Feast your eyes on this. It’s the perfect recipe for a family night out in Bendigo this weekend, Christmas style!
Start by whipping on your favourite Christmas attire. We recommend lots of tinsel, reindeer antlers, anything that glows or flashes, and of course that festive jumper Granny knitted – the one you only dig out in December when you know the squad aren’t popping over.
Put on the Christmas carols playlist, pile the family into the car. Don't forget the dog!
Jingle your bells all the way to the local ice-cream store. No less than 2 scoops is mandatory. We recommend Fro Creations opposite the Fountain if you’re partial to mix-ins and frozen yoghurt or Favourite Flavours at Lake Weeroona for homemade goodness.
Pull over at Charring Cross, “oooh", "ahhh" and send some snapchats of the spectacular 12 metre high Christmas Tree. Try and aim for roughly 8.30pm and you’ll be back-lit enough to capture the twinkling lights plus avoid having to use the flash so close to your face. Don’t forget to hashtag #explorebendigo so we can join in the fun!
Now you're ready to tour an illuminated Bendigo by night! Here’s the Bendigo Advertiser Christmas Light Map.
A word of advice regarding Christmas Light Tour etiquette: It’s perfectly acceptable to pull over and drive uber slow while the fam bam are feasting on the visual delights beyond picket fences, but at no point are you allowed to actually stop your car. Understand you are not the only family squeezed into the confines of their snowflake white pearl Mazda 9 with novice dj’s, canines lacking graces, toilet stops, sugar highs, sugar lows and well-surpassed bedtimes. We are all on a mission. To follow the map. To see the lights. ALL the lights, god dammit! AND. YOU. WILL. ENJOY. IT. It’s Christmas and it’s family time. ‘Alyeessha-Grayce will you get off your pho…’
[calmly] Windows should also remain wound up. Tight. Especially as the night is drawing to a close. Your youngest passengers are now Christmas light connoisseurs and displays will begin to fall short of expectation.
To top the evening off, make the drive home a fun one. Challenge the back seat passengers to navigate their way back into your driveway by ONLY turning left. Did they make it? Loser has to clean ice cream off the seats.
Hope you had a fun night and the kids sleep well. Well into the next day. Brownie points to you, Christmas has begun… fala lala laaaa lala la laaaa
PS Go check the car. The interior lights are probably still on.
Photo of Santa by @joelbramley