Christmas and New Years Eve in Melbourne


The time of the year for gourmet food, family gatherings, celebrations and just relaxing. Yes that’s the festive season! The Christmas and New year period in Melbourne, makes the city come alive with lights, fireworks and festive Christmas decorations (These vary year to year). The below resources provide a great opportunity to view the Christmas light displays of proud private home owners, various Christmas events and also New years eve celebrations (in both Sydney and Melbourne).

Merry Christmas and have a happy new year!

Last Updated: 30th November 2017


CHRISTMAS


Christmas Postal services

Australia Post – Christmas service – http://www.auspost.com.au/Christmas

Australia Post – Christmas surprise services – http://surprise.auspost.com.au/

Note:
– during December – Saturdays and Sundays deliveries.
– Reduced postage costs for both domestic and international
– Post early to avoid delays – by end of first week of December
– Online orders – Look at expected delivery date and ensure enough time before xmas.


Melbourne Christmas Events Portals (Selected) :
– Includes: Christmas parties – international organisation and societies

Only Melbourne – Christmas – http://www.onlymelbourne.com.au/melbourne.php?id=14586

Only Melbourne – Festive season events – http://www.onlymelbourne.com.au/festiveseason.php

Weekend Notes – Christmas – http://www.weekendnotes.com/melbourne/christmas/

– Best cheap or free Christmas events – https://www.weekendnotes.com/best-cheap-free-christmas-events-melbourne/


Televised Christmas events(Selected)

Sydney – Carols in the domain – Domain gardens – http://www.carolsinthedomain.com/
Melbourne – Carols by candelight – Myer Music Bowl – https://carols.visionaustralia.org/


Melbourne Christmas Events Specific (Selected) :

Gingerbread demolition (Early December)

Gingerbread Village by Epicure (Melbourne CBD) – https://www.facebook.com/gingerbreadvillage

Santa Fun run (Variety) – https://www.varietysantafunrun.com.au/

Santas Magic Kingdom (Paid Christmas event – Caulfield racecourse) – http://www.santasmagicalkingdom.com.au


Christmas Parties / events (Corporate and Clients)

– Venues – Lounge, Bars
– After parties


Christmas Parties / events (Family and Friends)

– Venues – Home, restaurant


General portals of decorations:

(MAIN PORTAL) Melbourne City Council (Christmas portal) – https://whatson.melbourne.vic.gov.au/Christmas/Pages/default.aspx

Sections:
Festive events and attractions – (Free events, Festive events, Workshops and DIY gifts, curated christmas events) – http://whatson.melbourne.vic.gov.au/christmas/Pages/events-attractions.aspx
Hot tips for Christmas – http://whatsonblog.melbourne.vic.gov.au/tag/christmas/
Festive dining and drinks – (Festive dining, christmas drinks, seasonal treats, christmas day celebartions, end of year functions, eat drink and be merry)- http://whatson.melbourne.vic.gov.au/christmas/Pages/dining-drinking.aspx
Christmas markets – See markets

Guides:
Christmas festival guide – https://whatsonblog.melbourne.vic.gov.au/guide-christmas-festival/

– Christmas guide and Christmas Decorations map – https://whatson.melbourne.vic.gov.au/christmas/Pages/Guide-and-map.aspx


Light Projections (Various on notable buildings) – Melbourne CBD

Light projection show – State library and Federation square decorations and light projection (9pm onwards – After late November)


Light Projections (Various on notable buildings) – Suburban Councils

– Maribyrnong
– Yarra city

 

Light Projections (Various on notable buildings) – Regional centres

– Bendigo
– Geelong


Notable decoration / festive hotspots – Melbourne CBD

Bank place (LED Christmas tree)
Bourke Street Mall

City circle tram – Christmas themed tram –

Crown Melbourne (Christmas spectacular display in the atrium and promenade – every 30 minutes) – https://www.crownmelbourne.com.au/christmas/whats-on and http://www.crownmelbourne.com.au/events

– Includes Atrium display, Santa and ArtVo 3d displays

Collins Street (Eastern ‘Paris end’ part, near Parliament station)- Store fronts, decorations and more

