Each year the kids and I trek into the city to see the Myer Windows and usually visit Santa too. Some years I have got the timing horribly wrong and we have stood in the hot sun waiting for ages to have our turn to look at the windows.
And while the Myer Windows maybe beautiful, the shine of the event is really quite lost after too much queuing! This year though my timing was near perfect. We went early December on a midweek afternoon.
This year the theme is a tribute to the Rob Scotton children’s book Russell’s Christmas Magic.
When Santa and his broken sleigh are stranded in Firefly Wood, Santa is sure that Christmas will have to be cancelled. That is, until Russell the Sheep comes to the rescue! With a clatter and a bang, Russell shows that hard work and a little imagination can make a magic that is all his own.
If you haven’t been before you it is the Bourke Street Mall windows of Myer and they are dressed up now until Sunday 6th Januray 2013.
The windows are open from 7.30am – 1.00am daily, but the sound stops at 10.00pm (not that I could imagine taking kids that late to the Myer Windows any anyway!).
Tips for visiting Myer Windows Melbourne
Here are my top tips for making the visit to Myer Windows as fun as possible:
- Choose a time that suits the kids, but also will be less crowded if you have little ones. This may mean tweaking your usual routine of things, like we did, but the shorter wait times are worth it.
- Catch public transport in. We didn’t this time as we had visits both before and after, but parking is difficult and/ or expensive. The train trip for us is usually all part of the fun.
- Feed and water before and during. Make sure the kids are well fed before you leave home, but just in case you have a long line, take some easy snacks and water to have on hand.
- Sunscreen. Depending on the time of the day you go, you may be waiting in sun, so make sure sunscreen is applied.
- Talk about the story before you go, borrow a copy from the library. Being able to understand what is being told through the windows and anticipate what might be in the next one makes it even more fun.
- Enjoy the rest of the city. I love Melbourne at Christmas time. If you have the chance, explore a little and let the kids take the lead on where they would like to go.
Do you head in and see the Myer (or other store) windows in your city?