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Sunday, 29 December 2019
Christmas sights and lights - gingerbread village, trees and gumnut babies
2018, 2017, 2015, 2013). This year was the best. If you look back at past villages you can see that they have developed. I talked to a volunteer who said it takes 4 chefs working for 2 weeks to make it and some of the village is kept in cold storage for the next year. What an amazing piece of work. It was very quiet when we visited late in a new location in Collins Lane this year but a friend went to visit and said there were huge queues on another day.
The Gingerbread Village includes many Melbourne landmarks, with intricate detail even if not strictly accurate. Above is the crowds outside the Melbourne Town Hall with trams on roads and the Public Purse sculpture on a pedestrian section opposite it. Any Melbournian knows that the Public Purse is in Burke Street Mall a couple of blocks away. Likewise Flinders Street Station is opposite not beside Federation Square as in the top photo.
I was pretty excited about the theme of May Gibbs gumnut babies because I loved my Snugglepot and Cuddlepie books when I was a kid. I also was pleased to see the Australian theme as I had invited an Iranian colleague to come along.