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publishers Susan Riley {} William Rowe {} editor Lisa Quittner {} 3008docklands enquiries design Susan de Kretser - Smith & Rowe {} advertising Belle Ngien 0411 615 910 {} Susan Riley {} cover image Images – Courtesy of Crown

OF CHRISTMAS It’s summer and while the year is not exactly over, the vibe across inner city Melbourne has certainly changed. Christmas decorations now adorn street posts and city landmarks, Christmas carols serenade in the background and flashes of red and green seem to be apparent on every turn – the festive season is officially upon us.

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Merry Christmas


Rachael Leahcar with Santa

IN THIS ISSUE: Santa’s Christmas Spectacular 3 Celebrate the Spirit of Christmas at Gasworks 3 Christmas Fantastic at Crown 4 Christmas Square brings Joy to Melbourne 4 Christmas Wonderland at Harbour Town 4 Festive Season Gift Ideas 7

Regardless of religious belief, Christmas is a universal celebration of giving, receiving, sharing, imparting kindness and good cheer towards one another. The reality for many though, is that Christmas is a time of loneliness, anxiety, loss and sometimes despair. I think this is a good time to reignite our Christmas spirit and take a moment to think about the real spirit and essence of Christmas. As citizens living in the most liveable and beautiful city in the world, I hope we can all spare a moment to consider others in our community this festive season and show a gesture of kindness regardless

of how small, while we take a moment to remember how fortunate most of us really are. Over the years I have often referred to ‘the gift of giving’ and this could not be more true at Christmas. On behalf of us all at MagMedia, we wish all our readers, our clients, our family of contributors and all the people of Melbourne and beyond, the most wonderful and fulfilling festive season to date. Thank you, sincerely, for your readership and support, we look forward to a great year ahead. Be safe, joyous and enjoy the spirit of Christmas this festive and summer season!

Lisa Quittner & the MagMedia team!

While the rest of Melbourne may be sweltering through summer, visitors to Wonderland Fun Park will embark on an amazing walk through visit to the North Pole on their way to the enchanted forest where they will find the one and only talking tree of its kind, in a magical world of Christmas cheer at Santa’s Christmas Spectacular! As you step into the Christmas village be on high alert for elves hard at work and meet Santa on his big red throne eager to start his gift giving season. Families can have their photo taken with Santa too! An annual favourite, Santa’s Circus Spectacular this year will be live in the sensational Wonderland

Spiegeltent with daily shows and new twilight sessions as well. See the crazy acrobatic elves and the stunning aerial snow angel perform daring acts. Children will be enthralled with hours of unlimited fun riding the Wacky Worm Roller Coaster, Crazy Wave, Grand Carousel, Magical Train, Bungee Trampoline, Dodgem Cars , Walk on water Snow balls Dragon Flyer and so much more. Wonderland Fun Park is renowned for presenting an affordable Family

Check the website or call for opening hours, show session times and bookings. 9602 1311 or Wonderland Fun Park is located opposite Harbour Town Shopping Centre and Costco, off Pearl River Road at Docklands. Ample parking is available nearby for $6 all day!



Christmas experience in Melbourne. Bring the children out for a fun day out and let your inner child celebrate Christmas too. And to make it just that little bit more special, this event is an approved Starlight Children’s Foundation Fundraiser.

CELEBRATE THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS AT GASWORKS Gasworks Arts Park keeps the spirit of Christmas alive this December with a final Morning Music concert for 2012, The Spirit of Christmas! Featuring a merry mix of traditional Christmas carols, sprinkled with contemporary songs and a dash of comedy. Sing along to classic Christmas tunes performed by award winning tenor Roy Best, dazzling soprano Cheryl Darvidis and backing musician Len Vorster. When: Tuesday 11 December Where: Gasworks Theatre Cnr Graham & Pickles Street, Albert Park Tickets: From $20 Bookings: 9699 3253 or

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FANTASTIC! Crown has unveiled Australia’s newest and largest million dollar bespoke Christmas installation, Christmas Fantastic. Christmas Fantastic at Crown is a light, sound and 3D digitally mapped show, depicting the Twelve Days of Christmas via customised effects, never before seen in this country. Produced by Creative Production Services for Crown, Christmas Fantastic was made possible by a team of over 60 employees including designers, technical crew, animators, riggers, musicians and

many more, and features over 100 highly decorated gigantic Christmas baubles scattered and suspended throughout the Atrium at Crown in various colours, sizes (largest being three meters in diameter) and shapes (spherical, teardrop), complete with beautiful finishes including gloss, glitter, satin string wrapped, matt, red and clear transparent.

City Square has been transformed into ‘Christmas Square’, a dazzling wonderland featuring a beautifully decorated 9.2 metre living tree, a magical forest maze where children can find Rudolph and his reindeer friends and take a free photo with Santa and a digital nativity scene.


Merry Christmas


Other highlights include aweinspiring light projections on Town Hall, stunning decorations in the CBD, Docklands and Kensington, roving carol singers

Guests in the Atrium at Crown will be visually transported into the Twelve Days of Christmas, a world first that will run on 15 minute rotations from 10:00am to midnight, seven days a week, until Sunday 6 January 2013.

