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What's On In Melbourne In December

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Updated: 30 November 2016
Melbourne’s event calendar goes out with a bang this December as the silly season arrives and the city dashes into the festive season. Enjoy unique festivals and markets, concerts, a Superhero Symposium, Christmas Carols, mathematical magic and more.


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FESTIVAL | Mapping Melbourne

📅 December 1 – 17, 2016

Multicultural Arts Victoria presents the fourth annual Mapping Melbourne festival showcasing free multi-platform events exploring the theme of Asia and identity. See independent artists from China, Indonesia, Singapore, Australia, India, Thailand, Japan, Vietnam and Malaysia as they display live and visual art, music, dance and public programs.

📍 Various locations

CONCERT | Simone Young Conducts Wagner and Bruckner

📅 December 1 – 3, 2016

Conductor Simone Young returns to the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra to perform the final works of Wagner and Bruckner. Hear Wagner’s Parsifal: Excerpts from Act II and Bruckner’s Symphony No.9 featuring mezzo-soprano Michelle de Young and tenor Stuart Skelton.

📍 Hamer Hall 100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

MARKET | The Big Design Market

📅 December 2 – 4, 2016

Get all your Christmas shopping done at The Big Design Market at the Royal Exhibition Building. Across three days 230 designers will showcase home wares, fashion, furniture, stationary, kids’ toys and lifestyle products. Take part in a creative workshop, enjoy gourmet snacks and purchase an exclusive show bag. Entry is $2

📍 Royal Exhibition Building, 9 Nicholson Street Carlton, Victoria, Australia

FILM | Horror Movie Campout

📅 December 3, 2016

Get set for a camping festival so terrifying it will keep you up at night. Australia’s first horror movie campout is an immersive cinematic experience featuring live music, roaming actors, a death chamber scare maze, short films and two feature films to be voted on prior to the event. Get your tickets now if you dare.

📍Homestead Entrance Road, Point Cook, Victoria, Australia

GRAND OPENING | Arthur’s Seat Eagle Skylift

📅 December 3 – 4, 2016

Get ready to soar once more at Arthurs Seat on the new Eagle. After a $20 million reconstruction the iconic chairlift will swing back into action this December. The day will start with a ‘Welcome to Country’ and ‘Smoking Ceremony’ from the Boon Wurrung Foundation, a ribbon cutting ceremony and there will be family entertainers and musicians all day. The grand opening will be followed by a Family Fun Day on Sunday and gondola tickets are available now.

📍 Summit Station 795 Arthurs Seat Road Arthurs Seat, Victoria, Australia


CIRCUS | Papillon

📅 December 8 – 17, 2016

Visit the Wonderland Spiegeltent this December for a variety show extravaganza that is not your average circus. Featuring death-defying acrobatics, cheeky cigarette girls, comedy sketches, sideshow acts and music, Papillion is an awe-inspiring show that will have audiences roaring with laughter.

📍 Wonderland Spiegeltent 101 Waterfront Way Docklands, Victoria, Australia

TALK | Superhero Identities Symposium

📅 December 8 9, 2016

‘Fasten your utility belt and don your best cape’ as ACMI presents a two-day symposium to unmask superheroes across all eras and media platforms. Hear from over 50 leading superhero experts including Professor Henry Jenkins, writer of the Emmy Award-winning Batman: The Animated Series Paul Dini and Eisner Award-winning graphic novelist of A Wrinkle in Time Hope Larson.

📍 ACMI, Federation Square, Corner Swanston and Flinders Streets Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

TALK | Women in Comics

📅 December 9, 2016

Explore what it means to be a woman working in the comics industry, a female superhero and a female comics consumer at The Women in Comics panel at ACMI. Panelists include Eisner Award-winning graphic novelist Hope Larson of A Wrinkle in Time, artist Nicola Scott (Birds of Prey, Secret Six, Teen Titans, Black Magick), New York Times number 1 bestselling comic book author Tom Taylor and researchers Sarah Richardson and Naja Later.

📍 ACMI, Federation Square, Corner Swanston and Flinders Streets Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

TALK | In Conversation with Paul Dini

📅 December 9, 2016

One of the most prolific superhero writers of our time Paul Dini will make a rare public appearance as a part of the Superhero Identities Symposium. This Emmy, Eisner and Annie Award-winning writer’s credits include the best-selling graphic novel Dark Night: A True Batman Story, Clone Wars, Lost and co-creator of character Harley Quinn. Dini will be signing copies of Dark Night: A True Batman Story in the ACMI Shop following the event.

📍 ACMI, Federation Square, Corner Swanston and Flinders Streets Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

CONCERT | Messiah

📅 December 10 – 11, 2016

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra presents the annual performance of Handel’s Messiah. Conducted by Paul Goodwin, this piece was composed in 1741 and remains of the most recognizable melodies in classical music. The lineup will include soprano Emma Matthews, mezzo-soprano Luciana Mancini, tenor Charles Daniels, and bass Christopher Richardson.