Docklands Melbourne – Includes: Victoria Harbour Giant christmas tree

Federation Square (Xmas hub)– http://www.fedsquare.com/christmas

– includes giant Christmas tree, events and more.
– Christmas movies on the big screen (every Wednesday evening in December)

Flinders Street station
Hardware lane (Christmas lights)

Laneways – Decorations

Princess Bridge (Decorations)
Queensbridge square
Queen Victoria Market – Decorations, Markets and events

Southern Cross station
Southbank Promenade

Southgate Pedestrian Bridge (Kissing bridge)
Swanston street (Decorations)

Webb Bridge (Baubles)


Suburban Christmas Events (Selected)

** Refer to your council website for excellent local events **

Notable council Christmas portals:

Boroondara – https://www.boroondara.vic.gov.au/recreation-arts/events/major-events-and-festivals/christmas-boroondara
Hobsons Bay council – http://www.hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au/Arts-amp-Leisure/Festivals-amp-Events/Events-and-Festivals-in-Hobsons-Bay/Christmas-Events
Maribyrnong council – https://www.maribyrnong.vic.gov.au/festivalcity/Activations/Festive-Season-Fun-2018
Melbourne city council – See main Christmas portal
Moonee Valley council – https://www.mvcc.vic.gov.au/experience-moonee-valley/events-and-festivals/christmas-in-moonee-valley.aspx

Notable suburban events:
– Christmas festivals (Near suburban retail strips / centres)

Carols events in the park – around Melbourne councils

– Yarraville Carols (Mid December) – https://www.maribyrnong.vic.gov.au/festivalcity/Festivals/Carols-in-Yarraville-Gardens

Frankston Christmas festival of lights (Late November) – http://www.frankston.vic.gov.au/Things_To_Do/Events/Major_Events/Frankstons_Christmas_Festival_of_Lights/About_the_Festival


Hotels (Notable – Decorated)

– Langham hotel – Lobby christmas show)


Christmas novelty events / services

Awkward portraits – http://awkwardportraits.wixsite.com/home


Regional Christmas events, attractions and decorations (Selected)

Ballarat
Bendigo
Geelong – http://www.geelongaustralia.com.au/christmas/default.aspx


Shopping (Christmas) – Events – and nights (CBD and Suburban Centres and shopping districts)

– Shopping Centre or Precinct decorations

– Includes:

– Melbourne city Christmas shopping night (laneways and other centres) – 10th December

– Shop the city – Melbourne CBD pre Christmas shopping festival – http://www.shopthecity.com.au/

– Westfield – http://www.westfield.com.au/Christmas


Christmas Markets – General

Portals:
Christmas markets -(Markets, Retail, Produce, your gift guide) – http://whatson.melbourne.vic.gov.au/christmas/Pages/markets-shopping.aspx

Types:

– CBD and Suburban pop up markets

Notable market locations:

Docklands
Federation square
Melbourne Central
Melbourne town hall
Queen Victoria market
QV
Royal exhibition centre

Specific Markets:

Arts centre – Christmas Saturday market (Late November to Late December) – https://www.artscentremelbourne.com.au/whats-on/sunday-market/saturday-christmas-market

Crown Melbourne – Christmas market (Mid December – Weekend).


Multi-Cultural Christmas shopping markets (Items, gifts and crafts) and events (Selected)

– Events usually held by respective cultural associations or social clubs or religious centres

Locations:
Collins suare – https://www.collinssquare.com.au/christmas/

– Federation Square
– Royal exhibition building –
– Victoria Market

Specific:
Aboriginal – A very Koorie Kristmas – December – Koori Heritage trust – http://koorieheritagetrust.com.au/event/a-very-koorie-krismas/

– French market – Alliance France St Kilda – https://www.afmelbourne.com.au/culture-and-events/
– German market – Deutsche Schule Melbourne German Christmas Market

– Fitzroy north – https://www.facebook.com/GermanChristmasMarket/
German Christkindlmarkt – Melbourne town hall – http://www.germanwelfare.org.au/

– Italian market and Carols (Late Dec – Lygon street Piazza)

– Scandinavian market and christmas festival (Early December- Held at Swedish Church, Toorak)

https://www.svenskakyrkan.se/australien/melbourne/bazaar

Shopping centres / Precincts – Melbourne CBD

Block Arcade

Emporium Melbourne –

Melbourne Central Shopping Centre – http://www.melbournecentral.com.au/
– Includes Kit Kat chocolate bar, Awkward christmas photos, nightly glass cone sound and light show.

