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Get into the festive spirit with these community events
Get into the Christmas spirit in the City of Boroondara this season with these free or low cost events.
Summertime Cinema - Free films
There are two free holiday favourite films being screened on Saturday 10th and 17th December. On 10th December, bring your picnic blanket and kick back as you watch Holiday Inn (PG), a 1942 classic starring Fred Astaire, Bing Cosby and Margaret Reynolds. As well as classic dance scenes, Holiday Inn features Irving Berlin's musical treasures White Christmas, Easter Parade and Happy Holiday. Holiday Inn screens at Riversdale Park, Camberwell, from 8pm (for an approximate 8.30pm start).
Free films are being screened on Saturday 10th and 17th December
On 17th December, A Christmas Story (PG) will be screened at Central Gardens, Hawthorn. This humorous family film is based on the short stories of American author Jean Shepherd.
At each screening, there will be pre-film entertainment by The Whoopee Project and the Hawthorn Band. Food will be available to purchase at the venue, but you are welcome to bring your own picnic if you prefer.
Click here for more information about Summertime Cinema.
Creative Christmas Shopping Extravaganza
Struggling to find those last few Christmas gifts? Here's the solution - the Creative Christmas Shopping Extravaganza. From 4pm - 6pm on Thursday 8th December, the gallery shop will be offering a range of quality goods, including original tastes and gifts for artsy minds.
You'll find jewellery, bags, stationery, homewares and more, including artworks by local artists for under $100, at this unique event.
The gallery shop at Hawthorn Arts Centre is hosting this special shopping event on 8th December
Each purchase supports local artists. Gift wrapping will be available, and there will also be activities for the kids.
The Shopping Extravaganza takes place in the Town Hall Gallery, Hawthorn Arts Centre, 360 Burwood Road, Hawthorn.
Denis Walter: A Touch of Christmas
Dubbed 'Mr Carols by Candlelight', Denis Walter is returning to the stage after taking a break from live performance. Get yourself in the mood for Christmas with his concert, which takes place at 11am on Monday 12th December, at the Hawthorn Arts Centre, 360 Burwood Road, Hawthorn.
Don't miss Mr Carols by Candlelight, Denis Walter, in concert on 12th December
Tickets for this 70 minute concert are $15 ($13 for groups of 8 or more). For more information or to purchase your tickets online, click here.