Yes it’s that time of the year again. It comes around sooooo quickly, I know! I try to avoid the Christmas shopping crowds as much as possible, but I make an exception for Sydney’s Christmas decorations. The city of Sydney bedecked in Christmas decorations is a sight to behold and a yearly visit has been a tradition of Ben and I for a while – one we now can share with Freya too!
It’s the first Sunday of December 2013 and a bright beautiful summer’s day in the city. A few people around but I find the crowds are bearable for a Sunday. The maddening rush of the working week comes to a holt and weekend shoppers appear to be a little less frazzled, meandering through the streets and shops.
We start our ‘Xmas deco crawl’ at the Queen Victoria Building (QVB) with the bright sparkling Swarovski Crystal Garden. You’ll find more the 12,000 crystal decorations on the Christmas Tree which is hard to miss located at the epicentre of the great building and which rises up through all its 3 levels. On the 4th level you’ll also find the North Pole garden of crystal flowers and where Santa is located with fairies taking the photos!
Then it’s to Martin Place to see the outdoor Xmas Tree. At a distance, it looks small dwarfed by the grand architecture surrounding it but when standing below it, you realise it’s not. Back in the heart of the City’s shopping district and the Christmas decorations in Strand Arcade are worth a viewing also.
David Jones (DJ’s) window displays are my favourite. This year the shop windows depict scenes tributing the department store’s 175th anniversary…and it’s a spectacular show.
Of course, I love the display dedicated to DJ’s famous food court with puppet fish mongols, butchers, bakers and cake decorators. Magnificent.
A walk across Hyde Park decked out with cute Christmas trees scattered around it’s vast grounds – final stop on our xmas deco crawl.
All decorations are on show until 24 December – not much time left, but worth the effort to see!