MELBOURNE, Australia (WUSA) - The climate is far from that of the North Pole, but Christmas shoppers in Melbourne are enjoying the sunshine as they try to wrap up their gift lists. Australian retailers are looking forward to an improved Christmas trading period when compared to recent years, citing improved consumer confidence, interest rate cuts, and stabilized house prices.
But for most residents, it's just a chance to feel festive and spend a little time whispering their wish list to St. Nick.(Photos by Getty Images)