Excited children and their parents lined up in Melbourne’s Bourke Street Mall to be among the first to get a glimpse of this year’s spectacular Christmas Windows, based on the new children’s book ‘One Christmas Eve’ by author Corinne Fenton and illustrator Marjorie Crosby-Fairall.
The book tells the story of Bella on Christmas Eve in 1968 when she visits her Grandparents in St Kilda for a typical Australian BBQ. Bella and her grandfather head to Luna Park and she is given the choice of one ride so she chooses the magical carousel. She jumps on the horse and lets her imagination take hold as she daydreams about the ‘Majestic Horse’ taking her high above the clouds over Melbourne and being greeted by Santa’s sleigh and his reindeers. Once the ride ends, Bella’s dream fades back to reality and she heads home with her grandfather. When Bella wakes on Christmas Day, she is delighted to unwrap a rocking horse that her Grandfather hand-carved for her to resemble the ‘Majestic Horse’ she rode on the carousel.
This year’s theme features 3D adaptions of some of Melbourne’s most iconic sites including Luna Park, The Palais Theatre and the Sidney Myer Music Bowl. Brought to life once again by the incredible John Kerr and the talented team at Stage ONE, this year’s windows feature over 10,000 festoon lights, 120 individual 55cm characters, 5,000 miniature figurines and took over 30 artisans 17,000 hours to create.
The Myer Melbourne Windows are open from 7:30am daily, finishing with the last show at 1:00am (with sound stopping from 10:00pm daily). The Windows close on Thursday, 5 January 2017 at 1am. While you’re there, be sure to head into our Giftorium for all your Christmas needs in one magical place!
Selected images courtesy of Lucas Dawson Photography.