Melburnians love a celebration, so you can imagine how much fun Christmas will be in this city. If you haven’t been fortunate enough to experience this first hand yet, it’s never too late… and 2018 is a fantastic year to start. This December, Melbourne is brimming with festive activities that should get keep a smile on your face for the rest of 2018, and get your 2019 off to the best possible start!
Whether you’re here with kids, friends, your dog or just yourself, there’s something for you to get involved in. Here are our best ideas for getting into the Christmas spirit in Melbourne:
- Spend a little time in Christmas Square
Melbourne has never been a city that holds back, and that’s what makes it so attractive to visitors. In the name of festive fun, City Square is renamed ‘Christmas Square’, and to make sure it lives up to its new name, Christmas Square is transformed into a magical forest and winter wonderland.
Look out for the huge stunning Christmas tree, Santa’s house, the nativity scene, and the nutcracker soldiers. It’s also possible to find interactive candy canes, which will be a big novelty for any kids you might have with you.
- Project into the future with Christmas Installation
From 20th November until 25th December, Federation Square is the place to be if you like the sound of futuristic Christmassy light projections. You won’t have seen the 12 Days of Christmas in quite this form before, that’s for sure. Intel is sponsoring this intriguing Christmas installation, and rumour has it that even Santa will be there!
From 9pm each night, Fed Square will light up with this and incredibly bright and colourful display. Docklands will also have one running from mid-December onwards.
- Immerse yourself in the atmospheric Christmas markets
Who doesn’t love a Christmas market? The good news is that Melbourne has lots. We particularly like the Arts Centre’s Saturday Christmas markets on 24th November, 1st and 8th December in St Kilda; these are great for hand-crafted treasures and unusual Christmas gifts by local designers and artisans.
How about celebrating Christmas French style in Australia? That’s an interesting mix, and why not? The French Christmas market in St. Kilda is well worth visiting. Sample all kinds of French foods and wines, listen to cool music and take part in ‘gold coin’ activities; there’s face-painting, balloon twisting, photo booth, and lots of kid’s activities. There will also be free demonstrations, and you can pick up some French second-hand books.
- See some Christmas lights
What Christmas would be complete without twinkling lights? Exactly. The Boulevard Ivanhoe is a great choice if you’d like to the festive efforts of locals who have decorated the entire street, and all of their houses in glittering lights.
The Crown Casinos Atrium Christmas spectacular is another light show worth casting eyes on; the decorations and animatronics display are truly spectacular, and you can see them from 10:00 to midnight. There’s also festive entertainment every Saturday and Sunday from 12pm – 6pm until 1st January.
Lastly, don’t miss Myer Christmas Windows at Bourke Street Mall, a Christmassy tradition gratefully embraced by 1.2million children every year. They love to gaze at the miniature make-believe worlds behind the glass! This year, they’ll be honouring traditional themes for the 60th anniversary and the intricate animatronics promise to mesmerise, no matter your age!
- Sit on Santa’s knee
Assuming you’re the right age and size for this (or with someone who is), Santa will be hanging out in his temporary ‘Santaland’ home at Myers, and the same for his other abode in Queen Vic market.
- Follow your nose to Epicure’s Gingerbread Village
Meanwhile over at Melbourne Town Hall from 8th to 24th December, the aromas of gingerbread beckon. Now in the eighth year, the Epicure Gingerbread Village is one of the city’s most iconic festive displays.
Here you’ll find no less than a whopping 560 kg of gingerbread, topped off with 420 kg of royal icing and 185 kilograms of marzipan. Tempting! Just to make sure you’re happy, there’ll also be around 900 miniature Christmas trees… and much more.
- Sing some Christmas Carols
Get your warble on in the name of festivity by joining in with the Carollers at various destinations. There’s Carols in the domain in the city, and many sessions held by local councils such as Canterbury, Whittlesea, Frankston, and Stonnington. ‘Tis the season to be jolly, after all!
- Hear the Christmas Stories at Story Time
Here at Creative Costumes we’re pleased to be supplying The City of Stonnington with costumes for their special Christmas Story Time events. In all four of its libraries, Santa’s Elves will be on hand to tell festive tales and sing Christmas songs. A little Robin told us that Santa is likely to be making a personal appearance too.
Spare 45 minutes at Prahran Library at 11am on 14th December and you’ll get to meet us too… but come and see us ahead of time if you want to join in the costume fun!
- Get your dogs involved in the Christmas Spirit
Whoever said that dogs wouldn’t be interested in Christmas fun? Probably nobody, as dogs are interested in just about everything. Melbourne has plenty of dog friendly events, as dogs are well loved in this city. This is evidenced by the event ‘Big Day Out For Dogs’, Victoria’s annual festive community event and open day.
On Sunday 9 December 2018, be at KCC Park Skye with your pooch – or without your pooch, if you just want to fuss other peoples! You’ll get to see a variety of breeds, plus there will be clubs and dog activities; the Canine Christmas market is part of this event, and it’s a chance to shop for last minute Christmas gifts.
Enjoy your Christmas Melburnian style, whatever you get up to!