What’s on – Friday 1 December to Thursday 7 December 2017

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.

 

WEST

HOT: Heide Art Babies, Heide Museum of Modern Art, 7 Templestowe Road, Bulleen

heide art babies

On this adventure Baby Explorer visitsHeide Art Babies, a program developed by Heide Museum of Modern Art to introduce babies (0-18 months) to the world of Art.

After building up some confidence on our first two outings, Baby Explorer and I hop in the car and venture out to Heide in Bulleen. We travel in from the city and find signs along the freeway direct us clearly to the Museum which is less than ten minutes off the Thompsons Road Exit on the Eastern Freeway.

The session is due to start at 10am which coincidentally is the time that the museum opens. It’s a beautiful morning and we wait patiently outside with other babies and their carers as rather stylish museum staff walk by and make their way into the museum. A fun spot of people watching!

heide art babies

Bernie and assistant Mel come out to greet us and lead us into the museum foyer where we are able to leave prams if we so wish. As some still need to use prams (naturally there are always one or two bubs who will fall asleep at the start of a session!), we are able to use the ramps to make our way through the museum.

This season of  Heide Art Babies sessions are linked to the new exhibition, Jenny Watson:  Fabric of Fantasy.

Bernie leads us through a 30-minute session guiding us to look, think, talk and even touch their latest exhibition. Watson’s work features words and pictures in various mediums to relay her thoughts, experiences, dreams and desires of a self-proclaimed suburban girl.

TheHeide Art Babies program focuses on the role of art in infant development and Bernie points out ways we can do this with our babies.

heide art babies

So how much of an art exhibition is baby able to take in and appreciate, you may wonder? Heide has gone to a lot of effort to cater to their tiny audience; creating smaller versions of pieces which babies are free to touch and experience. Watson uses hair in some of her works which is recreated in the miniature format which Baby Explorer curiously explores with her toes…

heide art babies

Bernie guides the carers, providing us with questions and language we may want to use when taking in art with our babies. What do we see? How does the piece make us feel?

Bernie and Mel provide additional ideas on how to bring colours and textures to bub’s attention, introducing to us to colourful rattles and textural panels which can be made using recycled products we may already have around the home.

We return to the mat to capture our reflections on a coloured panel, similar to those Watson features in her own exhibition. Then finally it’s a song to close the session, Mel suggests “Sing a Rainbow” which is a fitting end to this colourful session.

heide art babies

Heide Museum of Modern Art usually run Heide Art Bubs once (or sometimes twice a month), alternating on a Thursday or Friday. Tickets are $18 for adults ($14 for members/concession).  Your ticket allows you to enter the galleries and exhibitions afterwards and you can take time out to enjoy the sculpture gardens and picnic in the grounds.

Click here for more places to go with babies and toddlers

Cheryl Lin Rodsted is a blogger at BusinessChic.com and mum to Baby Explorer. You can follow Cheryl’s adventures on Facebook and Instagram.


HOT Tips:

  •  Eat on-site or get a picnic box (or bring your own picnic) to enjoy on the grounds;  and
  • There are two car parks at Heide – the car park at the main entry is quite small; follow the signs to the larger car park if the front one is full.

Heide Art Babies, Heide Museum of Modern Art, 7 Templestowe Road, Bulleen

Assemble Heide III Information Desk

Adult $18 / Concession $14, Members $12

HOT: Kiddyrock children’s music classes, Kindred Studios, 3 Harris St, Yarraville

kiddyrock

I am a huge advocate for music education as part of every childhood and Kiddyrock makes learning and making music fun!

The music and art collective run weekly programs for preschoolers as well as making music, writing songs, playing games and hosting fun dance parties.

kiddyrock

Baby 2.0 and I were invited to our local Kiddyrock class at Kindred Studios. Our class is run with three instructions, including Ally the bubbly founder of Kiddyrock.

Because most participants attend weekly the instructors all seem to know the children and carers by name and make an effort to engage each child individually.

Our class is fast-paced and active, to keep little hands and minds engaged.

kiddyrock

In one hour we read a story, sing songs, play percussion instruments, throw up a parachute, learn the basics of musical rhythm notation and even finish off with some yoga. There is a loose theme to tie all the activities together every week.

kiddyrock

kiddyrock

The aim of the program is to help under 5s build confidence, concentration, sensory awareness, language and motor skills. It seems to suit children 2+ the most because they’re able to stand and sit without assistance and really explore their bodies and the music. They do have a babies program which I assume is slower in pace and less active.

kiddyrock

As well as term programs they run school holiday sessions, tailored school programs and special events. On Saturday 2 December they are running a free play workshop at a Christmas Bazaar as well as selling instruments! Ukes, xylophones, egg shakers and drums!

kiddyrock

KIDDYROCK WORKSHOPS from Kiddyrock on Vimeo.


