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22 Best Christmas Activities in Melbourne for Kids

Plan a family day out in the city during the holiday season! Here's a list of fun and festive Christmas-themed events, activities and experiences that will delight young and old alike.

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When is Christmas in 2022?

Christmas is on Sunday 25 December 2022.

Christmas in Melbourne FOR KIDS

1. Myer Christmas Windows

The Myer Christmas Windows has been a tradition for Australian families for 66 years! View this year's window with delight as you read the classic story of Peter Rabbit written by Beatrix Potter and spot delightful details in their brand new set that was made completely by hand!

Myer Christmas Windows  Myer Melbourne Bourke Street

Sun 14 Nov, 10am – 10:30pm

Mon 15 Nov – Fri 24 Dec, 7:30am – 10:30pm

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2. Visit Santa's Workshop‘s at Christmas Square

Federation Square is transformed into Christmas Square for the festive season!

The square transforms into a Christmas wonderland with a stunning 16-metre light-up Christmas tree, dazzling lights, giant bells, and other glimmering new decorations.

This year, Santa’s elves are hard at work in Fed Square. Get a sneak peek inside Santa’s workshop and you can even pose for a free pic outside the workshop every day.

Christmas Square, Federation Square, Melbourne

Fri 12 Nov – Sat 25 Dec, 8am – 11pm

Santa's Workshop, Christmas Square, Fed Square

Sat 13 Nov – Fri 24 Dec, 10am – 12pm, then 1pm – 3pm

Thursdays and Fridays in December, also 4pm to 7pm

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3. Spot the Christmas Projections and Christmas Decorations

Melbourne's Christmas projection show is back at Melbourne Town Hall, across the facades of St Pauls Cathedral, Chapter House Lane, and Torrens University at Chapter House Lane and on the river side of Hamer Hall.

Also catch a glimpse of the Christmas decorations all across the city this season. Whether it's the Giant Reindeer in Docklands, the Nutcracker soldiers guarding Melbourne, or the twinkling lights of Hardware Lane, there's a photo opportunity around every turn.

Town Hall Christmas Projections, Melbourne Town Hall 90-130 Swanston St

Fri 12 Nov – Sat 25 Dec, 9pm -11pm daily

Christmas Decorations, Various Locations

Fri 12 Nov – Sat 25 Dec, All day


4. Kids Christmas Trail

A special trail for families to explore the Queen Victoria Market this Christmas by finding clues to pick up a festive prize! You can either get your trail map from the Queen Victoria Market Visitor Hub or download it digitally.

Kids Christmas Trail, Corner of Elizabeth & Victoria Streets,

Fri, Sat, & Sun of 19 Nov – Sun 19 Dec

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5. Enter the Docklands Christmas Maze

You'll need to work your way through Docklands Christmas Maze, a giant present-themed maze, before you can enter to win one of four prize packs to Imaginaria, O’Brien Ice House, ArtVo, Chipmunks Playland and more.

Docklands Christmas Maze, NewQuay Central Park, 429-437 Docklands Dr

Fri 26 Nov – Fri 24 Dec, 11am – 7pm

6. Chanukah – Pillars of Light

In celebration of Chanukah, join in this opportunity to come together over a multicultural celebration that focuses on what unites us as a city

The bespoke programs will highlight core precepts of connection and collaboration through artistic performers, cultural groups, and much more to bring our diverse communities together through hope, positivity, love and light.

Chanukah – Pillars of Lig, Swanston St & Flinders St, Fed Square, Main Square

Sun 28 Nov – Sun 5 Dec

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7. Crown Christmas Show 

Immerse yourself in the spectacle of Christmas and visit The Atrium at Crown Towers to see it's iconic display of the six-storey high sparkling Christmas Tree and jewelled eggs with a character from a famous Christmas carol. The Crown Christmas Display is on from Mon 29 Noc – Mon 3 Jan 2022.

Christmas at Crown, Whiteman St, Southbank
Mon 29 Nov 2021 – Mon 3 Jan 2022

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8. Drool over the Gingerbread Village

Melbourne has been transformed into a Gingerbread Village this December! Admire a handmade recreation of Melbourne's most landmarks, from Luna Park to Royal Botanic Gardens.

