Have the jolliest Christmas holiday with our guide to Christmas events and activities in Melbourne.
1. Myer windows
A Melbourne tradition, the Myer story windows are a favourite Christmas attraction in the city. This is perfect for big and little kids alike but we recommend you get there early to avoid lines and so you can see every beautiful detail of the windows which Santa’s elves have been working on for months.
2. Christmas markets
From historical brick and mortar to pop-up Christmas markets, no matter where you are in the city there is a Christmas market near you.
When staying at Bell City you can’t go past the Coburg Night Market. Every Friday night from November 30 to December 21, Coburg Night Market will come alive with more than 85 food and artisan stalls, as well as live music and interactive entertainment.
Preston Market is a 10 minute walk from Bell City and has extended its trading hours for the festive season.
3. Have a Christmas Party at the Bell City Ballroom
We don’t mean to be immodest BUT our events team at Bell City is known to put on pretty amazing Christmas parties. Think delicious canapes, an open bar, a DJ, dance floor and all the Christmas carols you could want- it will be a night you’ll never forget.
Book your work Christmas party or social event here
4. Federation square
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Federation Square in Melbourne’s CBD.
There will be a six metre high white bauble glittering during the day and twinkling at night. The Square will boast a light show every night from 9pm which you can watch with a glass of egg nog in tote.
5. Gingerbread village at Melbourne town hall
Award-winning Executive Pastry Chef Deniz Karaca and his talented team have spent months bringing his Gingerbread Village vision to life. In 2018 they will craft the F1 Grand Prix, to add to the village comprising 500 kilograms of gingerbread, 360 kilograms of royal icing, 150 kilograms of marzipan and around 800 miniature Christmas trees for the festive backdrop.
Open from 1st December until Christmas Eve you might have to visit more than once for quality control purposes of course…nothing to do with delicious samples of festive ginger bread.
6. Christmas day coffee at holiday-friendly cafes
Caffeine addiction doesn’t discriminate between days, even Christmas. Thank goodness for CHILL and some of Melbourne’s other amazing cafes for supplying us with all the double shot lattes we could hope for to get through the Christmas season.
Find your favourite Christmas coffee shop here
7. Xmas menu at CHILL
If you won’t be at Bell City on Christmas Day, doesn’t mean you need to miss out on CHILL’s famous roast Turkey and Christmas pudding.
From 26th November to Christmas Eve you can enjoy items from our existing menu, or begin festive feasting early.
8. Meet Santa at Northland shopping centre
Santa and his elves will be at Northland shopping centre for the month of December, waiting for you to come and say hello!
Don’t forget to write Santa your wish list so he can send it to his helpers at the North Pole!
9. Chadstone fashion capital
Shop until you drop at Chadstone this festive season. With extended hours leading up to the big day you have NO excuse for forgetting gifts for your cousin’s boyfriend’s mum and other twice-removed family members.
The much-loved Chadstone Christmas show is returning from Monday 10 December through to Sunday 23 December and you can share a magical photo experience with loved ones at Santa’s workshop until Christmas Eve.
10. Christmas movies at Melbourne cinemas
From the heritage Astor Theatre, to open air cinema on St Kilda beach you can get your festive kicks by watching your favourite holiday movies.
Movies like Home Alone, Love Actually and even Die Hard and more will be showing through the month of December. Find out what your local cinema will be screening.
11. Enjoy warm weather at Bell City pool
After all the shopping, visiting all the city’s Christmas sites and a work Christmas party or two, it’s time to relax and recharge before the big day itself. We guarantee there is no better place to do this than the Bell City pool. Enjoy a drink at JD’s diner and bar while reading a favourite book and you will think Christmas has come early!
12. Fit in a quick gym session in readiness for festive season indulgence
We all know Christmas celebrations aren’t isolated to the one day. For the month leading up there’s always an event to go to, a neighbour’s BBQ, drinks with old high school friends and infinite coffee and brunch dates trying to touch base with people before the year’s end. This means come about 20th of December it’s definitely time for a quick run on the treadmill and a few crunches followed by time in the Sauna.
You’ll feel like a new person, energised and ready to face the family come Christmas Day.