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Christmas in July seems to be a huge phenomenon in and around Melbourne so I thought it was time I took notice to see what's happening around town.
The Dandenong Ranges seems to bursting at the seams with restaurants and activities offering Christmas in July themed meals.
The Cuckoo is probably one of the first Victorian restaurants to offer Christmas in July. The Cuckoo is a Bavarian (German) themed smorgasbord style dining experience that will celebrate its 5 millionth customer in June 2014. Their Christmas in July festivities include traditional Christmas fare, carols, a visit from Santa and much more. To book or to find out more click here.
Puffing Billy Christmas in July luncheon will be available daily during July and departs Belgrave at 12:30 returning at 3:30pm. Carriages are heated for comfort and will be decorated. Enjoy a three course meal that will include antipasto, turkey breast and Christmas pudding. Adults cost $92 and concession/children $82. To read more click here.
Yarra Ranges Estate Winery is hosting 2 Christmas in July dinners. The first being a traditional 3 course Christmas dinner with live entertainment on the 19th of July from 7pm-11pm. The cost is $65pp and includes bon bons and a complimentary glass of wine on arrival. The second is a European Christmas in July 5 course dinner with live cabaret entertainment on Saturday 26th of July from 7pm-11pm. Cost is $85 pp and includes bon bons and complimentary glass of wine. To book or to find out more click here.
Sky High @ Mt Dandenong is taking bookings from clubs and groups looking to celebrate Christmas in July during the week. They are offering a main meal, dessert and two jugs of lemon lime bitters per table for $28pp. To book your group in click here.
Marybrooke is hosting Christmas in July lunches and dinners daily during July for bookings of 15 people or more. Enjoy pumpkin soup with garlic croutons, traditional roast with all the trimmings and plum pudding with brandy custard for $40pp. For more info click here.
Christmas in July market at Belgrave South on the 6th of July 10:30am - 3:30pm. Find 35 stalls selling homemade products at the Belgrave South Community hall. To read a full review click here.
Miss Marples in Sassafras is extending the festivities even longer with their Christmas in July menu starting from June 25th to August 1st. Miss Marples don't take bookings so just turn up and put your name on the waitlist if they're busy. To view their website click here.
In Melbournes CBD there are few to choose from, including:
The iconic Tram Car Restaurant is hosting a 5 course Christmas in July luncheon on each Sunday between 1pm-3:30pm during July. Join the festive cheer on board the decorated tram with an inclusive food and beverage package for $121 pp. Be quick to book to avoid disappointment. I can highly recommend the Tramcar Restaurant from previous dinners on board the tram.
Studley Park Boathouse in Kew have just put up their scrumptious menu for their Christmas in July meal on the 4th of July. Choose from one of three options available as part of a 3 course meal for $75pp. To book call 98531828 or to view the menu click here.
Luna Park's Christmas in July includes free face painting, hourly snow falls, visits by St Nicholas, candy canes and more. Entry is free but rides are ticketed. To read more visit their webpage here.
The Boathouse at Frankston is doing its finest to get people in the festive spirit with a tempting Christmas themed, 3 course menu with two options for only $55pp or $15 for children 12 years and under. With only one day of festivities on Sunday 27th it's best to book early. To view the menu click here.
The Mornington Peninsula is a bit more limited with options but here's what I could find:
The Pig and Whistle on Purves Rd in Main Ridge ( a few kilometres from the top of Arthurs Seat) is having a traditional Christmas in July feast by the fire on Saturday 26th of July. This english style pub in the countryside hasn't always had the best reviews but with new owners it will be interesting to see if the improvements made has changed reviewers minds?
Manhatten in Mornington is hosting a Friday night Christmas in July dinner on the 25th of July. Tickets are limited to 100 and will sell out quick. Enjoy a 3 course meal with a glass of champagne on arrival for $60pp. To book click here.
Don't forget Santa's Place in Mornington for the best decorations, trees ( real or fake ) or a bite to eat from the Christmas inspired cafe, there's also a playground for the kids.
Further afield is Sovereign Hill's Christmas in July festival between the 28th of June - 13th of July. For a full rundown of events and activities during the two week festival click here.
If you know of any other Christmas in July activities, feel free to leave a comment at the bottom of the page.