You’ve finally finished work for the year and are looking to two blissful weeks of Christmas celebrations!


Spending time in Melbourne? Whether you’re visiting from the suburbs, from the country, another state, or overseas, you’re lucky enough to be here for the festive season!

While others are busy with last-minute Christmas shopping (luckily, you wrapped that up weeks ago!) you’re looking forward to roaming around Melbourne and taking in all the unique festivities on offer.

This week, Urban Central is sharing some of our favourite Christmas and holiday events that are going on in Melbourne.

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But first - before you get here - have you booked your hotel?

Searching for cheap accommodation in Melbourne? You can’t beat Urban Central for value and location! Situated just outside of the CBD, you’re just a short walk or tram ride from Melbourne’s best festive offers.

Explore our room types here  and if you’re ready to book, you can do so using our secure online portal here .

Ice skating rink at Queen Victoria Market

Experience a White Christmas as if you were in Europe, the USA, or Canada when you visit the custom-made Air Canada ice skating rink at Queen Victoria Market.

Visitors and travel junkies will love this unique outdoor ice-skating rink that brings elements of a quintessential White Christmas to the Land Down Under.

Whether you’ve never pulled on the skates before or fancy yourself a bit of a Kristy Yamaguchi, you’re guaranteed a day of fun, laughter, and maybe some spills at the Queen Vic Market.

Also on offer is:

  • Gelato
  • Coffee
  • Fairy floss
  • Popcorn, and
  • Canada’s famous dish, Poutine (French fries, cheese curd, and gravy - so yum!)
  • Don’t miss this once in a lifetime event happening at C Shed at the Queen Vic until the 24th of December.

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    Getting to Queen Vic Market

    Getting there couldn’t be easier!

    Simply hop on the 246 or 234 bus from right outside our building, and within 15 minutes, you’ll be at the market! Hop off at stop “City (Queen Victoria Market)”.


    Gingerbread Village at Fed Square

    See this incredible gingerbread village at the Riverside Gallery at Federation Square this Christmas season.

    Appreciate the brilliance and creativity of chefs from Epicure while simultaneously raising money for an important cause - gold coin donations taken by visitors go straight to the Royal Children’s Hospital.

    Now in its ninth year, this year’s village contains:

  • 560kg of gingerbread
  • 420kg of icing
  • 185kg of marzipan
  • 900 mini Christmas trees
  • This FREE expo runs until Christmas Eve, and is open daily from 9am to 8:15pm.

    Getting to Fed Square

    You’ve got a couple of options:

  • Take the 234 or 236 bus from outside Urban Central to stop “Casino East” then walk for about 7 minutes, crossing the Yarra and walking down Flinders Walk
  • Take the #12 tram from our hostel and hop off at the Town Hall. From there, it’s a quick 4-minute walk
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    Lights and Christmas tree at Federation Square

    Capture a truly Instagram-worthy snap of the dazzling display and giant Christmas tree that light up Fed Square.

    There’s no escaping the holiday joy while you’re under these stunning lights!

    Your absolute must-do: make sure to get a photo inside the Giant Christmas Bauble! It’s truly beautiful.

    Enjoy Melbourne’s holiday celebrations in Fed Square until the 25th of December.


    Christmas lighting projections

    Get amongst the festive atmosphere as you enjoy the stunning, glittering lights of the city of Melbourne’s light projection show.

    Lighting up the walls of Fed Square and other city icons, this free light show will delight people of all ages!

    And how cool is this? You can leave your own artsy mark on the Yarra Building using “finger-paint” technology!

    The lights come to life every night from 9pm to 10:20pm until Christmas night.


    Summer night market at Queen Victoria Market

    Enjoy a variety of attractions and events at the Queen Victoria Market this holiday season.

    Don’t forget to drop by the Summer Night Market this festive season (or beyond - it actually runs until the 20th of March, 2019, so you’ve still got plenty of time to attend!)

    The summer markets run every Wednesday night, excluding Boxing Day (26th December).

    Food shopping has never been this fun or immersive, with over 60 global street food stalls, festival bars and shopping stalls combined with entertainment and live music.


    Enjoy cheap accommodation in Melbourne at Urban Central

    Excited to explore Melbourne this Christmas?

    Don’t forget to look for affordable accommodation right in the heart of Melbourne CBD.

    Urban Central offers various types of rooms that fit your need whether you are travelling solo or with a group of mates!

    Our friendly staff ensures that everything runs smoothly during your stay, so you’ll spend less time worrying about finding cheap accommodation, and more time enjoy all that Melbourne offers during this exciting time of the year.

    With Urban Central, you’ll enjoy a comfortable, clean, and friendly place that truly feels like your home away from home!

    Explore our room types here and book online now for an unforgettable holiday in Melbourne!