of July.
Enjoy Fireworks after your Christmas in July Dinner (Photo in the Public Domain via Pixabay)
Tuck into roast turkey, plum pudding and mince pies and following a leisurely dinner wander outside for a fireworks show. It will be like Christmas and New Year all rolled into one. A Christmas dinner without fireworks is also being offered on the 8th of July and Christmas buffets are on the 8th and 10th of July.
Tuck into a Scrumptious Christmas Dinner (Photo in the Public Domain via Pixabay)
RACV Country Club Healesville is at 122 Healesville-Kinglake Rd, Healesville. They can be contacted via their website or by telephoning (03) 5969 9433. Dinner is at 6pm and cost including the fireworks display on the 9th of July are $34.50 per adult, includes a glass of house wine and $17 per child (12 and under). Check the website for prices of other sessions.