1. Myer Melbourne’s Christmas Animated Window – Little Dog and the Christmas Wish
Now on its 60th year, this Christmas tradition at Myer department store chain’s Bourke Street Mall takes a beloved Australian children’s book, Little Dog and the Christmas Wish as its inspiration. The story is set on Christmas Eve 1956 and features life-like animatronics of Little Dog as well as an impressive light and sound show. The story is told through a series of window displays as spectators follow Little Dog on his amazing journey.
2. Gingerbread Village by EPICURE
Designed by EPICURE’s award-winning Executive Pastry Chef Deniz Karaca and his talented team, this year’s Gingerbread Village features iconic sites of Melbourne such as Luna Park and the Melbourne Zoo, with the F1 Grand Prix making its debut appearance this year. The team uses 500kg of gingerbread, 360 kg of royal icing, 150kg of marzipan and about 800 miniature Christmas trees to bring this gingerbread village to life.
3. Christmas Square (City Square)
For the holidays, City Square has transformed into Christmas Square, a magical forest where families can revel in the festivities. Christmas Square comes alive with nutcracker soldiers and interactive candy canes. By night, the square turns into a Christmas wonderland of sights and sounds.
4. LEGO Christmas tree at Federation Square
Using half a million LEGO bricks and soaring close to 10 metres, this is the largest LEGO Christmas tree in the Southern Hemisphere. It is built by LEGO Master Builder Chris Steininger and his family who personally flew down from the US just to build this LEGO masterpiece. The tree comes to life every day with a light show set to much-loved Christmas carols.
5. Christmas Projections on Melbourne Town Hall
Familiarise yourself with the tune to The Twelve Days of Christmas and get ready to follow two children as they take a magical Christmas journey through the city. Melbourne Town Hall’s façade transforms into a magical moving Christmas projection show designed by world-class projection designers, The Electric Canvas.
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