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. Every night from 9pm, the long-awaited sound and light shows make a grand return to this sparkling spectacle. More festive wow comes in the giant baubles and an Insta-worthy icicle throne. See all the decorations from 25 November.

A glowing Christmas tree in the middle of a city square.
Christmas Square

The giant reindeer

The gorgeous golden reindeer returns to Victoria Harbour (near Merchant Street) from 25 November in all its sparkling glory. Venture further and find more unmissable decorations in Docklands. The iconic Merry Christmas letters across Harbour Esplanade. Plus traditional crackers along New Quay Promenade and Victoria Harbour Promenade. And giant present boxes scattered throughout the entire precinct.

A large golden sculpture of a reindeer.
The reindeer returns

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 native floral wreaths. New additions include a towering light-up candy cane, giant Christmas koala and animatronic singing reindeer (seriously). After dark the iconic building will be aglow with nightly projections in dazzling festive colours.

A large city building lit up with Christmas projections.
Melbourne Town Hall

Flinders Street projections

This historic city strip is getting a festive makeover, with nightly projections from 25 November. See colourful displays splashed across the facades of five buildings opposite Fed Square, including the iconic Forum Theatre. Watch six luminous displays, from Christmas candy to native fauna and a twinkling winter wonderland.

A tall building on a city street lit up with projections
Flinders Street projections

Evan Walker Bridge

This footbridge always offers the best river views, but during the festive season you’ll be seeing it in a whole new light. Visit after dark for a spectacular star-studded installation. Then wander over to Queensbridge Square and see the dazzling bell swings in action at a new pop-up Christmas playground from 25 November.

A pedestrian footbridge decorated for Christmas
Evan Walker Bridge

Bourke Street Mall

On your way to the Myer windows? Take a moment to marvel at more than 3000 glittering stars, as they hang suspended in the sky above Bourke Street Mall. The stars ripple with changing colours every night during a tranquil light show.

A tram going down a city street at night beneath Christmas decorations.
Bourke Street Mall

Hidden laneway decorations

During the festival, the city’s iconic laneways will be awash 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. More festive fun awaits in Bank Place, Crossley Street, Market Lane, Tattersalls Lane and Liverpool Street.

Two women walking through a laneway beneath Christmas decorations.
Decorations in Meyers Place

Santa and his dolphins sailing on the Yarra

Yep, you read that right. See a spectacular floating sleigh glowing on the Yarra from 25 November, complete with Christmas dolphins. Row Ho Ho will be best viewed from the Northbank area, between the Evan Walker and Sandridge bridges.

A Christmas art installation with Santa's sleigh being pulled by dolphins floating on the Yarra River.
Row Ho Ho

More of the best tree-sighting spots

Catch all the Christmas trees in town, from traditional pop-ups to quirky installations. Right by the roller rink, there’s a 12-metre tall purple tree in Argyle Square. Or visit 333 Collins Street to see its iconic tree from 12 November, complete with endless baubles, tinsel and the backdrop of fabulous gothic architecture.

A Christmas tree in a building foyer
333 Collins Street

Neon art installations

Sparkling neon artworks have been installed city along Swanston Street, and hidden down Scott Alley. Created by Electric Confetti (in collaboration with the Metro Tunnel Project), the glowing installations combine star-shaped lights, sequinned walls, disco-themed native fauna motifs and more. Snap a selfie after-dark and get your 'gram glowing. Find more arty Christmas fun with The Huxleys.

A man walking past neon art installations on a wall
Neon installations on Swanston Street

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