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

Christmas in the city

See the city light up with dazzling displays, festive events and activities for the whole family.

What's free in Melbourne this month

What's free in Melbourne this month

Everything to see, do and enjoy in Melbourne for free this month.

View of Melbourne from across the Yarra River

Melbourne Town Hall Christmas Decorations

Melbourne Town Hall is all wrapped up with a bow and ready for Christmas.

NGV Architecture Commission: (This is) Air
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NGV Architecture Commission: (This is) Air

The NGV 2023 Architecture Commission is a large-scale installation that makes the invisible visible.

Monopoly Dreams

Monopoly Dreams

Enjoy a fully immersive and interactive Monopoly experience, featuring games and challenges.

THE LUME Melbourne

THE LUME Melbourne

Experience art, dining, wellness and more like never before across 3,000sqm of immersive space.

Motley Jazz
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Motley Jazz

See some of Melbourne’s finest jazz musicians at this free event at The Motley Bauhaus.

Sea Shanties and Folk Songs
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Sea Shanties and Folk Songs

Join this weekly celebration of rollicking and spirited singing.

Now.Here.This: Live Jazz
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Now.Here.This: Live Jazz

Enjoy late-night improvised jazz every Tuesday with the Now.Here.This. All-Star Band and guests.

The Fluid Project
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The Fluid Project

A unique and joyful creative experience located at the Emporium Shopping Centre.

Improv Comedy Classes
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Improv Comedy Classes

Come and try your hand at improv comedy with a fun improv comedy session for beginners.

Trenches to Runway: Military Influences on Popular Fashion
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Trenches to Runway: Military Influences on Popular Fashion

Explore the enduring influence of military design on popular fashion.

MECCA x NGV Women in Design Commission: Bethan Laura Wood
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MECCA x NGV Women in Design Commission: Bethan Laura Wood

An installation that delves into the gendered history of education and transfer of knowledge.

Memo Akten: Distributed Consciousness
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Memo Akten: Distributed Consciousness

A digital work merging human and non-human consciousness – via the AI musings of octopus critters.

Melbourne's Earliest Buildings Walking Tour
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Melbourne's Earliest Buildings Walking Tour

Visit the only buildings in Melbourne that pre-date the Gold Rush on a guided historic walk.

The Story of the Moving Image
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The Story of the Moving Image

An ongoing exhibition that journeys through the past, present and future of the moving image.

Memento Mori
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Memento Mori

A trio of public murals inspired by the Fates of Greek mythology, inspire passersby to embrace life.

Melbourne Hidden Bars Walking Tour
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Melbourne Hidden Bars Walking Tour

Discover Melbourne's hidden bars – down alleys, in basements and behind closed doors.

English Learners' Book Club
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English Learners' Book Club

Join this friendly group where English learners connect to discuss books and ideas.

The Vaudeville Revue: Cabaret, Comedy and Burlesque
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The Vaudeville Revue: Cabaret, Comedy and Burlesque

Be captivated for over two hours of cabaret, burlesque comedy, sideshow and an array of surprises.

Toys, Tales and Tenacity
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Toys, Tales and Tenacity

This first-of-its-kind exhibition at the Shrine delves into the experiences of children during war.

Belongings: Objects and Family Life
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Belongings: Objects and Family Life

An exhibition looking at some of the objects that have shaped family in Australia over the decades.

Ancient Lives
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Ancient Lives

A glimpse into life in the Greek and Roman worlds, through everyday, ritual and luxury objects.

International Collection Highlights Tour
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International Collection Highlights Tour

Explore some of the highlights of the NGV's International Collection with an NGV guide.

Wurrdha Marra
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Wurrdha Marra

Sharing the work of First Nations artists across time and place.

Matinees
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Matinees

Enjoy curated features, classic Hollywood and arthouse restorations, docos, musicals and more.

Australian Collection Highlights Tour
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Australian Collection Highlights Tour

Explore highlights of the NGV Australian Collection at the Ian Potter Centre.

French Club
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French Club

Immerse yourself in French culture, improve your Language skills and make new friends.

House Down Under
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House Down Under

Australia’s favourite inverted house photo experience brings topsy-turvy fun to Melbourne.

