The performance of The Snowman at the Melbourne Rectal Centre has been on my radar for a number of years, but only this year my kids and I finally experienced the event for ourselves.
The beautiful tale of James and The Snowman has been a firm favourite for many years, way back to my own childhood when the animated short film based on the book became recognised around the world.
Since 1982, families all over the world have watched The Snowman in anticipation of the festive season.
The Snowman at the Melbourne Recital Centre, now in it's tenth year, sees the delightful short fantasy film projected onto the big screen. This time however, the yuletide favourite is accompanied by a live musical orchestra.
What a magical experience this proved to be for all of us. Live classical instruments really do bring The Snowman to life in a beautiful new way. I wasn't sure how the infamous song "Walking in the Air" would be addressed, but to my surprise a young boy arrived on stage and vocalised that melody to perfection.
The Snowman is only 27 minutes in length, so either side of the screening is a narrated Christmas tale and a festive sing-a-long at the end. Entire duration time; a family-friendly 50 minutes.
I relived some of my own childhood today, and introduced a new Christmas tradition to my own kids at the same time.
Unfortunately The Snowman at Melbourne Recital Centre only performs for one day in December, but if you missed today's performance don't fret, The Snowman and James will be back this time next year.
Where: Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, 31 Sturt St, Southbank
Cost: $26 all tickets