It’s time to get yo’ Christmas on, Listers, with loads of markets and events for the silly season. There are also cracker comedy shows, exciting exhibitions, and deliciously meaty pop-ups! This weekend is chockas full of fun and festive things to do in Melbourne, so go forth and plunder (in a totally legal, well-meaning way), Listers!
Queen Victoria Market is putting on another one of their sensational ‘Seasonal Stars’ sessions! Today (and tomorrow), head down to the free event to see Kirsten Tibball, Patisserie Chef and owner of Savour Chocolate and Patisserie School, as she divulges tips and tricks for cooking the perfect homemade Christmas gift!
Seasonal Stars with Kirsten Tibbal | The Kitchen Marquee, Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne
11:00am, 11th - 12th December
A new solo exhibition by photographer Amanda Fordyce explores moments captured across five years spent working and travelling across the globe. One, held at the Paterson Building in Fitzroy, features poignant and memorable images, such as an abandoned amusement park in Berlin. Warning, this exhibition may spark wanderlust!
One by Amanda Fordyce | Paterson Building in Fitzroy
Thursday 11th 6.30pm - 9.30pm
Friday 12th & Saturday 13th 12.00pm - 4.00pm
If you haven’t seen Gemma Patford’s beautiful handcrafted rope vessels, then you have been living under a rock (or just not in Melbourne). Patford is a local artisan with an eye for making truly unique and lovely rope baskets, and Melbourne Central is putting on a rare opportunity to attend a class taken by her! Guests will learn step-by-step how to create a galaxy-themed rope basket! A Perfect Christmas present (for yourself).
Running for four days only, the Slow Clay x Collective Pop Up will showcase work from over 30 local artisans. Find your unique one-of-a-kind Chrissy present here, or just splurge on some truly beautiful handmade ceramics and artwork. With free demonstrations such as Korean flower arranging by Wona Bae from Loose Leaf, you won’t only buy something (and you will buy something), but you’ll learn something too!
Slow Clay x Collective Pop Up | Slow Clay Centre in Collingwood
11th - 14th December, 11:00am - 7:00pm
Pulling some of Australia’s favourite entertainers into the one spot, the roof is set to explode on the Athenaeum Theatre in Melbourne when the Wheeler Centre presents The Show of the Year. Hosted by Casey Bennetto, other guest stars include Hannah Kent, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, Shaun Micallef and more. Recalling the year through storytelling, song, and most importantly, humour!
The Wheeler Centre presents The Show of the Year | Athenaeum Theatre in Melbourne
$35 | 7:30pm - 9:30pm
What’s on in Melbourne for shopaholics this weekend? The Kris Kringle Night Market in Northcote Town Hall, of course. With locally designed and crafted items, including fashion, jewellery, crafts and plants, it’s the perfect spot for a spot of Christmas shopping. Have fun doing it with a bar, food and music!
Kris Kringle Night Market | Northcote Town Hall in Northcote
5:30pm - 10:00pm
Greville Street is jumping on board the summer celebrations, with their Greville Up Late event. Make sure you clock off at 5pm sharp, Listers, so you can get down to nab some great offers and scrumptious treats! One Point Seven Four will be hosting a Milk the Cow pop-up, with Laurent Perrier bubbles! St Edmonds is staying up late, serving up caffeine for your second wind, and Ladro is putting on their special pork spit roast! If that’s not festive enough, then what about a gelato bar by Zucca Rossa? Or a four-piece Christmas brass band? All these great Greville businesses (Kookai, Signed and Numbered, Horse with No Name, Urban Jim, Third Drawer Down, Aesop) are getting their festive on, so can we hear a heck yeah to clocking off at 5?
Greville Up Late | Greville Street in Prahran | 5pm - 9pm
Pop down to Chapel Street for a cheeky cider with the Cheeky Rascal Cider Pop-up! Rebello—the team behind the fruity fizz—is hosting a pop-up in South Yarra, where you can taste and buy some delicious ciders from their new range. We’re loving the apple, lime, mint and chilli cider—perfect for a refreshing afternoon beverage!
Rebello Cheeky Rascal Cider Pop-Up | 568 Chapel Street in South Yarra
12pm - 6pm, Thursdays and Fridays in December
Bohemian Melbourne is set to be an epic exhibition exploring the creative and cultural identity of Melbourne at the State Library of Victoria. Opening today, Bohemian Melbourne navigates Melbourne’s history and culture, celebrating the artists, writers, poets and more, who have made Melbourne iconic. Think Barry Humphries, Nick Cave, Albert Tucker and then some. Also keep an eye out for a summer program filled with live music, film screenings, art workshops and pop-up performances! For an enlightening and interesting experience, head along to check out Bohemian Melbourne, running until the 22nd of February.
Bohemian Melbourne Opening | The State Library of Victoria in Melbourne
Friday 12th December - Sunday 22nd February
Stock up on craft, party, stationery, wrapping, and baking supplies, with Light & Co’s Pop-Up Shop at The Common Good Ethical Grocer in Hawthorn. Running for two days only, check out some of their best-selling items as well as a unique range of jewellery. Light & Co are a huge success on Etsy, and to make things super simple for you, you can even pre-order online using the coupon code PICKUPPOPUP, and then pop in to the pop-up!
