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The Latrobe Valley at Christmas

The Latrobe Valley Christmas is a summer Christmas. We ironically sing, play and listen to songs about the snow glistening and sleigh bells ringing… That doesn’t happen here. The things that tell us Christmas is drawing near is freshly cut grass scenting the air, the native plants, and other fragrant plants blooming and wafting along the warm lazy breeze.

Instead of Sleigh bells the whoop-whoop of local CFA trucks sirens herald the handing out lollies, and bike bells ringing with kids flying past. Laughter and happy voices are heard passing by. The local councils start putting up Christmas Decorations in the main street, while businesses fill their shop windows with Christmas Spirit. Houses start lighting up with Christmas lights.

The hum of lawn mowers is constant during the extend daylight hours. Counting down the days until Father Christmas arrives. Gifts of chocolate are bought at the last-minute or on the cooler days, or we take the esky to do our shop.

In the Latrobe Valley we’ll all celebrate the day differently, some families will head to the beach, eating sliced fruit and cold meats. While others will take to the bush and camp the week starting just before Christmas getting home just after New Years, they’ll eat BBQ, and bask in the serenity near a river and spend the time fishing or Four Wheel Driving or reading – both families will probably play some form of cricket. We have Lake Narracan that is a beautiful spot to camp and enjoy the weather, swimming or boating, or just walking and exploring. There is also Hazelwood Pondage which is warm all year round, in case you get a freak cool Christmas.

There are other families who do the full three course Christmas Dinner that you’d find in European homes. Despite the heat and effort, they’ll do it year after year. Some people will volunteer their time to put on dinners for the less fortunate in our communities, while others will be stuck watching corny Christmas movies alone. A few of our communities put on Christmas Carols, there are tons of markets coming into Christmas, there aren’t as many school Christmas plays anymore.

In 2006, while bush fires threatened Mount Baw Baw, Santa provided relief and sprinkled us with cooler weather and even snow in some places that provided much-needed relief to crews fighting fires who were away from home. The families who enjoy woolen jumper competitions and full roast dinners with Plum Pudding didn’t seem so silly that year as snow did fall.

Asking around what people find tells them Christmas is coming they mostly said advertising and marketing everywhere, but bursting out of their mail boxes. Others said they didn’t look forward to Christmas as Krumpus (is the anti-Santa) shows up every year, they find Krumpus usually disguises himself as a rello of some kind.

Gippsland buzzes as Christmas approaches and the Latrobe Valley is no different. We have so many vibrant communities, with so many things to do.

If you haven’t visited us before at Christmas, visit us. Alternatively, come home for Christmas.

Will you be home for Christmas - the photograph is taken from the end of John St, Yallourn North

Will you be home for Christmas – the photograph is taken from the end of John St, Yallourn North

The Latrobe Valley has a great many things to offer for those wanting a country Christmas with access to city perks.

Festivals

Yallourn North Christmas Festival is running from the 1st of December until the 12th of December 2015.

Yallourn North Christmas Festival

As part of this Haunted Hills Tours is running a Christmas Light and History Tour – on the 10th of December 2015 at 9pm.

Yallourn North Christmas Tour 2015

Shopping

Moe has a great shopping district with ample parking, for you to shop, sit in the sun soak up the atmosphere, and cafes to eat anything your heart desires from fish and chips, restaurants, bakeries and more.

We have two major shopping centres in the Latrobe Valley.

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Things to do

We’re running many tours over summer, and the Christmas period. We also take group bookings of six or more.

Summer schedule (2)

There are lots of houses dressed up for Christmas, the Latrobe Valley Express has an article on how to best photograph them. http://www.latrobevalleyexpress.com.au/story/2755067/how-to-take-the-best-christmas-lights-photos/?cs=24

Christmas in the Latrobe Valley

November Haunted Hills Tours

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Coalies Weekend: Yallourn North Ghost Tour

Yallourn North Ghost Tour running the 7th and 8th of November 2015

Yallourn North Ghost Tour running the 7th and 8th of November 2015

Yallourn North Ghost Tours 8th November 2015 8pm

Coalies weekend

Coalies is the name the people who used to live in the Brown Coal Mine call themselves. It’s annual catch up of reminiscing and visiting the place they call(ed) home.

