The Myer Christmas Windows in Melbourne has been a Christmas tradition for 65 years. Many families look forward to seeing the Myer windows, visiting Santa and enjoying the city Christmas ambience.
This year, with the backdrop of the COVID pandemic lockdown, the Myer Christmas Windows came very, very close to being cancelled. Planning for the windows usually takes 7 to 12 months, so it is a Christmas miracle that this years’ theme “Christmas is Uncancelled” was selected, planned and installed in just 3 months!
The book selection “Christmas is Uncancelled” is written by award-winning author Corinne Fenton and narrated by Eddie Perfect.
The story starts with a message travelling the world that Christmas is cancelled and that Santa’s Workshop is in lockdown. Santa and his elves are stuck in the North Pole unable to deliver presents. As word travels to Melbourne, family and friends unite to save Christmas with the help of flying magical trams and reindeer. So Melbourne!
Many well loved characters from years gone by reunite in this special story of how Christmas was saved in Melbourne.
Characters from The Wind in the Willows, Olivia Helps with Christmas, The Grinch Stole Christmas, Alice in Wonderland and Little Dog and The Christmas Wish all play a role. Vintage puppets from the Melbourne Museum’s Make Believe: The Story of the Myer Christmas Windows exhibition also join in.
My little boy started to get upset walking through the early displays because he didn’t think Santa was going to come this year! He was smiling by the end, so make sure you make it to the last display.
If you can’t make it to the city this year, you can enjoy an online trip down memory lane at the history of the Myer Windows site.
Date: 14 November–24 December 2020
Location: Melbourne City, 314–336 Bourke Street, Melbourne
There are Covid safe proceedures in place – please keep 1.5 metres physical distance from the people around you.
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