EVERY November, the unveiling of the annual Myer Christmas windows signals the start of the festive season in Melbourne.
For each of the last 62 years one million people have lined up along Bourke Street Mall for a glimpse of the famous festive windows with families making the trip into town to gaze at the miniature make-believe worlds behind the glass.
The windows attract multi-generational visitors, as parents and grandparents continue the tradition with their own families.
A new exhibition launching Saturday, November 17 at Melbourne Museum, Make Believe: The Story of the Myer Christmas Windows, reveals the magic and creative artistry behind the windows.
Make Believe offers a feast of magical models, working drawings, beloved books and playful puppets. On display will be more than 250 quirky and kitsch characters from windows past, along with sketches, prototypes, props and animatronics.
Melbourne Museum wants people to contribute their own stories and memories of the Myer Christmas Windows and is seeking memories, stories and photos of the magical Christmas windows. More information can be found here.