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Winter Wonderland Melbourne

When the temperatures start to drop and the weather turns dreary, Melbourne transforms from the regular old city you always knew and turns into a dazzling, fantastic and magical winter wonderland.

For a few months, Melbourne becomes a winter wonderland filled with fun and exciting events, unique opportunities that only happen once a year, and winter-specific activities. Visiting this winter wonderland is an experience that everyone must take part in at least once in their lifetime. If you are thinking of taking part this winter, here are some activities and events you should consider doing while visiting Melbourne.

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Feel the Unique Local Culture of Melbourne with a Visit to Winter Markets

Just because the weather is a bit colder than you are used to and the sky is grey, doesn’t mean you have to stay indoors. Take a trip to some of the local winter markets throughout Melbourne. These markets are filled with sweet treats, handcrafted items and even live entertainment.

Some of our favourite winter markets include the following –

Go Skating and Toboggan Riding Without Leaving the City

Typically, if you want to go ice skating or toboggan riding you would have to head up the hills, but not during the winter months in Melbourne. Right along the river bank, a winter park pops up filled with an ice rink and toboggan ride. Spend a day in this riverside winter park and you will completely forget that you are in a major city.

Southbank ice rink and toboggan rides start in June and go all the way through August. People can purchase tickets to skate or toboggan, or they can purchase packages that include drinks, skating or family passes.

Watch Some Films Created by Talented Local Artists

For decades, talented filmmakers, producers and actors from all over the world have gathered in Melbourne to celebrate all things related to the film industry. If you happen to be in the city during the winter months, you can take part by purchasing tickets to films that are a part of the Melbourne International Film Festival.

The Melbourne International Film Festival features dozens of films in all types of categories ranging from student films to international films and horror. Tickets can be purchased for single showings of a movie or you can purchase a pass and see as many of the films as you want.

Try Something New While Visiting Melbourne

The winter season is the perfect time to try something new.  Some fun things to experience in Melbourne include:

  • Working up a sweat by taking part in a hot yoga class
  • Sip on some tea at a local teahouse like the Tea Drop
  • Relax and unwind at the Collingwood Japanese Bathhouse
  • Learn to knit your own warm, fuzzy scarf by taking a class at one of the local wool merchant shops
  • Visit the Royal Botanic Gardens
  • Rug up and catch a footy game at the ‘G
  • Luna Park this Winter for Christmas in July

It is amazing how much a city can transform with just a change in the season. Melbourne transforms from a traditional major city into a magical wonderland each and every winter. Create lasting memories this winter and head to the city to take part in some of these fun winter activities and events. You won’t be disappointed!

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