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Published September 24th 2019
Melbourne is gearing up for Christmas
It's that time of the year again when Melbournians are gearing up for the run to Christmas. There always seems so much to do and amidst all this hubbub you still want to show your children a good time full of Christmas cheer and spirit. Take a breath, a sigh of relief, and hook into one of these Christmas festivals where everything is done for you. Just turn up with the children and have some fun.
Christmas is all about family fun - Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay
1. The Melbourne Christmas Festival is an unmissable annual event. The festival is primarily held at Federation Square where the towering Christmas tree will take pride of place. Each year children will be able to mail their letters to Santa in Santa's Post Box and Santa will be in his house and receiving visitors at the allotted times.
Santa will be in his house - Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay
Details of the 2019 Melbourne Christmas Festival had not been announced at the time of writing but 2018 included giant Christmas decorations, Christmas light projections, a gingerbread village and a Christmas film festival among other things.
The festival will run from Friday, November 1st to Tuesday 24th December 2019 at Federation Square on the corner Swanston Street and Flinders Street Melbourne.
Keep an eye on the City of Melbourne website for updates. Click here.
Face painting is always a hit with the children - Image by Kristýna Matlachová from Pixabay
2. The Frankston Christmas Festival of Lights is now in its 22nd year and there is no doubt the City of Frankston knows how to throw a good party. Don't miss out on live music and Christmas carols on the main stage, Santa visits in Cube 37, children's activities, rides and amusements, good food and Santa's Grand Arrival Parade. You'll want to keep the children awake for the highlight of the evening, the lighting of the century-old Norfolk Pine Christmas tree and the grand finale, the fireworks display.
Image from Frankston Christmas Festival of Lights Facebook Page
The festival will run on Saturday November 30th, 2019 from 5pm to 9pm at the Frankston Arts Centre precinct, the Frankston Library, Davey Street and surrounds. Entry to the festival is free as are a children's show, Santa visits and craft activities at the Frankston Arts Centre. Rides, food, market stalls and amusements must be paid for.
For further details and updates check the City of Frankston website. Click here.
Visit Santa and whisper a Christmas wish (Image by kakisky via morgeFile)
3. The Moonee Ponds 3039 Christmas Festival is a free community event funded by the Moonee Ponds Traders Association. Planned activities include face painting, an animal farm, a jumping castle, mini train rides, inflatables, spot prizes, a Christmas craft table and shopping discounts.
The festival will run on Saturday, November 30th, 2019 from 10am to 4pm at Puckle Street, Moonee Ponds. Visit their Facebook page for more details and updates. Click here.
4. The KrisKindl Festival 2019 is a street event offering rides, live entertainment, good food and of course Santa Claus. $25 bands for unlimited rides will be available for pre-purchase closer to the event time at Canterbury Community Bank Branch and Bennet's Butchery.
Teacup Pig!! at Maling Road Kriskindl Festival - Image from Canterbury Community Bank Branch Facebook Page
The festival will run on Friday, December 6th, 2019 from 4pm to 9pm at Maling Road, Canterbury. More information will be available closer to Christmas. Check the City of Boroondara website for updates.Click here.
Impressive events all of them but they are just the beginning. All around Melbourne councils and organisations are planning Carols by Candelight, Christmas Markets, Christmas Parades and so much more.