It’s been over six months since Christmas and with another six to go until the big day, it’s time to satisfy those festive craving with Christmas in July celebrations throughout the city. Melbourne is embracing the mid-year celebration with restaurants, bars and entertainment precincts putting up their Christmas lights up and Santa hats on.
1. Winter Night Market
Sadly, it won’t be snowing in Melbourne’s CBD, although it might feel so cold that it should. With a cup of spiced mulled wine or hot apple cider in hand however, you won’t even notice the cold.
Wander through Queens Victoria Market’s Market sheds this winter. Dive into bowls of delicious winter warmers and a range of sweet options, it will be the perfect prelude to Christmas 2018.
The live music might not play Christmas carols (in fact, they most likely won’t unless on request) but are lovely to sit and watch over a mug of hot chocolate none the less.
2. Christmas lunch and dinner at The Cuckoo Restaurant
The Dandenong Ranges is a great place to celebrate Christmas in July. At the Cuckoo Restaurant, you can eat traditional German food as well as Christmas favourites every day in July. Get in on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday night if you are after a delightful Christmas dinner. In Christmas style, there will be Christmas carols and decorations. Get excited, Santa might come by as well.
3. Christmas in July at Luna Park
Just in time for the school holidays, Christmas in July at Luna Park will be a family favourite.
This beach-side amusement park is transformed into a winter wonderland where you can help the elves at Santa’s workshop, play with real snow and enjoy the classic and Christmas-themed rides.
One visit just won’t be enough, you have six months until the real Christmas after all so must make the most of it!
Mt. Bulla is a favourite day-trip amongst Melbournian’s and visitors alike and is only three hours from Bell City. This snow covered mountain isn’t just a beautiful getaway or great fun for snow sport enthusiasts, it’s the place where your dreams of a white Christmas will come true!
The town is draped in fairy lights and local restaurants boast Christmas themed menus throughout July.
It’s the perfect day trip, but you might want to stay an extra night or two.
5. The Snug Public House, Brunswick
Dine in between July 21-25, to try the kitchen’s traditional Irish turkey-and-ham dinner (or even a tasty vegan version!), along with great live music, mulled wine, and a free drink with any food purchase if you’re wearing your favourite Christmas jumper.
Don’t let the cold weather deter you this winter, go out and explore what this city has to offer. Don’t forget to book your accommodation at Bell City for a warm room to come back to after a big day of premature Christmas celebrations!