What’s On: Melbourne in December
Christmas is coming up, so dress up your December with some festive events.
As always, Melbourne is teeming with culture, art, and sport, with something for everyone to love and enjoy this holiday season, so take a peek at the best of Melbourne’s December below.
Myer Animated Christmas Windows
Internationally renowned for being a sight to see, Myer’s Christmas displays are an essential viewing this Christmas. In 2018, the theme of the windows is Alice in Wonderland – so revisit your childhood with this famous fable and Myer’s take on its visuals. [Image: Kids Book Review]
Paris To Provence
Returning for it’s 10th year, French festival Paris to Provence promises to transform the grounds of Como House and Gardens in South Yarra into a mini Paris with 75 French exhibitors. Think French food, wine, books, homewares, fashion and gifts, plus a mix of events and workshops running over the weekend. There will also be a few quirky events like the Annual Doggy Fancy Dress Party and Escargot eating race!
Festival of Independents
If you’re still stuck on Christmas presents, then consider this possibility: an entire festival dedicated to the best artists, designers, and small businesses in Melbourne, where you’ll be able to find something unique and well-crafted for anyone and everyone in your life. Sounds good? Then head straight to the Festival of Independents. [Image: Flinders Quarter/FB]
The 73rd Australian DanceSport Championship
Ballroom dancing has long been known as a stunning form of dance, with a Baz Luhrmann movie attesting to its longstanding reputation – and the DanceSport Championship is bringing it right to Melbourne Arena. Come along for three days of performances to gawk at, from over 1000 competitors, which include the first exhibition of wheelchair dancing. [Image: Australian DanceSport Championship]
Melbourne World Rice Festival
One of the best carbs out there, extol your love for rice with a trip to the World Rice Festival – where you’ll find a culinary festival full of rice-based dishes from every culture imaginable, as well as rice-based alcohol, like Korean soju and Japanese sake. There’ll even be cultural performances to accompany your delicious sojourn into rice-cuisine. [Image: Vitchakorn Koonyosying/Unsplash]
Alliance Française Christmas Market
Find your joie de vivre at the Alliance Française Christmas Market, where you can enjoy stunning products made by French designers. It’ll take place at the stunning chateau-like Eildon Mansion, where you’ll find tons of Christmas activities for kids and adults alike, in addition to the wondrous array of vendors. [Image: Alliance Française de Melbourne/FB]
Australian Music Vault
Although the international music scene is dominated by superstars from the US and the UK, there’s a thriving music scene in Australia that’s worthy of celebration – and it will be, with the Australian Music Vault, a long-running exhibition of Australian music that opens this December, right in time for a Christmas treat. [Image: Australian Music Vault/FB]
Vision Australia's Carols by Candlelight
Make your Christmas Eve magical in the company of 10,000 Melbournians with Vision Australia’s carolling event. An iconic part of Melbourne’s holiday scene since 1938, head over early to get your picnic blanket ready and enjoy the best of the best in Christmas entertainment. [Image: Vision Australia/FB]
Domain Boxing Test
Celebrate one of the things that Australians hold dear on Boxing Day, with a ticket to see the Australian cricket team face off against India in a high-stakes match. Even if you can’t make it to all of their standoffs, head over and celebrate the best in Australian cricketing. [Image: Mitch Gunn/Shutterstock]
New Year's Eve in Melbourne
Melbourne is saying goodbye to 2018 in style, with a dazzling array of events to help you party like it’s the last day on earth. From the flash of fireworks to a white winter wonderland in St Kilda, there’s no end to ways for you to celebrate. [Image: Roven Images/Unsplash]