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

Celebrate Christmas in the city with a wonderland of events, pop-ups and shopping offers.

12 Nov - 25 Dec

Christmas Decorations

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

31 Dec - 1 Jan

New Year's Eve

Say farewell to 2021 and welcome in 2022 as part of New Year's Eve in the city.

31 Dec

New Year Street Feasts

New Year Street Feasts offers a unique way to ring in the new year.

4 Dec - 25 Apr

Gabrielle Chanel. Fashion Manifesto

A major exhibition focusing on the French couturière.

3 Nov - 27 Mar

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

The award-winning production playing exclusively in Melbourne.

31 Dec

New Year's Eve Celebration Zones

Celebration zones offer family-friendly entertainment for New Year's Eve.

12 Nov - 30 Jan

Imaginaria

An interactive dreamlike landscape where imagination meets futuristic play.

1 Nov - 1 May

THE LUME Melbourne

Immerse yourself in the work of Van Gogh at Australia's digital art gallery.

25 Jun - 31 Jan

Treasures of the Natural World

Melbourne Museum's newest exhibition from London's Natural History Museum.

12 Nov - 23 Jan

Frozen the Musical

See the much-loved film come to life at Her Majesty's Theatre

14 Nov - 24 Dec

Myer Christmas Windows

The beloved Myer Christmas Windows theme for 2021 is Beatrix Potter's The Tale of Peter Rabbit.

19 Nov - 12 Dec

Italian Film Festival

Showcasing the best contemporary and classic Italian cinema.

23 Jul - 26 Feb

Future U

An exhibition exploring what it means to be human during a time of technological acceleration.

2 Dec - 27 Mar

Moonlight Cinema Melbourne

Australia's favourite outdoor cinema returns to Melbourne at Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria.

8 Nov - 18 Dec

As You Like It

A topsy-turvy celebration of love in all its forms.

8 Dec

Skyfall in Concert

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra performs Skyfall in Concert.

29 Oct - 31 Mar

South Wharf Summer Garden

A pop-up cocktail garden reminiscent of beach days and the Amalfi coast.

1 Dec - 24 Dec

Gingerbread Village

Sugar, spice and all things nice – the Gingerbread Village is back.

10 Dec - 12 Dec

Arriba Melbourne Mexican Festival

Enjoy all things Mexican themed at this outdoor festival.

23 Sep - 1 Aug

Seeing the Invisible

An ambitious exhibition of artworks created with augmented reality (AR) technology.

6 Dec - 28 Oct

NGV Architecture Commission: Pond[er]

An outdoor installation, complete with a pink pond.

19 Nov - 24 Dec

City Gift Wrapping Service

Christmas shopping all done? Drop off your gifts to be wrapped.

12 Nov - 29 Apr

Moulin Rouge! The Musical

See the Broadway sensation at Melbourne's Regent Theatre.

16 Apr - 31 Dec

Chinatown Melbourne Market

Enjoy hawker-style laneway dining in the heart of Melbourne.

2 Dec - 25 Apr

Melbourne Street Eatz

Melbourne’s favourite food truck event is back with weekly rotating trucks, bars and live music.

4 Dec - 18 Dec

Christmas Cinema

Catch feel-good festive favourites under the stars at Carlton’s Christmas Cinema.

18 Dec - 30 Jan

School holidays

Entertain the whole family over the school holidays with these kid-friendly events and activities.

2 Dec - 30 Jan

Jurassic World by Brickman

Jurassic World by Brickman is an adventure 6 million LEGO bricks in the making.

25 Jun - 6 Feb

Maree Clarke: Ancestral Memories

The first major retrospective of the Melbourne-based artist.

31 Jul - 19 Feb

Heritage House Tour: Robin Boyd's Walsh Street

Tour the house Robin Boyd designed for his own family in 1957.

2 Dec - 24 Apr

MPavilion

Australia’s leading architecture and design event returns to Melbourne.

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