Discover things to do in Melbourne in December, from a wonderland of free Christmas events to exhibitions, attractions and places to visit.
Christmas in the city
See the city light up with dazzling displays, festive events and activities for the whole family.
NGV Triennial returns in 2023 with a powerful and moving snapshot capturing the world today.
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Everything to see, do and enjoy in Melbourne for free this month.
Grease the Musical
Grease returns to the Australian stage in a new, multi-million dollar live production.
BBC Earth Experience
Travel the natural world in one epic audio visual experience narrated by Sir David Attenborough.
Christmas River Show
Be dazzled by a spectacular water, laser and light show on the Yarra.
Myer Christmas Windows
This festive season, the annual Myer windows display celebrates Bluey.
Titanic: The Artefact Exhibition
Explore human stories of the Titanic told through 200+ artefacts recovered from the legendary ship.
The Big Design Market
A showcase of over 200 independent Australian designers, with delicious food and wine.
Australia’s favourite outdoor cinema is back for another season under the stars.
German Christmas Market
Get into the spirit of the festive season at a German Christmas market.
Say hello to the big man in red at his new workshop in Howey Place.
Santa Paws: A Photo With Santa and Your Furry Friend
Get a photo of your dog with Santa this festive season!
Eric Prydz: Holo
Swedish producer Prydz brings his jaw-dropping Holo live show to Melbourne.
Hour of the Wolf
Don't miss Melbourne's latest large-scale immersive theatre mystery experience.
Royal Melbourne Philharmonic performs Handel's Messiah
Don't miss this world record performance of Handel's Messiah.
Meet Santa and Friends at the Docklands
Meet Santa and friends at the Docklands this December.
Teddy Bears Picnic
Bring your favourite furry friend along for an adventure in the Fitzroy Gardens.
Melbourne Town Hall Christmas Decorations
Melbourne Town Hall is all wrapped up with a bow and ready for Christmas.
A free celebration of Christmas, First Nations style, with markets, workshops and entertainment.
Little Korea Street Food Christmas Festival
Unwrap the magic of Christmas with a Korean twist.
NGV Architecture Commission: (This is) Air
The NGV 2023 Architecture Commission is a large-scale installation that makes the invisible visible.
Thrill rides, carnival games and festive food on the banks of the Yarra.
Caroline Polachek: The Spiraling Tour
The Forum Theatre comes alive with American alt-pop diva Caroline Polachek.
Caroline Polachek: In Conversation at The Capitol
Gain a window into the mind of the acclaimed US songwriter, singer and producer.
Enjoy a fully immersive and interactive Monopoly experience, featuring games and challenges.
Docklands Christmas Maze
Find your holiday cheer at the giant Christmas maze, with amazing prizes to be won.
THE LUME Melbourne
Immerse yourself in Connection – breathtaking stories through First Nations art and music.
Elvis: A Musical Revolution
The premiere of a new bio-musical exploring the extraordinary life of Elvis Presley.
Christmas Roller Rink
Get your skates on with a pop-up rink landing in Carlton's Argyle Square.
Enjoy a Victoria-wide celebration of live contemporary music over 17 days.
Moulin Rouge! The Musical
The Spectacular Must Close 4 February. No Extensions Possible!
The Listies Ruin Xmas
Yule love this hilarious holiday pantomime with comedic duo The Listies.
Boho Luxe Market: Christmas Edition
A design market just in time for all your Christmas shopping.
Vision Australia's Carols by Candlelight
Enjoy an evening of Christmas songs and cheer from some of Australia's most loved performers.
The Friends Experience
Recreate your favourite scenes and celebrate iconic moments at the interactive Friends Experience.
The ultimate treasure hunt around the city with a chance to win amazing prizes.
Melbourne Flames Dragon Boat Club
Visit the Melbourne Flames Dragon Boat Club for an exhilarating adventure on the water.
Santa Visits at Queen Vic Market
Santa will pull up his sleigh and visit the Queen Vic Market!
Christmas at the Cottage
Cooks' Cottage has been reimagined with 18th-century inspired Christmas decorations.
Christmas Ice Skating
Get ready to escape the summer heat and dive into some festive fun at O'Brien Icehouse.
Performing live at 170 Russell in the only stop on his Australian visit.
See some of Melbourne’s finest jazz musicians at this free event at The Motley Bauhaus.
Sea Shanties and Folk Songs
Join this weekly celebration of rollicking and spirited singing.
Christmas at City Square
Celebrate the festive season at City Square with treats and performances.
New Year's Eve Midnight Fireworks Cruise
Watch the New Year's fireworks from the best spot in the city on this midnight cruise.
New Year's Eve in Melbourne
From fireworks to fancy dinners and family fun, Melbourne is the perfect place to celebrate NYE.
Melbourne City Christmas Treasure Hunt
Collect a map from Mary Martin Bookshop to go on a magical treasure hunt through hidden laneways.
New Year's Eve Twilight Dinner Package
Enjoy a dining and drinks package in Melbourne's 160-year-old historic cellar.
Bourke Street Mall Busking
Meet Melbourne's marvellous musicians and more in the iconic Bourke Street Mall busking spots.
Christmas High Tea at State Library Victoria
Enjoy an array of Christmas-themed culinary creations.
Discover a Christmas wonderland featuring the city’s giant tree.
Entertain the whole family over the school holidays with these kid-friendly events and activities.
Melbourne Street Art Tours
Local guides treat you to some of Melbourne's underground treasures.
A Christmas Tale
Celebrate Christmas in Australia with an animated film by artist Beci Orpin.
State Library Victoria Christmas Projections
Let it glow with the city’s famous Christmas projections.
Christmas Day at Afloat
Make spirits bright at Afloat Viva Mexico this Christmas Day.
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