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Christmas in Melbourne

Have the jolliest holiday with our guide to festive events, activities and pop-ups in Melbourne

Photograph: Graham Denholm

Christmas in Melbourne may not be a winter wonderland, but what we lack in snow we make up with barbecues, seafood, long lunches and festive lights in the city. Find out where you can buy a real Christmas tree, marvel at Christmas lights around town and find one-of-a-kind Christmas presents.

Festive things to do in Melbourne

Christmas night markets
Shopping

Christmas night markets

Stock up on locally made, one-of-a-kind gifts at these indie design markets.

Last-minute Christmas gift ideas
Shopping

Last-minute Christmas gift ideas

Head to these boutiques, providores and design stores and find the perfect present.

Where to buy a real Christmas tree in Melbourne
Shopping

Where to buy a real Christmas tree in Melbourne

Bring the festive cheer into your living room with a big, bright Christmas tree.

Where to find Christmas lights in Melbourne
Things to do

Where to find Christmas lights in Melbourne

Get into the yuletide spirit with these cheery Christmas light displays around town.

Things to do on Christmas Day

Restaurants and cafés open on Christmas Day in Melbourne
Restaurants

Restaurants and cafés open on Christmas Day in Melbourne

We've found the few places that are still making food and coffee on December 25.

The best Christmas Day lunches in Melbourne
Restaurants

The best Christmas Day lunches in Melbourne

Treat yourself to a merry Christmas lunch at one of Melbourne's finest restaurants.

What's on after Christmas?

New Year's Eve in Melbourne
Things to do

New Year's Eve in Melbourne

From prime fireworks locations to parties, here are all the best things to do on NYE.

20 things to do this summer for guaranteed good times
Things to do

20 things to do this summer for guaranteed good times

Slip down a giant slide in Fed Square, sip cocktails at a rooftop pool party and hit up a street festival.

All the best things to do in Melbourne in January
Things to do

All the best things to do in Melbourne in January

Start the new year right with our guide to all the events you won't want to miss.

All the best things to do in Melbourne in February
Things to do

All the best things to do in Melbourne in February

Street festivals, blockbuster musicals and the Inflatable Regatta: February is looking pretty sweet.

The best outdoor cinemas in Melbourne
Film

The best outdoor cinemas in Melbourne

Catch cult favourites and new releases under the stars this summer.

Summer music festivals
Music

Summer music festivals

Our top picks for the best line-ups, the tastiest food offerings and the most exotic locations.