This week I went for a little stroll after work to see the Christmas decorations in Melbourne’s CBD. I finished work at 8pm which is perfect for photography – during sunset, just before nightfall. This blog post is following my walk from my workplace to the CBD and is photography orientated, showing you what I saw along the way. If you are looking for a guide to Melbourne’s CBD, check out my blog post here.
I started off walking through Fitzroy Gardens as I work nearby. The gardens are home to a wide variety of native and exotic plants.
I recommend visiting on a warm day – it is a great place to have a picnic (there’s lots of shade around under the huge trees, for other pale people like me) or for a stroll.
I then ended up walking past my favourite church in Melbourne, St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
I loved how only the front door was decorated with a single string of tinsel, such a small decoration is quite a juxtaposition against such an intricately designed grandiose cathedral.
I then walked past the Old Treasury Building (pictured below).
I continued onto Swanston Street and ventured past the Town Hall (below). Town Hall is one of my favourite buildings in Melbourne and it is currently covered in festive decorations.
I then headed towards Federation Square. I got stuck in the middle of the crossing near Flinders Street Station which turned out to work in my favour because I got a lovely shot of the station (below). The station has been recently undergoing repainting and in colours that are closer to its original colours than ever before thanks to modern science.
When I was finally able to cross the road, I went over to Federation Square (below) which was full of people enjoying the Christmas related attractions. The SBS building (in the far right of the picture) was in more subdued pastel colours and I really liked that in combination with the other different coloured buildings and lights.
I then crossed the road and headed towards South Bank.
The city was already raging with rowdy crowds at 9pm. As I’ve said a million times before, I don’t like crowds at all haha so I was over it, I headed back to my workplace to get my car.
In Australia, we don’t have many Christmas traditions compared to some other cultures. Some Australians go to church on Christmas Eve and/or Christmas Day and some Australians have a roast and/or seafood lunch or dinner (sometimes we have hot Christmas Days where this is fitting).
Families and friends tend to create their own unique traditions or they follow the traditions of their families who hail from other countries, with different cultures. I am very much enjoying seeing how others are celebrating Christmas around the world on Instagram and WordPress. I hope you enjoyed these pictures and the brief insight into how we celebrate Christmas in Melbourne.