The TiniTrader.com.au team was recently swapping ideas about the ultimate way to soak up the Christmas spirit. We couldn’t decide on a favourite so we thought we’d share all our ideas with you.
Christmas lights literally turn on the magic of Christmas – there is such a beautiful energy when everyone comes together to enjoy the creativity and wow factor of Christmas lights. Heading out with the family to explore the various Christmas lights on display is so much fun. Just bear in mind some of the destinations (particularly those well-known suburbs whose residents just go all out!) are more like major tourist attractions, so be prepared for queues!
If you are looking for those classic and terrifically popular Christmas wonderlands, then consider:
• 12 Concorde Place, St Clair
• 6 Gardenia Place, Castle Hill
• 5 Waratah Street, North Bondi
• 5 Warrowa Ave, West Pymble
• 5 Warrowa Ave, West Pymble
• The Boulevarde, Ivanhoe
• Thomson St, Northcote
• Santander Crescent, Point Cook
• 47 Gordon Grove, Preston
• 43 Jenola Parade, Wantirna South
• Bowers Road South, Everton Hills
• Louise Court, Deception Bay
• Callabonna Street, Westlake
• Cnr of Chatsworth Road & Bullard Street, Greenslopes
• Abbeyfeale Street, Tingalpa
• Skylark Close, Flagstaff Hill
• 5 Albara Road, Ingle Farm
• 10 Neptune Crescent, West Beach
• Prairie Dunes, Connolly
• Old Belvidere Prom, East Perth
• Forest Rd, Devereux St and Williams Rd, all in Armadale
• 22 Fingleton Cres, Gordon
• 32 Elia Ware Crescent, Bonner
• Tennyson Crescent, Forrest
‘It’s busier than Bourke Street’ is such a common saying in Australia. We have every reason to think it all started with the Myer Animated Christmas Window tradition! In fact every year apparently some one million people flock to Bourke St to enjoy the Myer windows! Myer is this year celebrating its 58th annual Christmas window – what a wonderful milestone! This year’s theme is Gingerbread Friends and it absolutely won’t disappoint. Head to Myer and prepare to fall under the Christmas spell!
*Myer Brisbane windows are also featuring Gingerbread Friends this year.
How much do we love our Christmas carols in Australia? If anything literally sings Christmas, this is it! There are of course the major Christmas carols that appear in capital cities, with particular emphasis here on Melbourne and the iconic Carols by Candlelight (Dec 24). This is such a moving way to take stock of what is really important around Christmas time, and to share the evening with loved ones. Pack a picnic (don’t forget the candle!) and enjoy. Even better - you will be helping to raise money for Vision Australia, a wonderful cause. If you can’t get to the city for a big Carols by Candlelight, don’t worry! More often than not local organisations such as Rotary host smaller Christmas Carol events so check in with your local council and see what is on offer. Just some of the other beautiful Christmas carols around the country include:
• Brisbane, IGA Lord Mayor’s Carols in the City, Dec 14
• Hobart, Tolosa Park Carols By Candlelight, Dec 14
• Canberra, Woden Carols by Candlelight, Dec 14
• Adelaide, Carols by Candlelight, Dec 15
• Sydney, Carols in the Domain Dec 21
• Perth, IGA Carols by Candlelight, Dec 22
Often the best way to soak up the Christmas spirit is to help others. Organisations such as The Salvation Army run iconic Christmas appeals and are a wonderful way to help others in the community. The Salvation Army Kmart Wishing Tree has over the last 26 years become a charitable institution, with Australians leaving gifts for those less fortunate at Kmart trees around the country.
Christmas Fun in Your Area
Cities, suburbs and towns throughout Australia will be enjoying the Christmas spirit all through December. Check in with your local council to see what is available in your area – it could be anything from Christmas decoration making classes, Christmas cooking demonstrations, Christmas parades and more – there are is almost no end of opportunity to get into the Christmas spirit! Just some of the nationwide offering includes:
The Nutcracker Storytelling & Doll Making Workshop
Until 17 Dec Brisbane City Hall, King George Square A chance for kids to use Queensland Ballet costume fabrics to make a tutu-wearing doll, all whilst listening to the Nutcracker story.
Myer Christmas Parade & Pantomime
Until 22 Dec King George Square, 100 Adelaide St The City and Queensland Ballet partner to deliver a beautiful Parade & Pantomime with over 200 performers and mesmerising 3D decorations.
Christmas at Sydney Town Hall
Dec 17 George Street The breathtaking Sydney Town Hall Grand Organ and iconic Sydney sandstone surrounds make this a memorable evening of carol singing, festive music and readings.
Until Christmas Day Pitt Street An interactive Christmas choir, a walkway of light sculptures and atmospheric choral sounds triggered by your presence, this is a beautiful interactive Christmas experience to walk through at your own leisure.
Christmas Craft & Decorations Workshop
19 Dec Henley & Grange Community Centre, Henley Beach A chance for kids to create their own Christmas decorations in this festive workshop.
Until 02 January 2014 44-86 Swanston Street, Melbourne Step into a transformed City Square and experience a magical festive land completely with Rudolph and his reindeer mates, a hedge maze, traditional nativity scene and interactive story book. Santa is even there in his house! Or come in the evening and see the square transformed into a well-lit wonderland!