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by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (subscribe)
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On Fed Square’s Big Screen

Fed Square has become Melbourne's communal loungeroom. It is where you go and pull up a chair and join with others to watch the Big Screen whenever anything BIG is happening. It could be a tennis final, or an important football match, the Melbourne Cup or the Landing on the Moon if that were ever to happens again.

And Christmas, like many of these events is all about shared feelings of euphoria. In this case hopefully feelings of happiness and warmth towards humanity.

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So it is rather fitting that you can go into Melbourne's lounge room, pull up a free deck chair and sit down with the wider community-- a kind of vastly extended family and enjoy the following Christmas classics on the big screen. All for free of course.

The Santa Claus, a screwball family comedy where funny man Tim Allen plays Scott Calvin, the man who accidentally causes Santa Claus to fall off his roof on Christmas Eve. Scott and his young son, Charlie, have to finish Santa's rounds which causes much mayhem and joviality all around. A feel food family classic.

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There is also Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas. Burton is the director behind Batman and Edward Scissorhands. This is an animated classic about what goes wrong when Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloweentown, decides he would rather be Santa Claus He has the real Santa kidnapped then dresses up in a Santa suit and heads off with all his Halloween accountrements. Best described as a gothic Santa story that nevertheless plays for laughs.

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The Rise of the Guardians is a 2012 American 3D computer-animated fantasy film based partly on William Joyce's The Guardians of Childhood book series and The Man in the Moon short film by Joyce and Reel FX. The film tells a story of Guardians Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny, and the Sandman, who receive the aid of Jack Frost to prevent Pitch Black from covering the world in darkness. Nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film. (DreamWorks Animation).

There are also some gorgeous old classics such as White Christmas (1954) and It's a Wonderful Life (1946). There is a reason It's a Wonderful Life makes its ways into our lives ever Christmas. It is a movie about beging grateful and transformation and the true meaning of Christmas. Everyone should see this movie at least once and seeing it once a year is life-affirming.

The Melbourne International Film Festival are also presenting a package of acclaimed Australian short films that only premiered in Victoria at MIFF 2014. So here you get to see them for free.

Bring a picnic to enjoy in The Square or grab dinner at one of Fed Square's many restaurants. There are a few specials on that sound great. One for me, is the Melted Snowman Cocktail from Chocolate Buddha for $15. It has white chocolate, chocolate liqueur, Cointreau and ice-cream. Mövenpick Ice Cream are offering a single scoop of ice cream and a bottle of water for $6. So these will be great if it is a hot night.

Il Pom Italian has coffee and Tiramisu for $10. While Feddish has a Lucky Dip deal of a pizza of your choice and chips plus four imported beers for $50. A good deal for sharing.

The following will give you times and details of the screenings.

Monday 8 December

MIFF Shorts
White Christmas (1954)

Monday 15 December

MIFF Shorts
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Monday 22 December

MIFF Shorts
Santa's Apprentice (2010)
The Santa Clause (1994)
Rise of the Guardians (2012)

Thursday 25 December, from 12pm

MIFF Shorts
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
The Santa Clause (1994)
Rise of the Guardians (2012)
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
White Christmas (1954)

Who knows perhaps this could become a new activity on your yearly Christmas itinerary.

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Why? Free Christmas fun at Fed Square
When: 1, 8, 15, 22 December, 6pm - 8pm Christmas Day, from 12pm
Where: Fed Square Big Screen
Cost: FREE
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Wonderful. It is so nice for us melburnians to have these informations which allow us to en enjoy Melbourne festivities to the fullest thank. You
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