posted on 16 Nov 20 | by Explore Bendigo

It’s Starting To Feel A Lot Like Christmas…

Believe it or not, we’re only a matter of weeks away from Christmas.  It’s a beautiful time of year to celebrate with family and friends, be happy, spread some cheer and say goodbye to that year that was.  Christmas may be a little different to what we’re use to, but by jolly we’ll still be celebrating in true Bendigo form.  
Check out all our favourite Christmas experiences for young and old to get amongst and enjoy throughout December.
 

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Get A Selfie With Bendigo’s Biggest Christmas Tree

It’s not Christmas in Bendigo without making the trip to visit Bendigo’s unofficial biggest Christmas Tree taking pride of place in the city centre at Charring Cross.  Be sure to share the love by tagging us at #ExploreBendigo @ExploreBendigo on socials – you know you want to!

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For The Ultimate Christmas Lovers

Are you Christmas mad?  Do you love all things Christmas? Well this one is for you!  Two of Bendigo’s most gorgeous gift and homeware store have opened their very own dedicated Christmas shops.  We’re talking everything from trees and decorations, to cards and gift ideas.  Be sure to make a stop at Oliver Birch’s Christmas Shop and Organise My’s…Christmas Pop Up Shop, you won’t be disappointed. 

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Join The Elf Academy!

Have you heard? Santa has officially announced that he’s opening an Elf Academy right here at Central Deborah Gold Mine, 11th – 23rd December.  This training facility is especially designed for Santa’s little helpers to develop all the skills to become a qualified Elf.  Recruits will spend two hours learning how to care for reindeer, painting Christmas ornaments, creating wrapping paper, hunting for candy canes and so much more including a professional photo with the big man himself! 

For more information and bookings, click here.
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Lighting Up Bendigo

Tour the city near and far from the comfort of your car with Bendigo’s best Christmas lights.  Everyone knows the houses that go crazy each year with their lights that you’re bound to see from out of space, and yet we love to catch a glimpse of them every year.  Check out the Bendigo Advertiser and Facebook for regular updates on where to find the best house and businesses lit up this season.

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Christmas Gift Shopping

Love or hate it, Christmas shopping can creep up on the best of us. To make that list a little bit easier, here’s an awesome little guide to get you kick started and ticking off those gifts…

•    Bath Lane precinct – this is an awesome place to start with a variety of boutique stores specialising gifts, homewares, clothing and all things magical for your little ones.
•    Bendigo Marketplace – your base for all the big brands buys all in one location and undercover. 
•    Bendigo Showground Christmas Markets – find local makers, producers and creators, Christmas items and the usual indoor and outdoor traders at a Midweek Twilight Market 2nd December from 4pm-8pm, plus the weekend market 12th and 13th December from 8am-2pm.
•    Uniquely Bendigo – online or at Bendigo Visitor Centre you’ll find all your local produce, gifts and hampers.
•    View Street – if you’re looking for something unique, a quirky treasure or a piece of art this is the perfect spot amongst the arts precinct.

Need more ideas? Check out Bendigo’s Dining & Shopping Guide for more inspiration or head to our Instagram page @BendigoEatDrinkShop. Remember when you buy local, you support local and keep dollars local.
 

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A Delicious Christmas Feast

It’s safe to say that the one thing we all look forward to each year is sitting around the table a enjoying a Christmas feast with loved ones.  And here in Bendigo we’re pretty lucky to have a great range of specialty stores, local producers and markets to get us well on our way.
•    For award-winning Christmas hams and meats see the team at Flora Hill Quality Meats.
•    For the freshest local and regional produce visit the Bendigo Community Farmers Market for their Twilight Market on Tuesday 22nd December, from 3pm – 7pm at The Good Loaf, Bendigo Wholefoods and Edwards Providore.
•    For all your Christmas beverages from local wines and craft beers to spirits, visit The Hop Supply Co.
•    For sweet chocolaty treats of the Christmas variety and hampers see Indulge Fine Belgian Chocolates.
 

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Take A Tour Of The City With Santa

That's right, take a beautiful 20 minute horse-drawn carriage tour with Santa around Bendigo's CBD thanks to the team at Cobb and Co Carriages.  Enjoy Bendigo's picturesque heritage architecture and Christmas decorations all lit up.  Tours will be running from 20th - 24th December, between 6pm - 8.30pm.  What a great way to celebrate Christmas with your children.

For more info and bookings, click here.
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Check Out A Christmas Movie

They're an all-time favourite and no Christmas is complete without watching a Christmas movie or two, whether it's for your little ones and something a little more grown up.  Check out Star Cinema's December programme showing:

  • A Christmas Gift From Bob - Dec 17, 20, 21, 24, 26 & 27
  • Santa Claus: The Movie - Dec 22

Or if you know a movie lover, why not buy them the perfect gift of a gift voucher or membership to Star Cinema!