It’s the most wonderful time of the year. From markets and late-night shopping to Christmas Day dining, family-friendly events and end-of-year celebrations, there’s no place like Melbourne in December.
Sidney Myer Music Bowl
Join in the chorus at Carols by Candlelight, a now 80-year long celebration of music that donates 100% of profits to the efforts of Vision Australia. Those lucky enough to attend will never forget this incredible evening of music, laughter and memories. Feast on a picnic while watching and listening to the most iconic of carols from some of Australia’s most outstanding musicians and singers.
Myer Melbourne, Bourke Street Mall
As iconic as Rudolph himself, the Myer Christmas Windows are a Melbourne institution. Celebrating a much-loved children’s book in 2018, it’s best to get there early and avoid the queues. Santaland on the 6th floor provides plenty of inspiration for those on the hunt for presents that surprise a loved one.
Riverside Gallery, Federation Square
Now in its seventh year, the Gingerbread Village by EPICURE will feature 560 kilograms of gingerbread, 420 kilograms of royal icing, 185 kilograms of marzipan and around 900 miniature Christmas trees, as well as the first ever international structure – the Osaka Castle from Melbourne’s Japanese sister city, Osaka. It’s the biggest and best display in the village’s history.
Federation Square will be transformed into a stunning Christmas wonderland, presented by City of Melbourne and Fed Square. The jolly man in red will of course be in residence, found underneath the new supersized 16-metre-tall Christmas tree and every night visitors will be amazed by it’s light show.
Arts Centre Melbourne
Don’t worry about scouring catalogues this Christmas and find a gift for loved ones that are unique, beautifully crafted and locally made. Featuring local designers and artisans, the market will be held on 24 November, 1 and 8 December and will showcase everything from jewellery, soaps, scarves and candles, to woodcraft, leather goods, clothing and paintings.
Queen Victoria Market
Deck the stalls for Queen Victoria Market’s annual Christmas bonanza with more than 650 stalls of festive offerings. A pop-up ice-skating rink will keep the children entertained as parents confirm the final order of fresh produce for a lunch that will fill the stomach of the hungriest guest.
Stunning soprano and ARIA-Award nominee, Greta Bradman will lend her voice for renditions of carols such as White Christmas and Silent Night, while Benjamin Northey will lead the Orchestra through traditional and contemporary repertoire. Sing along and be part of the action and keep an eye out for Santa, who may just take a break from the North Pole to make a special appearance.
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