It will be one of the most visible aspects of the City of Melbourne’s major Christmas festival celebrations.
There will also be light shows at the State Library, Melbourne Town Hall and the Christmas River Show at Southbank. Christmas Square and the Christmas Projections are lighting up with 100% wind power. The Christmas festival will be putting on a range of free events and installations across the city over the next two months.
An array of Christmas decorations will adorn the city – including showstopping projections, laneway take-overs and interactive pop-ups. The festival begins with the ceremonial lighting of the iconic 17.5 metre Christmas Tree at Christmas Square on Friday 24 November.
There’ll be roving performers, a Christmas choir and DJ, and an animated short film by Melbourne-based artist Beci Orpin completing the entertainment line-up.
- Santa’s Workshop in Ho-Ho-Howey Place – transforming the laneway into a Christmas wonderland and creating a jolly good photo moment.
- Mesmerising Christmas projections – illuminating Melbourne Town Hall and the State Library Victoria.
- Sound and Light Shows each night at Christmas Square from 9pm – watch the city’s tree sparkle in all its glory.
- A pop-up Christmas-themed roller rink – keeping the free festive fun rolling into Carlton’s Argyle Square. Entry is free with your own skates
- The new-look Christmas Cinema – screening iconic festive films at the stunning Capitol Theatre.
- A festival maze in Docklands – inviting Melburnians to win their way through a full-sized labyrinth of giant presents and interactive games.
- Festive thrills and classic carnival treats – as the Christmas Carnival returns to the banks of the Yarra.
- The Listies Ruin Xmas – the acclaimed comedic duo returns to put the slay into sleighbells with an uproarious take on the holiday pantomime.
- The return of the Christmas Quest and Treasure Hunt – the ultimate Christmas-themed scavenger hunts with plenty of prizes to be won.
- Free Christmas walks – helping uncover the best of Christmas in the city at any time of day.
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All attractions are free, except the Listies Ruin Christmas and the Christmas Cinema. Proceeds for these events will go to the Good Giving appeal for Make Room – a City of Melbourne project creating new pathways out of homelessness.
“It’s the most tree-mendous time of the year! Our spectacular Christmas Festival will transform the city into a festive wonderland – creating an unmistakeable buzz in the air for city visitors, while boosting holiday trade for our businesses,” Lord Mayor Sally Capp said.
“Last year’s festival attracted more than 1.4 million people, generating a $130 million economic impact. This year’s program is jam-packed with festive fun for the whole family to enjoy – from Christmas-themed movies to thrilling carnival rides, and a captivating new Christmas River Show.”
The Christmas Festival will run for four weeks from 24 November to Christmas Day. For more information, visit the website here.