More than 1.2 million people flock to see the Myer Christmas window display every year. And by gumnuts, they’re in for a treat this Christmas!

The unveiling of the Myer Christmas window display marks the start of the festive season. The department store goes to great lengths to deliver a different theme every year. This year’s theme at the flagship Bourke Street, Melbourne store and at Brisbane Myer City store is Gumnut Babies – An Adventure Away From Gumnut Land.

Children of the 80s will instantly recognise May Gibb’s uniquely Australian characters. A talented author and illustrator, Gibbs is famous for showcasing the Australian spirit with her children’s storybook characters, the Gumnut Babies.

Myer Christmas window display
Melbourne Myer Christmas window display. Source: Lucas Dawson

“May Gibbs’ most recognisable characters – the Gumnut Babies – take over the department store, reimagined as a magical bush fairy wonderland,” Myer said in a statement.

“Scenes include the Gumnut Babies playing in an Australiana-themed Myer Beauty Department, and even exploring a bush fairy inspired Giftorium.”

A very Australian Snugglepot and Cuddlepie Christmas

You can relive and share the May Gibbs magic with your kids. A Snugglepot and Cuddlepie Christmas: Precious Gift Edition book set is available exclusively to Myer for $19.99. A spectacular keepsake gift, the book is beautifully presented in a slipcase and includes adorable festive gift tags.

Snugglepot and Cuddlepie
A Snugglepot and Cuddlepie Christmas Precious Gift Edition. Source: Myer

FUN FACTS

Here’s a snapshot of what went into creating the spectacular Myer Christmas windows this year:

  • The windows have 136 Gumnut characters, 102 of them are animated.
  • It took 560 hours of casting time and 240 hours of hand painting to produce all Gumnut characters.
  • Other characters include a giant animated spider with eight articulated legs and a 1.5m hand-spun web. There’s also a 1m tall animated furry koala, a 5m hand-painted blue tongue lizard and an 8m long tail end of a goanna.
  • 800 fully hand-cut and painted giant gum leaves covering 26 gum leaf pods, with the three giant pods requiring 60 leaves each!
Myer Christmas window display
Melbourne Myer Christmas window display. Source: Lucas Dawson

Not only can you admire the Myer Christmas window and buy yourself the kids a brand new Snugglepot and Cuddlepie book gift, even MORE, awaits in store. Each Myer building floor will be dotted with May Gibbs inspired decorations, plus for those visiting Santa – you’ll receive a FREE May Gibbs Gumnut Babies Colouring Book!

Myer Christmas animated windows are open from 7:30 am daily, finishing with the last show at 1 am (though sounds and music stop at 10 pm). The window display wraps up on Sunday 5 January 2020. So you’ve plenty of time to get in and see it – and not have to join in on the mad Christmas Eve rush!

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South Australian mum and self proclaimed foodie, Lexi can most days be found in the kitchen, apron tied firm and armed with a whisk or wooden spoon!

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