Towering trees, sparkly lights, epic projections and huge new stunning installations. These must-visit decoration spots will glow up your Insta-feed all through the festive season.

Christmas Square

Head to Christmas Square at Federation Square to marvel at the giant 16-metre tall LED Christmas Tree. As the sun sets, the dazzling structure lights up with a gorgeous festive glow. New additions to the square include sparkling neon trees, giant bell swings and beautiful baubles. See the tree from 12 November, and the glittering new decorations from 21 November.

A large lit-up Christmas tree in Fed Square with Flinders Street Station in the background.
Christmas Square

Chapter House Lane projections

This historic city arcade is getting a festive makeover, with nightly projections from 12 November. See colourful displays splashed across the facades of St Paul’s Cathedral, Chapter House and Torrens University. Don’t miss the ‘gram-worthy calligraphy wall installation on the side of St Paul’s, appearing from 19 November.

Christmas projections on a building
Projections in Chapter House Lane

Melbourne Town Hall

The Christmas makeover at Melbourne Town Hall is a highly anticipated tradition. During the day, you’ll see nutcracker soldiers, the iconic town hall bow and beautiful themed flower beds. Then from 15 November, visit after dark to see towering projections bathing the building in beautiful displays.

Melbourne Town Hall building with lights projected on it at night.
Melbourne Town Hall

Hamer Hall projections and Arts Centre laser show

See Hamer Hall’s iconic riverside façade all aglow with festive flora and fauna, in a new addition to the city’s famous projections program. Head to Princes Bridge after the sun sets from 12 November for the best view. Then from 1 December, watch the glorious Arts Centre Spire light up like a Christmas tree in an epic laser display.

Blue and purple projections on a building
Hamer Hall projections

The Giant Reindeer

The gorgeous golden reindeer returns to Harbour Esplanade from 12 November in all its sparkling glory. You can find more unmissable decorations in Docklands. There's a present box dancefloor at District Docklands. The iconic Merry Christmas letters across Harbour Esplanade. Plus traditional crackers along New Quay Promenade and Victoria Harbour Promenade.

A large golden reindeer sculpture against the city skyline at night.
The Giant Reindeer

Hidden laneway decorations

During the festival, the city’s iconic laneways will be aglow with twinkling streams of Christmas decorations. Be amazed by the sea of lights in Degraves Street, then dine under glittering bells in Hardware Lane. Make a beeline to snap a selfie among dreamy hanging foliage in Meyers Place, or have a photo sesh with fairy lights in Manchester Lane and Centre Place.

Two women walking through a laneway
Decorations in Meyers Place

Evan Walker Bridge

This footbridge always offers the best river views, but from 26 November you’ll be seeing it in a whole new light. Visit after dark for a spectacular star-studded installation. Then wander over to Southbank Promenade to capture a magical animated Elfie Selfie.

Santa and his dolphins sailing on the Yarra

Yep, you read that right. See a spectacular floating sleigh glowing on the Yarra from 1 December, complete with Christmas dolphins. Row Ho Ho will be best viewed from outside ArtPlay on Birrarung Marr, or if you're lucky, you may even spot Santa cruising along the river.

More of the best tree-sighting spots

Catch all the Christmas trees in town, from traditional pop-ups to quirky installations. There’s a sparkly tree at Queensbridge Square, an illuminated tree in Bourke Street Mall and a 6-metre tall tree on Errol Street. Visit Chinatown Square for a colourful new display and spot the glowing tree on Birrarung Marr. Then from 25 November, a sea of spotty trees will emerge on the Southbank Spillway.

A Christmas tree on a city street
The tree in Bourke Street Mall

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