Light & Co Pop-Up Shop | The Common Good Ethical Grocer in Hawthorn
Friday 12th December 8:30am - 6:00pm, Saturday 13th December 8:30am - 4:00pm
Meat lovers, get your meaty mouths to Mountain Goat Brewery in Richmond, stat, for a match made in meaty, meaty heaven. Meatmother, American BBQ fan fave, is going to be popping up on Friday nights from 5pm, and they’re bringing along their Silver Creek Smoker to make all your caveman dreams come true. Get excited for pulled pork chipotle slaw buns and 12-hour oak smoked wagyu brisket buns. And of course, don’t forget the delicious Mountain Goat brews to go with your hearty feast!
Meatmother Pop-Up | Mountain Goat Brewery in Richmond | 5:00pm
Looking for family-friendly festive things to do in Melbourne this weekend? Well look no further than the Twilight Christmas Festival at Rippon Lea House & Gardens. You’ve got your obligatory Chrissie carols, decorations, picnics, an arts and craft market, and tasty delights from food trucks! Obligatory? More like obligated to be awesome.
Twilight Christmas Festival | Rippon Lea House & Gardens in Elsternwick
$10 Adult, $7.50 Concession, $7.50 Child | 5:00pm - 9:00pm
It’s the perfect time of year for night markets, and here’s our pick of one of the best. Coburg Night Market, held in Bridges Reserve, is all set up for a fun-filled night out. With multicultural street food, arts and crafts and live music, bring the family down for a balmy night of shopping and general enjoyment.
Coburg Night Market | Bridges Reserve in Coburg | 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Sally’s Retro Fashion on Smith Street, Fitzroy, is hosting a sidewalk sale featuring fashion labels No Fun Babe and ELandTINO. With great sales and samples, get excited to nab some unique pieces from these Melbourne based brands.
Sidewalk Sale with No Fun Babe and ELandTINO | Sally’s Retro Fashion in Fitzroy
11:30am - 7:00pm Friday 12th - Sunday 14th December
Give the gift of an epic night of laughs this Christmas, with The 2014 Christmas Cracker by Yarraville Laughs at the Yarraville Club. Featuring an exciting line up of Denise Scott, Fiona O’Loughlin and Jeff Green, this comedy show is set to crack you up. Book tickets now, Listers, because they will sell out!
Learn how to construct the perfect cheese platter for the festive season, with a masterclass at the Spring St Grocer. Includes tastings of cheese and wine, and also a 10% discount on festive feasting orders! We’ve got our eyes set on their truffled triple cream brie…
Choosing Cheese and Wine for Festive Season Entertaining | Spring St Grocer in Melbourne
$60pp | To book, please phone 9654 6657 or email
QV Square has designed a festive sanctuary for even the most serious Christmas shopper. Enjoy shopping the 40 stalls of local design talent at the Melbourne Design Gift Markets, then sit back and relax on a picnic rug whilst you mull over your next purchase! Also on Friday evenings and Sunday daytime.
Melbourne Designed Gift Markets | QV Square in Melbourne
12:00pm - 5:00pm
We’re salivating over the latest collaboration between the boys from Ironbark BBQ, Kustom Kommune, Pin Head Brewery and The Sweetwater Inn. What could have us drooling over our designer (second hand) threads you ask? Only an American BBQ and Whisky Bar Diner pop-up! Easey Street Smoke Out is taking over Kustom Kommune in Collingwood for two days only. Get some Angus brisket, pulled pork, tender lamb ribs and some creamy mac ’n’ cheese in ya!
Easey Street Smoke Out | Kustom Kommune in Collingwood
Friday 12th - Saturday 13th December
MPavillion is still rocking it with their Sunday afternoon sessions. Today sees Misha Hollenbach and Conrad Standish perform an improvised DJ set. IiWii will feature delay pedals, eclectic recordings, techno ambience and electronic futurism! Mixing things up all psychedelic like, head to the MPavillion to catch this fun event.
Girls, you know how bored you get when you’re waiting for your nails to dry? Wouldn’t it be awesome to have that time occupied with something delicious—made and delivered to your eager paws without smudging your claws? Well that’s what you’ll get at Nieuw Amsterdam, because they’ve partnered with Trophy Wife Nail Art, bringing you Tips’n’Sips! Get yo’ nails done while sipping on some delicious cocktails. We’re excited for the Salted Caramel Negroni!
If you haven’t yet tried White Oaks Saloon Bar and Dining on Greville Street, then we really need to tell you to get out from under that rock. And what better reason than a great Sunday session deal? We’re talking $12 Negroni cocktails, or $20 for a serve of Southern fried chicken and a Blue Moon Wheat Ale. You may even be tempted by their house-made salted caramel ice-cream while you’re at it…
White Oaks Sunday Sessions | White Oaks Saloon Bar & Dining in Prahran
Feel the festive vibes, Listers! That’s what’s on in Melbourne this weekend!
Image credit: Our Mini Family.