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19 Christmas Events in Melbourne To Get You In The Festive Spirit

Every year the City of Melbourne has hosted a merry lineup of events for Christmas – and 2022 promises to be no different!

Get out your diaries and your credit card, for there are a whole host of Christmas events, activities and attractions in Melbourne CBD that you’ll need to book if you don’t want to miss out! Many of the events are affordable for a family, while some are more premium experiences. 

Here’s a list of the paid Christmas events, activities and attractions in Melbourne CBD that everyone will enjoy, from family-friendly events to romantic outings for couples.

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When is Christmas in 2022?

Christmas is on Sunday 25 December 2022.

Christmas in Melbourne EVENTS

1. Christmas Eve Circus Spectacular

Looking for something fun to do on Christmas Eve? Bring the whole family to the Melbourne Town Hall for a special matinee performance by the circus, with an interactive comedy adventure that's sure to have everyone laughing. Plus, everyone gets a treat at the end! 

Bookings open on 25 November, and all proceeds from ticket sales go to Make Room, a project assisting people out of homelessness. 

Christmas Eve Circus Spectacular, Melbourne Town Hall, 90-130 Swanston St, Melbourne 

Sat 24 Dec, 11am – 12.30pm, Adult / general $5

2. A Christmas Carol

The smash-hit Old Vic production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, starring David Wenham, is coming to Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre this holiday season.

Conceived and directed by Matthew Warchus (Matilda the Musical) and adapted for the stage by Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), this brand-new take on a timeless classic is sure to get you into the holiday spirit! Recommended for 8+ years.

A Christmas Carol, Comedy Theatre, 240 Exhibition St, Melbourne

Sat 12 Nov – Sat 19 Nov, $54.90 to $169.90

3. The Big Design Market

After a three-year hiatus, Australia’s favourite Christmas shopping extravaganza, The Big Design Market, will be brimming from end to end with fantastic designer goodies and sumptuous shopping snacks!

On top of this, there will also be other fun activities, including a jungle gym from Funky Monkey Bars, to ensure your kids stay entertained during the event.

The Big Design Market, Royal Exhibition Building, 9 Nicholson St, Carlton, enquiries@thebigdesignmarket.com

Fri 2 Dec 10 am – 9 pm

Sat 3 Dec 10 am – 7 pm

Sun 4 Dec 10 am – 5 pm

Tickets $6 online, $8 at the door

4. Handel's Messiah at Melbourne Town Hall

The Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra is proud to present Handel’s Messiah for the world record 243rd time since 1853. Famous for its sparkling arias, powerful choruses and surging climaxes, Messiah is the most famous oratorio ever composed.

Featuring over 100 talented musicians, the grand Town Hall will be filled with the sounds of this incredible work. Don’t miss your chance to experience this musical masterpiece!

Handel's Messiah at Melbourne Town Hall, Melbourne Town Hall, 90-130 Swanston St, Melbourne

Sun 4 Dec, 5pm – 8pm, From $20 to $89

Adult / general $62

Senior $49.50

Student / concession $35

Children $20

5. Blender Studios Christmas Workshops

Join Melbourne's iconic art collective for a range of Christmas-themed creative workshops.

Enjoy a decadent high tea while learning the basics of using spray paint at a Graffi-tea workshop, join a Christmas stencil workshop and learn how to make a sustainable wallet.

Blender Studios Christmas Workshops, The Blender Studios, 33-35 Dudley St, West Melbourne

Sun 27 Nov, 1.30pm – 4pm

Sat 3 Dec, 10.30am – 12.30pm

Sun 4 Dec, 11am – 12.30pm

From $49 to $99

6. Sir Andrew's Messiah

Enjoy Messiah, including the famous Hallelujah! chorus, performed by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and soloists. The oratorio has never fallen out of favour and is commonly performed around Christmas. “Hamer Hall

Sir Andrew's Messiah, 100 St Kilda Rd, Southbank 3004

Sat 10 Dec, 7pm – 9pm

Sun 11 Dec, 5pm – 7pm

From $70 to $131

7. Vika & Linda: Gee Whiz, It’s Christmas!

Vika and Linda Bull celebrate the release of their first Christmas album, Gee Whiz, it’s Christmas! 

