It's the ho-ho-holidays, Listers! Here are some incredible things to do in Melbourne over this very festive weekend - from art to food with some sporting action in between!
Andy Warhol – Ai Weiwei at the NGV
Our city's largest art gallery plays host to two of the biggest names in contemporary art – pop art pioneer Andy Warhol and Chinese enfant terible Ai Weiwei. You'll want to pre-book tickets via the website, or get there early to avoid the queues at this blockbuster show, where viewers should expect iconic prints and political statements in their masses.
Interactive Virtual Art at Fed Square
Jess Johnson’s Wurm Haus at NGV International, Fed Square, sees the New Zealand-born and Melbourne-based artist creates a virtual reality in her newest venture - and you get to hop right inside of it. Ixian Gate is the centerpiece of the exhibition and invites visitors to don virtual reality headsets as you enter a 360-degree, dystopic world. Sick of your family this Christmas? Just jump inside this incredible art show for a visual trip. Open from 10-5pm, entry to the exhibit is free.
Epicure's Gingerbread Melbourne - Last Day!
It's your last chance to head to the Melbourne Town Hall to check out a gingerbread village version of Melbourne's most famous landmarks. Unfortunately it's a 'look don't touch' situation, but you can check out the visual feast until 8.30pm on Christmas Eve.
Pop-Up Wine at Semi-Permanent
Semi-Permanent at 92 Smith pops up in Lee Ho Fook's old restaurant space to serve some delicious glasses of vino from a 40-strong wine list on offer. The brainchild of award-winning sommelier duo, Liz Carey and Paul Guiney, you can be guaranteed a tasty tipple at the last night of this blink-and-you'll-miss-it bar's residency.
Whether you're sitting down to a seafood feast with your nearest and dearest, or tucking into a roast turkey, you should be having yourself the most Melbourne Christmas ever!
Boxing Day Blockbusters Are Here!
After maxing out on the Christmas Day left-overs, the only solution to nursing your food baby is a trip to the cinema. Here are ten fantastic blockbusters that you'll catch on the big screen this Boxing Day.
Boxing Day Test Cricket at the MCG | Australia vs West Indies
Calling all sports fans! Get your festive selves to the MCG for the annual boxing day test cricket match, which sees Australia go head-to-head with the West Indies for a five-day cricket marathon. Book your last-minute tickets here.
Mini Golf-O-Rama at Howler
Once again, Howler is being transformed into a Mini Golf-O-Rama. Look out for all the golfstacles! There will be windmills, 9 holes of ramps and booze to keep you going for hours. It’s free to play when you make any purchase at Howler, so grab a pint and putt like you’re Tiger Woods. The Mini Golf-O-Rama starts at 3pm on Sunday and DJs will complete the experience with some fantastic musical beats.
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Victoria Bitter One Day International Cricket Series | The MCG
The world’s most cricket obsessed nations, India and Australia, are coming together to battle it out for one epic day of cricket in Melbourne. Grab the gang, the sunscreen, and get yourself to the Gabba to support the Aussies in what is guaranteed to be fast-paced duel to remember.
When: 17 January
Where: The MCG
Tickets: But yours here!
Zoo Twilights Summer Gig Series
Zoo Twilights promises amazing live music, cute animals and a fantastic evening in the summer sun. Running every Friday and Saturday from 29th January until 12th March, gig goers should jump in quickly before the remaining tickets for San Cisco, Colin Hay, Josh Pyke and Jebediah sell out. Check out the rest of the line-up and book your tickets here.
Image credit: Epicure