Discover things to do in Melbourne in December, from free events to exhibitions, attractions and places to visit.

Free parking offer

It's now easier to experience everything the city has to offer this Christmas with free parking between December 1 and January 3. This offer allows you to park for free in any green signed areas, with normal time restrictions applying.

To download your free parking voucher visit City of Melbourne.

Person with hair covering their face playing a guitar on stage with microphone stand in front of them.

Melbourne Music Week – Extended

9 Dec - 28 Feb
A three-month program to support the local music industry as it recovers after months of lockdown.
Man jumping in a modern, brightly-coloured gallery setting.

NGV Triennial 2020

19 Dec - 18 Apr
Experience a large-scale exhibition of international contemporary art, design and architecture.
Child standing side-on against an illuminated pink background.


27 Nov - 31 Jan
Imaginaria is an interactive dreamlike landscape where imagination meets futuristic play.
Child standing against colourful wall in Degraves Street

School holidays

19 Dec - 27 Jan
Entertain the whole family over the school holidays with these kid-friendly events and activities.
Multiple brightly painted sculptures of imaginary creatures.

Me and UooUoo: The RCH150 Anniversary Art Trail

20 Jan - 21 Mar
One hundred sculptures form walking trails across Melbourne.
Male dancer with bare torso dressed as Shakespearean character Puck, exclaiming against a full moon and purple background.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

18 Dec - 24 Jan
See Shakespeare under the stars at the Royal Botanic Gardens.
Brightly coloured Indigenous-themed map of Melbourne and its waterways.


12 Nov - 5 Apr
MPavilion is Australia’s leading architecture and design event.
Realistic painting of a cow.

Ivan Durrant: Barrier Draw

23 Nov - 25 Apr
An exhibition by photorealist painter, sculptor, filmmaker and writer Ivan Durrant.
A sea lion pup peers into the camera on the sandy seabed, deep underwater.

Sea Lions: Life by a Whisker 3D

26 Dec - 31 Jan
Giant screen cuteness comes to IMAX these school holidays.

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1 Jan - 31 Jan

What's on in January

Things to do in Melbourne in January, from free events to exhibitions and places to visit.

Melbourne for free

Discover free things to do in Melbourne, including galleries, museums, events and festivals.

Major events

From the Australian Open to the Melbourne Cup, major events take centre stage throughout the year.

Family and kids

Find things to do with the kids, from family-friendly events to fun attractions and workshops.