HOT: Santa’s Magical Kingdom, Caulfield Racecourse, Station Street, Caulfield East

santas magical kingdom

Santa’s Magical Kingdom  has become a fixture on the Christmas wish list for Melbourne families and we were lucky enough to be invited to the opening night.

Now in its fifth year, the event is as close as imaginable to the Christmas dreams of childhood and stories…

Santas Magical Kingdom

…from the free-falling “snow” to visits from the Snow Queen, Santa and Mrs Claus, who loves to read yuletide tales and will also help you write a letter to Santa.

Rides include a super slide, Santa’s Sleigh Ride, a giant ferris wheel, a magical train ride and more.

Santas Magical Kingdom

There are also carnival games (though these cost extra, see Hot Tips below).

An hour into the three-hour session, the International Christmas Spectacular begins.

Santas Magical Kingdom

The 35-minute performance includes circus acts and performers from around the world. Depending on your kids’ interests and attention spans, you could skip this and enjoy the shorter queues for rides and activities as there’s plenty to do.

Santas Magical Kingdom

Our favourite activities include the Christmas Craft Village, where you can make your own Christmas tree decorations and sand art to take home, and Gingerbread Land where you can decorate your own gingerbread men.

santas magical kingdom

Thanks to journalist and mum for 2 Erika Jonsson for her guest post.


HOT Tips:

  • book tickets quickly as the event has been a sell-out every year;
  • arrive early to your session to secure parking. Street parking is hard to find, there is some free parking in surrounding streets;
  • entrance is at Gate 21 of Caulfield Racecourse;
  • the environment is dark and very loud, might not suit some children;
  • pram access and space to move, though I don’t particularly recommend it for babies who can’t walk;
  • if your kids are into rides do them first and skip the circus so you can take advantage of smaller crowds;
  • there are height restrictions for different rides – some are suitable only for younger children while others are for children 130cm+
  • rides are included in the price;
  • Santa photos, merchandise and carnival games cost extra, so set expectations early about how much you will/won’t spend on top of your entry fee; and
  • food and beverages available for purchase on site including sandwiches, hot food, drinks, popcorn, coffee and donuts.

Santa’s Magical Kingdom, Caulfield Racecourse, Station Street, Caulfield East

Session times:
Sat 18 Nov: Session 1: 10am-1pm, Session 2: 2pm-5pm SOLD OUT, Session 3: 6pm-9pm
Sun 19 Nov: All sessions sold out
Fri 24 Nov: Session 1: 6pm-9pm – Ronald McDonald House Event
Sat 25 Nov: Session 1: 10am-1pm, Session 2: 2pm-5pm, Session 3: 6pm-9pm
Sun 26 Nov: Session 1: 10am-1pm, Session 2: 2pm-5pm
Fri 1 Dec: Session 1: 10am-1pm, Session 2: 2pm-5pm
Sat 2 Dec: Session 1: 10am-1pm, Session 2: 2pm-5pm, Session 3: 6pm-9pm
Sun 3 Dec: Session 1: 10am-1pm, Session 2: 2pm-5pm
Wed 6 Dec: Session 1: 10am-1pm
Thu 7 Dec: Session 1: 10am-1pm
Fri 8 Dec: Session 1: 10am-1pm, Session 2: 6pm-9pm
Sat 9 Dec: Session 1: 10am-1pm, Session 2: 2pm-5pm, Session 3: 6pm-9pm
Sun 10 Dec: All sessions sold out
Mon 11 Dec (Rudolph’s birthday): Session 1: 10am-1pm
Tue 12 Dec (Rudolph’s birthday): Session 1: 10am-1pm
Wed 13 Dec (Rudolph’s birthday): Session 1: 10am-1pm
Thu 14 Dec (Rudolph’s birthday): Session 1: 10am-1pm
Fri 15 Dec (Rudolph’s birthday): Session 1: 10am-1pm, Session 2: 2pm-5pm
Sat 16 Dec: Session 1: 10am-1pm, Session 2: 2pm-5pm, Session 3: 6pm-9pm
Sun 17 Dec: Session 1: 10am-1pm, Session 2: 2pm-5pm
Mon 18 Dec: Session 1: 10am-1pm, Session 2: 2pm-5pm
Tue 19 Dec: Session 1: 10am-1pm, Session 2: 2pm-5pm
Wed 20 Dec: Session 1: 10am-1pm, Session 2: 2pm-5pm, Session 3: 6pm-9pm
Thu 21 Dec: Session 1: 10am-1pm, Session 2: 2pm-5pm, Session 3: 6pm-9pm
Fri 22 Dec: Session 1: 10am-1pm, Session 2: 2pm-5pm, Session 3: 6pm-9pm
SAT 23 Dec: Session 1: 10am-1pm, Session 2: 2pm-5pm

HOT: The District Docklands, Food Truck Park Summer Residency, 440 Docklands Drive, Docklands

the district docklands

The District Docklands, formerly Harbour Town Melbourne, is launching its $150 million redevelopment with a bang!

