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Making the most of the Christmas break

Making the most of the Christmas break

It is now officially 10 days to Christmas. Depending on your mindset, this will either induce panic as you realise everything you need to do before the Christmas break or euphoria. No matter how you look at it, some well-deserved time off is coming up and we all need to make the most of it.

2015 has once again been a hectic year for Young Lawyers and we have searched high and low for some of the best activities to help you make the most of the summer break.

Here are some great activities to do if you’re staying in Melbourne over the holidays.

Festive activities

If you can’t wait for the festive time to roll around each year, then Melbourne offers a bevy of Christmas activities:

  • begin your festive cheer by replacing that traditional photo with Santa with Melbourne Central’s Awkward Christmas Portraits – they will be sure to feature on your mantle
  • while wearing your awesome, themed Christmas jumper or singlet, head over to Federation Square to marvel at the wonder of the LEGO Christmas tree.
  • and don’t forget the most traditional Christmas activity of all – Carols by Candlelight.

Relax

Admittedly some of the festive to dos are a little kitsch, so if themes aren’t your deal then there are a host of other activities that can help you wind down including:

  • reveling in the summer nights at one of the many outdoor cinemas
  • eating your way through Melbourne’s 100 cheapest eats
  • a pamper session never goes astray . . . as an aside, a massage or other relaxation voucher is always a great Christmas present
  • embracing Melbourne’s sporting culture by spending a day at the cricket or tennis.

Get out of the city

Get out of town! There are heaps of awesome road trips around Victoria, and many great places to visit that are within a one hour drive of the CBD.

  • The Yarra Valley is well-known for its wineries. Take a drive or hop on a tour bus to see where your favourite drop originates. There are also parks with tracks and trails for the outdoor types.
  • The Mornington Peninsula is arguably home to some of the best beaches in Victoria. Try Point Leo beach or Mills Beach in Mornington as an alternative to crowd favourites Sorrento and Portsea. Bushrangers Bay, Peninsula Hot Springs and Point Nepean are also worth a visit.
  • Geelong is the gateway to the Great Ocean Road but rather than driving through it, take a stop there. The nightlife is good with plenty of restaurants and bars, and the waterfront is another attraction worth visiting.
  • Philip Island is good to visit for more than just the Penguin Parade. There are beaches, golf courses, local markets and the Grand Prix Circuit where you can go-cart or go for a hot lap.

Volunteer
Christmas can be extremely tough for disadvantaged Victorians. Consider finding a way to give back by volunteering for one of the many good causes out there:

You can find a list of volunteer opportunities in your area on Victoria's Volunteering Portal.

Finish your to-do list

While this may not be the most exciting way to spend your holidays, dedicate one day to finally tick off all those pesky items on your to do list. Whether it’s cleaning out your wardrobe, printing photos from your last holiday or throwing out items of questionable age from your freezer, it’s finally time to get these chores sorted.

Enjoy the summer weather

While the days are longer and the sun is shining, make the effort to get outside! Swap the gym for a run in the park or along the beach. Read a book on your deck, get together for some backyard cricket, or try out these rooftop bars and beer gardens.

Whatever your plans are for the holidays, we at the Young Lawyers Section wish you a safe, restful and enjoyable break, and we look forward to a big year in 2016.

Do you have any other ideas for fun things to do in Melbourne during the holidays? Please share it in the comments below.

 
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