Less than 3 weeks till Christmas! This week we have been exploring one of the best places to scoot in Melbourne, the new educational playground at Box Hill Central and the amazing Pauline Gandel Children’s Gallery at Melbourne Museum, plus working our way through the TOT Christmas Advent Calendar.

Also don’t forget to have your say in the TOT Reader Survey and have the chance to win a fantastic prize pack. Have a great week!


  • Basket Making Christmas Stall (Fri 9 Dec) – Find the perfect Christmas gift at this bespoke market stall held by Basket Makers of Victoria.
  • Christmas at Stamford Plaza (Fri 9 Dec) – Market offers Christmas gift ideas like homemade ginger breads, an exclusive range of loose-leaf teas, gift certificates, handcrafted Christmas cards and much more. Also Christmas carols, coffee and ice cream pop-up carts.
  • MPavilion (Fri 9 Dec  – Sun 18 Dec) – An event hub, a meeting place and an invitation to experiment, each MPavilion brings creative collaborators together to present a free, four-month program of talks, workshops, performances and installations from October to February.
  • Royal Croquet Club (Fri 9  Dec – Fri 23 Dec) – food, entertainment and croquet at Birrarung Marr. READ THE REVIEW.
  • Christmas Projection Show (Fri 9 Dec – Sun 25 Dec) – This Christmas will see City of Melbourne’s annual Christmas Projection Show at Melbourne Town Hall extend to Fed Square, decorating the Swanston Street facades with festive cheer.
  • Christmas Cringe at Melbourne Central (Fri 9 Dec – Sat 24 Dec) – Deck yourself in Christmas jumpers and so-bad-they’re-good accessories, snap a pic in front of the classic Christmas backdrops, and share them with your friends and family on social media using the #ChristmasCringe hashtag. On 30 November is Melbourne Central is also hosting Christmas Shop the City with 12-hours of offers and events from 10am to 10pm.
  • Gingerbread Village by Epicure (Fri 9 Dec – Sat 24 Dec) – Admire iconic Melbourne landmarks and locations all made out of gingerbread. Entry is by nominal gold coin donation and all proceeds go to the Royal Children’s Hospital. FULL REVIEW.
  • QV Outdoor Cinema (Fri 9 Dec – Sun 26 Feb) – live entertainment, free cocktails, special food, red carpets, instafamous dogs, charity screenings, a film festival and more.
  • Viktor & Rolf For Kids NGV (Fri 9 Dec – Sun 26 Feb) – interactive children’s gallery exhibition developed by designers Viktor & Rolf. FULL REVIEW.
  • NGV Car Wash (Fri 9 Dec – April 2017) – enjoy a neon pink installation in the sculpture garden inspired by a car wash. FULL REVIEW.
  • Smurfs Exhibition Harbour Town (Fri 9 Dec – Sat 24 Dec) – Meet Smurfette, Lazy Smurf, Clumsy Smurf, Papa Smurf, Painter Smurf and many more.
  • Christmas Square (Fri 9 Dec – Sun 25 Dec) – Discover nutcracker soldiers, interactive candy canes and get a free photo with Santa. As part of the TAC’s #BePresent campaign, a giant interactive present will find a home in Christmas Square. Deck yourself out in festive decorations for a free, personalised photo and Christmas card!
  • Crown’s Christmas Spectacular (Fri 9 Dec – Sun 1 Jan 2017) – Watch the Crown Towers Atrium come alive with our magnificent Christmas tree and a spectacular lighting and musical display. Shows begin every 30 minutes. Plus, get a free photo with Santa from 12-6pm until 24 December.
  • Christmas at the Old Treasury (Fri 9 Dec – Thu 5 Jan) – The Maynard family’s basement home is decorated in period-appropriate 1920s decorations, some lovingly handmade just as mother would do.
  • Myer Christmas Windows (Fri 9 Dec – Thu 5 Jan 2017) – The 61st Myer Christmas windows is based on the book ‘One Christmas Eve’ with a particularly Melbourne and Australian flavour. FULL REVIEW.
  • Myer Giftorium and Santaland (Fri 9 Dec- Thu 5 Jan 2017) – Your one-stop Christmas shop plus meet Santa and ride on his train.
  • Santa’s Christmas Spectacular (Fri 9 Dec – Sun 18 Dec) – See the crazy acrobatic elves get themselves into all sorts of mischief in Santa’s Toy Workshop. FULL REVIEW.
  • Christmas Village Wonderland (Fri 9 Dec – Sun 18 Dec) – Live shows at the Spiegeltent, Christmas markets, live entertainment, festive food and more.
  • Recycled Christmas (Fri 9 Dec – 13 Jan 2017) – See the Galleria Shopping Centre’s Christmas display, with decorations all made of materials recycled off the site.
  • Christmas at Melbourne Library Service (Fri 9 Dec – Wed 14 Dec) – Jolly storytimes, parties and craft sessions at Melbourne Library Service branches.
  • QV Outdoor Cinema  (Fri 9 Dec – Sun 26 Feb 2017) – It is back for a second season with more dog friendly screenings, themed weeks and pre film entertainment.
  • Santa’s Christmas Academy (Sat 10 Dec) – Join us for Breakfast with Santa and his friends in Santa’s Christmas Academy.
  • African Music and Cultural Festival (Sat 10 Dec) – music, dancing, diverse arts, cultural performances and authentic African food.
  • Koorie Kristmas (Sun 11 Dec) – Come along for an appearance from Koorie Klaus,  as well as activities for the whole family, the best Koorie performers in town and more.
  • Markit at FedSquare (Sun 11 Dec) – Approximately 100 designers setting up for this unique one-day market.
  • Queen Victoria Night Market (Wed 14 Dec) – Eat and drink your way around the world one dish at a time with more than 50 street food traders cooking up a global feast plus specialty shopping and entertainment.



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  • Twilight Christmas Festival Ripponlea (Fri 9 Dec) – Christmas carols, games, artisan market stalls, Christmas craft workshops and mansion tours.
  • Santa’s Magical Kingdom (Fri 9 Dec – Tue 23 Dec) – magical Christmas walk-through wonderland, Snow Castle and Activity Land, Christmas craft area, Ferris Wheel, Santa’s Sleigh Ride and Australia’s largest super slide. FULL REVIEW.
  • Hank Marvin Market (Sat 10 Dec) – weekly Saturday market with awesome playground nearby.
  • Carols in the Park Bentleigh (Sat 10 Dec) – Justine Clarke, special surprise visitor! Including roving performances by The Bouncing Elves.
  • Christmas at Central Park (Sat 10 Dec) – A Christmas celebration for the whole family, with craft activities and unique performances for the kids until 6:45pm, including the Mik Mak’s Christmas Show! Carols follow for those who can stay up a bit later.
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas (Sat 10 Dec – Sun 11 Dec) –  When Charlie Brown starts to doubt the true meaning of Christmas, his neighbourhood chum Lucy suggests he should become the director of the Christmas pageant.
  • Carols by Candlelight Jells Park (Sun 11 Dec) – free children’s activities including Scouts Australia adventures, face painting, a jumping castle and Santa’s Reindeer.
  • MSO Jam for Juniors Chadstone (Mon 12 Dec – Tue 13 Dec) – 30-minute workshops designed for children up to five years and their parents.
  • Habitots Christmas workshops (Mon 12 Dec – Fri 16 Dec) – Christmas cookie decorating and gingerbread house making.



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