What a lovely surprise we had on Saturday!

We drove to a lovely country town called Maldon, up in the Macedon Ranges. A reminder of the gold rush of the 1850s, Maldon is a beautiful old town with many gift shops, cafes and antique shops.

They also have a Christmas shop which of course impresses me!

Christmas in July displays in Maldon - Mrs Claus, carollers, wombats, kangaroo pulling a kaola in a sleigh

Some of the displays in Maldon this July – a mix of traditional and Australian 🙂

Christmas in July

Unbeknownst to us, Maldon is the middle of a two week mid-winter and Christmas in July celebration!

All of the shops were invited to decorated their windows to suit the theme and Christmas decorations and tress are all over the place. My children loved eating lunch below a Christmas tree and seeing an Aussie Santa sleigh on the counter.

As you’d expect, not all shops joined in but many do have a themed window which made walking along the street fun.

Some of the highlights were…

  • a Narnia scene, complete with snow-covered ground and a huge White Witch
  • a rat camp, complete with a copy of “the Great Rastby”! This was the hardware shop’s window and I loved how the Christmas tree decorations and Christmas lights were actually nuts and washers!
  • one window had a sign “All I want…” above a shelf with lolly teeth missing the middle teeth. This one actually won first prize despite being the simplest
  • one shop had a display of Australian animals in Santa hats and the like

There are also some activities throughout the town so if you’re close enough to visit Maldon, have a Christmas outing during the school holidays!