If you are from Melbourne or have spent time there in December you have no doubt heard about the Myer Christmas windows. Every year this prominent department store decorates their windows with a gorgeous Christmas themed story. Each window is transformed to illustrate one scene from a Christmas tale.
We visited the Myer Christmas windows in 2014 with the theme Santa Claus and the Three (Polar) Bears. The windows are gorgeous, so much effort goes into them and it shows. For kids the experience is wonderful and really helps build that Christmas spirit and excitement. Its a very popular tradition for local families to visit together to see the windows as part of their lead up to Christmas but given that over a million people visit the windows each year, queues can get really long.
We didn’t have to compete with a single person to see the windows, there were no crowds. Why? We were lucky enough to stay at the Causeway Inn on the Mall which is DIRECTLY opposite Myer and it’s windows. We simply woke up in the morning and headed over before having breakfast and saw the windows at our leisure, no queue no crowds. We could see some of the windows from our hotel room as we looked directly out over Bourke Street Mall.
I would highly recommend staying at the Causeway Hotel for a Myer Windows visit to Melbourne. You can monitor the queue levels without even having to leave your room or visit the windows bright and early without having to travel. Perfect!
As for the hotel itself, we have no complaints. We didn’t eat at the hotel so cant comment on the food but there are plenty of dining options nearby. Trams are literally at your door step and the Causeway Inn provides the perfect home base for exploring the city. The hotel is in an old building but rooms are fresh and look to have been updated fairly recently. Rooms are on the smallish side but adequate and there are larger family rooms available.
From your room you will be able to hear the Christmas carols and busking musicians playing below in the street. The hotel is not the quietest, so request a room away from Bourke Street if noise is a concern for you. We slept fine though and would consider going back to base ourselves here for the Myer windows again.
Oh and P.S if you are wanting to visit the man in red, Myer has an amazing Santa complete with Rudolph and kids get to ride a free mini Christmas train (on level 6 in the department store) There is no charge to visit with Santa and pass on your wish lists and photographs are available for purchase.
Melbourne at Christmas time sure is magical. Make sure you catch the Myer windows with your kids, it’s a great free day out.