Unlike Christmas in the Northern Hemisphere, Christmas in Melbourne is warm, sunny and smack-bang in the middle of summer. Despite this, Melbourne is a hub of festive spirit come Christmastime, and but for the temperature and lack of snow, you wouldn’t know you weren’t in the heart of a European wonderland.
Festive decorations, window displays, night markets, late night shopping and tons of themed events characterise the season in the city, but just in case you needed a little extra prompting, we’ve selected a few Christmas must-dos to get you in the spirit.
Suzuki Night Market – Wednesday Nights 5-10pm
Melbourne’s traditional summer market is back on for its 16th year. Starting November 6th and ending on February 26th (with a break in the middle for Christmas and New Year’s Days), the Night Market is the perfect place to pick up gifts of arts, fashion, crafts and vintage goods.
QV Sisters’ Christmas Market – 13th-15th Dec and 20th-22nd Dec
The second QV Sisters’ Christmas Market is being held in Melbourne’s QV shopping centre this year. Local artisans, food and live entertainment are the go for this open air market. Head down between 12pm until 7-8.
Christmas on the Green – 29th November, 6th and 13th December
Shop for Christmas gifts on Victoria Green in Docklands, serenaded by live entertainment at the Garden Bar. A collection of urban stalls will help you find unique gifts.
Myer Christmas Windows
Viewing the Myer department store Christmas windows has been a Melbourne tradition since 1956. Occupying a wide street frontage on the city’s central Bourke Street mall, the windows feature a themed display of famous fairy tales and children’s stories, which are enjoyed by adults and children alike. The windows are Christmas themed from November 8 to the 5th of January.
Carols by Candlelight
Come Christmas Eve, the Sidney Myer Music Bowl is taken over by performers and audience alike, ready to celebrate the season at the top of their lungs. With the event fully embracing the Christmas spirit, you’re guaranteed a magical time.
Especially For Kids
Santa in Christmas Square
Locations all over Melbourne get festive makeovers each Christmas so the kids get a chance to meet Santa. Visitors can hunt for Rudolph and his reindeer friends in the hedge maze, see a traditional nativity scene, and experience a sound and light shows in the evenings. Burnley Oval is hosting Santa’s Magical Kingdom from November 15 to December 23.