HOT Tips:

  • Kiddyrock workshops are $20 per session.
  • themed programs run to the school term and cost between $180 – $220 depending on how many weeks each term runs for.
  • Siblings come half price.
  • Make up sessions are available during term.
  • We offer trials once programs are underway and these can be organised as a one off payment.

Kiddyrock classes, Kindred Studios Yarraville and various locations

Artvo Immersive Gallery – Giveaway!

artvo

Have you ever found a painting so enticing that you wanted to jump right in and be a part of it?

At Artvo Immersive Gallery – the first art gallery of its kind in Australia located in Melbourne’s The District Docklands (formerly Harbor Town) you can touch and interact with over 100 spectacular largescale 3D artworks.

artvo

Explore and immerse yourself into different scenes, locations and famous paintings across 1900 sqm and 11 themed gallery zones. Keen to go on a Jungle Safari or step into the palm of King
Kong and gaze up at the beast himself.

artvo

Just use your smartphone for the ultimate selfie! Step onto the clearly marked photo point on the ground in front of each painting and follow the easy to read directions. Photo tips to snap the best
image include using a vertial or horizontal image capture, turning your camera flash on or off and how to position yourself for a mind-bending picture result.

Open 7 days, Artvo is the perfect entertainment destination for school holidays, family and corporate groups. They’re now open Friday or Saturday nights as the gallery is open until 11:30pm. PLUS complimentary wine and beer! If you’re visiting on a Friday night over summer also check out the pop up Food Truck Park at The District.

For more info and bookings visit artvo.com.au.


Artvo, 26 Star Crescent, Level 1, The District Docklands, Melbourne VIC

Sun-Thurs 10am-6pm

Fri-Sat 10am-11:30pm

Adult $28/ Child 5-15yrs $18/ Child up to 4 yrs Free / Student & Senior $25 / Family from $55


Giveaway!

Thanks to Artvo  I have 3 x family passes to Artvo to give away, valid until 31 January 2018 just in time for the festive season and school holidays!
To win just follow the instructions below. The competition closes midnight Monday 4 December and the winners will be randomly drawn and contacted by email. Winners must respond within 48 hours with their contact details or new winner/s will be drawn. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

What’s on – Friday 24 November to Thursday 30 November

 

This weekend it’ll be busy with the Footscray Primary School Fete and Sunday Streets Docklands where I’ll be decorating bikes, scooters and prams for a community parade!

Also get ready for Christmas festivities with my TOT Christmas Activity Advent Calendar and Top 33 free things to do to celebrate Christmas in Melbourne.

CBD/Docklands

  • Santa’s Post Box (Fri 24 Nov – 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 24 Nov – Fri 5 Jan) – The Old Treasury Building is once again showcasing homemade decorations of the 1920s!
  • Myer Christmas Windows (Fri 24 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 food truck park (Fri 24 Nov) – food truck park every Friday through summer. Full review. 
  • Christmas Federation Square (Fri 24 Nov – 25 Dec) – magical Christmas wonderland offering festive fun for the whole family.
  • Christmas Events David Jones (Sat 25 Nov – Sun 26 Nov) – face painting and other festive events.
  • Night Noodle Markets (Fri 24 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. Last weekend.
  • Drip Drop Play Artplay (Sat 25 Nov – Sun 26 Nov) – Join artists Thea Rossen and Jesse Deane to discover the musical nature of ice, and help create an immersive, sensory experience for children.
  • Santa’s Tree House (Sat 25 Nov – 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.
  • Sunday Streets Docklands (Sun 26 Nov) – street party for families in Docklands, including bike/scooter/pram decorating craft with me.
  • Sister Cities Glendi Festival (Sun 26 Nov) – dancing, Greek music, souvlaki, loukoumades, giveaways and a series of performances.
  • MPavilion (Fri 24 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 24 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.
  • Wallace & Gromit and Friends: The Magic of Aardman (Fri 24 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 24 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 29 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.

