The iconic Myer Christmas windows are a popular sight for locals and tourists alike.
Each year, as for the last 55 years, Myer's Christmas windows are a delight for Melbournians in the month of December. This year's theme is "Santa Claus is Coming to Town", told as a story across a series of six windows featuring moving characters. Guy Sebastian recorded the carol used in the display, with backing vocals performed by the Australian Girls Choir. Unveiled on the fourth of November and available for viewing until the eighth of January, the Myer Christmas windows are busy from morning to evening. Expect a long wait in line, but it's worth it.
Open from 7:30am to 1:00am daily, the windows are located at Myer's Bourke Street Mall store.
Go on a fair trade Christmas shopping tour
Buy gifts to offset your conscience on a fair trade shopping tour, which takes you to all the best places to buy fair trade products in the North Melbourne area. Three tours are being run this year, on December 3, December 10 and December 15. The December 3 tour and the December 10 tour include a two course lunch and costs $65, while the December 15 tour includes light refreshments and costs $30. All tours include a gift bag and transport between stores with a stopover at a cafe, and with champagne included, it promises to be a fun experience. Bookings are essential- email Kym at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are a number of music festivals on this December, so there's something bound to please no matter what your taste. Stereosonic comes to Melbourne on December 3, and Pyramid Rock at Phillip Island and Lorne's Falls Festival both run from December 29 to January 1. Summadayze, while not technically in December, arrives in Melbourne on New Years Day 2012. Of course, music festivals tend to be quite expensive, so perhaps you want to consider going after you've worked out how much this holiday season will set you back.
The Blender Studios, once a dilapidated warehouse, celebrates street art with eighteen artists working there to create urban masterpieces. Once a year, the studios are transformed into a party space, with the artists' work on display. Blender Studios are open as a gallery from the December 20. A DJ plays rock, pop and dance music on the night of the party, Friday 23 December. With the event restricted to those eighteen and over, the alcohol will be flowing at this licensed venue. Best of all, the Blender Christmas party is free. Blender Studios are located at 110 Franklin Street, Melbourne.
Watch the Boxing Day test
Every year on the 26th of December until the 30th, the Melbournians who aren't busy taking advantage of the Boxing Day sales are busy watching the Boxing Day test. With the phenomenally popular cricket match occuring at the MCG, Australia is playing against India this year. A price list for attending at the MCG is viewable here, with adult tickets in the general reserve section costing $36 on the first day and $31 per day thereafter. Or, you could watch the game on TV at home.
The Myer Christmas Windows were always a highlight when I was a child. I remember wanting to go again and again, with a different classic fairytale present yearly. All kids should beg their parents to see this, hopefully it continues to impress. The poor themes of late are the only down side.