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 2015

 


CHRISTMAS


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

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

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

Melbourne CBD (and suburb) featured Christmas Displays / Events

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

Bank place (LED Christmas tree)
Block Arcade
Bourke Street Mall

Carols by Candlelight Melbourne (Sidney myer music bowl) – http://carols.visionaustralia.org/

Christmas Parties (Corporate and Clients)
– Venues
– After parties

City circle tram – Christmas themed tram –

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

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

City Square – Main city Christmas Square with large tree, Christmas village, Santas’ letter box, light up advent calendar and more.
– Santa arrival and more events

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

Council Projections (Various on notable buildings)
– Bendigo
– Geelong
– Maribyrnong
– Yarra city

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

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

Docklands Melbourne – Includes: Victoria Harbour Giant christmas tree

Emporium Melbourne –

Federation Square – http://www.fedsquare.com/christmas

Includes:
– Lego Christmas tree
– Christmas movies on the big screen (every Wednesday evening in December)

Flinders Street station
Hardware lane (Christmas lights)

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

Laneways – Decorations

Melbourne Central Shopping Centre – http://www.melbournecentral.com.au/christmas-2015
– Includes Kit Kat chocolate bar, Awkward christmas photos, nightly glass cone sound and light show.

(MAIN PORTAL) Melbourne City Council (Christmas Displays and projections) – http://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/christmas

– Christmas guide – http://www.thatsmelbourne.com.au/Whatson/Christmas/Documents/Christmas_2015_Guide.pdf
– Christmas Decorations map – http://www.thatsmelbourne.com.au/Whatson/Christmas/Documents/Christmas_Decorations_Map_2015.pdf

Melbourne town Hall decorations and light projection (9pm onwards – After November 27)

Myer
– Christmas Windows –
– Christmas Store and giftorium precinct (Including toy section) –
– Santa Arrival – Parade, music and events

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

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

Gingerbread demolition (Early December)
Santa Fun run (Variety) – https://www.varietysantafunrun.com.au/

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

Shopping events (Christmas) 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

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 **

Carols events in the park –around Melbourne councils

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

Christmas Markets – General

– CBD and Suburban pop up markets

Notable market locations:

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

 


Regional Christmas events and attractions (Selected)

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


Multi-Cultural Christmas markets and events (Selected)

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

– French market
– German market

– Italian market and Carols (20 Dec – Lygon street Piazza)
– Scandinavian market and christmas festival (4 and 5 Dec – Held at Swedish Church, Toorak)


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/


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.


Suburban Shopping centres

– 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 and Promotions

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

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

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


Ethical Shopping decisions

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


Seasonal christmas tv specials:
Ellen show 10 days of christmas – http://www.ellentv.com/tags/12DaysOfGiveaways/ and http://www.ellentv.com/12days/
Oprah mag fav 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
Channel Seven –

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

Christmas Lights in Melbourne (Facebook Page) – https://www.facebook.com/christmaslightsinmelbourne

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

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

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/
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*

 


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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
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.

 

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.
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
Wantirna south – 43 Jenola Parade

 


Christmas events

Only Melbourne – Festive season events – http://www.onlymelbourne.com.au/festiveseason.php
Weekend notes – Christmas events – http://www.weekendnotes.com/melbourne/christmas/

 



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 – http://www.thatsmelbourne.com.au/nye and http://nye.melbourne.vic.gov.au/midnight

9.30pm – Fireworks –
– Footscray park, Footscray -http://www.maribyrnong.vic.gov.au/Page/Page.aspx?Page_Id=12207
– Yarra park, Melbourne CBD – http://nye.melbourne.vic.gov.au/earlyevening

12 midnight – Fireworks – http://nye.melbourne.vic.gov.au/midnight
– Main fireworks launch locations: Melbourne CBD skyline / skyscrapers
– Best views from Eastern Melbourne (eg East Melbourne) and long view of city

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

Melbourne Midnight Fireworks – Vantage Points – Notable:

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


Fireworks Social Media:
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/nyemelb
Twitter – https://twitter.com/nyemelb
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/nyemelb/

Media:
– Broadcast on Channel 7 TV and Internet
– Online: Channel 7 live viewing
– Official fireworks music /soundtrack / radio – 99.7fm

Sydney
Sydney New Years Eve – http://www.sydneynewyearseve.com/

Programme:
8.30pm – Welcome to country indigenous ceremony
9pm – Family fireworks
9.15pm – harbour of light – boat parade –
12 midnight – Main fireworks (12 minutes)

– Main fireworks launch locations: Harbour bridge, Opera house, and harbour pontoons

Fireworks Social Media:
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/cityofsydney
Twitter – https://twitter.com/cityofsydney
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/cityofsydney/

Media:
– Sydney New years eve website – livestreaming – http://www.sydneynewyearseve.com/live-stream/
– Broadcast on ABC TV and Iview – http://www.abc.net.au/tv/programs/new-years-eve/

– Official fireworks music /soundtrack / radio – 104.1 2DayFM
– Soundtrack listing to fireworks – http://www.sydneynewyearseve.com/soundtrack/

*Note: More Sydney NYE Info on the ‘Sydney page’

Other International Fireworks – to Watch livestream

Prior to Midnight Melbourne Time:
Auckland – 10pm 31 December AEDT Time

After Midnight Melbourne Time:

Tokyo – 2am 1 Jan AEDT Time
Hong Kong – 3am 1 Jan AEDT Time
Singapore – 3am 1 Jan AEDT Time

Dubai – 7am 1 Jan AEDT Time

Madrid / Rome / London – 10am 1 Jan AEDT Time
Rio De Janiero – 1pm 1 Jan AEDT Time

New York City – Times Square – 4pm 1 Jan AEDT Time
Bogota – Colombia – 4pm 1 Jan AEDT Time
Miami – 4pm 1 Jan AEDT Time

Los Angeles – 7pm 1 Jan AEDT Time
Hawaii – 9pm 1 Jan AEDT Time


Links last checked : / /2015


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