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24 Best Melbourne Christmas Events to Create Unforgettable Family Memories

Christmas is a special time of year to spend with family and friends. I’ve found that one of the best ways to celebrate this season is by treating a loved one to one of the many great Christmas events happening in Melbourne.

From classic Christmas markets to Christmas workshops, Christmas concerts and everything in between, you’re sure to find it in this post. So get out and about and create some unforgettable Christmas memories with your loved ones!

Be sure to check back regularly for updates on all the best Christmas events Melbourne wide.

Melbourne Christmas Wonderland

Christmas Events – Melbourne North

1. The Big Design Market

Australia's favourite Christmas shopping extravaganza is back after a three-year hiatus and it’s bringing an array of the best shopping goodies and sumptuous snacks!

The Big Design Market will take place at the Royal Exhibition Building and will feature 270 of Australia's top designers, fun activities for kids such as a jungle gym from Funky Monkey Bars and much more.

Plus, If you need a break from shopping, the event will have many iconic Melbourne shops where you can sit back, snack and refresh yourself with an ice-cold drink

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

Adults: $6 online / $8 at the door

Kids 12 years & under: free

The big design market

2. Good Food and Wine Show Christmas Market

The Good Food and Wine Show Christmas Market is the perfect place to find everything you need for a festive celebration. With great entertainment, inspiring food and drink demonstrations, delicious treats and cocktails and a range of beautiful products for gifting and styling, it's the perfect one-stop-shop for an unforgettable Christmas experience.

The event is set to take place at the Royal Exhibition Building on 25 – 27 November 2022 and will be composed of 100+ small producers offering lots of festive inspiration.

General admission tickets cost $10. Add $5 for a General Admission + Tasting Glass ticket

Good Food and Wine Show Christmas Market, Royal Exhibition Building, 9 Nicholson St, Carlton, ​​goodfood@talk2.media

Fri 25 Nov 4 pm – 9 pm, Sat 26 Nov 10 am – 5 pm & Sun 27 Nov 10 am – 5 pm

General Admission $10.00

General Admission + Tasting Glass $15

Good Food and Wine Show Christmas Market

3. Greensborough Plaza

Greensborough Plaza will be transformed into a winter wonderland with festive trimmings and twinkly lights! With some paid and some free Christmas events, you can count on them to supply you with a whole bunch of festive Christmas fun waiting for you each day.

Greensborough Plaza, 25 Main Street, Greensborough

Mon 7 Nov – Sun 25 Dec, Various times

Greensborough Plaza

Christmas Events – Melbourne South

4. Christmas Creations Workshop

This 4 week workshop will have you creating a different Christmas-themed craft each week! Each session runs for 2.5 hours and all materials are supplied.

Such as:

  • Christmas Cards
  • Tree Decorations
  • Christmas Cookie Jar

Christmas Creations Workshop, Mount Martha House Community Centre, 466 Esplanade, Mount Martha

Thu 24 Nov, 9:30 am – 12 pm

Thu 1 Dec, 9:30 am – 12 pm

Thu 8 Dec, 9:30 am – 12 pm

Thu 15 Dec, 9:30 am – 12 pm

$80.00 for all sessions

Christmas Creations Workshop

5. A Very Rockin Christmas

Put on your dancing shoes and get ready to have a blast at ‘A Very Rockin' Christmas'!

Melbourne's favourite rock ‘n’ rollers are coming to Cardinia Cultural Centre to spread some holiday cheer. From Elvis to Christmas classics, the ‘Rockin Daddy's’ will send Sip and See 2022 out with a bang!

See the Lakeview Room turned into a winter wonderland and enjoy morning Christmas tea with friends, complete with Sip and See raffle prizes. Then get up and dance the hours away to some great music!

A Very Rockin Christmas, Lakeview Room at Cardinia Cultural Centre

Wed 7 Dec, 10 am morning tea, 11 am performance, $22 per person

A very Rockin Christmas

6. Santa Special Train Rides

Mornington Railway is welcoming back Santa for another year to meet with all the excited children and bring in loads of holiday cheer! The station area and train are set to have lots of festive decorations to get everyone into the holiday spirit, and there will also be plenty of other activities to keep families entertained during the visit.

Departures Dates are 10 – 11 and 17 – 18 of December and have a timetable of 10:30 am, 12:00 pm, 1:30 pm & 3:00 pm. Tickets are selling out, so book yours now to avoid missing out.

Santa Special Train Rides, Mornington Railway, Moorooduc Station, Entry via Mt. Eliza Regional Park., Mt. Eliza Victoria

Sat 10 Dec – Sun 11 Dec and Sat 17 Dec – Sun 18 of Dec, 10:30 am, 12:00 pm, 1:30 pm & 3:00 pm
Adults return: $27.00
Children return (3-16): $16.00
Family return (2A-2C): $67.00
Concessions: $22.00
Companion Card Holders & Children Under 3 FREE

7. Christmas Family Flick

Bunjil Place is teaming up with Westfield Fountain Gate to bring you a series of fun-filled Christmas films the whole family can enjoy!

