Save your coin for Christmas shopping and get into the festive spirit with these fun free events.

Revisit the Myer Christmas Windows

It wouldn’t be Christmas without a trip to Bourke Street Mall to see the iconic Myer windows. Now in its 67th year, the 2022 display is a glorious journey of blockbuster proportions. See iconic characters from your fave Disney movies reimagined as magical window displays. Venture further inside to enjoy a free pop-up Disney maze and a fun Santaland Express ride!

Enter an epic Christmas maze

A fun elf adventure awaits in this giant Christmas maze. Help Santa find his little helpers as you work your way through the present-themed path. Finish the trail and enter for your chance to win a $500 District Docklands voucher! Visit the maze from 26 November to 24 December, then find more of the best family-friendly Christmas events.

A family in a novelty christmas-themed maze.
Docklands Christmas Maze

Get a free snap with Santa

From Santa's workshop to the 16-metre high LED tree, there's plenty love at Christmas Square. Wander through endless glittering decorations day and night, starting 25 November. Santa arrives from 26 November, for happy snaps in his gingerbread-loaded, candy cane palace. 

Join the world's biggest Gravy Day singalong

Get in before they ring the last bell and join an epic flash-mob style choir at Fed Square. The team from Melbourne Indie Voices will teach the crowd how to hit all the right notes (or at least remember the words). Then belt out this bittersweet banger all together, with Ella Hooper at the helm for the final rendition. On 21 December.

People standing around a Christmas tree in a city square
Head to Fed Square for a massive Christmas singalong

Score free entry to endless Christmas markets

Shop for handmade gifts and enjoy Christmas treats at these artisanal markets. There's the River Studios market on 18 December, weekly fun in String Bean Alley, a vegan pop-up at Fed Square and a new laneway market at Section 8. Find all of Melbourne best Christmas markets.

Join Christmas in the Wizarding world

Trivia, costume comps and a virtual wand workshop. Christmas in the Wizarding world on 16 December is a Harry Potter fans dream. Get down to Fed Square for this magical free event, score Harry Potter treats and enjoy a free outdoor screening of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

Kick on at hidden laneway events

Dust off your ugly Christmas jumper and see some of the city's best street art illuminated with festive cheer. Blender Studios is hosting a free street party in West Melbourne on 25 November. Section 8 is also holding the annual, epic, eight-day Christmas celebration in Tattersall's Lane.

A couple sitting at a table beneath a street art mural of a dog.
Visit Blender Lane for festive fun

Gather the fam for community street parties

No matter which 'hood you call home, there's a street party for you. Bellair Street in Kensington will be hosting a weekend fair on 3 December. Think face painting, performers, giveaways and a special visit from Santa. Over in Boyd Community Hub, a pet-friendly party awaits on 10 December. Featuring lawn games, dancing, carnival snacks and a festive dog parade. And on 18 December, two lesser known laneways off Lonsdale Street will be transformed into an outdoor Christmas party!

Catch a free screening of The Grinch

Cross your fingers for fine December weather and settle in on the lawn by Dukes Walk for an evening of free family fun. A pop-up Christmas choir will regale you with glorious tunes. Then after sunset this cult-classic Christmas flick will play across the big screen. Go for pre- or post-viewing refreshments at neighbouring Common Man or The Boatbuilders Yard.

Watch Melbourne's most extra Christmas parade

Melbourne's most extra OTT performance group is back with a festive bang. Join The Huxleys for another sparkling spectacular, featuring performances by Ayesha Buffett, Benjamin Hancock, Jandruze, Jared Dewey, Nefertiti LaNegra and more. Then end the night with a special free screening of The Wizard of Oz.

More free Christmas events

As Camp as Christmas

Join the Huxleys for a celebration of the magical and decorative at Fed Square.

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Elfie Selfie

Create an animated augmented reality Christmas card to share with all your friends.

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Flinders Street Christmas Projections

Let it glow with the city’s famous Christmas projections.

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Melbourne Town Hall Christmas Projections

Let it glow with the city’s famous Christmas projections.

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String Bean Alley Christmas Night Market

A special night market series filled with festive fare and great shopping at Queen Victoria Market.

Koorie Krismas

A First Nations festive celebration including a visit from Koorie Klaus himself.

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Christmas Pop-Up Playground

Giant swings and a light-up dancefloor take over Queensbridge Square this Christmas.

Australian Girls Christmas Choir

Angelic renditions of Christmas carols sing out over Collins Street.

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