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8 Free Things To Do In Melbourne This December

By Matt Carey
29th Nov 2019

We're rolling toward the end of the year, and with Christmas coming up you're going to need to save your dollars while you buy bulk presents and sale items.

To save you a bit of cash, there are a ton of free events happening around Melbourne so you can have some thrifty fun.

Melbourne Christmas Festival

It’s officially December, and that means it's finally acceptable to put up your Christmas tree and embrace the festive season. To help you out Melbourne’s 2019 Christmas Festival kicks off this week, with a massive program of events and activities around the city. 

There will be a 16-metre Christmas tree illuminating Federation Square with more than 32,000 LED lights, thousands of decorations dressing the city and more than 130 performers over 29 locations throughout Melbourne. If you weren't excited for the Christmas season already, this is your official invite to get on board.   

Where: Various Locations Around Melbourne 
When: 29 November - 25 December 
For more info and the full list of events, click

Collecting Comme

Showcasing more than 50 outfits by Comme des Garcçons, the NGV’s latest free exhibition will display outfits from over 40 collections. Designer, Rei Kawakubo is one of fashion’s most visionary and influential figures in the industry today, making this one exhibit not to be missed. The exhibition is made possible through the generous gifting by owner and collector, Takamasa Takahashi, and supported by additional loans from his personal archive.

Where: NGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd, Southbank
When: Until 26 July 2020
For more info, click

Summer Night Market

We’re thinking Queen Vic Market should just make their night markets a permanent fixture and save us the trouble of having to remember a new theme each month, but that doesn’t mean we’re not excited for the return of the Summer Night Market. With over 100 global street food stalls, some fresh summer drinks and free live local entertainment, we’d be lying if we said we’re not excited to experience the sights and sounds of this year's Summer Night Market. 

Where: Queen Victoria Market
When: Every Wednesday, 5pm - 10pm 
For more info, click

Sesame Street: 50 Years And Counting 

Elmo, Cookie Monster and Big Bird–the three staples of your childhood are back in a colourful exhibition curated by the renowned Eddie Zammit. Over 50 uber-talented artists have collaborated to present to you all your favourite characters from The Street in murals, prints and original photographs from the archives. Even if Oscar the Grouch is your fave, you won’t want to miss this trip down memory lane.

Where: Level 1, Melbourne Central 
When: Until 27 January 2020
For more info, click

Guided Garden Walk

Living in Melbourne City is a dream, but sometimes we all need to escape the concrete jungle for some eco-therapy. Studies have long shown that spending time in nature is good for your heart and mind, so you’re doing great things for your wellbeing by going on this free guided walk at the Royal Botanic Gardens. There’s no better time to snap a few shots of the flowers and greenery before Summer scorchers them.

Where: Royal Botanic Gardens, near E-Gate
When: Until 31 December 2019
For more info, click

Fountain Of Goose

To bring in Summer and quench your thirst, Greygoose will be putting a pop-up fountain bar in the heart of Fed Square. Dishing out free mini vodka, lime & soda cocktails for five afternoons this month, they’ll even have striped umbrellas and deckchairs for a place to soak up the sun and imagine your sipping that Greygoose on the French Riviera.       

Where: Federation Square
When: Saturday 7 December - Wednesday 11 December

Home Sweet Home Exhibition At LuxBite

Joining forces with Thai artist ANO, LuxBite is putting on a pop-up exhibit at their South Yarra cafe, showcasing surrealist vibes from the artist’s unconscious mind. ANO’s artwork will also feature on a limited edition cake available for purchase during the exhibition period. 

Where: LuxBite Cafe, 38 Toorak Road, South Yarra
When: Until Tuesday 24 December
For more info, click

New Years Eve Fireworks

Send out 2019 with a bang and see the New Years Eve fireworks at Footscray Park, with live music performances and a food truck offering as well. Yes it will be loud, and yes it will be crowded, but it’ll be the second-largest NYE event in Victoria, and can you even call yourself a true Melburnian if you don’t see the city’s huge fireworks extravaganza at least once.  

Where: Footscray Park
When: Tuesday, 31 December, 6:30 pm
For more info, click

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Image credit: Fed Square

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