Less than 4 weeks till Christmas and the first week for the TOT Christmas Activity Advent Calendar!

This week I’m madly prepping for three huge shopping days for The Big Design Market in Melbourne (1-3 December). If you’re dropping in please come say hi to me at the CycleStyle stand – I’m at D31, right at the back near the Kids Activities and St Ali Coffee/Ace Cookies.

Also remember to save the date for the last Wheelie Good Fun event of 2017 – a family festive picnic at Footscray Park with lots of free activities to enjoy. Have a great week!

CBD / Docklands

  • Santa’s Post Box (Fri 1 Dec – Fri 15 Dec) – write a letter to Santa and receive a personalised response. Post outside the Australia Post GPO and The District, Docklands.
  • Gingerbread Village by Epicure (Fri 1 Dec – Sun 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. 
  • Christmas at Old Treasury (Fri 1 Dec – Fri 5 Jan) – The Old Treasury Building is once again showcasing homemade decorations of the 1920s!
  • Myer Christmas Windows (Fri 1 Dec  – Sun 7 Jan) – The 62nd annual Myer Melbourne Christmas Windows are based on the original story of Elf and ‘The completely and utterly, absolutely perfect Christmas’ written and illustrated by H C Floren. Full review.
  • The District food truck park (Fri 1 Dec) – food truck park every Friday through summer. Full review. 
  • Christmas Federation Square (Fri 1 Dec – 25 Dec) – magical Christmas wonderland offering festive fun for the whole family.
  • Myer Giftorium and Santaland (Fri 1 Dec – Sat 24 Dec ) – Your one-stop Christmas shop plus meet Santa and ride on his train.
  • Santa’s Tree House (Fri 1 Dec – Sun 24 Dec) – Santa Claus is settling into his tree house at The District Docklands and will be available for photos daily. Plus, each child that visits Santa Claus will receive a free colouring-in book with pencils to take home.
  • Play Pod State Library of Victoria (Fri 1 Dec – Tue 5 Dec) – Play Pod is the SLV’s program for children aged under 8 years with activities to read, create and play. This season’s theme is The Very Noisy Bear.
  • Wallace & Gromit and Friends: The Magic of Aardman (Fri 1 Dec – Sun 29 Jan) – take an extraordinary trip from sketches and models through to elaborate sets as these beloved characters take shape on screen. Full review. 
  • The Pool: Architecture, Culture and Identity ( Fri 1 Dec – Thu 1 Feb 2018) – A multi-sensory installation of water, light, scent and sound, The Pool is an interactive space, complete with wooden decking and pool lounge chairs.
  • MPavilion (Fri 1 Dec – Sun 4 Feb 2018 ) – 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.
  • Christmas Projection Show (Fri 1 Dec – Mon 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.
  • Fair@Square Federation Square (Sat 2 Dec) – The Fair@Square Festival celebrates ethical, sustainable, morally responsible behaviour; designed to nourish mind, body and soul.
  • Christmas Events David Jones (Sat2 Dec – Sun 3 Dec) – face painting and other festive events.
  • Polly Woodside Pirate Day (Sun 3 Dec) -Dress as a pirate and come help us search for hidden treasure, join in on the pirate games and even scrub the decks!
  • ACMI’s Family Sundays (Sun 3 Dect ) – day for families to come together and interact with screen culture in all its forms with different theme each month.
  • Queen Victoria Night Market (Wed 6 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.

NORTH / NORTH-EAST

 

SOUTH / SOUTH-EAST / BAYSIDE

 

EAST

  • Maling Road Kriskindl (Fri 1 Dec) – Meet Santa, go on some great rides, enjoy our live entertainment and sample some quality food.
  • Babes to Kids Market Caribbean Gardens (Fri 1 Dec) – new and preloved baby gear, free train rides and face painting.
  • Cherry Picking Cherryhill Orchards (Fri 1 Dec – Jan 2017) – Pick your own cherries and enjoy cherry treats.
  • Maroondah Carols (Sat 2 Dec) – preshow entertainment from 6pm and the night will conclude with a stunning fireworks.
  • All for Kids Market (Sat 2 Dec) – Discover a collection of boutique and preloved pieces from over 50 stalls.
  • Homemade Christmas Workshops Eastland (Sat 2 Dec – Thu 21 Dec) – explore and create the magic of a homemade Christmas at the Eastland Design Studio.
  • Yarra Valley Railway (Sun 3 Dec) – take a trip on the historic Walker RM22 Railmotor from Healesville to Tunnel Hill.
  • Carols by Candlelight Richmond (Thu 7 Dec) –featuring the Australian Girls’ Choir and the Melbourne Rainbow Band, local school and community acts and a special appearance from Santa!  along with food and drink stalls.
  • Moonlit Markets Eastland (Thu 7 Dec) – up to 60 stalls from local designers, artisans and artists. Find an assortment of fashion, jewellery, art, homewares and delights for the kids.

 

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