The Yarra Valley, with its picturesque vineyards, rolling hills, and charming towns, is a dream destination at any time of the year. The festive season is an amazing time to visit, as the region incorporates a little Christmas cheer and excitement! This is the guide for a Yarra Valley Christmas getaway, highlighting Christmassy things to do including, of course, a magical hot air balloon flight with Global Ballooning.
Start your The Yarra Valley Christmas adventure with a scenic drive from Melbourne. Upon arriving in the valley, check in at one of the boutique hotels in the region. There are so many options – we highly recommend our friends at Yering Gorge Cottages, Chateau Yering Hotel, or Balgownie Estate for a luxurious, romantic stay.
Whether you’re hosting the in-laws for Christmas Day or your annual Kris Kringle get-together, you might need some drink inspiration for the occasion! Attend a Four Pillars Christmas Cocktail Workshop at their Healesville Distillery where you’ll learn how to mix up two brilliant Christmas drinks and then get hands-on making and drinking them.
For a gorgeous, intimate dinner, dine at the acclaimed Oakridge Wines restaurant, where you can savour gourmet dishes prepared with locally sourced ingredients. Don’t forget to try some of the Yarra Valley’s renowned wines to complement your meal!
Rise before the sun and embark on a magical sunrise hot air balloon flight with Global Ballooning. Drift gracefully over the Yarra Valley’s rolling hills, lush vineyards, and native wildlife. This experience is not only awe-inspiring but also incredibly romantic, as you watch the sunrise together from high above.
Spend the afternoon exploring the Yarra Valley Farmers Market, held every third Sunday of the month at Yering Station, is a perfect place to sample local produce and artisanal goods. During December, it takes on a delightful Christmas theme – not to be missed!
Continuing the market theme, visit the stunning Rochford Wines’ Christmas Twilight Market. Sip on wine while enjoying live music, artisanal food, and a fantastic display of Christmas lights. This is the perfect place to soak up the festive spirit and create memories.
Chocolate for breakfast? Yes, please! Head to the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery and indulge in delicious handmade chocolates and ice creams while soaking in the festive atmosphere. Their chocolate displays are especially impressive during the Christmas season – make sure to check it out!
Spend your afternoon wandering through the lush gardens of Alowyn Gardens, which are especially enchanting during the festive season. Stroll around and take your time to take in the beautifully decorated Christmas displays.
Before leaving the Yarra Valley, make a stop by the Yarra Valley Dairy to pick up some delicious cheeses to take home as a reminder of your trip. Bid farewell to the Yarra Valley, taking with you cherished memories and perhaps a few bottles of wine as souvenirs!
A Yarra Valley Christmas getaway offers a perfect blend of romance, adventure, and festive cheer. From a breathtaking sunrise hot air balloon flight to wine tastings, scenic drives, and festive markets, this three-day itinerary will leave you with cherished memories to last a lifetime.