With the festive season fast approaching, we will welcome guests from around the world visiting Melbourne for this special time in the world’s most liveable city. We have a few recommendations on how to celebrate Christmas in Melbourne.

Melbourne Christmas Traditions

The Christmas festivities officially launch in Melbourne on 24 November, when Santa travels by tram to Federation Square, the city’s celebration centre. It’s here where the Christmas Festival Official Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place. Each year a special guest has the honour of pressing the big red button to light the tree. Expect a spectacular night!

Before the official launch however, a number of other Melbourne Christmas traditions take place. On Sunday afternoon of 13 November, Myer unveils its Christmas themed window in the Bourke Street Mall to the delight of the crowds who gather each year. Myer also present the annual Carols by Candlelight at the Myer Music Bowl. Held on Christmas Eve and now in its 80th year, thousands of people across all generations gather to sing traditional carols with all funds raised from the event going to Vision Australia, to help children who are visually impaired.

And no stay in Melbourne is complete without a visit to the Queen Victoria Market. Ideal for last minute or quirky gifts, or more importantly, to shop for your Christmas Day feast. The market is renowned for its meat, cheese, smallgoods and wine selections.

Federation Square, the State Library and Docklands will each provide a window into Santa’s workshop during the Christmas Projections Festival. Go along to see Santa and his elves hard at work making toys.

Markets

A number of Christmas markets kick off from early November in locations across the city. For guests staying in the city centre however, you’ll be likely be most interested in those within walking distance to your accommodation. These include the biannual Markit on Sunday 17 December at Federation Square. Only on for one day, the market boasts 89 stall holders who are selected for their originality, focus on quality, and commitment to sustainability.

Held every Friday night from 17 November throughout summer at Docklands, the Blender Artist Market will provide food trucks, live music and a licensed bar whilst you shop for gifts from local artists and designers. Shining brightly over the market will be the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel – its star structure will transform nightly into a colourful Christmas-themed light display.

Under the motto ‘Melbourne made, indie design, ethical production’, The Thread Den Market brings more than 60 artists, designers and creators together on Friday 22 December from 5pm to 10pm. With a focus on clothing and accessories, you are bound to find a perfect last-minute gift – even if for yourself 😉

Other options for seeking out that one-of-a-kind gift include the creative Guild Christmas Market, running from Saturday 25 November until Sunday 24 December, and the Collins Place Design Market on Friday 15 December.

Wining and Dining

Where do we begin? If shopping at the Queen Victoria Markets and preparing your own feast in one of our well-equipped apartments is too much for you, there is a plethora of dining options for Christmas Day. The What’s On Blog has the definitive list here.

Where to stay?

With us of course! Melbourne Holiday Apartments offer a range of self-catering apartments in select locations around the CBD – all within the free tram zone and within easy access to all the city has to offer. Contact our friendly staff or make a booking directly from our website for the best deal. Click here to book with us.