This is not your usual Christmas album and features their original take on contemporary Christmas classics by the Ramones, Slade, Wizzard and Queen.

Vika & Linda: Gee Whiz, It’s Christmas!, Melbourne Recital Centre, 31 Sturt St, Southbank

Fri 2 Dec, 7.30pm – 10pm

Adult / general $50

Student / concession $40

8. Christmas Clothing Swap

Instead of purchasing a new outfit to wear this Christmas, why not swap it with other people? 

Come along to swap up to five items of clothing in good condition, including a minimum of two festive dresses plus accessories. Items from high street up to high-end fashion will be accepted.

Christmas Clothing Swap, laGuapa Outerwear, Shop 6-7/888 Collins St, Docklands

Sat 3 Dec, 12pm – 4pm, Adult / general $20

9. Good Food & Wine Show Christmas Market

The inaugural Good Food & Wine Show Christmas Market will be serving up an array of tasty festive treats and foodie delights. 

With a curated line up of 100+ small producers offering the best of artisan food & wine, curated products for gifting & styling and an abundance of ideas, the new Good Food & Wine Show Christmas Market is a must attend Christmas event for any food and wine lover.

Good Food & Wine Show Christmas Market, Royal Exhibition Building, 9 Nicholson St, Carlton

Fri 25 Nov – Sun 27 Nov, $10 to $12.50

Adult / general $10

Free for children under 12

10. Comedy Republic's Third Annual Christmas Pageant

Comedy Republic's annual festive extravaganza returns with three raucous nights of comedy, cabaret and carols.

Join in the merry cheer with stars Dane Simpson, Jude Perl, Hot Department, Granny Bingo, Garry Starr, Josh Glanc, The Travelling Sisters, Sami Shah and Juniper Wilde.

Comedy Republic's Third Annual Christmas Pageant, Comedy Republic, Level 1/231 Bourke St, Melbourne

Thu 15 Dec – Sat 17 Dec

Adult / general $32

Student / concession $29

11. National Boys Choir of Australia: Sing Christmas

The National Boys Choir of Australia present Sing Christmas. The program features traditional and popular Christmas music such as Ding Dong, Merrily on High, Jingle Bells, O Tannenbaum, Need a Little Christmas and Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town.

National Boys Choir of Australia: Sing Christmas, Melbourne Town Hall, 90-130 Swanston St, Melbourne 3000

Sun 11 Dec, 

Adult / general $42

Student / concession $32

Children $22

Free for children under 2

12. Tinseltown: Where Everyday Is Christmas

Tinseltown is a Christmas-themed pop up that is all about celebrating Christmas – so you can expect Santa, elves, presents, tinsel, festive tunes and a fabulous Christmas cocktail menu. 

Tickets include entry to the themed bar and a themed drink on arrival. The pop-up bar is currently for over 18s, but family-friendly sessions are available for those under drinking age, and non-alcoholic beverages are available.

Tinseltown: Where Everyday Is Christmas, The District Docklands, 23 – 37 Star Crescent, 440 Docklands Dr, Docklands 

Thu 17 Nov – Sat 26 Nov

Adult / general $12

13. Send a Postcard to Santa

Send a postcard to Santa from the highest letterbox in Australia at Melbourne Skydeck! Kids can decorate their postcards, write their wish lists, and pop their postcards in the special letterbox to Santa. Then they can explore Melbourne Skydeck’s decorations and different festive scenes, and snap a snowy selfie overlooking the skyline to share with friends.

Send a Postcard to Santa, Level 88, Melbourne Skydeck, 7 Riverside Quay, Southbank 3006

Tue 22 Nov – Mon 28 Nov

Adult / general $28

Student / concession $26

Children $18

Free for children under 4

Booking not required

14. Muppet Christmas Carol

On Friday 16 December, Watch Disney's The Muppet Christmas Carol with its musical score performed live at the Hamer Hall!

