If your diary was a little empty for most of the year, things are about to change. Melbourne is back and bustling with Christmas activities and festivities galore. Start making plans with this essential guide for festive fun around town.

Christmas Square

Marvel as Fed Square transforms into Christmas Square, a festive wonderland. In the centre is Melbourne’s glittering 16-metre LED Christmas tree, topped by a twinkling star. Inside Santa’s Big Workshop the man in red is making toys and presents. Ask a friendly elf for a socially-distanced snap with Santa. 27 November to 25 December.

Bright Christmas displays at night
Christmas Square

Christmas in the Laneway

Bar and restaurants including Bar CarloSan TelmoLoop Roof and Bar Lourinhã come together for Christmas in the Laneway. It’s a festive foodie street market in Little Collins Street and Meyers Place. Get street eats, browse pop-up stalls stocking gourmet gifts and groove to DJs and live music. Perfect your BBQ prawns with cooking demonstrations as well. 4 to 6 December.

Myer Christmas Windows

It wouldn’t be Christmas without a trip to the Bourke Street Mall to see the iconic Myer windows. Now in its 65th year, the nostalgic 2020 display revisits characters from the past 25 years. 14 November to 24 December.

Degraves Street Christmas Outdoor Market

Celebrate Melbourne’s boutique and independent retailers at the Degraves Street Christmas Outdoor Market. This curated selection of businesses from the Flinders Lane area is all about local produce, design and craftsmanship. Come for the festive gift shopping bonanza, stay for the live music and street snacks on offer. Midday to 6pm, Saturday 5 December.

Sparkling lights suspended above a laneway
Degraves Street

No Vacancy Gallery Christmas Lunches

Take in a free lunchtime performance at No Vacancy Gallery. From music and dance to live art, the gallery showcases the city’s creative talent in a festive end-of-year celebration. Enjoy the convivial atmosphere with tasty snacks from the cafe. Pop in from midday to 2pm on Fridays and Saturdays 4 to 19 December.

Christmas Projections

Melbourne’s famous Christmas projections return. Stroll Swanston Street to see animations light up State Library Victoria, Melbourne Town Hall and Princes Bridge. There’s a special thank you to the city’s COVID-19 heroes that will have you feeling all the emotions. 9pm to 11pm, 27 November to 25 December.

Deck the streets

Catch live street art as Blender Studios host a Christmas takeover of Melbourne’s most famous street art location, Hosier Lane. Names like Heesco and Makatron, will deck the streets with funky Yuletide scenes. See the artists in action from 10 to 24 December.

Docklands Christmas Market

Enjoy the salty harbourside tang in the air among the festivities of the Docklands Christmas Markets. Stall holders showcase local Victorian produce, arts and crafts all along New Quay Promenade. Midday to 8pm, 6 December.

A large building with colourful lights and images projected onto it
Town Hall projections

Laneway Learning Crafty Christmas

Get creative with your gifts this year at Laneway Learning Crafty Christmas workshop. Make cheeky clay ornaments, native wreaths, macrame Christmas tree wall-hangers and more. Or browse the pop-up stalls for calligraphy cards, glass baubles and sustainable gifts. Book ahead for 5 December.

The District Docklands Christmas Markets

Crush your Christmas list at The District Docklands Christmas Markets. Browse for crafts, jewellery and homewares. There’s an emphasis on sustainable products from local producers, designers and makers. 11am to 4pm, 13 and 20 December.

Easy Peasy Christmassy by Japaneasy

Learn traditional crafts at Easy Peasy Christmassy by Japaneasy. It’s a workshop event from Melbourne’s Japanese school of language and culture. Try wreath-making with origami paper, calligraphy art, paper decorations or baking with Matcha. It’s open to all ages and many beautiful craft works are available to buy as well. Book ahead for Sunday 13 December.

Christmas Picnic in Errol Street

The much-loved community Christmas picnic in Errol Street, North Melbourne returns. Pick up a Christmas hamper from local eateries, then settle in for an afternoon of free events and kids’ activities. There’s roving entertainment, DJs, appearances from Santa and more. It’s a neighbourhood day of festive celebration with street stalls and pop-up shops to explore. 18 December.

WTC Wharf Christmas Market

Make a day of it at WTC Wharf on the banks of the Yarra River with a pop-up Christmas market. Find unique handcrafted gifts including locally made candles, soaps, wooden items and more. There’s entertainment for kids, and roving musicians all day. Mosey along the wharf for Christmas specials at nearby restaurants like Byblos. 10am to 6pm, 6 December.

A bridge at night with lights projected on it
Christmas is coming to town

QV Melbourne’s Christmas Hub and Pop-up Bar

The very festive team at QV have popped up with a giant outdoor cocktail garden, with super fresh bevs by Father’s Office. Think espresso martinis, lime margaritas, watermelon daiquiris and more served from a super cute caravan bar. Better yet? Thai Town is just around the corner for pre or post-drink feasting.

Last updated on Mon 4 Jan 2021

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