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l must admit despite my grown up appearance (though I did get ask if I was 13 at the supermarket recently) I am a big child at Christmas time. I should be ashamed to admit it but I love nothing more than seeing all the colourful new decorations at Myer with the reindeer's and baubles and all the perfect (yet fake) Christmas trees. For some reason it brings thoughts of happiness and fun to mind, whilst friends are discussing over-commercialism and blah blah blah.
I say let's just embrace Christmas and enjoy all the festivities with family, friends and loved ones and here is a great list of events and activities that are mostly free.
Epicure Gingerbread Village: Epicure once again is bringing Melburnians their very own gingerbread village. Take a look at the detail of the creations that include Luna Park, MCG and many other famous Melbourne buildings and landmarks.
An iconic Christmas display in Melbourne that sees hundreds of thousands of people trying to get a glimpse of this years theme. Try and pick a quiet time or join the queue. The windows are on display between the 8th of November to the 5th of January. (Free)
Crown's Christmas Belles Show: Crown displays the largest display of Christmas decorations with the Christmas Belles show, which will run daily between 2pm - 5pm from the 12th to 24th December. (Free)
The Langham Melbourne Light Show: The Langham, for those who don't know, is a stylish five star hotel on Southbank which this year is again running a light show. The light show is run on the hour between 12pm - 11pm between the 6th of December till the 27th of December. (Free) Click below to see last years light display.
Frankston's Festival of Christmas Lights: This one is not in Melbourne but I thought was worth a mention, because for the last few years the Frankston Festival of Christmas Lights has been receiving rave reviews. I have never been so I can't say but you can check it out on the 30th of November. (Free)
Melbourne City Square with Santa and Santa's Post Box:
Each year Melbourne's city square gets transformed into a Christmas wonderland with a 9.2 metre Christmas tree, decorations, a visit from Santa and Santa's Post Box for the kids to post their letters to Santa in the North Pole. For Santa letter templates from Australia Post, click here. (Free)
Spirit of the Square - Fed Square: A month long celebration at Fed Square will see many Christmas events in the one spot including 'in the pines' which is a whole bunch of plastic Christmas trees in the square ( as pictured below) also choir's singing carols, Christmas movies and much more. (Free)
Melbourne's Carols by Candlelight: Though everything else on here is free, I thought I would throw this one in as a low cost activity. If you want to go to the carols but can't afford the $65 for a ticket than why not go to the rehearsal held on the 23rd of December for only $10 adults and $5 kids. For more information click here.
The llink for Crown is from last year - there is no light show at crown this year:
Every year, Crown presents a spectacular display of decorations to celebrate the magical season of Christmas and best of all, its free.
Crown's Christmas Belles
There will be live performances from the Crown's Christmas Belles show - a NYC 'Rockette' style choreographed dance show.
Please note: There is no light show in the Atrium this year like previous years; instead there will be roving entertainment including live shows, photos with santa and temporary christmas tattoos handed out
From: Thursday 12th of December 2013 To Tuesday 24th of December 2013