It’s the perfect time to take a Melbourne city tour and explore everything this vibrant hub has to offer. From great outdoor adventures to festive activities and cultural pursuits, there’s a little something for everyone.
Relax on the Beach
Beach time is mandatory in Melbourne at Christmas. And, though it may not be the Gold Coast, the city boasts a number of beautiful beaches to relax on. You can pack a picnic, dine out on a barbecue, kick back and relax on the sand, and go for a swim – how’s that for a laidback Christmas?
See the Penguin Parade
Animal lovers will want to hot foot it to Phillip Island to see the world-famous Penguin Parade. Here, on the pristine sands of Summerland Beach, the colony of Little Penguins waddle up the beach each night to their nests. You can witness the natural show unfold up close, and learn more about these cute critters and their habitat.
Christmas Shopping at Queen Victoria Market
During December, the buzz of Queen Victoria Market escalates into a Christmas frenzy. Boasting thousands of bargains on hundreds of stalls, it’s the perfect place to do a spot of Christmas shopping before it gets too late. You can even pay Santa a visit while you’re there, and little ones can explore the Rudolph path to get into the festive spirit.
Myer Christmas Windows
The Myer department store puts on a festive show every year in its windows, forming the highlight for many Christmas-lovers. Head to Burke Street to see the beautifully handcrafted display that re-enacts a scene from one of the children’s books sold in the store.
Keep things Christmassy by heading to Christmas Square. Situated close to the impressive architecture of Flinders Street Station, Christmas Square is packed full of Christmas trees, Nutcrackers, nativity scenes, reindeers, and a whole host of other Christmas characters. In addition, there is a large countdown clock that counts down to Christmas and a special mailbox that’s linked directly to Santa in the North Pole.
Christmas in Melbourne really is a spectacular thing to see. As well as warm weather and gorgeous beaches, there is plenty of festive activities to get stuck into.