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Coming to Melbourne this Christmas? Visiting our great city at Christmas time can be a truly magical experience.

Victoria’s major city has everything from impressive light displays and Christmas carols, to test cricket and Boxing Day sales at this time of year.

Staying in the city means you won’t miss any of it! Looking to spend a couple of days in the city during your Christmas break? Why not choose our hostel in Melbourne and make the most of all the festivities? Our great location means we’re no more than walking distance or a short tram ride from everything the city has to offer!

Urban Central shares its tips about things to see when you stay in Melbourne at Christmas.

Light shows and decorations

When it comes to enchanting Christmas sights, Melbourne has a lot on offer.

Myer Christmas Windows

A long standing Melbourne Christmas sight is the Myer Christmas windows.

In their 64th year, these magical Christmas displays framed by the Myer windows, are iconic in the city’s festive scene.

You can see the Myer Christmas windows 7 days a week from 7am to 11pm, starting from the 10th November. They’re on display all the way up until the 5th of January 2020 – so if you’re in Melbourne at Christmas there is no reason to miss out.

The Myer window display is in the centre of the city and a short distance from other spectacular Christmas sights.

Read more about this year’s Myer Christmas display.

Christmas Festival

Melbourne’s Christmas festival turns the city into a festive wonderland!

The festival includes free events and activities at various places in the city.

Some of the festive action takes place at Federal Square. Visit this location during the lead up to Christmas and marvel at the:

  • Large LED Christmas tree

  • Giant glowing Christmas bauble

  • Nativity scene

  • Electric atmosphere

Wander through the city to see Christmas lights projected onto buildings including Town Hall.

If you are visiting Melbourne with children get a free photo with Santa at Melbourne Town Hall during set times.

Look out for Santa’s post box at the Australia Post GPO, a fun spot where children can send a letter to the North Pole.

Stay tuned for more details of the Christmas festival.

Carols by Candlelight

If you are visiting Melbourne at Christmas, Carols by Candlelight can be a memorable experience.

The Carols are held on Christmas Eve at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl located on the lawns of Kings Domain near the city.

With a lineup of performers and entertainment shown to national television audiences, being there to experience it live can be even better.

Sit in the crowd and enjoy captivating performances and a special Christmas atmosphere.

You can buy tickets for the event through Ticketek and support children who are blind or have low vision. Read more about how the event supports children with Vision Australia.

Boxing Day test cricket

Backyard cricket matches are not the only locations in Melbourne for cricket action during the festive season.

On 26 December the Boxing Day test cricket match spins into action at the MCG.

The match is iconic on the Australian cricket calendar and takes place at a perfect time for crowds to soak up the sporting atmosphere.

This year will see Australia take on New Zealand, the first test match between the neighbouring countries at the MCG in many years.

Tickets for any of the four days of the event are available through Ticketek.

Boxing Day sales

Looking for a post-Christmas bargain? Be part of the Boxing Day sales in the city.

City locations for the sales include Swanston Street and Melbourne City Central.

You can be part of the early morning rush or join the crowds a bit later.

In an era of online shopping the annual sales still draw crowds because of the great discounts on offer.

Read more about the Boxing Day sales and locations in Melbourne.

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New Year’s Eve

If you’re visiting Melbourne at Christmas, why not extend your stay to New Year’s Eve?

There is plenty happening in the city on the night of 31st December. This of course includes the fireworks displayed in the night skies above the city, which you can enjoy from various vantage points (including anywhere along the Yarra River!)

If you’re going to be in Melbourne on New Year’s Eve, having accommodation close by can help make your night seamless.

With public transport running all night, and a fabulous location in Southbank, Urban Central’s proximity to everything the city has on offer will give you extra reason to celebrate!

Choose our hostel in Melbourne when you visit this Christmas

Visiting Melbourne at Christmas can be a truly memorable experience.

There is a lot to see and do and being able to get around to the best spots without any hassle will make your visit even more special.

You can also get to other parts of Melbourne from the city using public transport if visiting friends or relatives during your stay.

Christmas in Melbourne means summer, too, so why not soak up the rays at some of our favourite beaches, including St Kilda Beach and Brighton Beach. View our guide (including how to get there from Urban Central!) in this blog post.

If you are coming to Melbourne during the festive season, make sure you consider Urban Central’s hostel in Melbourne for clean and affordable accommodation in an outstanding location.

We accommodate all kinds of guests, no matter the reason you’re visiting. Choose a room option that suits your needs:

Group bookings

If you’re travelling in a large group (to the Boxing Day test match, for example) avoid the disappointment and hassle of splitting your group up and staying in separate locations.

Read more about group bookings.

Family rooms

Stay in one of our private rooms for a budget-friendly family experience. Family rooms are equipped with a private ensuite bathroom and the option of 1 king size bed or 2 king single beds, plus a bunk bed (max. 4 occupants).

Further accommodation options

Our range of accommodation options means we can offer the right one for your Melbourne festive season!

View all room types and inclusions here. Remember that regardless of the room you select, all of our room types are capped at a maximum of four guests, offering you the utmost in comfort.

And best of all – Urban Central is a short trip from the sights and sounds of Christmas in the city.

If you would like to reserve your accommodation in Melbourne with us, check Urban Central’s availability and book online NOW!

Got any questions? Contact our friendly team today!