Looking for festive fun off the beaten track? These laneway street parties, free workshops, pop-up events and novelty singalongs are calling.

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.

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.

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

Head to Seoul at a festive street food party

From bibimbap to tteokbokki, try it all at a pop-up street food sensation in Melbourne's unofficial Koreatown (the corner of Little Lonsdale Street and Healey's Lane). Think market stalls, music and fun decorations.

Kick on for eight days of Christmas

Melbourne’s original container bar is holding its own epic Christmas celebration. Over eight days Section 8 will be hosting music, art and pop-up workshops for in their iconic laneway location. And yes, the Christmas Day orphan’s barbecue is back too. Spend the day or head down with your crew after Christmas lunch.

A laneway bar with colourful fairy lights.
Section 8

Have a lol at Melbourne's most extra Christmas pageant

Comedy Republic's annual festive extravaganza returns with three raucous nights of comedy, cabaret and carols. Join in the merry cheer with Dane Simpson, Granny Bingo, Sami Shah, Juniper Wilde and more. This pageant promises big laughs, wild characters and larger than life musical performances.

See secret street art at a laneway festival

Blender Lane is one of Melbourne's coolest collectives. In the lead up to Christmas, the crew will be hosting a slew of creative pop-ups and parties to kickstart the end of year festivities. Start with a Christmas party on 25 November (complete with glittering disco balls). Then join sustainable DIY gifting workshops, try street art high tea and explore laneway decorations.

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

DIY Christmas crafts

Get involved in some good gifting and make low-waste, handmade presents. Laneway Learning is hosting a laid-back morning dedicated to DIY decorations, greeting cards and gift-wrapping. Or opt in to longer classes to try your hand at paper wreaths, macramé Christmas trees, personalised ornaments and more.

Visit a Japanese-inspired workshop day

For one perfect Sunday, explore the Japaneasy studios and immerse yourself in the culture of Japan. There will be 10 different workshops to enioy – from wagashi (treat) making and calligraphy to matcha sessions and origami lessons. Score great gifts for all your pals at the craft market, featuring different Japanese designs and accessories.

A person pouring water from a beaker into a bowl of matcha powder
Make merry at a Japanese Christmas festival

Party in Melbourne's lesser-known laneways

18 December

Think you know Lonsdale Street? Think again. Two hidden laneways off the main drag (Waratah Place and Heffernan Lane) will be transformed into a one-day outdoor Christmas party in December. Bring your fam for music, live performance and fun giveaways.

Dance at a Cuban Christmas party

18 December

Uncover your new fave waterside location at the MBassy. Work up a sweat learning moves on the dancefloor then chill out in the refreshing open-air deck area – with a gorgeous view to match. Grab classic Cuban food and bevs from pop-up food trucks, refuel, then keep dancing until the sun sets!

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