Exams are over. The weather’s heating up. Christmas songs about snow are on the radio – which, you have to admit, is confusing.
It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Melbourne, which leaves you with two choices: embrace the spirit of the season, reindeer antlers and all, or… well, basically you’re hiding until January.
Here are a few of our favourite ways to enjoy the holiday season, completely free:
- Celebrate Santa Lucia at the Scandinavian Christmas Bazaar on 2 and 3 December.
- Get into the spirit of the season at Kathleen Syme Library’s multicultural Christmas Party on 6 December.
- Sing your heart out at Santa’s Sleigh Karaoke in Fed Square until 24 December.
- Enjoy movies, music, carols and children’s entertainment within a stone’s throw of campus at the Northside Christmas Picnic on 8 December.
- Get yourself out to Brighton for Bayside Carols in the Park on 12 December.
- Kick back with free concerts every Thursday evening in December at Fed Square.
- Discover Christmases part at the Old Treasury Building until 6 January.
- Join the Blessing of the Nativity at St. Paul’s Cathedral on 13 December.
- Head to Chanukah in the Park and celebrate the Jewish festival of light, with fireworks, rides and kosher food on 17 December.
- Get snap-happy at the giant Christmas bauble in Fed Square, until 25 December.
- Make yourself hungry at the Gingerbread Village in the Town Hall, until 24 December.
- Check out some of Melbourne’s most spectacular Christmas lights at The Boulevard in Ivanhoe, from 16 to 24 December.
- Head to the Queen Victoria Market’s Christmas Festival on 23 December, and enjoy free entertainment and cooking demos.
- Watch the State Library come alive with Christmas projections, every night until 25 December.
- And for the little ones, post a letter to Santa and receive one in return! Head down to the GPO on Elizabeth St before 15 December.
Amy Claire Thompson
Amy is Communications Manager at The University of Melbourne Graduate Student Association.