 

NORTH  / NORTH-EAST

 

SOUTH / SOUTH-EAST / BAYSIDE

  • The Melbourne Fair (Thu 23 Nov – Sun 26 Nov) – fashion and couture, vintage goodies of every kind, jewellery, furniture, prints and posters.
  • Paris to Provence (Fri 24 Nov – Sun 26 Nov) – French pop up village at Como House.
  • Hank Marvin Market (Sat 25 Nov) – weekly Saturday market with awesome playground at Alma Park.
  • The Creators Market (Sat 25 Nov) – handmade crafts, exquisite culinary creations, and designer goodies.
  • Carnegie Christmas Fun Day (Sat 25 Nov) – all the favourites plus as a special attraction will be Santa and his beautiful reindeer and friends for the community to enjoy.
  • Waverley Gardens Christmas launch (Sat 25 Nov) – Santa’s workshop, Very Special Kids wishing tree, Bananas in Pyjamas show, Jimmy Giggle.
  • Santa’s Magical Kingdom (Fri 24 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. Full review. 
  • Frankston Christmas Festival of Lights (Sat 26 Nov) – Enjoying entertainment and activities including Santa’s grand arrival and the traditional lighting of the Christmas tree.
  • Christmas Spectacular Sandown (Sun 26 Nov) – thrill rides and awesome entertainment including face painters and stilt walkers, live stage shows as well as your favourite carnival games, show bags, delicious food and special appearances by Santa.
  • Mornington Railway (Sun 26 Nov) – Climb aboard the Mornington Railway steam train for a fun-filled outing.
  • Fairy Petunia South Melbourne Market (Wed 29 Nov) – free storytelling, drawing, face painting, games, bubbles and more.

 

EAST

Footscray Primary School fete

WEST

The TOT: HOT OR NOT Melbourne Christmas 2017 Activity Advent Calendar

christmas activity advent calendar

It’s only 4 weeks until Christmas which means it’s time to pull out the Christmas Advent Calendar.

After last year’s success with the TOT: HOT OR NOT Christmas Activity Advent Calendar I’m continuing the tradition with another version for 2017.

If you’re on social media I’d LOVE to see your version of the Christmas Activity Advent Calendar. Please use #tothotornot #totxmas on your posts so we can all be inspired to enjoy experiences together!

Save time and read this post later!

Click here to get a pdf of the Christmas Activity Advent Calendar 2017

 

Friday 1 December – Put up the Christmas tree

Readers tell me their favourite Christmas tradition is to put up the Christmas tree, so why not do it on Friday night and turn it into a party! This year we’ve bought our Christmas tree from Oxfam, meaning that the trees are ethically sourced and also tackle poverty. They deliver to metro Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide or you can pickup.

While you’re putting up your Christmas tree take the opportunity to bite into the first mince pie for the season. I say one a day is just about right! Gourmet Chick provides a comprehensive round-up of Melbourne’s best mince pies.

cobb lane mince pies

 

Saturday 2 December – Shop at 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

 

 

Sunday 3 December – Visit the 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

 

 

Monday 4 December – Visit the new Scienceworks Children’s Exhibition

Ground Up Scienceworks

Not strictly a Christmas event but just as long-awaited…Scienceworks’ new permanent children’s exhibition ‘Ground Up‘ is opening as a STEM-focused play and learning space for 0-5 year olds.

Group Up: Building Big Ideas, Together | From Mon 4 Dec daily 10-4:30pm | Scienceworks, 2 Booker Ave, Spotswood

Tuesday 5 December – Visit Federation Square

christmas 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 | Fri 24 November – Mon 25 Dec | Daily | 9am – late

 

Wednesday 6 December – Make a Christmas decoration

As a (non-religious) parent part of what makes Christmas meaningful for me is that it marks the passing of time with my kids (here are posts memorialising the first Christmases of Lady AB and Baby 2.0).

Make it a tradition to create a Christmas decoration with your children to add to the tree every year. Here are some easy suggestions.

 

Thursday 7 December – Visit the Myer Christmas windows

myer christmas windows 2017

A visit to the Myer Christmas windows has been a family tradition for 62 years. This year’s windows are based on 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

 

Friday 8 December – Admire the POD Christmas window

Check out the ‘alternative’ Christmas windows with the annual display by Post Industrial Design featuring icons of Melbourne’s west.

 

Saturday 9 December – Join me for a Family Festive Picnic

Wynter Projects and I (Wheelie Good Fun) have been busy preparing for the best Christmas picnic ever! The Family Festive Picnic is a free event will feature a Christmas cracker hunt with special messages from Santa inside, live music, yard games, hula hooping workshops, and face painting. Finally, there’s a visit from the jolly man himself!

 

 

Sunday 10 December – Go Strawberry Picking

The Strawberry Forest

Go picking for the best strawberries at the Strawberry Forest, where the berries are grown vertically so no back-bending required! A really fun day out with kids and the fresh fruit make a delicious Christmas gift.

