christmas in melbourne

City of Melbourne always hosts a crackerload of Christmas events, activities and markets (pun intended) so here’s a list of 33 free Christmas events and attractions in 2017 in date order.

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1. Santa’s Post Box

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Write a letter to Santa and drop it in his Mailbox and if you include a self-addressed, stamped envelope along with your letter,  you’ll receive a personalised reply!

Also place a gift in the Australia Post Spirit of Giving box with a tag referencing the age appropriateness of the gift.

Santa’s Mailbox | 3 November to 15 December| Outside the Australia Post GPO and The District, Docklands

2. Myer Christmas Windows

 myer christmas windows 2017

The 62nd Myer Christmas windows are based the original story of Elf and ‘The completely and utterly, absolutely perfect Christmas’ written and illustrated by H C Floren. There’s also an app to bring the story alive!

Myer Christmas Windows | Sunday 12 November – Sunday 7 Jan 2018 | 7:30am – late, Myer Melbourne Bourke Street

3. Myer Giftorium and Santaland

Your one-stop Christmas shop plus meet Santa. Note fees apply for photography and there is an online booking system (though you can try to walk in).

Myer Giftorium and Santaland | Sunday 12 November – Sunday 7 Jan 2018, Bourke Street Mall

 

4. Christmas at Old Treasury

The Old Treasury Building is once again showcasing homemade decorations of the 1920s!

Christmas at Old Treasury | Monday 13 November to Friday 5 January, Old Treasury Building

 

5. Light Up Christmas with Guy and Jules Sebastian

A spectacular light display will transform Federation Square into a joyful and magical Christmas wonderland brimming with activity. There will be plenty of Cadbury chocolate to enjoy with family and friends and  at 8:30pm a stunning light show will commence.
Guy Sebastian will continue to spread Christmas cheer by performing Christmas Carols.

Light Up Christmas with Guy and Jules Sebastian | Thu 16 Nov 5-9pm | Federation Square

 

6. Blender Lane Night Market

New art and design market located in the brand spanking new Art Collective hub of Docklands featuring some of Melbourne’s most creative and skilful artists and designers.

Blender Lane Night Market | 17 November to 22 December, The District

 

7. Santa’s Grand Arrival

Santa’s official arrival to the City of Melbourne is an extravaganza with your favourite Christmas characters live on stage at The David Jones Christmas Concert. From Sat 19 Nov to Sun 4 Dec on weekends there will also be free face painters, fairies and balloon benders.

Santa’s Grand Arrival | Saturday 18 November, 9.30am to 10.30am and 11.30am to 12.30pm, Bourke Street Mall

8. Arts Centre Melbourne Saturday Christmas Market

Wander through the Arts Centre Melbourne forecourt to discover original gift ideas and one-of-a-kind handmade goods. Everything at this market is made locally.

Arts Centre Melbourne Saturday Christmas Market | Saturday 18 November, 25 November and 2 December, 10am to 4pm, St Kilda Road

 

 

9. Christmas Festival App: Santa’s Lil Helper

Before you head into the CBD Download Santa’s Lil Helper at the App Store or Google Play and discover Christmas wonderlands and animated characters in Melbourne’s laneways with augmented reality.

Christmas Festival App: Santa’s Lil Helper | Friday 24 November to Monday 25 December, Laneways across the city

 

10. Christmas Festival launch and tree lighting

Celebrate the beginning of City of Melbourne’s Christmas Festival by welcoming Santa to Melbourne, as he arrives at the brand-new Christmas Festival hub in Fed Square. Roving performers and the lighting of the brand-new Christmas tree.

Christmas Festival launch and tree lighting | Friday 24 November from 7pm, Federation Square

 

11. Christmas Laneways

Visit Degraves Street, Manchester Lane, Alfred Place, Howey Place, Meyers Place and more to enjoy decorations and Christmas cheer in Melbourne’s iconic laneways.

Christmas Laneways | Friday 24 November – Monday 25 December, across the city

 

12. Christmas at Federation Square

City of Melbourne’s Christmas celebrations are centred around Federation Square this year. You’ll find Santa underneath the new supersized 16 metre tall Christmas tree, take a selfie inside a 6m high white bauble, visit the ‘Be Present’ Snow Dome and be filmed singing along to your favourite Christmas Carol and every night from 9pm be amazed at the Christmas tree light show.

Christmas at Federation Square | 24 November – 25 December | Daily | 9am – late

 

13. Christmas Lights at Light House

The Christmas light show will run every half hour, from dusk until midnight, and is best viewed from Buluk Park, Docklands.

Christmas Lights at Light House | 24 November to 25 December, dusk until midnight Light House at 888 Collins Street

 

14. Santa’s House

Take a free photo with Santa underneath the giant Christmas tree in Fed Square.

Santa’s House | 25 November to 24 December, 10am to 12pm & 1pm to 3pm, plus 4pm to 7pm Fridays, Fed Square

 

15. German Christkindlmarkt

The German Christkindlmarkt is features food and themed gifts from Germany.

German Christkindlmarkt | Thursday 30 November, 9am to 3pm Melbourne Town Hall

 

16. Giant Christmas Bauble

A giant Christmas bauble will be illuminating the court opposite St Paul’s Cathedral, sparkling during the day and twinkling at night.

