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Christmas in the city

Christmas festival

Marvel at the lights and glittering trees as Melbourne transforms into a magical wonderland over Christmas. 

Celebrate the season in style with carols in the park, festive markets, major events and a visit from Santa.
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Myer Christmas Windows

8 November - 5 January

An annual tradition since November 1956, the Myer Christmas Windows signify the start of the festive season, attracting visitors from far and wide to Bourke Street Mall. The whimsical and elaborate themes are viewed by generations of families every year, invoking a sense of nostalgia and shared experience. The window is undoubtedly one of Melbourne's most cherished cultural destinations.

The Big Design Market

6 - 8 December

Mark your calendars for The Big Design Market, bringing you the best of independent design from over 250 stallholders across homewares, textiles, fashion, jewellery, tech accessories and more. Shop for unique Christmas gifts, enjoy delicious food and drinks from local taste-makers, grab a designer showbag and keep the kids entertained with creative workshops and free activities at the Royal Exhibition Centre.

Carols by Candlelight

25 December

Warm-up your vocal cords and sing under the stars at Vision Australia's Carols by Candlelight, held each year on Christmas Eve in Sidney Myer Music Bowl. Experience the joy and beautiful music with millions of people across the country for a good cause. All proceeds from this beloved event go towards supporting children who are blind or have low vision.

Boxing Day Test

26 December

The annual Boxing Day Test kicks off on 26 December, bringing in thousands of passionate cricket fans to the MCG. This famous cricket match is held between the Australian cricket team and an international side, and every four years, the test match is played as part of the 5-match Ashes series with England.

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