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10 Of The Best Festive Events Popping Up In Melbourne This December

By Emilie Guillemain
8th Dec 2015


Sometimes all we need in life is a bit of a heads up. 

Don't forget to buy your mum a Christmas present!

Are you sure you need that jumper? It’s going to be a scorcher!

Unfortunately real life doesn’t come with these alerts, but at least we can give you a heads up on some of the best things to do in Melbourne this month. So even if you’ve forgotten to buy mum a present or have sweated through you shirt, you can still have a good time regardless.

We’ve partnered with Bankwest (the guys who’ve added handy Bankwest Easy Alerts to their mobile banking app) to find the best festive events happening around town this month. What are you waiting for? Head to these awesome events while you can (and get started on that Christmas shopping list!). 

Christmas Projections at Melbourne Town Hall

See Melbourne’s Town Hall and iconic surroundings come alive with Christmas lighting projections! Enjoy a festive journey through the 12 Days of Christmas with a light show by world-class projection designers, The Electric Canvas, screening from dusk ‘til 11pm.

Where: Melbourne Town Hall
When: Until Christmas Day
For more information click here 

Awkward Christmas Portraits at Melbourne Central

YES! Melbourne Central has set up an internet-lover’s dream with an awkward Christmas Portraits pop-up. Queue daggy Christmas sweaters, cheesy backdrops, and awkward expressions from you and the fam. Happy snapping!

Where: Melbourne Central
When: Thursday - Sunday until 20th December

For more information click here 

Santa’s Christmas Spectacular at Wonderland Fun Park

See Dockland’s Wonderland Fun Park transform into a Christmas spectacular with Santa’s magical workshop, live performances, a Santa letter box, and a chance to see Father Christmas himself!

Where: Wonderland Fun Park, Docklands
When: Until 24th December
For further info click here

Christmas Flicks at the Outdoor Cinema at QV Melbourne

Melbourne’s newest outdoor cinema at QV Melbourne will be getting into the silly season festivities with a series of Chrissie flicks! Catch Christmas classics ‘Elf’ and ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ in the lead up to Xmas day.

Where: QV Melbourne
When: Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th December
Click here for more info and ticket bookings 

Biggest LEGO Christmas Tree in the Southern Hemisphere

All of the LEGO! The epic LEGO Christmas tree returns to Fed Square this year, reaching almost 10 metres tall, and made from half a million LEGO pieces. Come and see the tree come to life with a daily light show accompanied by Christmas carols over the silly season.

Where: Federation Square
When: Until 27th December
For more information click here 

Merry-Go-Market at Queen Victoria Market

This one’s for the kiddies! The QVM Merry-Go-Market will feature a petting zoo, live kids entertainment, face painting, a balloon artist, and more to keep the little ones happy during the holidays. Queen Vic Market will also be running their Wednesday night market throughout December if you’re still hunting for those Christmas buys.

Where: Queen Victoria Market
When: Wednesday evening and 9am-4pm every Sunday until 20th December
For more information click here 

Gingerbread Village at Melbourne Town Hall

Next stop, Gingerbread Village! Epicure’s 5th Gingerbread Village returns to Melbourne Town Hall this year, comprising of about 500 kilograms of gingerbread goodness. Entry to the event is free, but opt in for a gold coin donation and all proceeds will go to Make-A-Wish Australia.

Where: Melbourne Town Hall
When: 10am-8:30pm daily until Christmas Eve
For more information click here 

Myer Christmas Windows

It just wouldn’t be Christmas without a stop by Myer’s Christmas Windows, and this year’s story is by local Melburnian authors Corinne Fenton and Robin Cowcher. ‘Little Dog and the Christmas Wish’ will be making kids happy until January.

Where: Myer, Bourke St
When: From 7:30am daily until Wednesday 6 January
For more information click here 

Carols By Candlelight at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl

A Christmas tradition of 77 years, the Carols By Candlelight kicks off from 8pm on Christmas eve, bringing together  classic Christmas carols and fun for the entire fam. Don’t miss out on this Christmas favourite, and head to Ticketek to secure your seats.

Where: Sidney Myer Music Bowl
When: 8pm, 24th December
For more information click here 

Christmas Lunch at Bangpop

Leave the Christmas lunch prep to Bangpop this year, and tuck in to an epic Tuk Tuk 7-course Thai banquet. Tickets are $69 per person with matching wines at $50 per person, and champagne upon arrival for $15 a head. Lunch is on from 12-4pm and is sure to deliver one hearty Christmas feast! Contact Bangpop on 03 9245 9800 to book.

Where: Bangpop
When: 12pm Christmas Day

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Image credit: Gingerbread Village Facebook

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