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This festival season, QV Melbourne will be lighting up the CBD with a new Christmas Hub celebrating the 2019 holiday season with a range of interactive activities and complimentary goodies. . Located in the QV city square on the corner of Swanston and Lonsdale streets, Level 2, QV Melbourne's Get / Festive launches on Friday 29 November and will run through till Sunday 22 December 2019, and it's completely FREE.
The newest Christmas Hub on the block, it's sporting an Australian first; a walk-through Christmas tree. Reaching 15 metres to the stars with unique Christmas characters and magical lights inside and out, state of the art digital technology takes it to another level, ensuring the QV Christmas Tree becomes a celebratory CBD destination this Christmas, joining the ranks of the Myer Christmas windows.
Global leaders in unique Christmas décor, The Xmas Designers were called in to create this Australian first, with a brief that the tree had to capture the imagination and incite childlike wonder. It's going to do that and more. The tree will shimmer with the latest technology shifting festive colours whilst the 6-metre wide interior will be displaying other digital delights and unique Christmas characters to interact with and photograph. Enjoy this amazing element along with custom live comic art, festive pet photos supporting Guide Dogs Victoria, a Golden Donut Decorating Station and a whole lot more. Read through to the end to discover more freebies and prizes. Take advantage of this FREE spectacular Christmas event, and bring the whole family for those Christmas feels.
Lindt are coming to the party and are giving you an exclusive opportunity to receive a FREEpersonalised Lindt ribbon to wrap a box of Lindt chocolates from the Christmas Hub's Lindt Box. The chocolatiers at Lindt are making gift-giving easy. Every patron who buys a 150g box of Lindt receives the perfect finishing touch to their present, complete with gold wrapping paper. The Lindt Box will be a resplendent fixture in QV Square until Saturday 21 December.
Catch live illustrator Zahra Zainal on Fridays 29 Nov and 13 Dec from 5-8pm creating personalised comics from the Christmas Hub. Drawn on the spot, in real-time, she will improvise personalised comic strip illustrations around the theme of human connection. Each recipient will be asked "Who do you most want to feel a connection with this holiday season, and why?" The result will be a unique, handmade gift to be treasured forever. Zahra has always been intrigued by the human connection and how it's expressed. For her, art has always been a way of bringing people closer together and showing the natural way in which we as humans interact with one another. Having your story captured in a permanent image to take home with you, has to be an amazing feeling.
Another reason to be at the Christmas Hub on a Friday is for the Pinata Challenge! Remember the dates - Friday 29 Nov & 6 & 13 Dec. All you do is take a photo with the QV Christmas tree, upload it to your Instagram and hashtag #QVChristmas, then show the promo staff to go for gold in the QV Pinata Hut. Customers will be given ten seconds in the pinata cube for their chance to find the black Lindt ball and take home a $1000 QV shopping spree. How awesome is that! Who doesn't love a bit of retail therapy for FREE.
Every Saturday the popular Pup-mas Photography is back! In support of Guide Dogs Victoria, get snapped with your furry friend in their festive best for a GOLD COIN DONATION. What a great way to show love for your four-legged family member this Christmas, with a new photo for the mantlepiece to join the rest of the family. Not only will it capture puppy love; it gifts the Guide Dogs with much-needed funds to help those less fortunate. Bring on the pooches!
If you absolutely adore dogs but can't commit to a long term best friend, check out the Volunteer Puppy Raising Program. Enjoy the wonderful warm feels of getting the best of both worlds. Get all the warm fuzzy feels of puppy-love while helping someone who truly needs a Guide Dog in the future. Head to the Guide Dogs Vic website to find out ways you can support them and be involved.
If you're into dazzling, glitter and gold, the Gold Room at the Christmas Hub in QV Square is for you! It's your chance to capture yourself in a glittering selfie space to create some gold content. It's all about gold with tastebuds being treated to the Gourmet Golden Gustation, as QV shoppers are indulged with an array of golden treats including the Golden Eye Cocktail, Golden Fairy Floss, and Golden Caramel Popcorn. It'll peak on Mondays and Thursdays where the Get / Festive experiencers will sample their own custom-creations from the Golden Donut Decorating Station. The Gourmet Golden Gustation will be served from 4pm-7pm Mondays - Thursdays and Saturdays during the Get / Festive program.
Worlds apart from other retail precincts in Melbourne, QV represents the quintessential Melbourne lifestyle of intimate laneways in the urban precinct to wander and discover an eclectic mix of shops, cafes and restaurants. QV has something for everyone in boutiques, entertainment and cosmopolitan bars and restaurants. The launch of the Hub gives you all the festive feels with the added bonus of FREE Little Lon Distilling Co gin cocktails in Albert Coates Lane, FREE Lindt inspired golden ice creams from Aqua S, along with a special QV Vending Machine in QV Square where the first 250 people to line up will win a share in $5,000 worth of prizes.Unmissable! Be there, at the Square!