Entry to the Gingerbread Village is by gold coin donation, with all proceeds going to the Royal Children’s Hospital.

Check out the last outing for the Gingerbread Village in 2019.

Gingerbread Village, Emporium Melbourne, Level 4/287 Lonsdale St, Melbourne

Wed 1 Dec – Fri 24 Dec 10am-4:30pm Monday – Thursday, 10am-6:30pm Friday-Sunday

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9. Snap an Elfie Selfie

Snap an augmented reality photo with cheeky elves around the city and share the animated card on social media to make this Christmas a bit more elfish! There's Merry at Fed Square, Jingles in Bourke Street Mall, and Jolly at Southbank.

Elfie Selfie, Various Locations

Wed 1 Dec – Sat 25 Dec, All day


10. Look out for the Row Ho Ho Christmas Installation

During December visitors to Melbourne will be able to marvel at the sight of a 27-metre waterborne sleigh on the river.

The horses and reindeer may be gone, but Santa and some of his dolphin helpers will be on board cruising the Yarra River!

Row Ho Ho Christmas Installation, Birrarung Marr, Batman Ave

Wed 1 Dec – Sat 25 Dec, 8am – 11pm

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11. Food Truck Stop at Queen Vic Market

Enjoy the food from The Food Truck Stop that going to betaking a pitstop at Queen Vic Market! Eat to your heart's desire at one of Melbourne’s favourite food trucks and carts that are showcasing delicious takeaways rich in flavours of the world!

Food Truck Stop at Queen Vic Market, Queen Street, Queen Victoria Market

Wed 1 Dec, Wed 8 Dec and Wed 15 December, 5pm-10pm

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12. Get crafty at Laneway Learning Kindness Kristmas Fest, Make It Feministmas and

Art-loving kids will enjoy these creative Christmas workshops!

At Laneway Learning you can make sparkly bath bombs, learn how to make watercolour greeting cards, or print old family photos into tote bags.

Plus the pop up stalls are all free! Make a cheeky clay ornament, learn some calligraphy and make lovely tags for your gifts or learn origami and go home with a glass bauble with a crane inside.

For the parents there's also free coffee available by CoffeeRider & Co.

At Queen Victoria Women's Centre Trust create your very own one-of-a-kind feminist-inspired Christmas decoration!

Or go with a Japanese theme with free workshops where dids can learn to make decorations with paper, try calligraphy art, make accessories with traditional materials, and more.

Laneway Learning Kindness Kristmas Fest

Laneway Learning Central, Level 3, Room 14-15, 37 Swanston St, Melbourne 3000 VIC

Studio of Possibilities, Level 2, Room 3, 37 Swanston St, Melbourne 3000 VIC

Sat 4 Dec, 11am – 3pm

Make It Feministmas, Queen Victoria Women's Centre Trust, 210 Lonsdale St

Fri 10 Dec 10:30am – 5:30pm

Easy Peasy Christmassy by Japaneasy, Japaneasy Japanese Language & Culture School, Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

Sun 12 Dec, 12pm – 6pm

13. Christmas Cinema

Carlton is hosting some festive film favourites under the stars.

Younger kids will especially love Elf and The Polar Express, while older kids will laugh along to National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.

There's also Nutcracker soldiers, festive lights and an icicle throne for the perfect photo opp.

Christmas Cinema, Argyle Square, Carlton

Sat 4 Dec, Sat 11 Dec, & Sat 18 Dec, 7:30pm – 11pm, films start 8:30pm

Sat 4 Dec: National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (M)

Sat 11 Dec: Elf (G) 

Sat 18 Dec: The Polar Express (G)

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14. String Bean Alley Christmas Night Market 

Enjoy a special night market series filled with festive fare and great shopping under the starry lights of String Bean Alley Christmas Night Market.

Pick up up locally-made gifts, unique trinkets, and indulge in delicious street food from some of the city’s best food trucks and carts with family or friends. Then, before the night ends grab some refreshing summer drinks at the Brick Lane Bar to close off a festive night out.

