Christmas is almost upon us. Experience the magic of Christmas by visiting Santa in various parts of Melbourne with your near and dear ones.
1. Myer Christmas Window
Santa is back to Myer Christmas Window for another year of festivity and fun. Gather your little ones or organise your friends and gallop to the Myer on Bourke Street Mall to catch a glimpse of Santa and his entourage, brighter, bigger and shinier than ever.
The 2012 Myer Christmas Window theme is based on the story of Russell the Sheep who rescued Christmas after Santa and his reindeer dived to earth. This story has been penned by the UK writer Rob Scotton's and the book is titled "Russell's Christmas Magic". This lovely story has been given a 3 dimensional portrayal through various statues and stuffed dolls. Follow the story as you linger from one window to another and be enthralled by the beautiful figurines. This is indeed an unmissable Christmas event.
On 24 November 2012, Frankston will drape itself with the cheerful colours of Christmas to welcome Santa into town. A plethora of events and activities will include the appearance of Santa and Mrs Santa, free craft activities for children, photo snapping opportunity with Alex the Lion from Madagascar, live performance by Bananas in Pyjamas.
There will be an abundance of rides and amusements for young and old, live music performances and a fiesta of scrumptious treats and snacks. Finally, curtain will be drawn on this festival by the display of colourful fireworks. Learn more about this free festival here.
On the 7 December 2012, Warrawee Park of Oakleigh at the corner of Drummond Street and Atherton road will come alive with the joyous celebration of Christmas.
Commencing at 7:30pm, this event will incorporate fun festival activities and a sausage sizzle, local school choirs, celebration of multicultural Australia, reliving the Christmas story and a special appearance by none other than Santa himself. Contact 03 9568 5161 to find out more about this wonderful, free event.
Since 16 November 2012, Santa's Magical Kingdom has been gracing the grounds of Yarra Boulevard in Burnley. An extensive programme schedule comprises of Mrs Claus's Storyland where children are entertained with Christmas stories while relaxing with warm milk and cookies, Christmas Craft Decorating Precinct where children can unleash their inner genius while dabbling with colour, crafts and crayons. There is also a Christmas themed circus featuring stunts, illusions, comedy and dare devil performances. An enchanted forest providing a magical experience while a Christmas animal farm allows children to play with real deer.
Children can enjoy carnival rides including Magical Train, Jet Planes, Tea Cups and many more. There are wondrous spectacles like a Snowland, where snowfalls occur every half hour and a Gingerbread House, where children can try their hands at making some awesome edible creations. Unlike the other events, this event is not free and costs $35 per person. Tickets can be purchased through Ticketek. More details can be accessed here.
5. Streets of Melbourne In the month of December, the streets of Melbourne will be teeming with Santas in all shapes and sizes regaling Melburnians with their cheery mood and friendly demeanour. You will also get the opportunity to donate a gold coin or two to their jolly Santas.