Santa’s Magical Kingdom: Caulfield Racecourse, Gate 22 Station St, Caulfield East. Friday 17 November to Saturday 23 December...
Santa’s Magical Kingdom
Caulfield Racecourse, Gate 22 Station St, Caulfield East. Friday 17 November to Saturday 23 December. Now in its 6th exciting year, Santa's Magical Kingdom under the Big Top at Caulfield Racecourse brings the magic of Christmas to life with Santa Claus, Mrs Claus, Rudolph and many special friends. The interactive walk-through includes a giant Pirate Ship, a new Candy Academy, Mrs Claus's renovated village home, the Snow Fairy, and fun-loving Trolls Poppy and Branch, who will pose for photos with the kids under the giant Christmas tree. From 11-15 December there will be a special celebration in honour of reindeer Rudolph's Birthday. General admission tickets from $38.64 plus booking fees. For more details and booking please visit www.santasmagicalkingdom.com.au.
South Melbourne Market Tours
Corner Dorcas St & Cecil St, South Melbourne, Sat 2 December 10am to 12pm. Discover the history behind the 150-year-old South Melbourne Market and its surrounds. See the area has progressed and changed, old and new sights pointed out at every turn. Cost $10. Spaces limited, please book at southmelbournemarket.com.au/event/guided-historical-tours-3 or phone 9209 6295.
Aladdin The Musical
Her Majesty's Theatre, 219 Exhibition Street. Wednesday to Sunday, 8pm and some afternoon sessions. Musical theatre based on the popular character from the Arabian Nights. Phone 8643 3300. Season extended by popular demand. Bookings online at premier.ticketek.com.au
City Eat & Drinks
Abbotsford Convent, 1 St Heliers St, Abbotsford. Friday 1 December to Sunday 3 December. This three-day extravaganza features the finest craft beer from 18 Victorian breweries, with modern style street food and an awesome line-up of bands and artists. The feast begins with the Last Supper Dinner, Friday 1st December 6pm to 11pm, 6 tantalising courses, each expertly matched with a craft beer. Various prices and ticket options. For details and bookings visit www.brewersfeast.com.au.
Bar Tour of Melbourne
Saturday 16 December. Bookings close Friday 15 December. Foodi Walking Tours introduces you to the finest drinking spots in town, a variety of bars that have been hand-picked for their atmosphere, unique characteristics and beverages on offer. Try something new and discover interesting venues. Food not included. Book or find out more at foodi.com.au/bars-of-melbourne or call 1300 39 40 41.
Japanese Festive Market
Kimono House, Level 2 Nicholas Building, 37 Swanston Street. Tue-Sat 1-21 December 10am–5pm. Twilight event until 7pm on opening day Friday 1 December. The Kimono House gallery space converts to a Japanese style market with a unique range of gifts and take-home decorations to celebrate the festive season. Cute DIY Japanese-inspired Christmas decoration craft kits will be available to create your own at home. Phone 9639 0565, email email@example.com or visit www.kimonohouse.com.au.
The Atrium, Federation Square, Cnr Swanston & Flinders Streets. Sunday 10 Dec 10am-5pm. Come along and view the Spring Collection at Boho Luxe Market, a beautiful line-up of carefully selected high quality products, with an emphasis on bohemian style. Visitors will be treated to a unique shopping experience, professionally styled by a visual merchandiser, to showcase the hand-picked selection of luxe bohemian products. First 100 shoppers get a free Boho Luxe Market tote Bag. Live music and delicious foods as well. Please visit www.boholuxemarket.com.
Langham Light Show
The Langham,1 Southgate Ave, Southbank. Wed 6 Dec to Wed 27 Dec. The stylish five star hotel is running its annual light show again this year. The show runs on the hour between 12 noon and 11pm. Entry free.
Illusionaire Magic Show
Mission to Seafarers, 717 Flinders St, Docklands. Every Saturday & Sunday 2.30pm and 7.30pm. Closes on Sunday 24 December. Charming duo Rosanna Maccarron and Sam Angelico have been performing magic for over 20 years, entertaining audiences on cruise ships, cabaret and variety shows and corporate events. Contact Tina 0401727776 or book tickets at www.trybooking.com.