📍 Hamer Hall 100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


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Amy Schumer by Mario Santor © Mario Santor/WikimediaCommons | Pexels | Swanlake015 © Paata Vardanashvili/WikimediaCommons | Pixabay

COMEDY | Amy Schumer Live

📅 December 12, 2016

Get set for a night of hilarity as comedic force Amy Schumer takes to the stage at Rod Laver Arena for one night of embarrassing anecdotes, insults and hilarious sketches. The award-winning stand-up comedian, actress, writer, producer and director of Inside Amy Schumer and Trainwreck has only performed once previously in Australia so this show is set to sell out.

📍 Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne and Olympic Parks, Olympic Blvd, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

MARKET | Ethical Christmas Night Market

📅 December 13, 2016

Providing an alternative Christmas shopping experience, the Ethical Christmas Night Market has a range of home décor, clothing and accessories, beauty products, toys and jewelry which fall into fair-trade, vegan, homemade and eco-friendly categories. To set the mood the market also includes great food, music and all things Christmas.

📍 One Community Church 184 Surrey Road, Blackburn, Victoria, Australia

BALLET | St. Petersburg Ballet Swan Lake

📅 December 13 – 15, 2016

Watch in awe as Russia’s renowned St Petersburg Ballet Theatre perform Tchaikovsky’s magnificent Swan Lake. The classic love story of Prince Siegfried and the Swan Princess Odette is set among lavish sets with a company of 60 all dressed in striking costumes.

📍 Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre – 1 Convention Centre Place, Plenary South Wharf, Victoria, Australia

BALLET | St Petersburg Ballet – The Nutcracker

📅 December 16 – 17, 2016

After presenting Swan Lake, Russia’s critically acclaimed St Petersburg Ballet Theatre will perform Tchaikovsky’s Christmas classic The Nutcracker. The magical, full length production follows Clara and her adventures with the Nutcracker Prince to battle the Mouse King. A company of 60 will bring the beloved story to life in Melbourne this December.

📍 Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre – 1 Convention Centre Place, Plenary South Wharf, Victoria, Australia

THEATRE | Science of Magic and Mathematics

📅 December 16 – 25, 2016

A magic show like no other where professional scientists meet magicians to explain the miracle behind magic without giving away the trick. Suitable for the whole family, this show explores 5,000 years of intellectual and scientific endeavors and seemingly unsolvable mysteries and paradoxes.

📍 The University of Melbourne 230 Grattan Street Parkville, Victoria, Australia

MARKET | Heide Maker’s Market

📅 December 18, 2016

Heide Museum of Modern Art and The Rose St. Artists’ Market have collaborated to bring Victorians an eclectic mix of art, design and handcrafted goods from a variety of stallholders. Set in the Heide Museum of Modern Art sculpture park the Makers Market is set to inspire you.

📍 Heide Museum of Modern Art – Sculpture Park 7 Templestowe Road, Bulleen


Carols by Candlelight, Melbourne, Christmas 1998 © DocklandsTony/WikimediaCommons | Pexels
Carols by Candlelight, Melbourne, Christmas 1998 ©DocklandsTony/WikimediaCommons | Pexels

CONCERT | Carols by Candlelight

📅 December 24, 2016

It wouldn’t be Christmas in Melbourne without Vision Australia’s Carols by Candlelight. This year Lisa Wilkinson will be joined by David Campbell as they host artists including Marina Prior, Denis Walter and Silvie Paladino, with a very special appearance by Santa. Profits will support children who are blind or have low vision.

📍 Sidney Myer Music Bowl Linlithgow Ave, Victoria, Australia

CONCERT | Carols by Candlelight Dromana 2016

📅 December 24, 2016

If your find yourself on the Mornington Peninsula this Christmas then head to the Dromana foreshore for their annual Christmas Carols event. The free concert will feature the Mornington Youth & Citizens Brass Band, the Choir from the University of the Third Age – Southern Peninsula Division, and the student choir from the Dromana Primary School. There will also be a sausage sizzle, ice cream dessert with all funds raised going to the local Salvation Army.

📍Dromana Foreshore, Victoria, Australia


MUSIC | Beyond the Valley

📅 December 26, 2016 – January 1, 2017

Now in its third year, Beyond the Valley is set to unleash its biggest lineup with local and international artists and DJs including Chance the Rapper, Zhu, Sticky Fingers and Vera Blue across three stages. The New Year ’s Eve festival will also include morning yoga classes, a hammock park, shopping stalls and plenty of food trucks.

📍 Lardner Park 155 Burnt Store Road, Warragul, Victoria, Australia

CELEBRATION | Melbourne New Year’s Eve Fireworks

📅 December 31, 2016

Bring in the New Year with Melbourne’s largest public celebration. Start the night off with Early Eve celebrations featuring the family firework display at 9:30pm. The party will then kick into high gear with live entertainment as the countdown to midnight begins. When the clock strikes 12, Melbourne’s skyline will burst to life with a colorful fireworks display.

📍 Various locations