As you watch the movie, why not indulge in delicious festive fries, Kiragi nuggets, chicken burgers, pop-corn, choc-tops and other treats available at their kiosk!

Tickets to Christmas Family Flick are $5 and come with a complimentary Christmas treat on arrival!

Christmas Family Flick, 2 Patrick Northeast Drive Narre Warren,
Every Sunday until Sun 18 Dec, 5 pm – 7 pm, $5

8. The Posh Palais' Countdown To Christmas

Countdown to Christmas with lots of festive family fun during The Posh Palais' Christmas Workshops! learn how to make Christmas crafts such as a gingerbread man and gingerbread house, lollipops or Chocolate!

Plus, enjoy other fun festivities such as jolly colouring stations, Santa's favourite treats and the opportunity for festive photos in The Posh Palais' Christmas room!

The Posh Palais' Countdown To Christmas, Yarra Valley at 105 Quayle Road, Wandin North / Malvern at 283-285 Glenferrie Road, 0455 956 594
Various Dates and times, $75 – $95

Christmas Events – Melbourne East

9. Melbourne’s Christmas Wonderland

Melbourne’s Christmas Wonderland is a festive walk-through experience that features all the best parts of Christmas in one fantastic event! 

Running from Friday 25 November to Saturday 24 December 2022, at the Burnley Oval, enjoy multiple themed Christmas zones and live entertainment for all ages, including a Christmas stage show, ‘Snow Land’, a roller skating rink for high-energy fun, carnival games and much, much more!

Melbourne’s Christmas Wonderland, Burnley Oval, Cnr Madden Gve & Swan St, Burnley

Fri 25 Nov – Sat 24 Dec

Single Ticket: $28.50 + Booking Fee

VIP Ticket: $75 + Booking Fee

Family Ticket (4 individuals accompanied by at least 1 adult): $100 + Booking Fee (available for 6 pm Friday shows only)

Melbourne Christmas Wonderland

10. Christmas Together in Song

Come join the Maroondah Singers and their guests for an afternoon of music from all around the world to celebrate the festive season! Afternoon tea will be available for only $2 and there will also be a raffle with great prizes, so don't miss out!

Christmas Together in Song, Greenwood Ave Ringwood

Sun 11 Dec, 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Adults – $30

Under 15 – $10

Conc. – $25

11. Jesmonite Christmas Creations with Samantha Moon

Come and learn how to use liquid chalk as a medium to create coasters and a tray which you can give as a gift or use for your own home during this safe and fun activity that anyone can enjoy.

Jesmonite Christmas Creations with Samantha Moon, Wyreena Community Arts Centre, 13 – 23 Hull Road Croydon

Sat 19 Nov, 9:30 am – 2:30 pm

$125 (includes all materials)

12. South American Christmas Sweet Treats

Get into the Christmas spirit by adding a Latin twist to your gifts! In this fun, hands-on workshop, you’ll learn how to make traditional Venezuelan festive treats. Ingredients will be provided during the workshop.

South American Christmas Sweet Treats, Bowen Street Community Centre, 102 Bowen Street, Camberwell

Tue 22 Nov, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, $80

South America Christmas Sweet Treats

13. Community Christmas Concert

A one-night-only event featuring talented artists, musicians and students from across the region. The event will also highlight good news stories of respect, dignity, hope and opportunity in Melbourne's marginalised community of people at risk of homelessness.

By attending the Community Christmas Concert you'll be supporting Servants Community Housing – a local non-profit housing organisation that’s changing the way we understand housing by providing safe, affordable housing for people on low incomes and crafting intentional communities where every individual is seen, known and loved.

Profits raised will go to supporting those at risk of homelessness this Christmas.

Community Christmas Concert, Hawthorn Arts Centre, 360 Burwood Road Hawthorn 

Thu 8 Dec, 7 pm – 8:45 pm, $30

14. Pot-Pourri Presents Christmas on Broadway

Sensational songsters ‘Pot-Pourri’ have been wowing audiences around Australia and internationally on the concert stage and event circuit. For the holiday season this year, listen to these talented artists hit those high Cs in Opera, belt out Broadway, seduce with song, dance up a storm, create magic and stir your soul with haunting ballads during Pot-Pourri Presents Christmas on Broadway!

Come and be swept away by the stunning voices and acting abilities of four of Australia's best singers/actors, an outstanding pianist, gorgeous harmonies and fabulous costumes.

Pot-Pourri Presents Christmas on Broadway, Knox Community Arts Centre, 790 Mountain Hwy, Bayswater

Tues 6 Dec, 11 am – 12:10 pm

Adult: $20.00

Concession: $18.00

Group of 6 or more (per person): $16.00

15. Melbourne Welsh Male Choir Christmas Concert

Looking for something fun to do this holiday season? Come check out the Melbourne Welsh Male Choir at the Mooroolbark Community Centre! This talented group of 50 singers will definitely get you in the Christmas spirit with their wonderful renditions of popular hits, spiritual melodies, and Welsh repertoire.

