posted on 06 Dec 19 | by Explore Bendigo

10 Ways To Get Into The Christmas Spirit

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  
Christmas is on its way!  It’s a time to catch up with family and friends, get into the festive spirit and spread the love.  And Bendigo is full of Christmas cheer and plenty of must do experiences for young and old.  Check out our top ten experiences…

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1. Christmas Carols

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, they’re a sure favourite hit every year.  Warm up the vocal chords and join in the chorus because we have Christmas Carols all over the region.  Fa la la la la la…
•    Axedale Community Christmas Carols – December 8
•    Eaglehawk UFS Dispensary Canterbury Carols – December 8
•    Carols at the Cathedral – December 8
•    Strathfieldsaye Christmas Carols – December 11
•    Heathcote Christmas Carols – December 14
•    Rotary Club of Bendigo Carols by Candlelight – December 22

Find out more.
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2. Get Your Photo Taken With Santa

A must! Getting a photo with the big man is a great little keepsake from year to year to share with family and friends, and always guaranteed to be a laugh. Our favourite spot is the Bendigo Marketplace

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3. Ride The Santa Tram

A not so little secret anymore but Santa will be taking up residence and hanging out at the Bendigo Tramways Workshop December 6 – 24 while his sleigh undergoes its annual maintenance before the big night. Lucky for us there’s the opportunity to jump on board the Santa Tram, have a photo taken with him and even tell Santa what you want for Christmas. Be quick though, it sells out early.

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4. Get A Selfie With Bendigo's Biggest Christmas Tree

Taking pride of place at Charring Cross, Bendigo’s unofficial biggest Christmas Tree is now lit up and ready for countless selfie moments for young and old.  Be sure to share the love by tagging us at #ExploreBendigo @ExploreBendigo – you know you want to!

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5. Christmas Lights

Tour the city near and far with Bendigo’s best Christmas Lights.  We all know the houses each year that go crazy with lights and yet we love seeing them year in and year out.  Check out the Bendigo Advertiser and Facebook for regular updates on where to find the best houses.  And enjoy!

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6. Christmas Markets & Shopping

For everyone needing a little assistance with their Christmas shopping, we’ve got you covered from Oliver Birch’s Christmas Shop, boutique retail buys, award winning Christmas ham from Flora Hill Quality Meats and local community and makers markets.  And better still, your supporting small businesses.
•    Bendigo District RSL’s Twilight Market – December 6
•    Trove Christmas Market – December 8
•    Heathcote Night Market – December 13 
•    Bendigo Community Farmers Market – December 14
•    Moonlight Market – December 14
•    Bendigo Community Farmers Market Mid-Week– December 19

Be sure to pick up a copy of the Bendigo Dining & Shopping Guide for more inspiration.

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7. Take A Horse Drawn Tour OF The City With Santa

Yes, you heard right! Join Santa for a 20 minute carriage ride around the CBD, taking in the sights of Bendigo’s historic buildings and Christmas decorations with the team at Cobb & Co.

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8. Check Out A Christmas Movie

Everyone loves a cheesy Christmas movie right? Some of our favs are making it to the big screen at Star Cinema.
•    Last Christmas – December 7, 8, 11, 13, 14, 15
•    The Nightmare Before Christmas – December 24

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9. mmm Chocolate!

Sweet treats are always a winner in our house, with the big kids and the little ones.  Plus they’re the perfect gift for someone who’s got everything.
For beautifully handcrafted chocolate check out an amazing selection of Chrissie chocolates from Indulge Fine Belgian Chocolates or book their new Christmas Tea & Chocolate experience

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10. It's Party Time

I couldn’t go past adding in a Christmas Party now could I? So this one is for everyone, whether it’s a work break up or a family get together, the Christmas Race Day at the Bendigo Jockey Club has got everyone covered.  Yes, there’ll be horses and a great day of racing, but there’ll be plenty of free kids activities, Santa on track, live music and food to get you into the Christmas spirit December 15.