Good Food & Wine Show Christmas Market: 25 - 27 November
String Bean Alley Christmas Night Market: 5, 12 and 19 December, 5pm - 10pm
The District Docklands Christmas Twilight Market: 10 December, 3pm - 8pm
Christmas Market, 10 December, 12pm - 5pm
Boho Luxe Market: Christmas Edition: 11 December, 10am - 4pm
Still need to do your Christmas gift shopping? Support local as a range of artisan Christmas markets swing into action. Around the city, you’ve got the Queen Victoria Market's String Bean Alley Christmas Night Market, encompassing festive food, drink, specialty Christmas market stalls, and even a Christmas pop-up complete with snow, carolers and Santa himself.
From the team behind the Good Food & Wine Show comes the inaugural Christmas food and drink market, which boasts a curated line up of more than 100 small producers offering the best of artisan food and wine and an abundance of festive feast inspiration.
Gift shopping and live entertainment will be the name of the game at the the District Docklands Christmas Twilight Market, which brings together live performances, muralist art, live DJs and amazing market stalls, or you can shop Melbourne's most talented jewellers, fashion designers, illustrators, artists, and makers at the Boho Luxe Market: Christmas Edition.
10 December, 10am - 3pm
Have fun with a First Nations festive celebration in Federation Square for Koorie Krismas. The festival will include a range of free family-friendly workshops where you can learn everything from how to make jewellery to bush tukka. There will also be a Koorie Krismas market, performances from First Nations musicians, dancers and poets, as well as a visit from the main man, Koorie Klaus.
Australian Girls Christmas Choir: 10 and 18 December, 11am - 1pm
National Boys Choir of Australia: Sing Christmas: 11 December, 5pm - 7pm
Carols By Candlelight, 23 (rehearsal) and 24 December, from 4pm
Comedy Republic's Third Annual Christmas Pageant: 15-17 December
From Christmas carols to choir songs, the best way to spread Christmas cheer is by singing loud for all to hear. Over two weekends in December, you'll find the talented Australian Girls Choir roving Collins Street, delighting city visitors with angelic renditions of beloved Christmas carols, while the National Boys Choir will be taking over Melbourne Town Hall for a night of classic Christmas bangers.
And, of course, there are the Vision Australia Carols By Candlelight at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl on Christmas Eve. If you can't make it on the night before Christmas, why not check out the rehearsal show on December 23.
For those looking to add a little pre-Christmas jolly, Comedy Republic's Third Annual Christmas Pageant brings three nights of raucous comedy, cabaret and carols.
Laneway Learning Crafty Christmas: 4 December, 11am - 2:30pm
Native Festive Wreaths: 23 November, multiple sessions
Dried Botanical Holiday Wreath for Christmas Workshop: 26 November, 10:30am - 1pm
Christmas Clothing Swap: 3 December, 12pm - 4pm
If you're looking for ways to reduce waste and make your Christmas more sustainable, there are myriad craft classes and creative workshops at which you can master the art of festive DIY.
Create low-waste, handmade decorations and at the Laneway Learning Christmas crafternoon, or head to the Laneway Learning HQ for a festive wreath-making masterclass.
You can also master the more traditional art of wreath weaving at a dried wreath workshop hosted by the Royal Botanic Garden's Plant Craft Cottage. Rather than using wire, plastic or adhesives, the wreath is made by weaving, tying and threading materials together, with all flowers, seedpods, foliage and grasses used Australian grown.
And instead of hitting the stores, look great and feel good about it by choosing to swap, rather than buy, your new festive frocks. Swap up to five items of clothing at the Christmas Clothing Swap, including a minimum of two festive dresses plus accessories from high street to high-end fashion designers.
Christmas at the RACV Club
19 December to 23 December
Christmas is coming to the RACV City Club. From taking a photo with Santa to decorating gingerbread, the RACV City Club Christmas Village is bringing all the laughter and merriment to Bourke Street.
If you'd prefer to get out of town, gather the family for a day of celebration in the gardens of RACV's Healesville Country Club & Resort. Enjoy a festive high tea, beverages, Christmas activities for the kids, and expect a visit from a very special guest.
The RACV Bridge Club is also hosting its annual Christmas Luncheon at City Club, celebrating a wonderful year of Bridge events. There will be Bridge play in the morning, the final Bridge for 2022, followed by a 2-course festive lunch with beverages.