Major CBD retailers

David Jones
– Christmas Store – http://www.davidjones.com.au/christmas

– Santa arrival (Early to mid November) – Events and concerts

Myer
– Christmas Windows – https://www.myer.com.au/content/christmas-window-hours
– Christmas Store and giftorium precinct (Including toy section) –
– Santa Arrival – Parade, music and events

– Myer santaland – https://www.myer.com.au/content/santaland-opening-hours/vic

– Myer Christmas portal – http://www.myer.com.au/shop/mystore/gifts and http://www.myer.com.au/shop/mystore/gifts/giftorium-christmas-film


Shopping centres / Precincts – Suburban

– 24 hour trade (Selected centres only)

– Christmas extended store trading hours – Suburban retail centres and CBD area.

– Christmas events and decorations

Retail centres such as:

Chadstone
Doncaster
Eastland
Highpoint
Knox
Southland


Christmas Specials, Promotions or media specials

Promotions – such as 12 days of Christmas (eg Lonely planet, Flight centre)

Airlines
– Westjet – https://christmas.westjet.com/en/

Retailers
– Wordery – https://wordery.com/advent-calendar

Tourism promotions boards

Ticketing
– Ticketmaster
– Ticketek

Event locations

Event promoters / touring agencies

Broadsheet – Christmas gifts – https://www.broadsheet.com.au/melbourne/series/twelve-days-christmas-gift-guide

Reddit – Secret santa – https://www.reddit.com/r/secretsanta/

Flight Centre – Xmas – http://www.flightcentre.com.au/promotions/give-the-gift-of-travel

Frontier touring – 12 days of giveaways

Rod Laver arena – 12 days of giveaways

Lonely planet – http://shop.lonelyplanet.com/special-offers/


Ethical Shopping decisions

Good xmas trail – http://www.goodxmastrail.org/


Christmas Items – Notable

“Ugly” Christmas sweaters:
– Ugly christmas sweater.com – http://www.uglychristmassweater.com/
– Ebay – https://www.ebay.com.au/sch/i.html?_odkw=ugly+christmas+sweaters



Seasonal christmas tv specials:

Ellen show 12 days of christmas giveaways – https://www.ellentube.com/12days and https://www.ellentube.com/campaigns/12days/
Oprah magazine favourite things – http://www.oprah.com/gift/ and https://www.amazon.com/oprahsfavoritethings
The View christmas buys – http://abc.go.com/shows/the-view
Dr phil christmss buys – http://www.drphil.com/show-pages/classicchristmasgiveways/


Interactive Christmas portals

Elf yourself (Customised heads on videos) – http://www.elfyourself.com/

Google – Christmas portal and Santa Tracker – https://santatracker.google.com/#village

and live tracker – https://santatracker.google.com/#tracker
No Rad Santa (Microsoft Santa Tracker) – http://www.noradsanta.org/


Christmas Lights

Christmas Light Databases / lists / sources:

Channel Seven –

Christmas Light database (Search by State and Suburb) – Top Christmas light picks of Melbourne – http://christmaslightsearch.com.au/Melbourne/index.php

– By Suburb – https://www.christmaslightsearch.com.au/Melbourne/suburb.php
– Christmas events – https://www.christmaslightsearch.com.au/Melbourne/events.php
– Christmas carols – https://www.christmaslightsearch.com.au/Melbourne/carols.php

Facebook Pages:
– Christmas lights in Melbourne (By Christmas light search)-
https://www.facebook.com/christmaslightsinmelbourne/

– Small ideas – https://www.facebook.com/665322350228621/posts/1983707988390044/

Herald Sun / Leader newspapers – Melbourne Christmas Light listings – http://www.heraldsun.com.au/leader/christmas

– Local paper publishes notable houses in early December

Mamma Knows West – Western suburbs of Mamma Knows west – Western suburbs Melbourne Christmas lights summary – http://www.mammaknowswest.com.au/christmas-lights-in-the-west/

