New Year at Fed Square: See in the 2018 New Year with a free concert at Fed Square. The show starts at 8pm Sunday 31 December...
Santa’s Magical Kingdom
Caulfield Racecourse, Gate 22 Station St, Caulfield East. Up until Saturday 23 December. Special celebration in honour of reindeer Rudolph's Birthday from 11-15 December. Come to the Big Top at Caulfield Racecourse for the magic of Christmas 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. General admission tickets from $38.64 plus booking fees. For details and booking please visit www.santasmagicalkingdom.com.au.
Epicure Gingerbread Village
Melbourne Town Hall, Swanston Street, 10am-6pm. Closes 14 December. 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.
New Year at Fed Square
See in the 2018 New Year with a free concert at Fed Square. The show starts at 8pm Sunday 31 December. Music from Horns of Leroy, Fulton Street Band, Nhatty Man and Gara, Kylie Auldist, and Billy Hoyle and Man Made Mountain. Great view of the fireworks after the midnight countdown. Event organised with Multicultural Arts Victoria. See fedsquare.com/events/new-years-eve-2017.
City Eat & Drinks
157 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne.
Open Daily 10am till 10pm. Newly opening this month in its first Australian location, talented Michelin Star Chef Chan Hon Meng offers diners classic Singapore cuisine. Fast and delicious food in a casual environment. Enjoy traditional Singapore classics such as Soya Sauce Chicken Hor Fun, Char Siew Noodle, Wonton Soup, Roasted Pork Rice, Pork Rib Noodle and more.
No reservations. Get all the news on www.facebook.com/hawkerchanmelb.
Shop 4/19-37 A'Beckett St, Melbourne. Open Mon-Fri 8am-6pm & Sat 11am-4pm. Chinese style steamed buns with various fillings including pork, mushroom, chicken and others, at very economical prices. Great for a quick snack or lunch. Phone 9654 7887 or visit wonderbaokitchen.com.au.
The Atrium and Deakin Edge Theatre, Federation Square, Cnr Swanston & Flinders Streets. Sun 17 Dec 10am–5pm. Markit is a one-day shopping extravaganza, now in its 8th year. See the work of some of Australia’s most talented ceramicists, jewellers, fashion designers, illustrators and more in 86 design stalls. Some of Melbourne's best food and coffee is available from the Bake Sale stalls. For information please phone 9689 3572, email email@example.com, or visit www.markitfedsquare.com.au.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.kimonohouse.com.au.
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 Kaiit/DUAN & Julia Lostrom (14 Dec) and DIDIRRI/Zoe Ryan (21 Dec). For details please visit fedsquare.com/events/fed-square-live-summer.
Curtin House Rooftop Bar & Cinema
Curtin House, 252 Swanston St, Melbourne. From this month right through to April, experience a Melbourne night at its best, sitting above the rooftops, looking at a star-studded sky, sipping a cool glass with a burger and enjoying your favourite movie. New films and old favourites, please check 2017.rooftopcinema.com.au to see what's on. Adults $22, Concession $18, and blankets on hire for $5. Seating starts from 9.00pm and films at 9.30pm. Phone 9654 5394 for information.
Carols by Candlelight Rehearsal
Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Kings Domain Gardens, Linlithgow Ave, Melbourne. Sat 23 Dec from 3.30pm, gates open 2pm. Enjoy the full rehearsal for the annual Christmas Eve Carols By Candlelight concert, now in its 80th year. Tickets $25.00 Adults, $15.00 Kids/Concession, Children under three admitted free. Tickets on sale from 9am Thursday 7 December at ticketmaster.com.au, or call 13 61 00. All proceeds go to support kids who are blind or have low vision. For more details please visit carols.visionaustralia.org/christmaseve.
Light House, 888 Collins Street, Docklands. Sun 24 Dec & Mon 25 Dec, 8pm to midnight. Melbourne's newest architectural icon, a 15-storey residential building, comes to life in a display of light and cheer for the whole family to enjoy. Light House is best viewed from Buluk Park in Docklands.
Australian Music Vault
Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 Saint Kilda Road, from Tuesday 19 December. The Australian Music Vault is a new free exhibition space, dedicated to sharing the story of Australian contemporary music and exploring its future. The Vault will showcase iconic people, events and places that define Australian music, including Dami Im, Ngaiire, Archie Roach, Ecca Vandal, AC/DC, Kylie Minogue, Johnny O’Keefe, The Seekers, and many others. Content will be rotated in this ongoing exhibition. For more information visit www.australianmusicvault.com.au.
Ring In The New Year On The Riverside
Christmas is almost upon us, and soon after, it will be a New Year, with the traditional fireworks display on the Yarra. Many people like to hit the streets in the city for this event, but if you want to pass New Year's Eve wining and dining beforehand, there are plenty of options.
All of the following have prime views of the action in the sky. Needless to say, you will need to book early.
Bohemian Wine Bar
35 Dukes Walk, South Wharf
A 5-course feast, with 5 drinks including wine and cocktails, features “the top 10 hits” from some of the Bohemian's special dinners in 2017. Arrive at 8pm for an 8.30pm start. Visit thebohemian.com.au for information and bookings.
Speakeasy @ Plus 5
Plus 5, 37 South Wharf Promenade, South Wharf
Recreating the secret night clubs of the 1920s “Prohibition Era”, Speakeasy is one of Melbourne's “hidden bars”. For New Year's Eve, it is offering several 4-hour canapé and beverage packages, Standard and VIP. Book at https://tickets.myguestlist.com.au/v259cc4a1970326/waterfront-nye-party-at-plus-5/evs59cc4a1975856/.
53 South Wharf Promenade, South Wharf
A traditional 3-course dinner is part of a four-and-half-hour drink package featuring GH Mumm champagne, starting from 7.30pm. Visit meatmarketsouthwharf.com.au to see the menu and book.
35 South Wharf Promenade, South Wharf
For lovers of Thai food, it will be hard to resist BangPop's seven-course dinner of high-quality, authentic, casual Thai street food. The restaurant is family-friendly restaurant and had two sittings available, but one has already sold out. Meat lovers, seafood enthusiasts and vegetarians are all catered for. To find out more, visit www.bangpop.com.au.
33 South Wharf Promenade, South Wharf
Akachochin's head chef Uein Hayashi produces Lee some of the best Japanese cuisine in Melbourne, combining traditional techniques with modern flavours. Small dishes are served in the customary Izakaya way, and over 50 different varieties of speciality sake are available. Book at www.akachochin.com.au.
Party at The Duke
The Duke of Wellington, 146 Flinders Street, Melbourne
Of course, if you just want to say goodbye to 2017 with a party, get into Melbourne's oldest licensed pub from 8pm. The organised event upstairs at The Duchess has sold out, but the ground floor and level one will be free to enter, with drinks at bar prices and live entertainment.
Of course there are many venues for celebrating New Year's Eve. You can see some other options at www.onlymelbourne.com.au/c-2815/new-year-s-eve-melbourne.