Giant Christmas Bauble | Thursday 30 November to 25 December | Fed Square

 

17. Karaoke Snow Globe

Karaoke your way through all your favourite holiday tunes inside a giant snow globe!

Karaoke Snow Globe | Monday 27 December to Sunday 24 December | Fed Square

 

18. Christmas Projections 

See City of Melbourne’s annual Christmas Projections with new feature sites at the State Library Victoria, Federation Square and New Quay Promenade Docklands (Thu 30 Nov – Mon 25 December 9-10:30pm).

City of Melbourne Christmas Projections | Fri 1 Dec – Mon 25 Dec 9pm -10:20pm daily

 

19. Tacky Christmas

Lonsdale Street’s Greek Precinct is going cheesy with ‘tacky’ decorations in shop fronts, Christmas inflatables and even a ‘tacky’ Santa Claus singing unconventional Christmas carols.

Tacky Christmas | Friday 1 December – Monday 25 December, Lonsdale and Russell streets

 

20. Gingerbread Village by Epicure

gingerbread village melbourne

Admire the hours of handiwork behind the Gingerbread Village by Epicure, a display of iconic Melbourne landmarks and locations all made out of gingerbread.

Gingerbread Village by Epicure | Fri 1 Dec – Sun 24 Dec 9-8:15pm | Melbourne Town Hall

21. The Big Design Market

The one-stop shop for all your Christmas shopping is at The Big Design Market, the biggest design market in Australia.  Entry is free for children and there’s a kids creative play area.

The Big Design Market | Fri 1 Dec – Sun 3 Dec | Fri: 10am – 9pm Sat: 10am – 7pm Sun: 10am – 5pm | Royal Exhibition Buildings Carlton

 

22. Japanese Festive Market

Head to Kimono House to be inspired by a range of Japanese gifts and decorations  celebrating  the joyful season.

Japanese Festive Market | Tuesday to Saturday, 1 to 22 December, 10am to 5pm (launch 7pm 1 December), Kimono House, Nicholas Building

 

23. Fair@Square

Fair@Square is a socially conscious market bringing the best in fair trad. Check out cooking demonstrations, live entertainment,  workshops and hands-on activities.

Fair@Square| Saturday 2 December, 11am to 9pm | Fed Square, River Terrace and Swanston Street

 

24. Christmas Party at Kathleen Syme

Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre, 251 Faraday St, Carlton

There will be games and activities for kids big and small, including face painting, a Christmas-themed story time, craft activities, music and singing.

Christmas Party at Kathleen Syme | Wednesday 6 December, Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre Carlton

 

25. A night at the Nicholas summer edition

Nine storeys of artists, boutique retail, milliners, jewellers, illustrators open  for one night to herald the festive season.

A night at the Nicholas summer edition, Thursday 7 December, 6pm – 9ppm | Nicholas Building, 27 Swanston St, Melbourne

 

26. Northside Community Christmas Picnic

The Northside Community Christmas Picnic will entertain this year with kids’ activities, Christmas carols, an open-air  cinema and a special visit from Santa Claus.

Northside Community Christmas Picnic | Friday 8 December 5-1opm | North end of Erroland Queensberry streets, North Melbourne

 

27. The Dock Community Christmas

Library at the Dock

Bring the family down to the hub next to Buluk Park for a range of festive activities and fun workshops.

The Dock Community Christmas | Saturday 9 December 10-3pm | Library at The Dock and Buluk Park

 

28. Boyd Christmas Party

Come and celebrate Christmas with the Southbank community. There’s lots on offer for children and adults alike.

Boyd Christmas Party | Tue 12 Dec 3:30-6:30pm | Boyd Community Hub 207 City Rd, Southbank

 

29. Collins Place Design Market

Pop into the Collins Place Forecourt for a glass of bubbles at this chic design market’s pop-up bar, grab a bite to eat and peruse the boutique market offerings.

Collins Place Design Market | Friday 15 December 10am to 6pm | Collins Place Forecourt

 

30. Markit + Bake Sale

With 89 creative stalls and baked-goods stalls downstairs in the Deakin Edge Theatre stage area.

Markit + Bake SaleSunday 17 December, 10am to 5pm | The Atrium  and Deakin Edge Theatre Fed Square

 

31. Kensington Market

Over 70 speciality stalls providing an eclectic mix of treasures from fresh produce, homemade foods and great coffee to designer fashion, children’s wear, jewellery and an array of visual art creations.

Kensington Market | Sunday 17 December, Kensington Town Hall, Kensington

 

32. Flemington Racecourse Christmas Market

Combining the best of an open-air market, a family-friendly event and a fun picnic lunch, the Christmas Market at Flemington Racecourse features a huge range of food to sample, as well as goodies for your house and garden, and classic market fare on offer.

Flemington Racecourse Christmas Market | Sunday 17 December, 9am to 2pm| Flemington Racecourse

 

33. The Thread Den Christmas Market

Thread Den acts as an incubator for independent designers and makes an ideal place for last-minute gifts and distinctive items.

The Thread Den Christmas Market | Friday 22 December, 5pm to 10pm | Federation Square


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