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'The Last Minute Christmas' - Top Christmas Activities for Melburnians

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Published November 19th 2013
A Fun and Spontaneous Way to Spend Christmas holidays
The Last Minute Christmas

Hot Air Balloon
City views from the top

Full of lights, laughter, gifts and delicacies, Christmas brings brightness in everybody's life. Some plan ahead for outings during holidays while some live on spontaneity. A last minute vacation planning is not only exhaustive on the pocket but also for the people.

How about doing something different this time. That sport or dance you always wanted to try. That old friend you wanted to meet. How about spending some time close to nature? How about sharing your happiness with the less fortunate?

Read on for some last minute ideas.

Day Tours
There are many tour operators selling one or two day tours. Drive your way around the Great Ocean Road. Catch on a helicopter ride for a breath taking view of the 12 apostles. Spend your evening with the lovely fairy penguins and seals on Philip Island.

If you like hiking, try the Grampian National Park. Options are numerous and so are tour providers. Search online for a good deal.
The Twelve Apostles
By Alex Proimos, Wikimedia Commons

Love Thy City
All of us travel around the city for work, shopping, eating out, leisure, but Melbourne City gets a different grandeur 29th November onwards. Hop on to the free City Circle Tram or the Melbourne visitor shuttle (for a nominal 5$ ticket) or just travel on foot.

Enjoy the celebrations at Federation Square, Town Hall, Bourke Street Mall, Queen Victoria Market, Docklands. Sing carols and get your picture clicked with Santa at Fed Square or kiss your sweetheart on the Mistletoe bridge. Travel through the city laneways, Chinatown, Greek Precinct, Lygon Street; each has its own Christmas sparkle to add and lots of delicacies to offer.

How about viewing your city from the skies. Itching for an adventure? Book a hot air balloon sunrise package or a helicopter dusk package. Surely that would give a different perspective to see your city.

Hot Air Balloon
City views from the top

Date with Mother Nature
Use the holidays as an opportunity for a time out with Mother Nature. Melbourne has many parks, gardens. Have a picnic with your family and friends.

Don your hats, splash the sunscreen and head to the beach. Visit wildlife sanctuaries, zoos, aquariums. Enrich your knowledge and get some clicks for your album.

Love flowers? Make your own garden. Get your hands dirty. Along with giving some good exercise to your muscles, it is a great family activity.

These activities will be thoroughly enjoyed by kids and adults alike.

Royal Botanic Garden
Good picnic spot

Full year round you have slogged through office work, project deadlines and somewhere compromised your family time.
Spend time with your parents, grand parents. Give a romantic surprise to your partner. There are many options around for kids activities.

Go out with friends. Just put on your thinking cap and you'll realise that options are many. You don't always have to spend money to make your family happy. Lots of love always does the trick.

Family time
Gingerbread family by Kakisky

Christmas spirit in the air makes everyone happy. But what about the less fortunate? The ones in orphanage or old age homes waiting to experience a gesture of kindness. Or the terminally ill, battling to stay alive.

Why not make their lives bit easier? Donate at these institutions. You can take some gifts to an orphanage. Spend some time with the seniors. Charity need not always be in the form of money. A small step towards social service is a big leap towards humanity.

Charity work at an orphanage
From Wikimedia Commons

Me time
In attending to work and family, you have neglected the most important person in your life, You! Be nice to yourself, let go of any emotional baggage. Work towards a fitter body, mind and soul. Join a yoga class. Learn a new dance form or a sport. Free your mind from any form of negativity. Just be happy.

Christmas tree
by Lotushead, Wikimedia
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Why? Christmas is time for fun
When: Christmas holidays
Where: Melbourne, Victoria
Cost: Mostly free
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