Celebrating Christmas in Melbourne, 2017

Is anyone else struggling to come to terms with the fact that it’s already December?! Where has this gone?? I’m pretty sure it was just February and we were planning for our wedding and then all of a sudden there are carols in the shopping centre, you can’t find a place to park your car anywhere and it’s December the 5th, with 20 days until Christmas and 26 days until the new year.

I love Christmas! It is by far my favourite time of the year. The celebrations, the Christmas trees,  buying and wrapping presents for our loved ones. The Christmas spirit spreads through the whole month with carols on the radio and decorations lining the suburban streets. Melbourne really comes to life at Christmas time, with events happening across the whole city. Here’s a quick guide to all the different ways things you can do in Melbourne this month to get into that Christmas spirit.

Take a selfie with the Giant Christmas Bauble

The giant Christmas bauble in Federation Square was a huge hit last year with both photographers and selfie-lovers, and it’s back for another season of fairy-lit goodness Illuminating the court opposite St. Paul’s Cathedral, the six metre high bauble will sparkle during the day and twinkle at night. Image found here.
Federation Square, until Christmas Day

Take a photo at Santa’s House

You can find Santa underneath the giant Christmas tree in Federation Square. Take a free photo with Santa and let him know what you’d like to find under the Christmas tree this year. Image found here.
Federation Square, 10am – 12pm & 1pm – 3pm, plus 4pm – 7pm on Fridays 

Watch the Festive Projections

See the city come to life as bright colours and images are projected onto some of Melbourne’s most famous buildings. The projections will tell two stories across the many sites, taking you on a journey through Santa’s workshop and everything that happens in preparation for Christmas. Image found here.
Federation Square and the State Library of Victoria, 9pm to 10:20pm (show every 20 minutes) until Christmas Day | You can also find festive projections this year at New Quay Promenade in the Docklands between 9pm and 10:30pm. 

Check out the Gingerbread Village

Spot your favourite Melbourne landmarks  in a complete gingerbread village. The chefs have been a little bit naughty with different parts of the village, so make sure you keep an eye out for anything out of the ordinary! Image found here.
Melbourne Town Hall, 9am to 8:15pm daily until December 24th | Gold coin donation required. 

Have a very tacky Christmas

Lonsdale Street Greek Precinct is channeling its inner cheesiness for Christmas this year! Head to Lonsdale and Russell Streets for tacky decorations in shop fronts, inflatable decorations and even a tacky Santa Clause singing unconventional carols.
Lonsdale and Russell Streets, until Christmas Day 

Explore the laneways of Melbourne with the Santa’s Lil Helper Christmas Festival App

Santa has lost his phone in Melbourne! Download this fun little app and help Santa find his phone – it has his naughty and nice list on it! Travel among the city’s iconic laneways, uncovering magical augmented reality experiences. The apps tech elves, which can be found across the city, will help you to discover the Christmas wonderlands and animated characters that literally jump to life along your laneway adventure. Image found here.
Federation Square, Degraves Street, Machester Lane, Howey Place, Bourke Street Mall and Alfred Place, anytime – but the Elves will be able to help you in Federation Square from 10am to 5pm every day until the 24th of December 

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Other can’t miss Christmas experiences in Melbourne

  • Visit the Myer Christmas Windows for an iconic Melbournian experience on Bourke Street Mall.
  • Shop the Christmas markets across the city including A Night at the Nicholas Summer Edition (7th December at the Nicholas Building), Markit + Bake Sale (17th December, The Atrium & Deakin Edge Theatre Fed Square), Collins Place Design Market (15th December, Collins Place Forecourt), Flemington Racecourse Christmas Market (17th December, Flemington Racecourse) and Christmas at Queen Victoria Market (until 24th December, Queen Victoria Market).
  • Head to Degraves Street, Manchester Lane, Alfred Place, Howey Place and Meyers Place to experience Christmas in the laneways with lights, baubles and reindeer.
  • Share your Christmas celebrations and hashtag #melbmoment on social media. (Above image found at What’s On Melbourne).

Download the What’s On Melbourne Christmas Guide to make sure you don’t miss a single moment of festive celebrations.

No matter how you celebrate or spend the next month in the lead up to Christmas, make sure that you have FUN! Spending time with family and friends is the best way to spend the holiday season, so make sure you’re celebrating with your loved ones. Have a Merry Christmas! ♡

Emma Shaw

Emma is a travel photographer and blogger, living in Melbourne, Australia with her husband Thom in between adventures. She started A Make Believe World to share her experiences, travel tips and destination advice, and to inspire others to travel the world and their own backyard whenever they can.

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