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Melbourne's Christmas Festival



The annual Christmas festival transforms the city into a magical place and celebrates the spirit of Christmas in true Melbourne style.

The centrepiece of Melbourne's Christmas Festival, Federation Square will be transformed into Christmas Square, a magical forest offering festive fun for the whole family.

Melbourne Christmas Festival is presented by City of Melbourne

Christmas Festival @ FedSquare




Christmas Festival Fed Square

The centrepiece of the City of Melbourne's new Christmas Festival Hub at Federation Square is the giant tree.

At 16 metres high, it's bigger than ever! The Christmas Festival Official Tree Lighting Ceremony starts with roving performers and Santa's arrival by tram before the countdown begins.

Who will push the big red button to set the tree's hundreds of lights sparkling?

Be there to find out, and be sure to return for the nightly multicoloured light shows until Sunday 24 December.



Giant Christmas Bauble

9:00AM - 10:00PM

Another hub highlight during the festival is the Giant Christmas Bauble at Federation Square.

It was a huge hit last year, and returns for another season of glittering by day and twinkling by night.

You can walk inside this six-metre-high white wonder, which is a perfect spot for Christmas kisses and #melbmoment selfies. Thursday 30 November to Monday 25 December.



Santa's House

From Saturday 25 November until Sunday 24 December, Santa will make his home under the tree at Federation Square.

Whisper what you want him to leave under your own tree, and get a free photo with this merriest of men.

He welcomes one and all every day, 10am-12pm and 1-3pm daily, plus 4-7pm Friday. Santa's a very popular guy, of course, so queues may be long, but his roaming elves will keep everyone entertained.

Christmas Festival Official Tree Lighting Ceremony

Friday 24th November 7:30pm - 9:30pm

Mark the beginning of the Christmas Festival by welcoming Santa to Melbourne, as he arrives at the brand new Christmas Festival hub in Federation Square.

Roving performers will entertain children and big kids alike, as the crowd eagerly awaits our brand new Christmas tree lighting up for the first time. Expect a dazzling spectacle.

Melbourne More..

Christmas Map & App


Melbourne Christmas Guide: PDF (3.9MB)​ or Word (1.3MB)​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Melbourne Christmas Festival App | Santa' Lil Helper


Christmas in Melbourne


Melbourne Santa's Post Box | Write To Santa - The District in Docklands

Melbourne Christmas Markets

Melbourne Melbourne Christmas Projections - Federation Square, the State Library of Victoria and Docklands.

Melbourne Myer Christmas Windows

Melbourne Gingerbread Village - Melbourne Town Hall

Melbourne Santaland - Myer

Melbourne The Magic Cave - David Jones

Melbourne Christmas Glistens - Queen Victoria Market

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