Christmas is almost here and Santa is on his way to Melbourne.
Spring into the festive season of Christmas by partaking in the hordes of events and activities organised by the Federation Square for the enjoyment of all.
Commencing on 1 December 2012, the Federation Square will drape itself in the joyous colours of Christmas to help you to celebrate this wonderful festival in the most exuberant and festive way. Until 25 December 2012, the Federation Square will be the prime location for revelling in all that makes Christmas so fabulous.
The highlights of the 25 day long celebrations include the following.
For almost the entire duration of December, the Federation Square will transform into a moveable forest of pine trees. Around 150 plastic Christmas trees have been installed at the Square by local urban artists known as The Projects. Lose yourself in a sea of beautiful Christmas trees and elevate your entertainment by spreading out a rug or blanket on the ground while soaking up some sun and enjoying a home-made or chef-made sandwich (budget permitting). To augment the fun, professional photographers will be roaming the site over the first three weekends of December capturing your personal and family moments at the Federation Square.
There will be music nights on the 5th,7th, 13th, 19th and 21st of December 2012 where your ears will be soothed and your heart will be regaled by music from talented artists. Pull up a deckchair or lay down on a rug and relax with free live music at the Federation Square from the likes of Craig Woodward with his Appalachian mountain music and Melbourne's "punk-trad" sextet, The Hoodangers. The Main Square will be the setting for these free music nights.
On 21 December 2012, the Main Square will be taken over by Community groups based at the ends of Melbourne's 15 railway lines. More details regarding this event will be released later. Keep an eye out on this site for more information.
And lastly on the auspicious day of Christmas if you find yourself forlorn with no one to share your Christmas with then march to the Federation Square where you will find fellow exiles or lonely birds with whom you can enjoy a laugh and share a picnic on the grounds of the Square. This event is entirely free and anyone can join in if they have no other bright ideas or lovely opportunities to celebrate Christmas day. You will need to be there between 11 am to 4pm to join in the merriment.
Check out this site for a complete list of all that is planned to make your Christmas special at the Federation Square. Merry Christmas.
At last, somewhere that Christmas doesn't start till December! I am appalled at how many shopping centres have had there "santa" arrivals, Christmas parades, decorations etc up since 1st November. It has become so commercialised! Thank you Fed Square for keeping the tradition of Christmas to December!