Meet Janine Mergler – Christmas Expert

Meet the expert:  Janine Mergler, family lifestyle, education and Christmas

The Christmas in Australia website aims to give our readers a holistic view of enjoying Christmas in Australia with family and friends. Janine Mergler is the owner and lead expert of the Christmas in Australia website. She is a well-known face to Australian families.  Her quarterly magazine arrives in the school backpacks of kids across many Queensland regions and her kids and lifestyle websites have an Australian audience.  Janine is an avid traveller, lifestyle commentator, education expert and Australian publisher.

Education and educator

Janine Mergler is a veteran Queensland teacher, graduating from QUT with a BEd majoring in Social Sciences.  After many years in the classroom, Janine moved on to academia.  She has proudly trained new generations of teachers in her role as a lecturer at Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Education.  She has also worked in the Queensland Government as an education specialist, developing education resources and delivering programs to help families conserve water.


Janine then turned her sights to publishing.  After a stint at Families Magazine in the United Kingdom, Janine developed the Australian arm of the company, amassing a huge social media audience and impressive print readership each year.  She is now the editor of Families Magazine here in Australia, a publication specifically targeted at parents who value a quality education for children.  The magazine covers family lifestyle, early childhood, schools and education information and family-friendly events.

Family lifestyle expert

Janine’s aim is to provide quality lifestyle information for families.  After more than a decade of creating family-centric articles and events, Janine expanded her publication empire to include family-friendly dining and events, ideas for school holiday activities for families and helpful information for families celebrating Christmas in Australia.  The Families Magazine group of publications aims to provide useful information to families across all demographics, cultural backgrounds and socio-economic circumstances.

Janine is an expert family, parenting and lifestyle contributor at:

Media appearances

Janine is a regular contributor to Channel 9 News for their lifestyle and local Christmas events stories. You will see her using her years of experience sharing tips and tricks about everything from lifestyle, education, money savings tips and of course, Christmas events and activities.

Here is Janine on the Channel 9 News talking about how to save money at Christmas:

You can see some of Janine’s contributions in her role as Families Magazine Editor in the links below:

Without a doubt her favourite contribution each year is sharing with Channel 9 News viewers her Christmas lights and maps across South East Queensland via her Families Magazine brand!

Christmas spirit is lighting up our neighbourhoods, creating a colourful backdrop to our festive celebrations!

We’ve decided to call in the experts, using Families Magazine’s interactive Christmas lights map, to track down the must-see homes.

Channel 9 News on Facebook

Christmas favourites

Some of her favourite articles are:

The Christmas in Australia website enjoys a reputation for the highest quality information for families and individuals living in, or visiting any state in Australia for the Christmas period.  We believe that everyone should experience our uniquely Australian way of ‘doing Christmas’, regardless of which state in which you celebrate. Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria ACT, Northern Territory, South Australian and Western Australia – all burst into life over the festive season. Janine has visited each of the states at Christmas time and lives in Queensland. Janine is our lead contributor because she offers something truly unique with some great insider tips for our readers. Join her in our I Love Christmas in Australia Facebook group to share your experiences too!