the district docklands

This weekend is The District’s launch weekend with lots of free activities and giveaways happening and the opening of a new pop up food truck park. The District’s Food Truck Park Summer Residency opens Friday 17 November, Saturday 18 November and Sunday 19 November and then every Friday from 24 November until Friday 23 February 11-9pm.

the district docklands

The food truck park faces the eastern car park has the tall walls have been decorated with street art bursting with life and colour. There’s soft synthetic grass to sit on, picnic tables and benches, a ping pong table and plenty of room to park a pram or let the kids roam. Toaccount for Melbourne’s mercurial weather there’s a small undercover area near the bar.

the district docklands

Each Friday enjoy a rotating lineup of four food trucks, a cash bar and a live DJ. There are even customer giveaways during the launch weekend. the district docklands

Cute cake pops from Ray Ray are available to the first 300 customers who show their receipt after making a purchase at The District. The cake pops come in three flavours – vanilla, chocolate and red velvet…and are a delicious end to a relaxed meal.

the district docklands

The District’s Food Truck Park Summer Residency is the first of many activations getting Melburnians excited about the new look shopping district. It’s a great location for friends, family and work colleagues to gather to enjoy the warm weather.

Every Friday the Blender Artist Market is also open with hand-made artisanal goods including fine arts, crafts, gifts, fashion and jewellery.

Head down this weekend for lots of free fun too!


HOT Tips:

  • pram access;
  • Paid street parking or in the multistory carpark;
  • Note some vendors may be cash only, including the bar;
  • Change facilities within The District;
  • The District has a small playground within the centre and adjoins The Wonderland Spiegeltent, O’Brien Arena and Melbourne Star;
  • Customer giveaways for the first 300 customers to show their purchase receipt from The District.

The District Docklands, Food Truck Park Summer Residency , 440 Docklands Drive, Docklands

Launch weekend Friday 17 November 11-9pm Saturday  11-9pm Sunday 11-9pm Then every Friday from 24 November to Friday 23 February 11-9pm

HOT: Local Folk, 43 Epsom Rd, Kensington

local folk kensington

Local Folk is a cosy family-friendly cafe in Kensington and as its name suggests it’s a place for local residents looking for coffee, breakfast, brunch and lunch.

local folk kensington

The cafe is split over two levels, with the sunny upper level more suitable for families. Haul the pram up a few stairs and you’ll find a little kids corner complete with table, colouring activities and books.

local folk kensington

The menu consists of cafe classics and the venue is licensed should you need something stronger than the Toby’s Estate beans.

I try the bruschetta with spiced pumpkin, roasted beetroot, halloumi, poached eggs, pea tendrils, pepita and organic grain toast ($17.50). While it doesn’t push any culinary boundaries it’s healthy and hearty and the eggs are perfectly poached with a runny yolk.

local folk kensington

 

The buttermilk waffles are a bargain for ($13.50). The waffle machine is broken on our visit so it’s turned into pancakes instead! It’s a sweetness overload with salted caramel, banana, and candied walnuts AND vanilla ice cream.

The ‘little folks’ menu is all $7.50 and includes standard items such as toasties, omelette, eggs and nuggets.

If you are in need of more of play head down to Bayswater Rd Reserve, a partially fenced playground which is quiet but has enough equipment to keep kids amused for an hour or so.

Local Folk is a quiet, friendly, neighbourhood hub where you can grab a coffee or settle in for a more substantial meal while the kids can be entertained.

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HOT Tips:

  • pram access;
  • numerous high chairs;
  • kids menu;
  • kid-friendly standard menu;
  • toys and books;
  • Bayswater Reserve playground within walking distance;
  • limited free street parking on Epsom Road;
  • a walk up the hill from Kensington station.

Local Folk, 43 Epsom Rd, Kensington 03 9939 7241

Monday to Sunday 7am to 4pm
Local Folk Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

What’s on – Friday 17 November to Thursday 23 November

Only 5 weeks until Christmas and the whole city’s getting festive!

This Saturday I’ll be doing Byk Bikes kids bike test rides and helmet fittings and peddling my wares (ha) at Footscray Finds on Sunday. Have a great week!

