And just like that, we’ve reached the end of the year. If you’re feeling anxious about 2021 coming to a close, why don’t you fill this month with as many memorable experiences as you can? There are so many things to do in Melbourne this December, from riding a zip-line to seeing the fireworks. With Christmas on the way, Melbourne is shining with magical things to do this December. Here are some of the best things to do, eat and see this month.
Watch new and nostalgic movies under the stars at Royal Botanic Gardens. Moonlight Cinemas opens on Thursday December 2.
Be surprised by a weekly rotation of delicious food trucks in South Wharf. Melbourne Street Eatz opens on Thursday December 2.
The long-awaited exhibition, Gabrielle Chanel. Fashion Manifesto, is finally opening at NGV International on Saturday December 4.
Feel the rhythm of jazz on the streets of Melbourne from December 2 to 5. Across four days, there will be over 70 live performances and events.
Shakespeare Under The Stars is coming back to Royal Botanic Gardens with a production of the hilarious, A Comedy of Errors. Sprawl out on Southern Cross Lawn and laugh till you cry from December 18 onwards.
For three fabulous weeks in December, the Food Truck Stop is taking over Queen Vic Market. Bask in the summer heat and savour mouth-watering dishes on Wednesday nights. The Food Truck Stop will take place on December 1, 8 and 15, from 5pm to 10pm.
Over 300 artists will play nearly 70 events around the city. Melbourne Music Week will run from Friday December 3 to Sunday December 12.
8. Feel the festive season at Fed Square
There’s heaps of things to do at Fed Square this December. See Santa, be surprised by wizards, watch a Christmas movie, celebrate Chanukah and more.
9. So Soirée
Be delighted by circus, cabaret, comedy and more in this ten-day celebration of the arts.
Melbourne has been transformed into a bright and colourful wonderland for the Christmas season. See cool projections and twinkling lights, then try some fun Christmas activities around the city.
Discover this massive pop-up zipline experience over the Yarra River. Zoom across the river and reach speeds of up to 40pm per hour. Tickets are extremely limited. This experience starts on December 1 and runs until December 28.
See your favourite Christmas romantic comedy like never before, with a live orchestra playing along to the movie. This will play at the Plenary Theatre on December 18.
The Korean Film Festival in Australia (KOFFIA) is coming back to Melbourne for its twelfth year. See 14 of the newest and best Korean films at ACMI from December 10 to 16.
Kick off the summer months at this popular night market in Brighton. Enjoy some mouth-watering street food and browse local creations at the market stalls. Soul Night Market will take place at Green Point Reserve on Friday December 3.
Let the magic of Christmas wash over your senses at Christmas Melodies, a beloved performance at Hamer Hall. Listen to the best carols and sing along to your favourite songs at this feel-good concert. This show will ring in the festive season on Monday December 13.
Returning to the cinema for its 25th year, this festival showcases the latest and greatest in Japanese cinema. Find spectacular Japanese films at the Kino Cinemas or at ACMI from November 18 to December 5.
Enjoy a night of glitz and glamour with this spectacular transformation of Baz Luhrmann’s original film at the Regent Theatre.
17. Go cherry picking
Travel along the Victorian cherry trail this December. Wander the cherry orchards, chat to the growers and pick your own cherries in four regions around Victoria.
18. Have a posh picnic at CherryHill Orchards
Laze about under the sun in your own private row at this cherry orchard in the Yarra Valley. Enjoy a four hour private picnic session, then go cherry picking with your friends.
See your favourite characters from the unforgettable Disney movie live on stage.
20. See the Myer Christmas windows
Take part in the beloved Melbourne tradition and see the Myer Christmas windows at Bourke Street Mall. Inside the windows, you’ll find the adorable Peter Rabbit and all his friends.
21. Explore Christmas markets around town
Get in the spirit of gifting with these unique and festive markets.
Be amazed by this magical play and watch it in the original two-part format.
23. Listen to buskers around Melbourne
Musicians, artists, magicians, acrobats and more are popping up around the city as a way to bring life and vibrancy back to Melbourne. There will be over 30 performances a week, from Thursdays to Sundays.
See Van Gogh’s masterpieces come to life in this multi-sensory exhibition at the LUME.
Run around some iconic Melbourne locations and finish the marathon inside the MCG. This event will take place on Saturday December 11 and Sunday December 12.
Spanning over 14 acres, Blue Lotus Water Garden contains over 40 different ponds, lakes and water features. Here, you’ll find the biggest display of lotus and waterlily flowers in the Southern Hemisphere. This dreamy garden will open to the public on December 10.
27. Happy Place
Take picture-perfect photos at the World’s Most Instagrammable Exhibit. Happy Place opens at Crown on December 2.
28. Warratina Lavender Farm
At just an hour’s drive from Melbourne, on the foothills of Mount Dandenong, you’ll find a magical lavender farm. With 10 acres of land and over 10, 000 rows of lavender, there’s fields of purple as far as the eye can see.
29. Try an escape room
There’s so many creative escape rooms to try around Melbourne, each with a varying level of difficulty and thrill.
30. Play in the pink pond at NGV
Pond[er] will open at NGV on December 6.
31. We Built This City
Melbourne Fringe Festival is coming back with this cardboard wonderland for one weekend only. Enjoy We Built This City at University Square on December 4 and 5.
32. QV Club
Two fun pop-up bars from Father’s Office have landed at QV, so you can sip on refreshing cocktails all summer long.
MPavilion is back for its longest season ever. Enjoy cultural events, talks, performances, installations and more. MPavilion opens on December 2. See their full program here.
Enjoy a fabulous evening of dinner and a show at Mission to Seafarers. Celebrate the festive season in style with this unforgettable Scratch Arts production. Find your tickets here.
Go on a day trip and wander the beautiful garden at Broughton Hall.
36. Feel the Disney magic at ACMI
See original sketches, concept art and more at ACMI’s Disney exhibition.
37. Kings of Comedy
Have a laugh every Friday and Saturday night with these hilarious comedians at the Colonial Hotel.
38. Feast on Christmas brownies from Ox Rabbit
Get these chunky treats delivered straight to your door.
39. Beyond The City
Beyond the Valley is taking over Sidney Myer Music Bowl and the surround Kings Domain parklands for their exciting new festival, Beyond the City. This event will take place on December 30 and 31.
40. Binge the new releases on Netflix
Watch the new season of The Witcher or Emily in Paris, or get comfy with some feel-good Christmas movies.
Visit Melbourne Museum and see this fascinating exhibit, all the way from the Natural History Museum in London!
42. Stay in a tiny house
Escape the daily grind and relax inside one of three tiny houses at Tiny Stays.
Unleash your imagination and discover mesmerising new installations at Imaginaria in Docklands.
44. As You Like It
Enjoy this spectacular Shakespearean comedy at Southbank Theatre from now until December 18.
45. Gingerbread Village
Be amazed by Epicure’s Gingerbread Village from now until December 24. Discover this tasty village on Level 4 of Emporium.
Explore the Royal Botanic Gardens with this intriguing augmented reality exhibition.
47. Oz Comic-Con
Enjoy the best in local pop-culture at this Homegrown edition of Oz-Comic Con. This event will take place on December 11 and 12.
48. NYE Street Feasts
Celebrate the end of the year with some of the best food Melbourne has to offer.
See the largest ever Australian drone display dance through the skies on New Year’s Eve.
Say goodbye to 2021 by watching the fireworks from Celebration Zones around the city.