We’d love to meet some of the Coalies, hear their reactions to the tour.

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Yallourn North Ghost Tour

Haunted Hills Tours is running a ghost tour in Yallourn North on Coalies Weekend the 7th and 8th of November at 8pm.

The format is a walking tour of Yallourn North, going to public spaces that have a tragic past and there are spirits remaining. It also covers a places we cannot walk too.  Yallourn North is a lot older than it looks. There are quite a few ghostly tales, we walk for about five minute intervals between stories.

Join us for a guided walking tour back-in-time a chance to experience history, the paranormal and bizarre. Be drawn back with tales from Yallourn, Brown Coal Mine and the evocatively named Haunted Hills.

Duration: 1 hour and half

Tickets $25 ($20 concession)
Family rate available

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Next tour: Friday the 13th of November 2015, at 8pm

Our Community: Latrobe Valley

The Latrobe Valley is a great place to live and visit, we have stunning bush, filled with geological beauty, waterfalls and wildlife.

It is a regional city, with lots of opportunities for shopping. Or explore our arts – at the local theater or galleries.
The Latrobe Valley is rich in stories, which Haunted Hills Tours loves telling because they speak so much about where we came from and who we are.

Yallourn North, our debut has been most welcoming and accommodating, they’ve even invited us to run a Christmas Light and History Tour during their 12 day Christmas Festival. We’re delighted to be part of it.

Halloween 2015: Yallourn North Ghost Tour

 

31st of October 2015, 8pm at Yallour North Ghost Tour.

31st of October 2015, 8pm at Yallourn North Ghost Tour.

All Hallow’s Eve, the day before the Day of Dead. Are you brave enough to tread where life has left and all that remains is a residue?

Yallourn North has a number of places paranormal activity is reported, is this the night the barrier between the living and dead is weakest? See our past ghosts here.

Join us on a walking tour of Yallourn North exploring the paranormal places and stories.

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Yallourn North Christmas Light and History Tour

Yallourn North Christmas Tour 2015

Christmas past and present collide at Yallourn North

Haunted Hills Tours is proud to present the first Yallourn North Christmas Lights and History tour, which forms part of Yallourn North’s 12 days of Christmas Festival.

The tour will walk past some of the best dressed and illuminated homes in Yallourn North, and we will be offering up stories of how the former Brown Coal Mine township, and neighbouring Yallourn, celebrated Christmas.

As we meander the local streets, we will also be sharing historical information about the township and its past residents, and share in the spirit of Christmas.The Christmas Festival starts on the 1st of December, and our free tour begins at 9pm on the 10th of December.

There are only 30 spots available, so book fast using our website (www.bookeo.com/haunted_hills_tours).We also want to take this opportunity to advise you that Haunted Hills Tours is expanding by introducing another tour to our Yallourn North repertoire – a historical crime tour, Crime in the Brown Coal Mine, also in December.

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Next Yallourn North Ghost Tour: September 26th at 6:30pm

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Haunted Hills Tours is running another ghost tour in Yallourn North on Saturday the 26th of September 2015, at 6:30pm. We can run another tour if there is enough interest at 8:30pm.

The format is a walking tour of Yallourn North, going to public spaces that have a tragic past and there are spirits remaining. It also covers a places we cannot walk too.  Yallourn North is a lot older than it looks. There are quite a few ghostly tales, we walk for about five minute intervals between stories.

Tickets are available by the booking site – Adults $25.00 and concession $20.00 (Family tickets and group rates available).

Join us. Book your spot now!

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The next Yallourn North Ghost Tour is 26 Sept 2015, at 6:30pm