*** Christmas lights – Western Suburbs – 2018 – http://www.mammaknowswest.com.au/christmas-cheer/christmas-lights-in-the-west-2018

Melbourne Christmas lights – lights app – http://melbournechristmaslights.com.au/

Only Melbourne – Christmas lights – http://www.onlymelbourne.com.au/christmas-lights-melbourne

** Oz Christmas Lights – http://ozchristmaslights.com/ and http://ozchristmaslights.com.au/display/vic/melbourne-6678

Timeout Melbourne – Best Christmas lights – http://www.au.timeout.com/melbourne/aroundtown/features/4053/melbourne-christmas-lights

*Feel free to contact me if you have come across some amazing Christmas displays in your area*


Custom Christmas Location Google maps

Created by Myself:

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Christmas lights in Victoria – https://drive.google.com/open?id=1kwHmIqBK0fiv10wFA2ieBrdrGwU&usp=sharing

Created by others:

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Highly Recommended (Suggested) Christmas light locations

Western Melbourne – Locations

Airport west – 14 Coniston Avenue
Altona – Gordon Avenue
Altona – 57 Grieve Parade
Altona – 2 Greeney Street
Altona – 248 queen st
Altona Meadows – Orville street
Altona Meadows – 2 Sheppard Court
Altona Meadows – Thorpe court
Brooklyn – 31 Eames ave
Hoppers Crossing – 1 Wilson Cres
Point Cook – Santander Crescent  (Whole Street)
Kings Park – 108 Gillespie Road – Techno christmas lights! ***
Kurunjang – 14 Melrome Court, Kurunjang
Sunshine West – The Avenue
Tarneit – Rainone Place
Williamstown – 24 West Court
Williamstown (Foreshore) – Douglas parade
Yarraville – 179 Francis street

Northern Melbourne – Locations

Craigieburn – 57 Clovelly drive
Peston – 47 Gordon Grove, Preston. All December. Sun-Thu 8.45-10.45pm, Fri, Sat 8.45pm-midnight
Thomastown – 11 Stewart Street.
Thomastown – The boulevard

North Eastern to Inner Eastern Melbourne – Locations

Doncaster East – 10 Pushkin court
Ivanhoe – The Boulevard. Dec 13-24, 8.30-11pm.
Kew – 19 Coleman St. All December, 8.15pm-midnight.
Kew – 88 Parkhill St. All December, 8.30-11pm.
Mitcham – 35 Fellows Street, Mitcham
Montmorency – 150 Reichelt Ave. All December, 7.30pm- 11.30pm.
Mulgrave – 11 Lebanon Cres
Northcote – Thomson St. 8.30-10.30pm.
St Helena – 24 Allumba Drive
Templestowe – 360 Porter St. Sun-Thu 9-11pm; Fri, Sat 9-11.30pm

South Eastern Melbourne – Locations
Beaumaris – 151 Dalgetty Rd. Dec 1-Jan 6, 8.30-11.30pm.
Frankston – 564 Nepean Highway
Frankston North – 22 Hoya Cres
Narre Warren – 3 Hugo court
Wantirna south – 43 Jenola Parade


 

 


NEW YEARS EVE

Portals:
NYE Australia – Portal of private functions – http://www.nye.com.au/

Ideas:
– Public Fireworks
– Bar / Pub events
– Private home parties
– Restaurants
– City apartments – private
– Rooftop bars
– Private boats
– Bonfire beach party
– NYE Themed party


Main fireworks events

Melbourne

Melbourne New Years Eve – https://nye.melbourne.vic.gov.au/

– Plan ahead – https://nye.melbourne.vic.gov.au/plan-ahead/

Schedule

9.30pm – Fireworks –
– Footscray park, Footscray (By Maribyrnong City Council) – Event held 6.30 – 10.30pm – https://www.maribyrnong.vic.gov.au/festivalcity/Home

– Yarra park, Melbourne CBD – Melbourne city – 9.30pm Fireworks – https://nye.melbourne.vic.gov.au/early-evening-fireworks/

