Grab your little ones and plan a family day out during the festive season. These free events, fun activities and unique experiences will be loved by young and old.

See Santa in his magic workshop

Daily from 13 November – check session times

Santa pics, but make it COVID-safe. This year you can get a sneak peek into Santa’s secret workspace at Fed Square, where he and the elves are hard at work making toys and presents for the big day. Pose for a pic outside the workshop every day of the festival. Check Santa’s break times so you don’t miss the big man! 

Tick off all the projections, decorations and Christmas lights

Daily from 12 November

From the 16-metre tall LED tree to the beloved golden reindeer, Melbourne’s decorations are on another level this year. Visit all the projection hubs, including a brand new wall-to-wall display in Chapter House Lane, plus heaps of hidden laneway installations and more. See the full list of decorations and start planning.

A large glowing reindeer sculpture
The golden reindeer returns

Enter an epic Christmas maze

Daily from 27 November to 24 December

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 huge prize pack of family passes to Imaginaria, O’Brien Ice House, ArtVo, Chipmunks Playland and more.

Visit the Myer Christmas Windows

Daily until 24 December

It wouldn’t be Christmas without a trip to the Bourke Street Mall to see the iconic Myer windows. Now in its 66th year, the 2021 display is a glorious return to form. Visit for a heartfelt adventure through the world of Peter Rabbit, with whimsical narration by Magda Szubanski and all-new dazzling designs.

Two children at a shop window looking at a Christmas display.
The Myer Christmas Windows are back

Snap an augmented reality Elfie Selfie

All day, 1 to 25 December

Unlock a magical land of elfish mystery when you snap an AR photo with these cheeky characters. Find Merry at Fed Square, Jingles in Bourke Street Mall and Jolly at Southbank. Then share an animated Christmas card with all your family and friends. 

Watch Christmas classics at the pop-up outdoor cinema

Saturdays from 4 December

Catch feel-good festive favourites under the stars at Carlton’s Christmas Cinema. Younger kids will love Elf and The Polar Express. The square is getting a festive makeover too, with nutcracker soldiers, pretty festive lights and even an icicle throne. 

An outdoor cinema with The Muppets playing at night.
The Carlton pop-up cinema

Try your hand at Japanese Christmas crafts

12 December

Arty kids and their creative parents will love this crafternoon of Christmas-themed Japanese workshops. Learn how to make decorations with origami paper, try themed calligraphy art, make accessories with traditional materials and more. Better yet? It's all free!

Rediscover the Gingerbread Village

1 - 24 December

The Gingerbread Village is a fun-filled activity for the whole family. Follow the heavenly scent to see Melbourne’s iconic landmarks, recreated in gingerbread. This year's village can be found at Emporium Melbourne - entry is free!

A statue of a stadium made out of gingerbread
See iconic landmarks recreated in sweet gingerbread

Join the Christmas quest scavenger hunt

18 December

The ultimate Melbourne adventure awaits. Head to the Melbourne Visitor Hub to grab your Quest Card and follow the clues to navigate through laneways and arcades. Decipher all the clues for your chance to win awesome prizes!

Take a yuletide thrill ride at a Christmas carnival

From 16 to 24 December

Enjoy festive thrills on the banks of the Yarra at the Christmas Carnival. Ride the ferris wheel, drive the dodgems or get the best view of the city lights as you spin 35 meters in the air on top of the Sky Flyer. Try your luck at much-loved carnival games and complete the experience with classic carnival food. Entry is free, rides ticketed.

More festive family fun

12 Nov - 25 Dec

Christmas Decorations

Christmas comes to life around the city with sparkly decorations spreading festive cheer.

12 Nov - 25 Dec

Christmas Square

A Christmas wonderland at Fed Square, featuring the city's giant tree.

12 Nov - 25 Dec

Chapter House Lane Christmas Projections

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

2 Dec - 25 Dec

Row Ho Ho Christmas Installation

Santa and his Christmas dolphins have landed in the Yarra.

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