Cost: see website. Details: Fun-filled weekly activities celebrating everything Christmas. The event is offering a bonanza of well-known Christmas songs, energetic routines and imaginative role plays, toddlers and pre-schoolers will love the combination of dance, music and movement.
2. Santa Circus Spectacular When: 20 November 2014 – 24 December 2014: for all times see website. Where: Wonderland Fun Park, 120 Pearl River Rd, Docklands
Cost: Tickets start from $10.00 Details: Wonderland Fun Park will transform into a Santa Circus Spectacular where the whole family can have their favourite Christmas treats. Santa and his friends appearances, Santa's Mailbox, snow falls, talking Christmas tree, crazy acrobatic elves performances, Santa's Toy Workshop, snow fairy and plenty more activities to see and do.
3. Santa's Magical Kingdom When: 15 November 2014 – 23 December 2014: for all times see website
Where: Caulfield Racecourse, Station St, Caulfield East
Cost: See website for details.
Details: Enjoy all the wonder and joy of a traditional Christmas with many interactive activities including amusements rides, games, interactive storytelling with Mrs Claus, roving Christmas characters, free gift when you meet Santa and plenty more...
4. Blinky Bill: The Mischievous Koala
When: 22 November 2014: from 10am
Where: ACMI, Federation Square, Flinders St, Melbourne
Cost: donations are welcome.
Details: Special free screening of Blinky Bill to celebrate the launch of ACMI'S Christmas Appeal. Donations are welcome and all funds raised will go towards supporting Education programs. The film contains specially composed songs...
5. Santa's Christmas Spectacular (Two Locations)
Where & When: 23 November 2014: from 11am, Moonee Valley, McPherson St, Moonee Ponds
29 & 30 November 2014: 5:30pm (29.11.14, 11am 30.11.14) – Sandown Racecourse, 591-659 Princes Hwy, Springvale
Cost: $ 35 per ticket
Details: exciting thrill rides and family rides, entertainment galore, face painting, animals and stilt walkers, live stage shows, carnival games, show bags, delicious food and of course Santa! Tickets include entry, unlimited rides, live stage entertainment, face painting, animal farms, roving entertainment and Santa.
6. Christmas in Port
When: 27 November 2014: 5pm-9pm
Where: Port Melbourne
Details: The event launches Port Melbourne's decorative Christmas windows, which are themed to the Twelve Days of Christmas, choir singing popular carols – performing in the evening on Bay St, between Rouse & Bridge Streets, sport activities and gingerbread decorating for the kids, buskers, police cars and fire engines to explore, treats and of course a Santa visit!
7. Christmas Festival 2014
When: 28 November 2014- 25 December 2014: 10am-11pm
Where: City Square, Melbourne
Details: Celebrate this Christmas with a festival that will kick off with the Official Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in City Square. Experience the Christmas Projections Program, then a visit from Santa will certainly impress the kids- Christmas Carols in Melbourne is also part of the festival.
8. Christmas Square
When: 29 November 2014 – 25 December: Anytime
Where: Christmas Square, City Square, Melbourne
Details: The magic of Christmas comes alive with decorations including Nutcracker soldiers, giant presents, traditional Nativity scene, interactive storybook, free photos with Santa, visit Santa in his house, experience the sound and light shows at 9:30pm-11:30pm daily.
9. Free Santa Visit
When:29 November 2014- 24 December 2014: 10am-12pm & 1pm-3pm
Where: City Square, Melbourne
Details: The kids will love this event during this festive season, stop and have a chat, make a Christmas wish and snap a free family photo with Santa!
10. Our Christmas Gift
When: 29 November 2014: 2:30pm & 7:30pm
Where: Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 St Kilda St, Melbourne
Cost: Adults: $ 15 pp
Details: The Salvation Army is presenting Our Christmas Gift, a family concert featuring carols, entertainment and music. There will be many talented acts including The Salvation Army Staff Band and Choir.
11. Spirit of Christmas
When: 5 December 2014: from 11am
Where: Darebin Arts & Entertainment Centre, Cnr Bell St & St Georges rd, Preston
Cost: All tickets $19
Details: This special Christmas show will feature many traditional Carols, contemporary Christmas songs all mixed with Gaslights fun and comedy. Complimentary morning tea is available before the show.
12. Kriskendl 2014
When: 5 December 2014: 5pm-9pm
Where: Kriskindl Maling Rd, Canterbury
Details: This is one of the best children Christmas festivals in Melbourne. The event is filled with live musical entertainment, gift making, rides, animal farm, giant slide and of course Santa!
13. Eaglemont Village Twilight Christmas Fair
When: 5 December 2014: 5pm-8pm
Where: Eaglemont Village, 1-100 Silverdale Rd, Eaglemont
Details: A Christmas filled with Santa on stilts, elfs, parading penguins, photo booth, face painting, roving balloonist, tree decorating competition, market stalls, gourmet food and wine, shopper promotions and plenty more...
14. Zoo Member Christmas Party
When: 5- 6 December 2014: 5:30pm- 9:30pm
Where: Melbourne Zoo, Elliott Ave, Parkville
Cost: Member prices: adults & children (2-15yrs): $15, non-member prices: adults & child: $20
Details: The zoo will transform into a magical Christmas wonderland that the whole family will love! Free amusements and carousel rides, roving entertainment, live music, gingerbread decorating, meet Santa and free gifts for the kids, animals on display until 7:30pm.
15. Santa VS The Snowman 3D
When: 6 December 2014: please see website for times
Where: IMAX Melboune Museum, Rathdowne St, Carlton
Cost: All tickets $14
Details: Story of a tale of a cheeky and loveable snowman who finds his way into Santa's village and reaches into the workshop to pick up a shiny new flute after he broke his own... incredible 3D effects the kids will love!
16. Christmas at Katandra Rise
When: 7 December 2014: 12pm-2pm
Where: 9 Marley Boulevard, Melbourne
Details: The kids will love the fun with plenty of festive activities including free photo with Santa, free gourmet BBQ & festive food, Christmas craft station for the little ones and plenty more...
17. Christmas Carnival
When: 13 December 2014: 12pm-6pm
Where: 124 Greythorn Rd, Balwyn North
Details: a fundraising carnival filled with food, games, performances, music prizes and plenty more activities the whole family will love.