Christmas is one of the most wonderful and magical times of the year. From sparkling decorations to cheerful tunes and stories of holiday cheer, getting into the festive spirit is easy for many to do. If you’re struggling to feel the Christmas spirit, we have the perfect day out planned for you and your family!
Enchanting families for 66 years, the Myer Christmas Windows are a Melbourne Christmas tradition. If they’re not already on your to-do list, along with favourites like the Crown Christmas Show and the Docklands Christmas Maze, then this is your perfect chance to check it out!
Peter Rabbit hops into Myer’s Christmas Windows
Whether it’s tales of an escaped adult Elf, a child left Home Alone, or a green, grumpy antihero, story-telling is at the core of Christmas. Instead of packing their windows full of gifts, Myer have continued their tradition of telling some of our favourite Christmas stories and fairy tales.
This year, Beatrix Potter’s Tale of Peter Rabbit has bounced into the spotlight.
Spread across six windows, the detailed set has 22 humans, including bunny-hating Mr McGregor, plus 19 rabbits, birds, mice and insects.
You’ll also find over 3,000 leaves, vegetable and flower petals which have each been individually drawn, cut and hand-painted.
With the sound of Christmas carols and actor Magda Szubankski narrating the different stories in each window, you’ll really feel every word.
See the display for yourself from 7:30am to 10:30pm, until the 24th of December. There’s no need to book!
The Tale of Peter Rabbit
For those of us who need a quick recap, the child’s book follows the mischievous Peter Rabbit.
He manages to get into the garden of the furious Mr McGregor, a green thumb with a quick temper!
What follows is adventure, as Peter is chased around and beyond the garden. We won’t ruin the ending for you!
Activities for the whole family
Besides the display windows, there are Christmas activities for the entire family.
Grab a delicious treat on your way to the display and don’t forget to enter a giveaway! Take a ride on the magical Santaland express train – after booking your place, of course – and choo choo choo into the perfect photographic moment with jolly old St Nick.
For the adults, treat yourself to a spot of Christmas shopping – hunt for the perfect dress, find something for the relative that has everything or spoil everyone you love with gifts that speak to them.
How the windows got their start
The Myer Christmas Windows have been a source of joy for families for many years.
Beginning all the way back in 1956, Freddie Asmuseen – the head of display at the time – flipped the script and replaced the usual gift arrangement with a story very much dear to everyone’s hearts. The Olympics! Starring Santa and a handful of Olympians, the new dream team could be seen hanging out in Santa’s sleigh.
Since then, Myer has kept the tradition alive.
Thanks to tales like the Christmas Carol, The Grinch and Sleeping Beauty, people have come to expect magic and wonder from Myer. And every year, they deliver.
Sneak downtown this December and hunt for hidden secrets in the displays, letting your little ones dive into their imaginations… without spending a cent.
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This post has been published in collaboration with Myer