Gingerbread Village in Melbourne Town Hall
What better way to feel the spirit of Christmas than to sense the smell of Gingerbread wafting through the air!
Expect to stand in a long line to go inside the Melbourne Town Hall to see the Gingerbread Village, but it’s all worth it. The Gingerbread Village is created with Australia’s most prominent landmarks such as the Melbourne Cricket Stadium, Melbourne Flinder’s Station, Sydney Luna Park, etc.
The selection of colors, the incredible attention to details and the perfection that the chefs strive to achieve are all simply mind-blowing. The chefs have done an amazing job portraying the Australian food culture of having kebab corners, burgers, hot dog joints at the public entertainment centers.
Check out the Christmas lighting show in Melbourne Town Hall
There is a Christmas lighting show every few minutes projected on the Melbourne Town Hall, which is wrapped around with a big red Christmas bow. The 8 minutes show portrays Christmas celebrations and decorations from several countries and cities around the world. The graphics, colors, lighting, music are extravagant. Enjoy the show with thousands of others standing crammed around you.
See the tall Christmas tree in Christmas Square
A tall and beautifully decorated and lighted Christmas tree in the heart of Melbourne. It is amazing how a little patch of grass can be turned into something so marvelous with Christmas trees, nut crackers and candy canes. Visit this place both during the day and at night; each has its own unique beauty to offer.
Visit the magical Myer Christmas Windows
Apparently this has become a tradition in Melbourne. Different themes are featured every year and in 2014, Myer had a theme of Santa Claus and the three bears.
The storyline, the animations, the lights, décor were all stunning. I’ve never seen anything like these before and I was completely fascinated.
And while you are there, look above to the see the colorful decorations in the lane.
Stroll around Melbourne CBD
Ditch your tattered maps. Just get lost here. It is worth it! Stop by cafes and restaurants to grab drinks, tapas and little nibbles. Do window shopping. Buy your souvenirs here.
Welcome Christmas at St. Pauls Cathedral
No matter where you are in the city of Melbourne, the tall and magnificent St. Paul’s Cathedral stands out. We were fortunate enough to celebrate the Christmas eve by attending the Mass at midnight.
Go to the Shrine of Remembrance
A colossal memorial built to commemorate the men and women who survived in World War 1, this is a must-do when you visit Melbourne. I would have loved to go inside, unfortunately, it was closed on Christmas day.
While walking around the memorial, we saw a golden retriever puppy. I was instantly reminded of my little one and petted the little golden. Just across from the Shrine of Remembrance is the Melbourne Botanical Gardens and we walked towards it.
Melbourne’s Royal Botanical Gardens
These gardens are expansive; wildly expansive. We aimlessly strolled inside the gardens, enjoying the beautiful trees, plants, flowers and lawns in the warm, sunny weather. There’s a beautiful lake in the gardens that several birds call it, their home. Simply ambling through the gardens with no agenda and no time limit was tranquil in itself. The fun vibe proliferates when you see families and friends getting together and enjoying a good picnic under the shades of large trees.
See the quirky street art in Hosier Lane
As you walk through the Hosier Lane and glance at the eccentric art work, you realize that this street is the real attestation to why Melbourne is considered one of the world’s greatest street art capitals.
Admire the architectural wonder of the Flinders Railway Station
Believe it or not, the most iconic landmark on Flinders Street is the Flinders Railway Station. Granted there are other popular places such as St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Federation Square by the delicate Yarra River. The architecture of the railway station looks splendid, both at night and at day. After celebrating Christmas eve at St. Paul’s cathedral, we didn’t miss the chance to take pictures of the railway station lit up at night.
Stroll along the Southbank and Federation Square
With lots of restaurants and ice-cream shops along the way, the South Bank is along the beautiful Yarra river. A leisure walk, both at day and at night brings its own beauty. And at certain times of the way, the Federation Square shows free movies for the public in the big screens.