Christmas in Melbourne

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

Melbourne Town Hall light up for Christmas
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

Shop handmade at Christmas markets
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Shop handmade at Christmas markets

Christmas is the time for family, friends, feasting and forgetting to buy presents until the last minute. Thankfully Melbourne has a number of December Christmas markets giving you ample opportunity to grab gifts that will make your loved ones smile on Christmas morning.  Plus we've got lots more Christmas gift ideas if you're really stuck. Shopping done? Celebrate with a bevvie at one of our best rooftop bars. 

Last-minute Christmas gift ideas
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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
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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
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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
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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
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The best Christmas Day lunches in Melbourne

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

What to do on December 25 if you don’t celebrate Christmas
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What to do on December 25 if you don’t celebrate Christmas

Here's a handy list for those who don't participate in the December 25 holiday.

The best picnic spots in Melbourne
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The best picnic spots in Melbourne

Take your festivities outside if the weather's nice at one of these picnic spots.

What's on after Christmas?

New Year's Eve in Melbourne
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New Year's Eve in Melbourne

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

25 ways to have the best summer ever in Melbourne
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25 ways to have the best summer ever in Melbourne

Make the most of the long sunny days and warm evenings by seeing how many of these events you can tick off. While you're out living your best summer, be sure to try some of Melbourne's best ice cream and gelato and check out some of the city's best beaches.

Summer night markets in Melbourne
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Summer night markets in Melbourne

Make the most of the warm summer evenings and get stuck into Melbourne's night markets.

Summer school holiday activities in Melbourne
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Summer school holiday activities in Melbourne

School's out for summer, so round up the littlies and check out these fun family events.

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
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The best outdoor cinemas in Melbourne

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

Summer music festivals
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Summer music festivals

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