Melbourne is in the grip of Christmas fever this December. It's impossible to escape the dulcet tones of Christmas carols, the plethora of pop-up Christmas markets and the frenzy of free Christmas festivities. So, not surprisingly, our free events this month have a Christmassy theme. It's easy to be jolly when your entertainment, unlike your Christmas shopping, isn't costing you a cent.
Melbourne Town Hall Christmas Projections
While most of Melbourne is lit up like... well, a Christmas tree, Melbourne Town Hall will be putting on a different face nightly throughout December. The talented people at Electric Canvas will be "celebrating Christmas in a playful and transformative way" through colourful light projections onto the Town Hall facade. It will make a change from all those Christmas lights, if nothing else.
Organ &... Military Band: Air Force Band @ Melbourne Town Hall
The highly talented Air Force Band will be giving a free Christmas concert, along with organist Brendan Lukin on the Town Hall's Grand Organ, as part of the Organ &... series.. You can tap along to the military marches or hum along with the Christmas and popular music.
The Langham Hotel's iconic fountain Goose Hunter statue is the star of the show in their Winter Wonderland of Christmas this December. The statue meets a Christmas angel, comes to life and then goes on a wintry journey to see Santa.
When: From Friday 7 December to Friday 28 December. Times: On Friday 7 December show times are at 7.05pm, 8pm, 9pm, 10pm and 11pm. All other days showtimes run on the hour from 12 noon until 11pm, with an additional show at 6.30pm. Where: The Langham, Melbourne, Southbank Promenade, Melbourne. More Information: Visit the website here.
Carols at Docklands
The Piazza at Docklands will come alive with a range of Christmas activities for the whole family on 23 December. From 5.30pm there'll be a kids' carnival complete with rides, a jumping castle and, of course, face painting. This will be followed by Santa, and carols sung by the likes of Stan Walker, Evermore and No Limits. The evening will be topped off with a brilliant fireworks display.
Festive fireworks. Image from event website.
When: Sunday 23 December from 5.30pm. Carols from 8pm to 10.30pm. Where:The Piazza at Docklands More Information: Visit the website here.
Follow the Star Christmas Lights Display
Follow the Star is an indoor Christmas lights display, so bad weather won't rain on the parade. Run by the Revival Centres, it's a traditional approach, focusing on The Nativity, and is fully guided. Once you've walked through the display you can have a complementary coffee or hot chocolate at the cafe. Children will all receive a free Christmas colouring book