CBD/Docklands

  • Santa’s Post Box (Fri 17 Dec – Fri 15 Dec) – write a letter to Santa and receive a personalised response. Post outside the Australia Post GPO and The District, Docklands
  • Christmas at Old Treasury (Fri 17 Nov – Fri 5 Jan) – The Old Treasury Building is once again showcasing homemade decorations of the 1920s!
  • Myer Christmas Windows (Fri 17 Nov – 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 launch weekend (Fri 17 Nov – Sun 19 Nov) – Harbour Town is now The District. On the launch weekend enjoy extended trading hours, exclusive offers, a food truck park and all the treats and giveaways you can handle!
  • The Gruffalo Arts Centre Melbourne (Fri 17 Nov – Sun 19 Nov) – Join Mouse and head on a daring adventure filled with songs, laughter and scary fun when this magical musical adaptation.
  • Night Noodle Markets (Fri 17 Nov – Sun 26 Nov ) – all the sights, sounds and smells of an Asian hawker market plus the buzz, hype and vibe of a huge outdoor festival. 
  • MPavilion (Fri 17 Nov  – 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.
  • Play Pod State Library of Victoria (Fri 17 Nov – 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. Full review. 
  • Santa’s Grand Arrival (Sat 18 Nov) – PJ Masks, Peppa Pig and everyone’s favourite Christmas characters are coming to Santa’s Grand Arrival!
  • Mind Body Spirit Festival (Sat 18 Nov – Sun 19 Nov) -hich is the largest health, wellbeing and natural therapies event in Australia.
  • Queen Street Plaza (Sat 18 Nov – Sun 19 Nov) – A place to sit, eat, have a drink and enjoy free family entertainment right in the heart of the city.
  • Big Fish Little Fish Family Rave (Sun 19 Sep) – family-friendly raves. Full review.
  • Under 8s Ice Fun (Sun 19 Nov) – unique toddler experience in shoes or skates.
  • Wallace & Gromit and Friends: The Magic of Aardman (Fri 17 Nov – 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 17 Nov – 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.
  • Queen Victoria Night Market (Wed 22 Nov) – 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.

myer christmas windows 2017

NORTH  / NORTH-EAST

 

SOUTH / SOUTH-EAST / BAYSIDE

  • Hank Marvin Market (Sat 18 Nov) – weekly Saturday market with awesome playground at Alma Park.
  • Compassionate Living Vegan Twilight Market (Sat 18 Nov) – indoor market, with a thoughtfully curated variety of vegan start ups, micro businesses including food vendors & animal support groups, showcasing products & services which are cruelty free, ethical, environmentally friendly, encouraging sustainable living practices.
  • Santa’s Magical Kingdom (Fri 16 Nov – 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.
  • Unicorn Party Dandenong Market (Sun 19 Nov) – 14 of the market’s vendors produce their own unicorn inspired creations for one day only this November.
  • Mornington Railway (Sun 19 Nov) – Climb aboard the Mornington Railway steam train for a fun-filled outing.
  • East Malvern Food & Wine Festival (Sun 19 Nov) – the festival stalls will house countless dishes made with fresh local produce.
  • Fairy Petunia South Melbourne Market (Wed 22 Nov) – free storytelling, drawing, face painting, games, bubbles and more.

 

EAST

  • A Big Christmas Day (Sun 19 Nov) – A Christmas themed festival family with friendly activities including carnival games, sand art, airbrush tattoos, face painting and balloon twisting, carnival rides, food trucks and much more!
  • Box Hill Miniature Railway (Sun 19 Nov) – Every 3rd Sunday the ride this wonderful Miniature Railway, the track winds through the picturesque surrounds of Elgar Park. READ THE REVIEW.
  • Yarra Valley Railway (Sun 19 Nov) – take a trip on the historic Walker RM22 Railmotor from Healesville to Tunnel Hill. Full review. 
  • Moonlit Markets Eastland (Thu 23 Nov) – up to 60 stalls from local designers, artisans and artists. Find an assortment of fashion, jewellery, art, homewares and delights for the kids.

footscray finds

WEST

HOT: Messy Me, 5th Brunswick Scout Hall, 213A Weston St, East Brunswick

messy me

Messy Me offers unstructured messy play classes for under 5s in Hoppers Crossing, Brunswick and Hadfield.


messy me 

For an hour you and your child can enjoy a relaxed creative and sensory play experience especially designed for kids aged 18 months to 5 years.

messy me

Every session has different theme and the eight activities change, but every week you’ll find some form of water play, sensory play with seeds, play dough and craft.

messy me

messy me

On our visit the theme is ‘Treasure’ so Baby 2.0 enjoys finding gold coins from the underwater treasure, making treasure at the craft table and burying treasure in play dough.

messy me

Other activities include roller painting, seed bags, slime and physical play with some crawling tunnels.

messy me

Kids are free to explore as they wish and adults are expected to participate and be led by what the child is interested in. Serren manages the space by supplying more materials, cleaning up and chatting to parents.

messy me

Most Messy Me participants are regulars so if you intend to drop in it’s important to book ahead to avoid disappointment. They also hold parties at Messy Me HQ in Hadfield.

For more places to try kids craft and messy play try The Messy Shed, Craftercise, Mess Matters, Craft and Caffeine and Crafternoon.


HOT Tips:

  • Each session runs for 60 minutes;
  • Suitable for 18 months – 5 years;
  • Session are at different times and different locations;
  • Sessions are $16 per child and $6 per sibling;
  • Bookings are recommended though it is possible to drop-in subject to availability;
  • Wear old clothes and shoes or bring a smock;
  • Party bookings available.

Messy Me, 5th Brunswick Scout Hall, 213A Weston St, East Brunswick

Also at Hoppers Indoor Sportz, 13/55 Graham Ct, Messy Me HQ 80 East St Hadfield

  • $16 for the first child from a family
  • $6 for each additional sibling over 1
  • Under 1’s free. Adults free

 

The HOT List: Christmas in Melbourne 2017 – Top 33 Free Christmas events and activities

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.

Save time and read this post later!

Click here to get a pdf of Christmas in Melbourne 2017 guide.

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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