This is the grandest Christmas display ever seen in Australia and has been created and engineered in Melbourne, with the unmistakeable design flair of Australia’s premier animation, lighting and design collectives, especially for Crown.

Crown is situated at 8 Whiteman St, Southbank

Five of these enormous baubles will incorporate 2D and 3D digital projection, all choreographed to an original music composition of the classic Twelve Days of Christmas, custom recorded for Crown.

CHRISTMAS SQUARE BRINGS JOY TO MELBOURNE Christmas has arrived in Melbourne with a month of fun, festivity and free activities.

Families and their children will be able to peer into these magical baubles and witness the Twelve Days of Christmas through the stereophotographic three-dimensional imagery, depicting Christmas dreamscapes.

HARBOUR TOWN CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND! Don’t forget to visit Santa’s Workshop, where the kids can enjoy story time with Mrs Claus, design their own toy, write a personalised letter to Santa and enjoy fun filled activities.

and interactive digital offers for shoppers via giant QR coded boxes spread around the city. Over the next month Christmas Square will play host to a number of family activities including daily visits from Santa, who is inviting children to his house to tell him their Christmas wishes, Santa’s Post Box supported by Australia Post and a light and sound show every night. Lord Mayor Robert Doyle encourages residents, workers and visitors to download or collect a free copy of the Christmas decorations map from Town Hall to explore all the city has to offer this festive season, including the wealth of shopping and dining opportunities. Christmas Square is supported by Mirabella and will be open every day until 3 January 2013. Santa will be in his Christmas Square residence between 10am and noon every day until Christmas Eve to meet the children of Melbourne and spread his festive cheer.

Harbour Town at Docklands is the place to be in the lead up to Christmas and while you are taking in the Christmas cheer it’s the perfect place to get your Christmas gift shopping done as well. Harbour Town is offering you the chance to be in the running for a $1000 Harbour Town shopping spree in their 24 Days to Christmas Giveaway, all you need to do is spend $80 or more at any of the centre’s retail outlets for a chance to win the major prize and be in the running to unlock daily prizes.

There will be fabulous roving entertainment around the centre from December 17 to 21 and again on December 24, which includes Acro Elves performing circus tricks, The Great Christmas Gizmo and his unicycle, a very cheeky Elf on stilts, and a Christmas clown who can make balloons, spin plates, do magic and juggle! Santa’s Workshop is located on level one next to Blacklight Mini Golf. Open December 8-9, 15-16,2123 between noon and 3pm. Check the website for further details -




Hand painted earrings with a stunning neon Aztec pattern, these earrings are the perfect gift for that highly fashionable friend or loved one who enjoys something different. FREE shipping Australia wide.

A gift voucher to Malthouse Theatre provides a friend or loved one with an exciting start to the New Year. Always at the cutting edge, Malthouse Theatre’s 2013 season promises to be a high octane experience that is topical, exhilarating, and entertaining. Theatre, dance, indigenous work and children’s theatre on offer in 2013.


Enter promotion code 3000MELB and receive a bonus gift valued at $49.95! Emilia Rossi pieces are all handcrafted and sourced from New York, Israel and Paris, primarily.

The Matt Irwin Calendar for 2013 includes stunning images of Melbourne, each image is matched perfectly to the time of year. This high quality calendar is made from paper sourced from sustainable resources and is 100% recyclable including the packaging.

RRP: $29.95 Orders and Further info:

FieldCandy is an exciting design-led brand of tents injecting colour, creativity and fun into the camping space by offering a wide range of totally unexpected designs. FieldCandy tents keep you dry in the rain and snug in a gale as any conventional high performance tent with a cotton inner tent, protecting against condensation. Australian RRP: From $615 (delivery within 5 days) Orders & Further info:


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A special way to decorate the Christmas tree with an ornament of your child’s hand and footprint. An ideal gift and memento to adorn the tree, your child’s prints appear on one side and a personalised message on the other. Available in star, circle and heart shapes.

GIFT VOUCHERS: Available in any amount. Orders and Further Info:

RRP: $20 each Order online or visit Nth Caulfield studio

RRP: $29.95 available at over 100 stockists Orders and Further Info: or 03 9596 8226





An innovative new concept and space saving alternative to pine needles or dusty plastic trees for the home or office is the Super Fun Happy Tree. Super sized posters of a Christmas Tree with three creative interpretations of Christmas Trees, illustrated by Melbourne based artists and designers, Sarah Pickering, Steven Phillips, and Sawdust and Diamonds.

It’s not always the gift but how the gift is wrapped. Add an extra special hand-made touch to your Christmas gifts this year using wool and yarn. Get crafty and have fun making pom poms, tassles, and clever patterns simply using a needle and yarn. Panda and Patons yarns help to create your own personalised trimmings.

RRP: $135 Orders & Further Info:

COFFEE TABLE BOOK - LUNA PARK SINCE 1912 This December, Melbourne’s Luna Park celebrates its 100th Anniversary and to celebrate 100 years of fun, Luna Park has published a special commemorative book entitled Luna Park Since 1912. This spectacular coffee table book chronicles the history of the Park from from a patch of swampy land on the foreshore of St Kilda, to the present day. RRP: $24.95 Orders & Further Info:

Stockists enquiries: 1800 337 032 Further Info:

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