Christmas is less than a month away, and if—like us—you haven’t even given a thought to Christmas shopping yet, you better put your skates on.
The good news is that the Christmas hordes haven’t quite hit the shopping centres yet, so there’s still time to get in before everyone else decides it’s time for some last minute shopping. And there’s no better place to spend a few dollars than smack bang in the centre of Melbourne.
Just as there are 12 days of Christmas, here are 12 reasons why you be Christmas shopping in the CBD this year.
#1. 24-Hour Public Transport
That’s right, all night long. Don't worry about staying out too late and having to fight the masses for a taxi, take it easy and grab a train home.
#2. Get Your Gifts Wrapped For A Good Cause
Give back while you’re in the giving mood this year. When you grab your delicious gifts from the Kit Kat Chocolatory your $2 donation will go towards STREAT’s work in helping out homeless, at risk and disadvantaged people. They’ll be open from 10am – 10pm.
#3. There’s An Outdoor Cinema
Melbourne’s only silent cinema returns this Summer with a packed three-month lineup of movies and events. You can't go wrong with the movies they've got coming up, to get the full run down head here.
#4. Spend And Save With UBER
Spend $350 or more at Melbourne Central and you can grab yourself a redemption code to save $15 off your ride home. Just head to the Services Desk on level 1, limited to the first 200 people who redeem.
#5. Emporium Melbourne Are Giving Away A Luxe Prize
Hit up Emporium Melbourne's pop-up GIF station at Mickey's Magical Christmas Tree on the ground floor. All you need to do is upload a GIF, tag it #emporiummagic on Instagram and you'll go into the draw to win a daily luxury prize giveaway.
#6. Hello Kitty Baked Goods, Need We Say More?
Those legends at LuxBite are at it once again. This Christmas, LuxBite are putting on a special pop-up where they’ve collaborated with Hello Kitty to bring you limited edition cakes, macaroons and plenty more to sink your sweet tooth into.
#7. Everything's Open Later
No need to rush in straight after work. Melbourne Central, Emporium Melbourne, QV Melbourne, GPO Melbourne and The Strand Melbourne are all open to 9pm up until Christmas.
#8. Make Your Own Awkward Family Photos
Drag out your best dorky Christmas outfit and head to Melbourne Central to take part in #ChristmasCringe. Set yourself up in front of their classic Christmas backdrop, snap a shot on Instagram, tag it, and make a gold cold donation that will go straight to the team at STREAT.
#9. A Movie That You Can Bring Your Dog To
QV Cinema are at it again and have taken their Doggies & Deckchairs events to a whole new level this year. On Thursday, December 22, bring your furry friend along for a special screening of Turner & Hooch. Hunker down with your best mate and enjoy the show.
#10. Rock Around The Christmas Tree At Christmas Square
The centrepiece of Melbourne's Christmas Festival. Everyone's seen (and taken a photo with) the massive Christmas tree at City Square, and there's plenty check out this year. You'll find nutcracker soldiers, interactive candy canes and you'll have a chance to get a free photo with Santa.
#11. There Are More Than 1,000 Shops At Your Finger Tips
There will be no shortage of places to find that perfect gift this year, with more than 1,000 stores to choose from. There will be more than 350 offers across the centres so this year’s shopping doesn’t have to break the bank.
#12. Free Magazines
Simply spend more than $100 at The Strand Melbourne and they'll throw you the latest copies of Elle and Harper's Bazaar magazine. Consider that an early Christmas present to yourself. You can redeem at any point of sale for each participating retailer.
There's plenty more to see and do, for the full rundown on what's on click here.
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