Nine reasons to get festive in Docklands this Christmas

Melbourne’s Christmas Festival is expanding to Docklands with a series of fun, free, festive events.

Docklands Christmas Tree Forest
Daily until 22 December | Harbour Esplanade

Explore a forest of live Christmas trees along Harbour Esplanade with the Docklands Christmas Tree Forest. The installation of traditional Christmas trees is located on the water’s edge behind Hortus Café, just near the Cow Up a Tree sculpture. Make sure you wander through the forest at night as the trees light up.

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Christmas comes to Docklands

Christmas Carols and Characters
Fridays 9, 16, 23 December, Saturday 10, 17, 24 December | Victoria Harbour Promenade

From choirs and duets to one-person bands, Christmas carollers and festive characters will rove through the Forest of Trees and along Victoria Harbour Promenade, spreading their Christmas cheer.

Christmas Design Market
Friday 9, 16 and 23 December (5:00pm – 9:00pm) | Harbour Esplanade

Get a gift for that special someone at the Docklands Christmas Design Market featuring hand-crafted products from local artisans. Expect everything from olive oil, cheese and hot sauce to children’s clothing and handmade accessories using recycled goods.

Christmas Projections
Daily until 22 December (9:00pm – 10:30pm) | NAB Building, Victoria Harbour Promenade façade and waterfront

For the first time the stunning Christmas Light Projections come to Docklands. Electric Canvas, creators of the much-loved projections on Melbourne Town Hall and Federation Square, have produced a show that will illuminate the waterfront.

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A glimpse of the Docklands Christmas light projections

There are plenty more reasons to make Docklands your number one Christmas destination:

See Santa’s Christmas Spectacular at the Wonderland Speigletent. Santa’s magical workshop will come to life in a fun-filled circus adventure for the whole family. Saturdays and Sundays until 18 December 11.30am to 4.30pm.

Shop at Harbour Town Melbourne and explore a range of speciality stores and brand direct outlets. On 10 December you’ll also be treated plenty of kid-friendly events and entertainment.

Do take a spin on Melbourne Star Observation Wheel. Board a flight after dark to see the city sparkling with Christmas lights.

Eat at Banoi and catch up with friends this Christmas while tucking into home-style Vietnamese.

Drink to health and happiness with a glass of locally-sourced wine at Tap 831.