Those of us at the bottom end of the world may miss out on a white Christmas, but we seem to be pretty good at improvising.
Here’s where to catch some of that yuletide joy around Melbourne this month:
- The Langham, 1 Southgate Ave, Southbank
- July 25, 6pm-11pm
- Cost: $89
Indulge in a one-night-only feast at The Langham. Melba’s chefs will be cooking up a winter banquet of roast turkey with fruit and pine nut stuffing and cranberry roast chicken.
You can also celebrate the occasion in style with two types of deluxe ham – tasty ginger and maple-glazed roast ham and five spice and burnt orange glazed whole leg of ham.
The Imperial Hotel Alpine winter village
- The Imperial Hotel, 2-8 Bourke Street
- Throughout winter
The Imperial Hotel’s rooftop transforms into a wintery haven over the colder months – warm up next to gas heaters under a blanket while you munch on roasted chestnuts or warm pretzels.
Mulled wine and hot toddies make this the perfect place for after work drinks or a cosy date night.
The Windsor Hotel afternoon tea
- The Windsor Hotel, 111 Spring Street, Melbourne
- Throughout July
- Cost: $69–$89
For the month of July, the famous Windsor Hotel afternoon teas will have a Christmassy twist – think eggnog served with Christmas ham ribbon sandwiches and champagne.
If you’re looking for a refined way of celebrating the mid-year silly season, look no further.
- Hophaus, 3 Southgate Avenue, Southbank
- July 21-23
- Cost: free entry to German Winter Wonderland, $50 for Christmas Feast
- Bookings for Christmas Feast essential
Celebrate Christmas in July the Bavarian way at Hophaus. Featuring a market style event with plenty of Bratwurst, Schnapps and Glühwein (mulled wine), this is a weekend not to be missed.
For those who are after the full Christmas lunch experience, there will be a special feast at 1pm on Sunday, July 23.
The Colonial Tram Car Restaurant
- Tram Stop 125 Normanby Road, South Melbourne
- Every Sunday throughout July
- Cost: $125 per person
Melbourne’s own roving institution the Colonial Tram Car Restaurant is getting on in the Christmas in July action.
Every Sunday throughout July, experience a five course Christmas luncheon while taking in views of the city. Two or four-seat booths can be booked.
Daylesford Cider Company
- Daylesford Cider Company, 155 Dairyflat Road, Musk
- July 29, 11am–5pm & July 30, 11.30am-5pm
Enjoy roaring fires, warm drinks and traditional tunes at the Daylesford Cider Company’s Christmas in July lunch – which due to its popularity now runs the whole weekend.
Last year’s event was sold out so you’ll want to get your booking for this one locked down quickly.
QT Falls Creek
- QT Falls Creek, 17 Bogong High Plains Road, Falls Creek
- Every Wednesday in July
Perhaps one of the only spots in Australia where you can actually experience a white Christmas, QT is putting on a month of Christmas feasts.
After a long day on the slopes, unwind with the family at these holiday cheer filled dinners.
- Sovereign Hill, Bradshaw Street, Ballarat
- Throughout July
Sovereign Hill’s inaugural Winter Wonderland is one of the best loved Christmas in July events around.
With Christmas trees lining the Main Street, snowfall at sunset and light shows across the facades of 19th century buildings, this is a truly magical month at Ballarat’s star attraction.