String Bean Alley Christmas Night Market, 513 Queen St, Melbourne

Mon 6 Dec, Mon 13 Dec, and Mon 20 December, 5pm – 10pm.

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15. Christmas in the Wizarding World

Grab your wands and dress up in your favourite Wizzard inspired costumes and celebrate Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter!

Watch a special live performance by the cast of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, participate in a virtual wand workshop and enjoy a free screening of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone!

Christmas in the Wizarding World, Swanston St & Flinders St, Fed Square, Main Square

Tue 7 Dec, 5pm – late

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16. Fed Christmas Films on the big Screen

Watch a Christmas movie together with your loved ones at the Fed Square Big Screen from 10 – 18 December! Check out the full program list here.

Fed Christmas Films on the big Screen Swanston St & Flinders St, Fed Square, Digital Facade

Friday 10 December – Saturday 18 December

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17. Koorie Krismas

Have a very Koorie Krismas by enjoying the roving performances featuring Koorie Klaus, a film screening of Bran Nue Dae, and the 9th Koorie Art Show showcasing the art of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists living in Victoria. Click here for full program details.

Koorie Krismas, Swanston St & Flinders St, Fed Square, Main Square

Fri 10 Dec – Sun 12 Dec


18. Solve the Mystery of the Christmas Quest

Forget Google Maps. Visit the Melbourne Visitor Centre to pickup a Quest game card and follow the clues through Melbourne's laneways and arcades to solve the puzzles and be in with a chance to win some awesome prizes!

Christmas Quest, Melbourne Visitor Hub, Melbourne Town Hall, 90-130 Swanston St

Sat 11 Dec & Sat 18 Dec, 10:00am – 4:00pm

19. Get your thrills at the Christmas Carnival

The Christmas Carnival is on the banks of the Yarra River for the week before Christmas. It's free to enter, but rides are ticketed.

Experience all the streets of the carnival, including the ferris wheel, dodgems, Sky Flyer, and more. There's also food stalls for a carnival treat like fairy floss or popcorn!

Christmas Carnival, Birrarung Marr, Melbourne

Thu 16 Dec – Wed 22 Dec, 11am – 10pm

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20. Christmas in Chinatown Melbourne

Christmas is coming to Chinatown! Singing, dancing, giveaways, and complimentary bún and dumplings await.

Don't forget to take a photo of the stunning Chinatown Christmas tree!

Christmas in Chinatown Melbourne, Chinatown Square Cohen Place, 104 Little Bourke St

Sun 19 Dec, 11am – 10pm

21. Santa Visits, Queen Victoria Market

Catch Santa and his elf friends as they stop by to wish market-goers a Merry Christmas! Bring the kids along to say hi and put in their final wish lists.

On days Santa isn't there, you can also snap a photo in his big red chair next to the giant Christmas tree, located in the centre of J-L Sheds!

Santa Visits, Corner of Elizabeth & Victoria Streets

Tue 21 Dec, 10am – 2pm 

Wed 22 Dec, 10am – 2pm 

Thu 23 Dec, 10am – 2pm 

Fri 24 Dec, 10am – 2pm 

22. Visit Ambiance at Queen Victoria Market

Did you know that Melbourne has a year-round Christmas shop at Queen Victoria Market? Ambiance is a family-owned business that has been in the same location on Elizabeth Street for decades. It is renowned for its eye-catching window displays and you can browse through their amazing collection of Christmas decorative items spanning over five rooms (note it's quite a squishy space so not suitable for prams).

Ambiance now has one of the largest ranges of Christmas ornaments and decorations from all over the world and collectors come from all over for their Mark Roberts and Katherine's Collection dolls.

Ambiance, 509-511 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne

Sun – Fri:  9 am – 5 pm
Sat:  8:30 am – 4 pm

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Joyce Watts is a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned serial entrepreneur.

As well as being the founder of TOT: HOT OR NOT she helps businesses with their SEO, email marketing & social media as BrightSmart.com.au; she owns an online bike store CycleStyle.com.au and develops and produces creative experiences for families via WheelieGoodFun.com. She used to publish another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne.

She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

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