Can’t wait to have fun this holiday season? You’re in luck. No city celebrates Christmas quite as Melbourne does. It’s the best time of the year to go shopping, party with your mates, and experience all the festivities happening in and around the city.

Whether you want to enjoy the beautiful decorations and dazzling lights or dine at the best restaurants in town, you can have the best and most memorable Christmas ever. So, treat yourself and your family to some of the most festive events this season.

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Christmas Festival Hub at Federation Square

If you want to see the biggest Christmas tree ever, then head on over to Federation Square at the corner of Swanston and Flinders street. The official lighting of the 16-metre high tree marks the beginning of the city’s Christmas celebration.

It starts from November 27th until Christmas Eve. You can enjoy spectacular light shows every night starting at 9 p.m.

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Take a selfie with Santa

Kids of all ages will flock to Santa’s House under the giant tree at Federation Square from November 25 until December 24. If you’ve already decided what you want for Christmas, then let Santa know. And while you’re at it, you can take an Instagram-worthy photograph with him for free.

He’s going to welcome visitors every day from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. As you know, he’s one of the most popular figures in the world. So, expect long queues as people from all over the place would want to take a selfie with him.

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Experience the Christmas Laneways

The city’s most beloved laneways will help spread some holiday cheer by putting up lights, reindeers, and all sorts of enchanting decorations you can think of.

Your typical shopping trip can instantly become a memorable night of wining and dining with your mates.

So, head on over to Alfred Place, Howie Place, Meyers, Place, Manchester Lane from November 24 to December 25.

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Watch the Christmas projections

Have you ever wondered how jolly old St Nick prepares for the most festive time of the year? You can watch it all unfold by visiting the State Library of Victoria, Federation Square, and Docklands. Every night, these iconic sites will light up and become your magical windows to Santa’s workshop.

Enjoy the yuletide classics

For 60 years, the Myer department store has been attracting visitors from everywhere with its fantastic Christmas windows. It’s been long held Melbourne tradition for people to line up and watch classic Christmas tales like A Christmas Carol, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and The Twelve Days of Christmas, to name a few.

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You can also enjoy listening to beautiful Christmas carols brought to you by the good folks behind Carols by Candlelight. Just visit the Myer Music Bowl and watch world-class talents perform your favourite Christmas songs.

Not only do you get to experience this fantastic event, but you also support a worthy cause as all funds raised go to children who have visual impairments.

Christmas season is the best time for you to spend time with your family and friends. So, don’t pass up on these incredible events that only happen once a year.

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