The Hypnosis Comedy Club
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The Hypnosis Comedy Club

Step into a world of mesmerising humour every second Thursday of the month.

Old Melbourne Ghost Tour
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Old Melbourne Ghost Tour

Take a spine-chilling journey back in time and explore the rich paranormal realm of Old Melbourne.

The Australian Performing Arts Collection Tours
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The Australian Performing Arts Collection Tours

Get behind-the-scenes access to Australia's largest performing arts collection.

Spring Street Grocer

Spring Street Grocer

Cheese, gelato, groceries, coffee and gourmet foods all under one roof.

Transport Public Bar

Transport Public Bar

Bustling pub in Federation Square with tasty pub meals and an impressive range of drinks.

Hell's Kitchen

Hell's Kitchen

Cafe by day, bar by night, in one of Melbourne's iconic laneways.

Children's Gallery Melbourne Museum

Children's Gallery Melbourne Museum

This is a wondrous place for young children to explore, play and learn.

Melbourne Skydeck

Melbourne Skydeck

This 300m high public observation deck captures everything that is special about Melbourne.

Sojourn Melbourne

Sojourn Melbourne

Outdoor laneway dining experience, blended with an iconic rooftop bar.

Yarra Botanica

Yarra Botanica

Yarra Botanica is a floating bar and eatery on the Yarra River, celebrating Victorian producers.

Immigration Museum

Immigration Museum

An exploration of the stories of people from all over the world who have migrated to Australia.

Pidapipo Gelateria

Pidapipo Gelateria

Authentic, artisanal Italian-style gelato in the heart of Carlton's Lygon Street.

King & Godfree

King & Godfree

Catch up for coffee or a meal, or shop for delicious deli items and wine.

Wax Museum Records

Wax Museum Records

A wide range of new and used vinyl, CDs, tapes and music-inspired clothing.

GoBoat Melbourne

GoBoat Melbourne

Be your own captain by renting a picnic boat, with no boat licence required.

Caretaker's Cottage

Caretaker's Cottage

Smart drinks, top tunes and good times in a beautiful old cottage.

Heng Thai

Heng Thai

Serving all kinds of authentic Thai food in an old Thai house.

Australian Music Vault

Australian Music Vault

A celebration of Australian contemporary music – past, present and future.

Hemingway's Wine Room

Hemingway's Wine Room

Brasserie and Wine Bar that is inspired by seasonality, with dishes based on European fundamentals

One Stop Anime

One Stop Anime

The one stop shop for all your anime needs.

Robot Bar

Robot Bar

Small, hidden Japanese retro and pop culture bar serving Japanese whisky, beers and cocktails.

Ponyfish Island

Ponyfish Island

A floating bar on the Yarra River under the Southbank pedestrian bridge.

The Drunken Poet

The Drunken Poet

With live Irish music, the Drunken Poet is a real locals' pub - cute, cosy and friendly.

Rooftop at QT

Rooftop at QT

A rooftop bar where you can indulge in afternoons filled with tunes to nights under city lights.

Ginger Olive Restaurant and Bar

Ginger Olive Restaurant and Bar

Modern Australian fusion, specialising in in barbeque, ribs, steaks and grill.

ReWine

ReWine

An environmentally conscious bottleshop with barrels of Australian-made wines.

La Madonna Restaurant and Bar

La Madonna Restaurant and Bar

A chic day-to-night restaurant and bar inside Next Hotel Melbourne.

Mama Le

Mama Le

A Vietnamese Asian fusion restaurant and bar with mama serving up her best dishes.

Koorie Heritage Trust

Koorie Heritage Trust

A centre dedicated to promoting Aboriginal culture, with an exhibition space and retail shop.

Glow Golf

Glow Golf

Good old-fashioned mini golf transformed into an amazing glow-in-the-dark-experience.

The Johnston Collection

The Johnston Collection

View beautiful objects arranged in a house-museum setting unfettered by ropes or barriers.

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What's on in January

What's on in January

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

Melbourne for free

Melbourne for free

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

Major events

Major events

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

Family and kids

Family and kids

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