what on in melbourne this week

It’s full steam ahead for Christmas festivities all around town!

I’ll be at the Family Festive Picnic at Footscray Park this Saturday 9 December 3-5pm with my high vis vest and clipboard! Wynter Projects and I (with my Wheelie Good Fun hat on) have produced a fun-filled event for City of Maribyrnong, with a Christmas cracker hunt with special messages from Santa inside, hula hooping workshops, face painting and Christmas-themed craft. Finally, there’s a visit from the jolly man himself! Book your free spot here.

CBD/Docklands

  • MSO presents Star Wars: The Force Awakens in Concert (Thu 7 Dec – Sun 10 Dec) – exclusive Australian premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in Concert.
  • Santa’s Post Box (Fri 8 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 8 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. 
  • Crown Christmas Spectacular (Fri 8 Dec – Mon 1 Jan) – Christmas entertainment and ArtVo pop up.
  • Christmas at Old Treasury (Fri 8 Dec – Fri 5 Jan) – The Old Treasury Building is once again showcasing homemade decorations of the 1920s!
  • Myer Christmas Windows (Fri 8 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 8 Dec) – food truck park every Friday through summer. Full review. 
  • Wrap / Party QV (Fri 8 Dec – Fri 22 Dec) – Christmas Carousel, free dog photography sessions, Christmas balloon selfie station and more. Full review.
  • Santa’s Tree House (Fri 8 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 8 Dec – 13 Mar) – 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 ‘Our Last Trip to the Market’. Full review
  • The Dock Community Christmas (Sat 9 Dec) – event program full of fun and festivities for all, including the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, kids crafts, and park games.
  • African Music Festival (Sat 9 Dec) – Australia’s largest annual African festival and showcases an array of music, dance, art, fashion and authentic African food.
  • Christmas Projection Show (Fri 8 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.
  • Christmas Events David Jones (Sat 9 Dec – Sun 10 Dec) – face painting and other festive events.
  • Myer Giftorium and Santaland (Fri 8 Dec- Sat 24 Dec ) – Your one-stop Christmas shop plus meet Santa and ride on his train.
  • Christmas Craft The District (Sat 9 Dec – Sun 10 Dec) – Pop in to see Santa Claus and get creative with free craft activities until Christmas, there’s something different to do each weekend.
  • VIP Sale weekend The District (Sat 9 Dec – Sun 10 Dec) – exclusive Centre-wide offers, giveaways and free family entertainment for 2 days only!
  • The Snowman (Sat 9 Dec) – Enjoy a family-friendly Christmas concert performed with a live orchestra and the animated film of The Snowman projected on the big screen.
  • Carols by Daylight (Sun 10 Dec) – fun-filled, singalong family event featuring the combined Australian Schools Orchestra, Santa Claus and more!‍
  • Wallace & Gromit and Friends: The Magic of Aardman (Fri 8 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 8 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 8 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.
  • Queen Victoria Night Market (Wed 13 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.
  • Storytime Ballet: Sleeping Beauty (Wed 13 Dec – Sun 17 Dec) – Australian Ballet mainstage production created especially for children aged three years old and up.

the district docklands

NORTH  / NORTH-EAST

 

SOUTH / SOUTH-EAST / BAYSIDE

  • Summer Nights Live Gasworks (Fri 8 Dec) – For two Friday evenings in December enjoy live music, local produce food and wine with the local community.
  • Santa’s Magical Kingdom (Fri 8 Dec – Sat 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.
  • Legoland Christmas Bricktacular (Fri 8 Dec – Sun 24 Dec) – Christmas-themed build activities, Post your Christmas wishes into Santa’s LEGO® postbox, Special theming and Christmas photo-ops.
  • Hank Marvin Market  (Sat 9 Dec) – weekly Saturday market with awesome playground nearby.
  • Carols in the Park Bentleigh (Sat 9 Dec) – Justine Clarke, special surprise visitor! Including roving performances by The Bouncing Elves.
  • Christmas at Central Park (Sat 9 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.
  • Christmas in Berwick (Sat 9 Dec) – Local Dance schools performing, local Choir groups singing carols, decorate a Bauble, Reindeer Scavenger Hunt, prizes and gift bags for the first 200 mums and 100 Lolly bags for the children!
  • French Christmas Market (Sat 9 Dec – Sun 10 Dec) – Face painting, balloon twisting, photo booths and free demonstrations will ensure a fun, festive and French day out.
  • Carols by Candlelight Jells Park (Sun 10 Dec) – free children’s activities including Scouts Australia adventures, face painting, a jumping castle and Santa’s Reindeer.
  • Santa’s Magical Workshop Chadstone (Mon 11 Dec – Fri 22 Dec) – pantomime will bring the spirit of Christmas to life and tell the story of Santa’s Head Elf, Pickles, who has lost his toy making magic.
  • Fairy Petunia South Melbourne Market (Wed 13 Nov) – free storytelling, drawing, face painting, games, bubbles and more.