Strawberry Forest | Every Sunday from 10am (check site for further dates and times) | 391 The Avenue of Honour, Bacchus Marsh

Monday 11 December – Write a gratitude list

Midway through the Christmas madness and it’s worthwhile taking the time to slow down and consider what you’re grateful for this year. Do this exercise with your children too so that you can help them develop an attitude of gratitude.

Why is it important? Because there is always something to be grateful for. Here are 13 Things You Could Learn from writing a gratitude list.

 

Tuesday 12 December – Donate to the Kmart Wishing Tree

After writing your gratitude list, support the Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal. Australia’s largest and longest running Christmas gift Appeal supports families and individuals who are unable to provide gifts at Christmas.

There are many ways you can take part in the Appeal: by placing a gift under a Kmart Wishing Tree in any store nationally (gifts do not need to be purchased at Kmart, nor do they need to be wrapped); making a monetary contribution at any Kmart register or by donating online at www.kmart.com.au/wishingtree.

 

Wednesday 13 December – Send a letter to Santa

Iconic Post Box by Make Me Iconic

 

Tomorrow’s your last day to write and send a letter to Santa in Santa’s Post Box! While you’re there donate a gift to the Australia Post Giving Box where your donation will be delivered to a child in need.

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

 

Thursday 14 December – Visit the ultimate Lolly shop!

Allen’s Lollysmiths have a pop-up store in Melbourne Central where customers can pick ‘n’ mix their favourite lollies – including Spearmint Leaves and Green Frogs – to create personalised, custom lolly jars, or select from a range of never-before seen limited edition sweets.

Allen’s Lollysmiths | Melbourne Central in front of KitKat Chocolatery | Wed 15 Nov – Sun 24 Dec | 10-7pm daily, 10-9pm Thursday

 

Friday 15 December – Get festive at Santa’s Magical Kingdom

santa's magical kingdom

Three hours of festive fun including rides, craft, storytelling, circus show and more! FULL REVIEW.

 

 

Saturday 16 December – See some Christmas lights

Talk to your neighbours and find out which suburban houses or streets are displaying Christmas lights.

The best known lights can be found in The Boulevard in Ivanhoe and Thomson Street in Northcote and you can search for the best Christmas lights in Melbourne by suburb.

 

Sunday 17 December – Bake Santa’s Christmas cookies

Festive Christmas Cookies in a Jar

Decorate these vanilla cookies with ‘Festive Fairy Dust’ as gifts or for your festive table. RECIPE HERE.

 

Monday 18 December – Build some Christmas Lego

christmas lego

Over the years we have been collecting LEGO’s annual Christmas sets, waiting for the years until our children were old enough to help build. This year we’re going to tackle the latest set – Winter Village Station!

 

Tuesday 19 December – Buy a Christmas book

myer christmas windows 2017

Books are the gift that keep on giving and every year we pull out our ever-expanding collection of Christmas books. This year our addition is the book based on the Myer Christmas Windows – ‘The completely and utterly, absolutely perfect Christmas’ written and illustrated by H C Floren. Visit one of Melbourne’s best children’s bookshops to make your selection. 

Wednesday 20 December – Watch a Christmas movie

Get ready for the big day by chilling out at home with your favourite Christmas movie. Will it be Love Actually? The Night Before Christmas? A Christmas Carol? What’s your favourite Christmas film?

 

Thursday 21 December –  Make Festive Christmas cookies in a jar

Santa's Christmas Cookies with Festive Fairy Dust

Need a last minute gift idea? Just whip together this DIY cookie mixture, fill up a jar and add a pretty ribbon for a home-made treat. INSTRUCTIONS HERE.

 

Friday 22 December – Wrap Christmas presents

See if you can wrap your presents in a ‘sustainable’ way this Christmas and don’t buy new wrapping paper and trimmings. Previous years gifts have been covered with newspaper and bits of ribbon (collected throughout the year), the year’s collection of kinder artwork, leaves and twigs and brown paper drawn on and decorated by the kids.

 

Saturday 23 December – Admire the Christmas Projections 

On the night before Christmas Eve, head out see City of Melbourne’s annual Christmas Projections with new feature sites at the State Library Victoria, Federation Square and Docklands.

City of Melbourne Christmas Projections | Fri 1 Dec – Sun 24 Dec 9pm -10:20pm daily

 

Sunday 24 December – Carols by Candlelight

Vision Australia’s Carols by Candlelight has been a Christmas tradition for 79 years, bringing Australia classic Christmas carols and an evening of entertainment with something for the whole family. For the first time ever we’ll be attending this year!

 

Monday 25 December – RELAX AND MERRY CHRISTMAS!

 

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