Melbourne Welsh Male Choir Christmas Concert, Mooroolbark Community Centre, 125 Brice Ave, Mooroolbark

Saturday, 17 December 2022, 11 am – 1 pm  & 3 pm – 5 pm

Full: $25

Concession $22

Melbourne Welsh Male Choir Christmas Concert

16. The Polar Express™ Train Ride

Don't miss your chance to take a ride on The Polar Express™ Train Ride – a popular Christmas event that brings the magic of Christmas on board the Puffing Billy train! It's a wonderful experience to enjoy, especially during the festive season with your family and friends and this year, it'll be on across eight jolly days from December 9 – 16!

Book your ticket here to avoid missing out.

The Polar Express™ Train Ride,1 Old Monbulk Road Belgrave

ADULT (16+ YEARS) CHILD (4-15 YEARS) TODDLER (1-3 YEARS) INFANT (UNDER 1 YEAR) *
$70.00 $45.00 $22.00 $0.00

17. Eastland Silent Christmas Cinema

Eastland Mall is excited to host a pop-up silent cinema featuring Christmas classics such as Elf, The Grinch, The Polar Express, Miracle on 34th Street, and Arthur Christmas! You can enjoy the movies with your own Bluetooth headset, deck chair, and popcorn!

Eastland Silent Christmas Cinema, Level 2, East Mall next to H&M and Decjuba
Mon 12 Dec – Sat 24 Dec, Various Times, $5

18. Storytime with Mrs Claus

Join Mrs Claus for a magical festive Storytime session at REALM Library, where kids will get to enjoy Christmas classics while parents sip on delicious coffee. Parents and guardians can relax while their children take part in the festivities. The event will even be giving the best dressed a prize!

Storytime with Mrs Claus, Level 2, East Mall next to H&M and Decjuba
Thu 15 Dec, 10:00 am – 11:00 am, $5

19. Family High Tea with Santa

Celebrate the festive season at the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie where they've got a fun, family friendly experience hosted by Santa and his special helper. Adults will enjoy a refreshing drink, decadent petite delights and pastries while the Children will be treated to delightful and creative pastries, savoury treats & more!

Family High Tea with Santa, Yarra Valley Chocolatier & Ice Creamery, 35 Old Healesville Road, Yarra Glen, (03) 9730 2777

Wed 21 Dec, 11 am – 1 pm, $29 – $65

Christmas Events Melbourne West

20. Morning Melodies – Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

You’re in for a treat this Christmas! Check out Morning Melodies – Santa Claus Is Coming To Town where they’ve got some fabulous vocal arrangements, jokes about three wise men walking into a stable and more.

Morning Melodies – Santa Claus Is Coming To Town, Encore Events Centre

80 Derrimut Road, Hoppers Crossing

Tue 13 Dec, 10:30 am – 12:10 pm, $12 per person (includes morning tea)

Morning Melodies Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

21. Sip Paint Laugh at Saltwater Community Centre

Sip Paint Laugh at Saltwater Community Centre is an easy three-hour session where you’ll get to paint Sloshy – one of the most enjoyable Christmas artworks to paint.

Note that this event is 18+

Sip Paint Laugh at Saltwater Community Centre, Saltwater Community Centre, 153 Saltwater Promenade, Point Cook

Fri, 2 Dec, 7 pm – 10 pm, $75

Sip Paint Laugh at Saltwater Community Centre

22. Oz Comic-Con Melbourne Xmas Edition

Oz Comic-Con Melbourne is the perfect event for pop culture and comic-con fans in Melbourne. With all the latest studio activations, comics, anime, cosplay, and video games on display, there's something for everyone to enjoy.

This year's Xmas Edition of the event will feature lots of fun Christmas activities such as lip sync competitions, an ugly sweater competition, a donation tree and wrapping station, and so much more.

So come on down and have a great time!

Oz Comic-Con Melbourne Xmas Edition, Melbourne Showground

Sat 10 Dec – Sun 11 Dec, 9:30 am – 5pm, $29 – @$127.50

23. Watergardens Dinner with Santa

Santa Claus, Mrs Claus and all their friends are inviting you and your family to a fun-filled festive feast! Indulge in a nutritious Marketplace meal with the jolly man himself, be entertained by Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Reindeer, see a dazzling Magic Show and more!

Plus, there'll be a little take-home gift to remember this year's Christmas by!

Watergardens Dinner with Santa, 399 Melton Highway, Taylors Lakes
Fri 9 Dec, 5pm, 6pm & 7pm, $20

24. Breakfast with Santa & Mrs Claus at Pacific Werribee Shopping Centre

Come join Santa and Mrs Clause for a special Pancake Parlour Breakfast and magical entertainment during the Breakfast with Santa & Mrs Claus at Pacific Werribee Shopping Centre. All of the funds that are raised during the event will go towards supporting local charities in the lead-up to Christmas.

This is a great opportunity to get into the holiday spirit while also helping out those in need!

Breakfast with Santa & Mrs Claus at Pacific Werribee Shopping Centre, Pacific Werribee Shopping Centre 250 Heaths Road, Hoppers Crossing
Sun 4 Dec, 7:30 am – 8:30 am, $10


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