EAST

  • Cherry Picking Cherryhill Orchards (Fri 8 Dec – Jan 2017) – Pick your own cherries and enjoy cherry treats.
  • Melbourne Tram Museum (Sat 9 Dec) – Visit a Melbourne icon at this quirky museum. FULL REVIEW.
  • Heide Makers Market (Sat 9 Dec) – eclectic mix of art, design and handcrafted goods.
  • Yarra Glen Twilight Market (Sat 9 Dec) – produce and craft stalls.
  • Maroondah Carols (Sat 9 Dec) – food vans, face painting, animal farm, roving performers.
  • Belgrave Big Dreams Market (Sun 10 Dec) – discover original and bespoke design pieces, some of the yummiest and freshest produce the area has to offer, live music, bouncy castle and facepainting  for the kids.
  • Yarra Valley Railway (Sun 10 Dec) – take a trip on the historic Walker RM22 Railmotor from Healesville to Tunnel Hill.
  • Heide Art Babies (Tue 12 Dec) – An art program dedicated to babies, crawlers and their carers that focuses on the important role art plays in infant development. Full review.
  • Heide Art Kinder (Wed 13 Dec) – guided tour and workshop for parents and carers with pre-primary children and toddlers is followed by morning tea from Café Heide.

geelong carousel

WEST

  • Big Burger Biannual Watergardens (Thu 7 Dec – Sun 10 Dec) – some of Melbourne’s greatest burger trucks and up and coming newbies will come together to celebrate the fine art of patty flipping.
  • Movies in Christmas Square (Fri 9 Dec) – Bring a chair, beanbag  or blanket and head to “Christmas Square” in the heart of Footscray to get a selfie with Santa from 7.30 – 8.15pm then settle in for a screening of a FREE Christmas movie.
  • Story Island Launch Sunshine Library (Fri 8 Dec) – A special story time, followed by light refreshments will be held at Sunshine Library to launch the exhibit.
  • Christmas in Central Geelong (Fri 8 Dec – 7 Jan) – free Christmas trail with augmented reality, Christmas windows, art installations, Wall Art and more. Full review. 
  • Mesh Mesh Market (Fri 8 Dec) – What better gift idea for the festival season than a locally hand printed product with artisan designs created by leading artists and our very own Mesh Mash crew.
  • Williamstown Christmas Festival (Fri 8 Dec) – Christmas stalls, face painting, live entertainment and even photos with Santa.
  • LightTime Scienceworks (Fri 8 Dec onwards) – a collective of 11 Melbourne based artists who have created hypnotic and mesmerising works. Full review.
  • Family Festive Picnic (Sat 9 Dec) – Christmas cracker hunt with special messages from Santa inside, hula hooping workshops, face painting and Christmas-themed craft.
  • Christmas on the Green Sunbury (Sat 9 Dec) – performances and childrens activities.
  • Toddler Circus Footscray (Sat 9 Dec and Thu 14 Dec) – circus class for 18 month -5 year olds. READ THE REVIEW.
  • Carols at Werribee Park (Sat 9 Dec) – roving cartoon characters during the pre-show entertainment and an exciting children’s segment.
  • Bacchus Marsh Christmas Festival (Sat 9 Dec) – Kids activity, Market stalls, Food Park, kids rides, Live Music and carols by candlelight.
  • Essendon Traffic School (Sat 9 Dec) – Essendon Traffic School is a mini road set up for kids aged two to ten years, complete with road signs, railway bells and traffic lights.
  • Beads for Wildlife Twister (Sat 9 Dec – Sun 10 Dec) – Come and play an oversized game of ‘Beads for Wildlife Twister’ with the Performing Zebras from Born in a Taxi this weekend at Werribee Open Range Zoo! As well as the Performing Zebras, there will be face painting and African drumming.
  • Little Red Train Werribee (Sat 9 Dec – Sun 10 Dec) – take a trackless train ride through picturesque Werribee Park. Full review.
  • Carols Queens Park (Sun 10 Dec) – Children’s activities will include a meet and great with Santa Claus and Christmas cookie decorating with all of the delicious materials included.
  • Carols by Candlelight Altona (Sun 10 Dec) – Logan Reserve carols.
  • Immaculate Conception Festa (Sun 10 Dec) – tarting with Mass at 4pm, and followed by the Procession carrying the statue through the surrounding streets accompanied by two brass bands and ending with a concert back at St Mary’s.
  • Scienceworks VIP Shopping Night (Wed 13 Dec) – Come ready with your membership card for a generous 25% off in the shop, complimentary drink on arrival, cheese platters and refreshments.

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