We are thrilled that Christmas is not far away! It is hard not to be excited as the children start winding up their daily activities at school and the Christmas decorations start to appear in the local streets.
There are so many wonderful activities to undertake with the family that are both free and fun. We have given some thought to some activities you could enjoy in Melbourne. We will post something similar for Sydney next week.
Kids Christmas Activities in Melbourne City Centre
The centre of Melbourne comes to life with the Christmas decorations and activities. It is always special to have a trip to the city with the family. Add to the adventure by catching a tram or a train. The kids will love it!
One of our favourite spots to visit is the City Square. The Square (on the corner of Collins St and Swanston St) is transformed each year into a Christmas spectacular.
At the heart of the square is the 9.2metre living Christmas tree. Kids can visit Santa and Mums can make the most of the free photo opportunities (including a photo with Santa).
After visiting the square it is always lovely to wander up to Bourke Street to visit the Myer windows. The windows this year are based on the delightful children's book 'Santa and the Three Bears" by Maria Modugno. The windows were created over a 7 month period by a group of more than 40 talented artists. They are truly iconic!
Enjoy a coffee or hot chocolate in one of the many lovely cafes in the city. Brunetti's is conveniently located in the City Square next to the Christmas festivities.
Carols by Candlelight - Perfect Christmas Eve fun for the Kids
The Vision Australia Carols by Candlelight have been a tradition for more than 76 years. I have never attended, however have long enjoyed the TV coverage on Christmas Eve sitting with my family. Maybe this year is the year to head to the Sidney Myer Music Bowl. Tickets sell out and therefore plan ahead for this event.
If you don't buy tickets for the big event, then the carols will be telecast in Federation Square from 8pm. Take along a picnic basket and enjoy the entertainment.
Many local councils host Carols by Candlelight. Many of these are a lovely way to reconnect with the community and to enjoy a picnic with the family. Look to your local Council websites for details.
Take the Kids on a drive to see Christmas lights
Many suburban streets in Melbourne are embracing the spirit of Christmas by creating elaborate light displays. One of the best is the found on the Boulevard in Ivanhoe from the 15th of December. This light show is unbelievable and certainly worth a visit. Get in early as the traffic can pile up pretty quickly. Be patient, take snacks and enjoy the show!
There are many ways free and fun ways to enjoy the lead up to Christmas. Plan for some family time and enjoy the festivities!