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Find our digital guide at WHATSON.MELBOURNE.VIC.GOV.AU/CHRISTMAS
CONTENTS 04 Free Events 06 Christmas Celebrations 08 Merry Markets
10 Neighbourhood Map
Message from the Lord Mayor of Melbourne
Melbourne is completely immersed in the Christmas spirit this year as we spread the festive cheer wider and with more decorations than ever before.
16 Arcades 20 Eastside 24 Westside 28 Southside 30 Northside 34 Docklands 36 Carlton 40 Christmas Festival App 42 Getting Around
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The Christmas vibe will enchant, from family festivities at the new Christmas Festival hub in Fed Square to our unique range of shopping offerings throughout the city. As the big man in the red suit readies his list, our very own elves have been hard at work creating a new Christmas tree in Fed Square and ensuring our colourful projections stretch even further across the city to three locations this year. With decorations adorning our iconic laneways, Melbourne is the perfect place for a catchup with friends at one of our world-class restaurants and bars. For our own Christmas lists, we are lucky to call Australia’s best shopping destination home. From small boutiques to large retailers and countless design markets, Melbourne has it all; and supporting our local traders is something I feel especially passionate about. May I extend a very Merry Christmas to all my fellow Melburnians: it truly is one of the happiest times of the year. Hold your loved ones close, enjoy the time together and you will have many memories to treasure in our city this festive season. Merry Christmas Melbourne!
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Lord Mayor Robert Doyle AC
SANTA’S HOUSE 25 November to 24 December, 10am to 12pm & 1pm to 3pm, plus 4pm to 7pm Fridays, Fed Square
FREE EVENTS From a gingerbread city to Christmas lights after dark – new festivities and old favourites will delight young and old.
The jolly man in red is taking up residence in the city. You’ll find Santa underneath the giant Christmas tree in Fed Square. Take a free photo with Santa, and tell him what you’re hoping to find in your stocking this year. He’ll be sitting snug amid a Christmas wonderland.
CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL LAUNCH AND TREE LIGHTING Friday 24 November from 7pm, Fed Square
FESTIVE PROJECTIONS 1 to 25 December 9pm to 10.20pm (shows every 20 minutes) Fed Square and State Library Victoria
Mark the beginning of the Christmas Festival by welcoming Santa to Melbourne, as he arrives at the brand-new Christmas Festival hub in Fed Square. Roving performers will entertain children and big kids alike, as the crowd eagerly awaits our brand-new Christmas tree lighting up for the first time. Expect a dazzling spectacle.
’Tis the season to be jolly, so head to the website for more hotspots whatson. melbourne.vic.gov.au/ christmas
SNAP HAPPY CHRISTMAS 24 November to 25 December, across the city Here’s your chance to be part of the Christmas decorations in Melbourne. Create your own Christmas-themed #melbmoment with festive photo opportunities across the city. Climb aboard Santa’s throne, ride his sleigh, or take a photo with the iconic Melbourne nutcrackers to capture a shot worthy of your own personalised Christmas card.
A favourite festive Melbourne event is back again this year – the famous Christmas projections. The projections will tell two stories, weaving together a narrative across the sites through a magical rendering of Santa’s workshop. From a Lego factory to a sports gear superstore