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

Visit the Instagram-worthy Giant Reindeer in Docklands, the brand new Christmas Star on Evan Walker Bridge, and the popular Nutcracker soldiers standing guard across the city.

Things really start to sparkle at night with twinkling lights in Hardware Lane and an impressive light show over Bourke Street Mall.

1. Christmas Square

Visit Christmas Square for a wonderland of festive decorations, including the giant tree.

2. Santa's Workshop

Say hello to Santa and his elves and pose for a photo at Santa's Workshop.

3. Melbourne Town Hall

See wreaths, themed flowerbeds and nutcracker soldiers, with projections from 15 Nov.

4. Chapter House Lane Christmas Projections

See animated projections on St Paul’s Cathedral, Chapter House and Torrens University.

5. Hamer Hall Christmas Projections

See festive flora and fauna projections on the facade of Melbourne's Hamer Hall.

6. Giant reindeer

The gorgeous golden reindeer returns to Harbour Esplanade in all its sparkling glory.

7. Merry Christmas Letters

Let us spell it out for you with this harbourside favourite.

8. Myer Christmas Windows

The beloved Myer Christmas Windows are back for their 66th year.

9. Degraves Street

An iconic laneway is adorned with twinkly lights and a shimmering tree.

10. Docklands Christmas Crackers

Giant Christmas crackers light up the promenade.

11. Lygon Street Christmas Crackers

Giant Christmas crackers light up Lygon Street, between Queensbury and Elgin streets.

12. State Library Victoria Christmas Tree

The library forecourt features a 6m tree adorned with baubles and twinkly lights.

13. Bourke Street Mall Christmas Tree

A sparkling tree adorned with baubles and lights illuminates the mall.

14. Queensbridge Square Christmas Tree

Southbank's Queensbridge Square shimmers with a sparkly tree.

15. Errol Street Christmas Tree

North Melbourne lights up with a 6m tree complete with sparkly lights.

16. Chinatown Square Christmas Tree

A large Christmas tree sparkles in one of the city's most colourful precincts.

17. Meyers Place Archway

Gorgeous foliage and decorations hang from this laneway archway.

18. Illuminated Bells

Hardware Lane's classic Christmas bells return.

19. Bank Place Christmas Tree

A beautifully decorated Christmas tree.

20. Yarra's Edge Stars

These festive favourites light up at night.

21. Centre Place Laneway Lighting

Overhead fairy lights make this laneway sparkle.

22. Manchester Lane Laneway Lighting

The laneway twinkles under fairy lights.

23. Fed Christmas Gulls

Snap a selfie with light-up seagulls Fred and Fifi in their finest Christmas attire.

24. Christmas Calligraphy Wall

Gram-worthy calligraphy to take your feed to the next level, from 19 Nov.

25. Giant Spotty Trees

Southbank puts a spotty twist on the classic tree, from 25 Nov.

26. Bourke Street Mall Stars

See the mall awash with light as more than 3000 stars twinkle overhead, from late Nov.

27. Docklands Giant Present Boxes

Featuring wrapping paper designed by primary school students, from 25 Nov.

28. Christmas Star

Southbank's star-studded Evan Walker Bridge will look spectacular from 26 Nov.

29. Reindeer Archway

Stroll under this magnificent double-reindeer archway with fairy lights. From 26 Nov.

30. Present Box Dance Floor

Fancy a dance? Visit the present-themed dance floor in Docklands from 27 Nov.

31. Gingerbread Village

See Melbourne's most iconic landmarks lovingly sculpted out of gingerbread from 1 Dec.

32. Arts Centre Spire Lasers

See the iconic spire sparkle like a Christmas tree, from 1 Dec.

33. Argyle Square

See free films, nutcracker soldiers, giant gifts and a dazzling icicle throne, from 1 Dec.

34. Row Ho Ho

See Santa and his Christmas dolphins in Row Ho Ho, a 27m floating sleigh on the Yarra.

35. Fed Square Elfie Selfie

Snap a selfie to create a magical animated Christmas card to share, from 1 Dec.

36. Bourke Street Mall Elfie Selfie

Snap a selfie to create a magical animated Christmas card to share, from 1 Dec.

37. Southbank Promanade Elfie Selfie

Snap a selfie to create a magical animated Christmas card to share, from 1 Dec.

38. Macauley Road Stars

Kensington sparkles under the overhead stars, from 1 Dec.

39. Bolte Bridge Lasers

See the Bolte Bridge lit up with lasers, from 8 Dec.

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