2020 Myer Christmas Windows
There is no doubt that Melbourne has had a very tough year - a 112 day Lockdown that was one of the toughest worldwide that at one stage made us all think that Christmas and the longstanding Melbourne Tradition of the Myer Christmas Windows would be cancelled. But not to be!
Myer Christmas Windows
Each November, the unveiling of the annual Myer Christmas windows signals the start of the Festive Season in Melbourne. For generations, families have made the trip into town to gaze at the miniature make-believe worlds behind the glass, in what has for many become a beloved and unmissable tradition. This year it helps us to mark the reopening of the city as we start to welcome back visitors from Regional Victoria and eventually from other states.
The Myer Christmas Windows were the brainchild of Fred Asmussen, who had been in charge of dressing the Bourke Street windows from 1939. The windows have an appeal across generations, as parents and grandparents, remembering trips to the windows in their childhood, continue the tradition with their own children. Bringing to life popular stories and Christmas themes through the use of innovative lighting, costumes and mechanisation. Asmussen's last window was The Butterfly Ball in 1974.
In 1939 the theme was, of course, Santa and the Olympics, in 1967 the theme was Chinese Fairy Tales and in 1995 it was Mag Gibbs and the Gumnut Babies. The theme for 2020 is the unlikely Christmas Uncancelled Theme and plays very strongly on the strong desire of the Melbourne Pople to keep this tradition alive despite the fact the windows were officially cancelled in September for 2020. The theme features many of the favourites from previous years back to help us celebrate.
Please remember to keep a respectful 1.5 meter distance when you come to view the windows.Window History
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