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Christmas Wonderland Walk on Christmas Eve, in Ivanhoe East, (Melbourne) Victoria
This year looked like to get any Christmas cheer was going to be from the cliched, bottom of the bottle.The Christmas Spirit is were going to be from my spirits collection. Which is sad because I love Christmas normally! I love all the effort that goes in making stuffing and cooking the turkey, the cleaning and scrubbing before the Christmas parties, hosted at home. I love the Christmas music cranking from the speakers. I love the light in the kids eyes as they open their presents. I love how the weather in my part of Australia is never consistent and you can sometimes almost pretend we will get a White Christmas. One year a while ago there was snow at Mt. Baw Baw.
I started looking for things to do on Christmas Eve. I found and was not disappointed - The Boulevard in Ivanhoe. The Council helps manage this massive attraction and spectacle of lights on the houses in the street. Now not everyone participates and that is ok. The air is festive and some of the residents even go as far to perform Christmas songs. They are pretty good! There was a jazz composite, kids singing, and a stings trio. Somebody was also raising money for the Palliative Care Ward at the Austin Hospital - such an amazing reminder of Christmas Spirit - to give - particularly to such a great cause, while we are enjoying a Christmas wonderland there are some who may have their last Christmas. There last Christmas should be peaceful, to ensure they are well cared for. For more information on Palliative Care this wonderful hub really does it justice.
The people of the Boulevard also have the Christmas Spirit, their generosity in sharing their imaginations and putting their homes on display for thousands of people to gawk at. Is truly generous and within the Christmas Spirit and I must thank each and everyone of them for helping raise my Christmas Spirits! Some displays had sound, moving objects and live performances! All had lights and a lot of hard work went in to each and everyone.
The Boulavard, Ivanhoe East
The Boulevard, Ivanhoe East
24th December 2010
The Boulevard opens on the 11th of Dec and Closes after 11pm on 24/12 for next years dates and times keep an eye on the Banyule City Council Events page
The Boulevard, follows the Yarra River. This means there are lots of mozzies, so if you don't want to be eaten alive but do want to see the gorgeous lights and be amongst the festive spirit, wear some form of mosquito repellent.
It's a very long walk it took about an hour, but we walked back to the car very fast with kids in tow it may take longer, to see all the gorgeous displays that the residents have lovingly created for the enjoyment of all. This is a very healthy way to spend Christmas eve, your liver will love the exercise. Which in turn could very well make you feel a whole lot better about the over indulgement to come!
The Ivanhoe council have a strictly no drinking in public policy, from the 11/12 to 1/1. They have signed everything really well. The Boulevard becomes one way traffic from the 11/12 - 24/12. However if you want to save your brakes, petrol and frustration, as there are many people walking who obstruct a lot of the vision from the cars and some of the displays are only visible through peeking in hedges! You might like to walk and enjoy the atmosphere.
There are people selling coffees, snacks and awesome Christmassy knick knacks that are quite handy as they light up.
Please respect the displays and residents privacy by only coming through at the designated times. They have a Human Right to feel secure. Please respect that.
I do hope that more people will continue to contribute to the fantastic display that this part of the town manages to offer and caters to incredibly well.
On to the City and Myer Windows
I was so excited to see Christmas plastered all over Melbourne! That is the festival we are celebrating. I will most happy to plaster any festival names over Melbourne.
There were Christmas Bells lighting the path to the restaurants down Hammer Lane.
The Myer windows displayed the story of the Nutcracker in such colour and motion. It almost felt like a real ballet! The Bourke Mall strip was lit up with lights and decorations. The Metropolitan Fire Brigade attended letting the kids play and see how the fire truck works.