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Insiders Melbourne, Issue #001 -- December in Melbourne
December 02, 2010

Relaxing Things to do in Melbourne in December

Though this is the time of the year when many of us are running around with too much happening at once, here are some ideas of how to chill out in Melbourne in December.

Have Supper at Abbotsford Convent

On Friday nights there is a Supper Night Market in the ambient historical grounds of the Abbotsford Convent. There is entertainment by local musicians, performers and story tellers, great food, such as Antonia’s famous Chinese dumplings, the best “Gozleme” - Turkish savoury crepes, traditional Nepalese street food and Spanish Paellas…

The Convent is in St Heliers Street, Abbotsford. It is accessible by bus from Johnston Street and has plenty of car parking. For a real great ‘out of the city experience’ ride there along the scenic Yarra trail, from the city or the inner northern suburbs – bike hire at Federation Square.

Picnic at the Botanical Gardens

While the Botanical Gardens are right in front of our nose, we tend to rush past this oasis of tranquillity. The rolling lawns, parklands and lakes at the south bank of the Yarra though do invite for an afternoon nap, to hang out with a friend or relax.

Bring a picnic rug and basket and plunge yourself on the lawns. Nympheas Lake is higher up and from there you get great views of the Melbourne skyline behind the canopy of trees, or at Ornamental Lake with more intimate spaces at the bottom of the park.

Carols by Candlelight

Carols by candlelight where an Australian thing, popularised in Melbourne in the 1930, that has since has spread around the globe. In Melbourne you find some local, as well as the bigger events.

There are the Carols by Candlelight on December 12 at the Melbourne Sports & Aquatic Centre at Albert Park, with the Royal Australian Navy Band and Fireworks.

There are the 19 December Carols in Princes Park Glen Eira, with Kate Ceberano and more, hosted by Luke Gallagher.

And then there is the big one at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl on Christmas Eve. This is not a free event and you need to buy tickets in advance. However, you can come along for $5 at the gate to the rehearsal, which might be just as much fun.

Best Holiday Wishes

for the We Love Melbourne team

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