Christmas in the City

Melbourne City is a wonderful place to visit in December. It is one of our family Christmas traditions to spend a day enjoying the festival season here.  If you’re planning a trip, here are a few things to include in your itinerary, and best of all, they are all FREE.

 

Christmas Square  Swanston Street (between Collins Street and Flinders Lane)

Visit City Square to view the magnificent 9.2m Christmas tree, Rudolph, hedge maze, nativity scene and interactive story book. Santa will be available to meet daily between 10am – 3pm.

Don’t forget to bring your letter to post to Santa at his special direct mail box – his address is Santa, North Pole, 9999. His letter requires a 60c stamp and you return address clearly written on the back of the envelope. 

 Photo Source: www.thatsmelbourne.com.au

Photo Source: www.thatsmelbourne.com.au

Spirit of the Square  Federation Square

Federation Square is always a delight to visit in December. This year they have erected 100 Christmas trees by urban artists The Projects. This group is also offering free family photos every weekend from 12pm – 4pm. There will also be community choirs performing carols daily at various times. For scheduled performance times visit their here

For information on all the Federation Square Festival events go to their website.

fedsquare.com.au

fedsquare.com.au

Myer Christmas Windows

One of Victorian’s most time honoured Christmas traditions is a trip to the Myer Christmas windows. The theme this year is Gingerbread Friends and will be on display until January 5. 

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Gingerbread Village by EPICURE

Melbourne Town Hall, Swanston Street | Dec 1-14 10am – 6pm; Dec 1-24 10am – 9pm

Entry via gold coin donation with proceeds going to Make-A-Wish Australia

See our Gingerbread Village blog here

www.epicure.com.au 

Train - Gingerbread Village by EPICURE

Redcap’s Christmas Window

Based on the novel Recap’s Christmas by Susan Cason, is this gorgeous window installation at The Little Bookroom, 5 Degraves Street, Melbourne http://www.littlebookroom.com.au/pages/events

 

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littlebookroom.com.au

Deck the Houses

The lawn of the Arts Centre is featuring a life-sized house frame decorated with illuminiscent mirrors and lighting that is inspired by all the homes around Melbourne that are decorated with lights during December each year.   http://artscentremelbourne.com.au/whats-on/event.aspx?id=3909

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Jingle Bells

The Federation Bells at Birrarung Mar, Batman Avenue will ring out daily at 8-9am, 12:30-1:30pm and 5-6pm. Arrangements include Away in a Manager and Good King Wenceslas.  federationbells.com.au

 

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Crowns’ 13 Days of Christmas

Daily between Dec 12 – 24

Photos with Santa – 2pm – 6pm

Christmas Belles performance – every hour between 3-6pm

Hip Hop Reindeer performances    2-6pm

Face painting & temporary tattoos 2-6pm

Musical Christmas Characters 3:30, 4:30 and 5:30pm

 

Special Weekend Events

Saturday, December 7

  • Festive Market | Arts Centre Melbourne | 10am – 4pm
  • A Muppet Christmas Carol | ACMI Theatre, Federation Square  | 1pm | $7pp

Sunday, December 8

  • Festive Market | Arts Centre Melbourne | 10am – 4pm
  • A Muppet Christmas Carol | ACMI Theatre, Federation Square  |10:30am & 1pm | $7pp
  • Christmas Carols – Australian Youth Choir | Southgate (roaming)|12pm – 2pm

Saturday, December 14

  • Festival Food Market | Federation Square | 11am – 4pm
  • A Muppet Christmas Carol | ACMI Theatre, Federation Square  |10:30am & 1pm | $7pp
  • Festive Market | Arts Centre Melbourne | 10am – 4pm

Sunday, December 15

  • Festival Food Market | Federation Square | 11am – 4pm
  • Festive Market | Arts Centre Melbourne | 10am – 4pm
  • Christmas Carols – Australian Youth Choir | Southgate (roaming)|12pm – 2pm

Saturday, December 21

  • Outdoor Cinema Christmas Films – The Nightmare before Christmas | Federation Square | 6:30pm

Sunday, December 22

  • Christmas Carols – Australian Youth Choir | Southgate (roaming)|12pm – 2pm

Christmas Day – December 25

  • Christmas Movie Marathon | Federation Square | 11am – 6pm