12 midnight – Fireworks – https://nye.melbourne.vic.gov.au/midnight-fireworks/

– Main fireworks launch locations: Melbourne CBD skyline / skyscrapers

Transport and road closures

Public Transport and Road closures – http://nye.melbourne.vic.gov.au/planahead and https://www.ptv.vic.gov.au/
– Free public transport after 6pm

Official live sites
– Treasury gardens (East)
– Docklands – All around (West)
– Flagstaff gardens (North)
– Kings domain gardens (South)

Melbourne Midnight Fireworks – Vantage Points – Notable:

– Williamstown Foreshore
– Newport Foreshore
– Point Park – Southern Docklands

Fireworks Social Media:
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/cityofmelbourne/

Media:

– Broadcast on Channel 7 TV and Internet – Channel 7 Broadcast – https://nye.melbourne.vic.gov.au/channel-7-broadcast/

– Online: Channel 7 live viewing – https://www.facebook.com/7NewsMelbourne/ and https://7plus.com.au/ and https://au.news.yahoo.com/vic/
– Official fireworks music /soundtrack / radio – – Fireworks sound track radio channel – FM99.7
– Supporting Radio channel – 91.5 Smooth FM – https://www.smooth.com.au/smooth

– Newspapers – The Age – http://www.theage.com.au and the Herald sun – http://www.heraldsun.com.au/

Other New years celebrations:
Whats on Melbourne – Events and clubs – https://whatson.melbourne.vic.gov.au/Whatson/Music/clubs/Pages/clubs.aspx
Where to tonight – NYE events –
https://www.wheretotonight.com/cityguide/melbourne/new-years-eve-melbourne-2017-nye-guide-parties-events/

Sydney

*Sydney New Years Eve Info on the ‘Sydney and New South Wales page’ – https://lifettlens.com/sydney-and-new-south-wales/

Other International Fireworks – to Watch livestream

New Year time zone map – https://www.timeanddate.com/counters/newyearmap.html
List of UTC Time offsets – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_UTC_time_offsets

Prior to Midnight Melbourne Time:

Timezones as of 31 December each year – Takes into account Daylight savings

UTC +1400 –
UTC +1300 – Auckland – 10pm 31 December AEDT Time

UTC +1200 –

After Midnight UTC +11 Melbourne Time:

UTC +1030 – Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
UTC +1000 – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
UTC +0930 – Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia

UTC + 900 – Tokyo / Seoul- 2am 1 Jan AEDT Time
UTC +0800 – Hong Kong / Taipei / Singapore / China / Perth, Western Australia, Australia – 3am 1 Jan AEDT Time
UTC +0700 – Cambodia, Thailand – 4am 1 Jan AEDT Time
UTC +0630 – Myanmar – 4.30am 1 Jan AEDT Time
UTC +0600 – 5am 1 Jan AEDT Time
UTC +0545 – 5.15am 1 Jan AEDT Time
UTC +0530 – 5.30am 1 Jan AEDT Time
UTC +0500 – 6am 1 Jan AEDT Time

UTC +0400 – Dubai – 7am 1 Jan AEDT Time

UTC +0330 – 7.30am 1 Jan AEDT Time
UTC +0300 – 8am 1 Jan AEDT Time
UTC +0200 – 9am 1 Jan AEDT Time

UTC +0100 – Madrid / Rome / London / Vienna / Zurich / Paris / Prague / – 10am 1 Jan AEDT Time
UTC 0000 – Iceland – 11am 1 Jan AEDT Time
UTC -0100 –
UTC -0200 – Rio De Janiero – 1pm 1 Jan AEDT Time

UTC -0300 – Chile
UTC -0400
UTC -0500 –

New York City, USA (Times Square) / Bogota, Colombia / Miami, Florida – 4pm 1 Jan AEDT Time
UTC -0600 – Mexico City, Mexico – 5pm 1 Jan AEDT Time
UTC -0700 – Alberta, Canada
UTC -0800 –

Los Angeles, USA / Vancouver, Canada – 7pm 1 Jan AEDT Time
UTC -0900
UTC -0930
UTC -1000 – Hawaii – 9pm 1 Jan AEDT Time

UTC -1100
UTC -1200


Links last checked : 10/12/2017


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