It’s summer so you know what that means – Christmas!
The Melbourne CBD is alive with the scorching sun and the bright sights and sounds of Christmas. It felt strange celebrating Christmas during the summer in my first year in Melbourne. Being from Miami, I never experienced a white Christmas, but the vibe was different. Even though it’s mild, winter in Miami does feels different from summer and all the traditional winter solstice events and festivals of light occur alongside Christmas. Here in Melbourne, Christmas is divorced from any winter solstice associations.
A sure sign that Christmas is around the corner is the unveiling of the Myer Animated Christmas Windows at its iconic flagship store on Bourke St. Every year, a children’s story comes alive in the Myer windows. This year, it’s a twist on the Goldilocks story with Santa Claus and the Three Bears by Maria Modugno, illustrated by Jane Dyer and Brooke Dyer. People of all ages form a long line to see the beautiful windows, which are lit up at night.
Inside, Myer has launched its Giftorium, a gift wonderland that features Santa Claus and a train that the little ones can ride.
I don’t work for Myer nor do they pay me for anything. Call me a fangirl, I guess. Myer is a beautiful store with excellent and friendly service that puts on great community events. They have beautiful and unique gifts and I love browsing and shopping there.
It’s not only Myer that’s got the Christmas spirit. Bourke St is alive, as usual, Melbourne City Town Hall’s all wrapped up, City Square is turned into a Christmas playground, and Flinders St Station wishes the whole city a Merry Christmas.
The Myer Animated Christmas Windows are on display in the Bourke Street Mall every day between 7:30am and 1am, all the way through to Sunday 4 January 2015. If you’re making a visit to the Windows this year, share your experience with on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by adding the hashtag #myerwindows. Feel free to tag me under @CosettePaneque on Twitter and @cosette_p on Instagram. I’d love to see your photos too.
Have you visited the Myer windows or any of the other Christmas sights in the city? How will you be spending your Christmas?