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
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!
When: Sessions start from Saturday, 30 November 2019
Where: Templestowe Lower
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
Still looking for more inspiration? Check out your local library or council website for FREE or low cost activities happening right across Melbourne.