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Melbourne Christmas Activity Guide 2019

by EricaL (follow)
What's on Christmas Edition

Christmas is a great time to be in Melbourne. The weather is warming up and there are magical events popping up all over the city to celebrate.

Not sure where to go or what to do to entertain your family in the lead up to Christmas? Look no further. Here is an overview of what's on and when in Melbourne this festive season.

Santa's Magical Kingdom

Santa’s Magical Kingdom returns this November and December 2019 to Caulfield Racecourse. See the magic of Christmas come with an interactive walk-through adventure land including everything that you love about the festive season, plus the Christmas Circus Spectacular Show

Santa's Magical Kingdom

Santa's Magical Kingdom brings both nostalgia and innovation together for a one-of-a-kind Christmas experience for families and people of all ages.

When: 22 November - 24 December 2019
Where: Under the Big Top at Caulfield Racecourse
More Info: Here

Christmas Mini Portrait Session with Trueheart Photography

Christmas portraits are a wonderful way to make festive memories with your family. Trueheart Photography in Templestowe Lower has an amazing offer on their Christmas Mini Portrait Sessions, but be quick to book! They are offering their Christmas themed portraits at a heavily discounted price. This is the perfect opportunity to update those family photos. Book Now! ​

Trueheart Photography

When: Sessions start from Saturday, 30 November 2019
Where: Templestowe Lower
More Info: Here

Crown's Christmas Spectacular

Crown comes alive with spectacular decorations and amazing Atrium Spectacular display every year.

Crown's Christmas Spectacular

This is a free event shows beginning every 30 minutes. Families can also come in for free Santa photos from noon-6pm daily.

When: Sunday 24 November - 1 January 2020.
Where: Crown Melbourne
More Info: Here.

Gingerbread Village by Epicure

Now in its ninth year, Gingerbread Village promises to be the biggest and best display yet.

Gingerbread Village by Epicure

This festive season, visit the Gingerbread Village in a brand new location at St. Collins Lane (only 2 minutes walk from the Melbourne Town Hall), with plenty of activities organised for the kids.

Entry to the Gingerbread Village is by nominal gold coin donation, with all proceeds going to the Royal Children's Hospital.

When: 30 November - 24 December 2019.
Where: 260 Collins Street, Melbourne
More Info: Here.

Sugar Republic's Christmasland

Just in time for the silly season, Sugar Republic’s Christmasland is popping up in Fitzroy showcasing 10 immersive and exclusively designed spaces.

Sugar Republic's Christmasland

To add to the Christmas cheer, local partnering artists have handcrafted and recycled items for whimsical backdrops and fun family photos.

Where: The old MacRobertson Chocolate Factory, 379 Smith St, Fitzroy
When: 10 November to 23 December 2019
Costs: $25 children $35 adults plus booking fees.
More info: Here

Carols by Candlelight

Carols by Candlelight is Melbourne's annual Christmas concert and fundraiser for Vision Australia’s children’s services.

Carols by Candlelight

Held on Christmas Eve, 24 December, at the Sydney Myer Music Bowl in Melbourne,10,000 people attend each year to celebrate the magic of Christmas. The event is broadcast live on Channel 9, 3AW radio and Vision Australia Radio.

When: Gates open at 4pm. Show starts at 8pm Christmas Eve, 24 December 2019.
Where: Sidney Myer Music Bowl in Melbourne.
More info: Here.

Myer Christmas Windows

Family visits to the Myer Christmas Windows has been a tradition for 64 years. This year the theme is The Gum Nut Babies by Australian author and illustrator May Gibbs.

Myer Christmas Windows 2019

Featuring Australia's best loved bush fairies Snugglepot and Cuddlepie, don't miss the magic of the Myer windows in Bourke Street.

When: 10 November 2019 - 5 January 2020.
Where:Myer Melbourne, 314-336 Bourke Street
More info: Here

Frankston's Christmas Festival of Lights 2019

Frankston’s Christmas Festival of Lights event returns to the city for its 22nd year.

Frankston's Christmas Festival of Lights

This annual Christmas event features free festive activities including a live theatre experience of The Grinch Christmas Show, Main Stage performances with Kylie Auldist headlining, Minions Meet and Greet, Christmas Kids activities at Frankston Library and most importantly visits with Santa at Cube 37.

This year’s lighting of Frankston City’s spectacular century-old Norfolk Pine Christmas Tree will be the most epic yet - one lucky child will have the honour of participating in the tree lighting ceremony. This is followed by a spectacular fireworks display.

When: Saturday 30 November 2019 5pm-10pm
Where: Frankston Arts Centre precinct, Frankston Library, Davey Street
More info: Here

Carols by Daylight by Friend in Me

Friend In Me will be hosting a Carols by Daylight event at the iconic Melbourne Museum on Saturday 14 December.

Carols by Daylight

Enjoy some Christmas cheer and dance along to the amazing Bethany Fisher, Damo Music with kids and the North Melbourne children's choir and Auslan choir.

When: Saturday 14 December 2019. 10am - Midday.
Where: The Melbourne Museum, Carlton
More Info: Here

Still looking for more inspiration? Check out your local library or council website for FREE or low cost activities happening right across Melbourne.

Have a wonderful Festive Season!

Article contributed by Dr Vivien Kite, Executive Director, Australian Chicken Meat Federation.
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