Each year, the City of Melbourne hosts a free month long festival in the Melbourne CBD known as the Christmas Festival which brings a little bit of magic to Melbourne for the Christmas season.
There are many events and activities planned during the festival at many locations around Melbourne including City Square, the Melbourne Town Hall and Federation Square.
Christmas Festival Melbourne 2016 Dates – Locations & Santa Schedule
This family-friendly festival provides a perfect setting for kids to enjoy the holidays with Christmas trees, lights and Santa providing daily entertainment.
The centrepiece of Melbourne’s Christmas Festival is City Square which is located at 44-86 Swanston Street. Here, you will find a huge Christmas tree, as well as nativity scene and free photo sessions with Santa. Santa visits City Square daily between 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm – except Fridays when he will visit between 4pm-7pm.
If kids miss out on meeting Santa in person, they can post a letter to Santa at a special post box which will send their letter straight to the North Pole! There is also Storytime for the kids which will be held Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 5-21 December at 12.15pm-12.45pm.
At dusk, City Square is transformed into a glorious light show with fairy lights and laser projections which make the city feel like magic. There will be music playing and people out and about enjoying the warm summer evenings, so bring your family to this FREE event and enjoy a day or night out in the city of Melbourne!