See Kermit the Frog as Bob Cratchit, the put-upon clerk of stingy Ebenezer Scrooge, played by Michael Caine, Miss Piggy as Emily Cratchit, Gonzo as the narrator Charles Dickens, and more!

Tickets are on Sale Now!

The Muppet Christmas Carol, Hamer Hall, Melbourne, VIC

Fri 16 Dec, 7 PM

Admit 1 $100.95 – $151.95

Admit 4 $445.00 to $515.00

15. Santa's Village At Tinseltown!

Santa Clause is coming to The District Docklands to get everyone into the Christmas Spirit and give a little sneaky peak into his workshop and elves, who are busy getting ready for the big day!

Uppon entering the enchanting land of Santa's Village, you will be met by some cheerful and kind Elves who will give you a tour of the workshop as well as get you your own Elf Passport so you can join in on some crafting in the Toy Factory, cookie decorating in the Christmas Kitchen, Ice Curling.

The event is also a great place to take annual family Christmas photos while meeting Santa or just to get in the spirit of the holiday.

Tickets for the event cost $18 for adult admission and $12 for child admission, while entry for children under 5 is free. Each ticket includes a 60-minute entry, a drink and a cookie. You can also purchase an all-inclusive pass for $60, which includes everything plus access to all activities such as Gingerbread Making, Toy Making, and Cookie Making.

Santa's Village At Tinseltown, The District Docklands, 440 Docklands Dr, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Until Sat 24 Dec
Adult $18
Children $12
Free for children under 5

16. Home Alone in Concert

Experience the beloved comedy Christma classic Home Alone like never before! The Home Alone in Concert, which is taking place on Wednesday, 14 December and Thursday, 15 December, at 7:30 pm in the Hamer Hall, will feature a live performance of John Williams’ charming and delightful score, performed live to picture by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Nicholas Buc.

Home Alone in Concert, Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 St Kilda Road, Southbank

Wed 14 Dec and Thu 15 Dec, 7:30 pm,
Standard: $75-$139
Concession: $70-$134
Restricted view: $49

17. IMAX – The Polar Express 3D

See the iconic 3D Christmas film, The Polar Express, presented in IMAX 4K laser digital at IMAX Melbourne on Sunday, 11 December. It will be the final screening, so don't miss out!

IMAX – The Polar Express 3D, Melbourne Museum Precinct, Rathdowne Street, Carlton Gardens
Adult: $18.00
Child (3 – 15 years inclusive): $11.00
Student / Concession card holder: $15.00
Seniors (Australian Senior Card holder): $11.00

18. The Nutcracker

The Australian Conservatoire of Ballet is thrilled to bring back one of Tchaikovsky's most beloved creations, The Nutcracker, after its incredibly successful performances in 2018! The traditional Christmas ballet performance will feature 65 talented dancers, international guest artists, and a 60-piece orchestra conducted by the esteemed Peter Bandy.

It's a timeless Christmas classic that is sure to provide a wonderful holiday experience for all!

The Nutcracker, Hamer Hall, 100 St Kilda Rd, Southbank
$35 – $165, Tue 20 Dec – Thu 22 Dec, 1:30 pm, 7 pm, 7:30 pm

19. Christmas Melodies

Feel the festive spirit this season with the return of the beloved Christmas Melodies!

Join host Gorgi Coghlan for a warm festive sing-a-long with music theatre stars Thomas McGuane and Sarah Krndija as well as the Pasefika Vitoria Choir led by music director Rita Seumanutafa-Palala and The Salvation Army Band led by musical director Ken Waterworth.

Join in for a jolly evening of singing, with a festive mix of both old and new classics and don't forget to bring along your family and friends!

Christmas Melodies, Hamer Hall, 100 St Kilda Rd, Southbank
$35 – $165, Tue 20 Dec – Thu 22 Dec, 1:30 pm, 7 pm, 7:30 pm


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

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