Welcome to the hell that is the post-Christmas aftermath. We have leftovers to get through, shopping trips to go on, and lots of money to spend (R.I.P), but hopefully, some of these events will cheer you up before the end of what has been a crazy 2016.
Here are 5 awesome things to do in Melbourne this week.
All Week Long
Moonlight Cinema Highlights
This week some of the summer’s best new flicks are airing at the Royal Botanical Gardens at the Moonlight Outdoor Cinema, so why not relax a bit before the New Year’s buzz? Look forward to the magical ‘Fantastic Beast and Where To Find Them’, from the world of Harry Potter, or catch the new thriller ‘Nocturnal Animals’ as it chases Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal through the horrors of their characters’ pasts. You can also have a sneak peek of the new Assassin’s Creed movie, through an advanced screening. Get the full program here.
Monday 26 December
Think Fresh With Melbourne Museum
With school all wrapped up for the year, finding things for the kids to do is always going to be a little bit of a hassle (okay, a lot). But Melbourne Museum is here to do all the work for you, with their calendar of school holiday events as part of their Think Fresh schedule.
You can learn to paint with watercolour, using museum specimens as inspiration, or draw some freshwater friends in classes that come free with entry. If you’re still stumped, you can relax outside in the Summer Chill Zone, located on the northern terrace. More info is available here!
Boxing Day Madness
The big day has arrived – you all better know what to do! Recovering from the Christmas lunch food baby can take a back seat, because shopping comes first. Pull out all the Christmas prezzie savings and splurge a little bit this year, with Boxing Day Sales popping up all around the city. Head to the CBD to Shop The Sales at Melbourne Central, Bourke Street Mall, and Emporium, or take a trip to the ‘burbs to the newly refurbished (and undoubtedly glamorous) Chadstone. Embrace the air-conditioned bliss that is shopping centres, and make sure you give everyone the “I-saw-it-first” glare this Boxing Day.
Tuesday 27 December
Jim Jarmusch’s wild, funny, and heartfelt ode to The Stooges and Iggy Pop is launching this week at ACMI. A trailblazer of independent films throughout the ‘80s and ‘90s, including ‘Dead Man’ and ‘Mystery Train’, Jarmusch’s film is a new look at the rock ‘n’ roll band as we have never seen them before – including exclusive footage and photographs. Session times and ticket info is all available here.
Saturday 31 December
NYE @ Federation Square
Now technically, we have got our own New Year’s Events round-up for you guys to read, but this event is a bit different to everything else. If you haven’t managed to grab yourself one of those extremely affordable NYE Party tix (*cough and splutter ensues*), then this free event at Fed Square could just do the trick. A massive line-up of Melbourne acts including Young Masters and Quarter Street will parade you into the New Year with singing, music and dancing. Multicultural Arts Victoria have organised a stellar event with the kaleidoscope of colour we’ve come to expect from Fed Square events, so if you’re still stuck on what to do, party at one of the most Melbourne events to finish off the year. More info is available here!
Image credit: Moonlight Cinema