St Kilda themed Myer Christmas Windows

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By Daniel Wilson

For 61 years, children have been lining up to see the Myer Christmas Windows on Burke Street Mall. This year, when they peer through the glass they will be able to follow the story of Bella on Christmas Eve in 1968 when she visits her Grandparents in St Kilda.

It is based on the new children’s book ‘One Christmas Eve’ by author Corinne Fenton and illustrator Marjorie Crosby-Fairall.

The window displays feature three dimensional creations of some of Melbourne’s most iconic sites including Luna Park, The Palais Theatre and the Sidney Myer Music Bowl. Thanks to John Kerr and the team at Stage ONE, the 120 individual 55cm characters are brought to life and illuminated with over 10,000 festoon lights. It took over 30 artisans 17,000 hours to create.

In previous years, the windows have featured Christmas stories including The Twelve Days of Christmas, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, A Christmas Carol and How Santa Really Works, Fairy Tales including Peter Pan, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Myer Christmas Windows is a free exhibition open every day, 7.30am – 1am.

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