Myer Christmas Windows
Myer Store, Bourke Street Mall. Ongoing until 5 January, 7.30am to 1am. Melbourne's iconic Christmas window display since 1956, over a million people visit each year. Sometimes it is necessary to queue before you get a glimpse. The animated display theme for 2017 is based on a story by H C Floren about an Elf and his search for the perfect Christmas. It is accompanied by a picture book (available for $19.95 at Myer) and “Elf Vision” app, bringing some of the book’s pages to life on screen.
Fed Square Live
Fed Square, cnr Flinders & Swanston Street. Every Thursday until 21 December 6pm-8pm. Free live music from Bell City Square & Amistat (30 November) and Bec Sandridge & Pat Coyle Band (7 December). For details please visit fedsquare.com/events/fed-square-live-summer.
Epicure Gingerbread Village
Melbourne Town Hall, Swanston Street, 1-14 Dec 10am-6pm. Village of gingerbread buildings including Luna Park, MCG and many other famous Melbourne buildings and landmarks. Free entry but a gold coin donation is appreciated. Phone 96589779 or visit facebook.com/gingerbreadvillage.
Altona Homestead Ghost Tour
128 Queen Street, Altona, Saturday 2 December 8.30pm and 10.30pm. Visit one of Australia's original homesteads, said to be haunted by at least 11 ghosts. For bookings or info phone Peter Weaver 0447 840 895 or visit www.lanternghosttours.com.
A Market That's Big On Designs
As the Christmas season approaches, everybody is on the lookout for great gift-buying opportunities, where to get that special something, or the gift for the person “who has everything”.
Melbourne has just the answer with The Big Design Market, an annual three-day shopping event in the Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton, since 2012. The market runs for three days from Friday 1 December to Sunday 3 December, opening at 10am each day, closing at 9pm on Friday and a little earlier on the weekend. Admission is only $2 for adults, and free for kids 12 and under.
Every year The Big Design Market has had over 57,000 visitors. This year it will be even bigger, with shoppers able to choose from over 230 designer stalls. As well as the gift shopping, there are delicious food and drink offerings, creative workshops, art installations, a cocktail bar, and for kids a special play area, for no charge.
The diverse range of high-quality local and international products includes homewares, fashion, beauty care products, furniture, stationery, tech items and kids' products.
For jewellery, you can choose between the striking metallic designs of A Skulk Of Foxes, the imaginative textured hues of Emily Green, or the simple but vivid colours of Georgia Perry, whose work sells in Collette Paris and over 200 stores around the world.
Quality footwear includes Habbot, new to the event, selling shoes and accessories designed in Australia and made in Italy. Wootten, in business since 1972 in South Australia, specialises in custom made leather shoes. For sandals, clogs and casual footwear, see Claire Best or Kuwaii.
The variety of bags, wallets and accessories ranges from the sturdy functional work of Temono to the colourful print designs of Laura Blythman.
If you are shopping for children, you can consider the Brikbag, designed to carry Lego blocks but also opens out to make a playmat. If you like the idea of handmade wooden toys, visit Have a Nice Day, a design studio from Queensland's Gold Coast.
There are products you will not find anywhere else, and may not even have imagined, such as the Tactica, a small multipurpose tool. Although it looks like no more than the handle of some broken tool, the Tactica is a 12-piece screwdriver set, package cutter, ruler, bottle opener and wrench.
There are many “conscience-driven” stalls, such as the PARK Social Soccer Co. For every soccer ball they sell, they pass on an identical ball to kids and communities in need, both locally and internationally. An unusual enterprise is Thankyou, giving 100% of the profits from their water, food, body care and baby products to help people in need. They even have a Track Your Impact system, so you can see exactly which project your purchase is funding.
No collection of chosen examples can give a true picture of the variety in The Big Design Market. You can see the full line-up of designers and other features at melbourne.thebigdesignmarket.com.