Celebrate Christmas with fun and free family events
Published on 27 November 2017
Tis the season to be jolly, so grab your family and friends and get into the Christmas spirit this year with our program of special festive events.
Movies Under the Stars
Bring a chair, beanbag or blanket and head to “Christmas Square” in the heart of Footscray for a selfie with Santa, a bite to eat from food trucks and a free family-friendly movie from 8.30pm.
Friday 1 December, The Santa Clause (PG)
Friday 8 December, Elf (PG)
Friday 15 December, Arthur Christmas (PG)
Maddern Square – Chambers Lane, Footscray. Please note this is an alcohol free event.
There is also a screening of Jingle all the Way at Braybrook Community Hub on Friday 15 December.
Family Festive Picnic at Footscray Park
Pack a picnic and head along to Footscray Park for a fun-filled Saturday afternoon. With live music, activities for the kids, and a visit from Santa this is one Chrissy event not to be missed!
Saturday 9 December, 3-5pm
Footscray Park, near the permanent stage.
Yarraville Carols in the Gardens
Gather your nearest and dearest and head to the beautiful Yarraville Gardens for the 24th anniversary of the Yarraville Carols. Carollers will be treated to performances from acclaimed musical acts, a visit from Santa and a spectacular fireworks display.
Saturday 16 December, 7 – 10.30pm
Yarraville Gardens, Hyde Street, Yarraville
Shopping in our City
The City of Maribyrnong is a shopper’s haven, renowned for its mix of fashionable boutiques, homewares, bookstores and a vast array of local markets.
Footscray Saigon Night Market
Friday 8 December, 4-11pm
Leeds Street, Footscray
Friday 15 December, 5-9pm
Saturday 16 December, 10am-3pm
Masonic Hall, Cnr Willis and Cantebury Streets Yarraville
Footscray Finds Christmas Market
Sunday 17 December, 8am-1pm
Footscray Library Carpark, 56 Paisley Street Footscray
Seddon Makers Market
Thursday 21 December, 9.30am-3pm
Seddon Uniting Church, Corner Gamon and Mackay Streets Seddon
Highpoint Shopping Centre
One of Melbourne’s largest shopping centres boasting over 500 stores. Visit highpoint.com.au for extended Christmas hour details.
Selfies with Santa
Who doesn’t love a selfie with Santa? He will be stopping by a few spots in our City, so come down and say hi. Don’t forget your present wish list. Further details here https://www.maribyrnong.vic.gov.au/festivalcity/Festivals-Activations/Merry-Christmas/Selfies-with-Santa
Carollers in our City
Get into the festive spirit with our Christmas carollers, performing at various locations around Maribyrnong this December. https://www.maribyrnong.vic.gov.au/festivalcity/Festivals-Activations/Merry-Christmas/Christmas-Carollers
Decorations around the City
Keep an eye out from late November for Council’s Christmas decorations around the City, which include Christmas lighting projections at the new Little Saigon Plaza in Byron St, a giant Christmas tree at the Ballarat Street Pop Up park and ‘Santa’s Chair’ at the Braybook Community Hub.
Look out for some bright decorations in Christmas windows throughout Footscray too, and don’t forget to support your local traders and shop locally this year.
NYE Fireworks in Footscray Park
Ring in the New Year with City of Maribyrnong’s spectacular Fireworks in Footscray Park. Kicking off at 6.30pm, this special event draws thousands to the banks of the iconic Maribyrnong River for a night of free live entertainment and an incredible early fireworks display.
A range of community events will also be taking place during the Festive Season program.
View the full Festive Season program: https://www.maribyrnong.vic.gov.au/festivalcity/Festivals-Activations/Merry-Christmas
Message from the Mayor, Cr Cuc Lam
"This time of year is a favourite for many of us… it provides us with an opportunity to take some time out and celebrate with family, friends and neighbours.
"Council’s Festive Season program is all about bringing our community together by offering some fantastic free events for the whole family to enjoy. I encourage you all to enjoy the festive fun around our City!"
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