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2014 Christmas Events!!!

There are many places to celebrate this Christmas in your local area this year.  Here we have provided an easy to read and comprehensive guide to events throughout Monash, Stonnington and Glen Eira as well as some events in our great city!

We hope you, your families and friends have a safe and happy festive season and that you enjoy some of the events below.

  • Santa Storytime at Monash Library

Monday 1 December, 10.30am- Wheelers Hill branch, 860 Ferntree Gully Road

Tuesday 2 December, 10.30am- Glen Waverley branch, 112 Kingsway

Tuesday 2 December, 2pm- Mulgrave branch, 36 – 42 Mackie Road, Located in the Wellington Reserve Community Centre

Wednesday 3 December, 10.30am- Mount Waverley branch, 41 Miller Crescent

Thursday 4 December, 10.30am- Oakleigh branch, 148 Drummond Street

Friday 5 December, 10.30am- Clayton branch, 9-15 Cooke Street (West side)

No bookings required. All children aged 5 years and younger are welcome to attend the Santa Storytimes.

For more information, please visit Monash Public Library Service

  • Monash Carols By Candlelight

Sunday 14 December

Jells Park, Wheelers Hill

4pm – 10pm
Main concert starts at 8pm

More than 25,000 people are expected to attend the 26th annual Monash Carols by Candlelight on Sunday 14 December.

The carols concert is the most popular event on Monash’s annual events calendar. It attracts the highest attendance of any carols concert in Melbourne, with even greater numbers than the iconic Carols by Candlelight event at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl.

Held in Jells Park (Wheelers Hill), the FREE family event will include a fireworks finale, back by popular demand.

The event will kick off at 4pm with the Kids Zone which includes face painting, a jumping castle, Santa’s reindeer and Scouts Australia activities. There will be an opportunity for children to have their picture taken with Santa (so bring your camera along).

The main concert will get underway at 8pm and will once again be compered by Channel 9’s Pete Smith. The feature act ‘Urban Praise’ will bring a rich blend of R&B, soul and gospel, featuring some of Melbourne’s most talented performers from many cultures and churches. The Monash Concert Band and guest soloists Michael Prizeman, Jordie Howell and Samantha Du Rennes will also perform. Santa will make a special appearance before the night finishes with a spectacular fireworks finale at 10pm.

Glow novelties and a selection of drinks and snacks will be available for purchase. The Monash Carols by Candlelight is a drug, alcohol and smoke free event. Given the fireworks, dogs are not allowed for their own safety. Please bring a torch, picnic rug and warm clothes.

Event Program:

4pm – 7pmKids Zone
7.15pmChildren’s Show on stage
8pmMonash Carols by Candlelight Concert
10pmFireworks finale (weather permitting)
  • Win a Jolly Christmas Hamper

Retailers from across Stonnington have come together to create a Christmas hamper full of goodies for you and your family. For your chance to win, simply snap a photo of what Christmas in Stonnington means to you, post it on Instagram and include the hashtag #stonningtonchristmas and tag @whats_on_stonnington to go into the draw. Visit our Instagram page now.

The competition closes on the 12th day of Christmas, Saturday 6 January 2015, so get snapping! For full terms and conditions click here.

  •  A Kids Christmas at Ardrie Park
Kid’s Christmas features children’s activities with a festive flair, glittering entertainment for the young, and the young at heart, and a special surprise performance from one of Australia’s most loved and popular children’s performers. Shhh it’s a secret and we have promised not to tell!Saturday  6 December 2014
4.00 – 7.00pm
Ardrie Park, Ardrie Road, Malvern East
Free event
On-street parking only
  • Christmas Concert at Central Park
Enjoy a dazzling line-up of festive music featuring some of the State’s leading vocalists accompanied by the stunning South of the River Choir and festive favourites Stonnington City Brass, Malvern.Saturday 13 December
7.30 – 9.30pm
Central Park, Burke Road, Malvern
Free event
On-street parking only
  • Carols at Como Park

Featuring special guest Australian singer-songwriter, pianist, comedian, writer and star of television program Offspring, Eddie Perfect, this magical night ends with a mesmerising fireworks finale.

Sunday 14 December 7.30 – 9.45pm Como Park, Williams Road, South Yarra Free event Parking on Como Park North Oval – enter from Alexandra Avenue North

  • Santa Storytime

Join Santa and his elf assistant for special Santa Storytime sessions and Christmas decoration making for children aged 0 – 10 years at all four Stonnington libraries in December.

For more information, to book and for the full Stonnington Libraries Christmas program, please visit the Stonnington Libraries website. Bookings are essential and open 10am, 10 November.

  • Town Hall Lights

Malvern Town Hall, cnr Glenferrie Road and High Street
Prahran Town Hall, cnr Chapel Street and Greville Street

See and feel the spirit of Christmas in Stonnington, with both Town Halls sprinkled in festive cheer from mid-November.

  • Carols in the Park- with Anthony Callea and a lightshow spectacular

Sunday 14 December
Bentleigh Hodgson Reserve
Higgins Road, Bentleigh

Main stage entertainment 5pm–9pm

Hosted by Spencer McLaren with live performances by local schools and community groups, The MikMaks, Anthony Callea, The Decibelles and Special SURPRISE visitor!

Roving performances by The Swans and The Reindeer Elves.

A selection of healthy and traditional food to choose from .

  • Christmas Tree Festival

Since the early 1960’s the Oakleigh Centre has been selling Christmas trees to raise funds for the people we support. A parent, Frank Burton, who sold trees from his backyard, initiated the event. Fresh quality trees sourced from the Dandenong Christmas tree farm, are available throughout December, starting from $45 for 4foot. We also have a Christmas tree shop that provides small decorations for your tree, and high quality tree stands that will last for years to come.
In 2014, the Christmas trees will be available from Saturday 29th November – Wednesday 24th December. Our Christmas Tree Shop is open 1pm-6pm Monday-Friday and 8am-6pm Saturday and Sunday at the top car park on 773 Warrigal Road.
The Festival is staffed totally by volunteers and all profits go to the Centre’s programs. Customers and volunteers are always in demand. Enquiries welcome on 9569 0603.
Have fun and enjoy the true spirit of Christmas by giving to others

  • Santa’s Post Box

What would you like for Christmas? Write a letter to Santa and post it in Santa’s Post Box.
Include a self-addressed envelope and stamp and get a reply from Santa himself. You can find Santa’s Post Box on the corner of Swanston Street and Collins Street.

City Square
44-86 Swanston Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

03 9658 9556
ChristmasFestival@melbourne.vic.gov.au
melbourne.vic.gov.au/christmas

07/11/2014 to 19/12/2014
Mon-Sun: all day

  • Santa’s Christmas Spectacular at Wonderland Fun Park

Nov 15 to Dec 24

Wonderland Fun Park Presents Santa’s Christmas Spectacular – A Magical Wonderland of fun that you and your family will never forget.

It’s a Christmas Spectacular where you can enjoy all of your favourite Christmas treats, The North Pole with snow falls daily and the one and only talking tree complete with Santa’s Mailbox to post those special letters. Keep your eyes peeled for Santa and his friends who will be making appearances throughout the day.

  • Tiffany & Co Christmas Tree

New York comes to Chadstone with the exclusive Christmas Tree beautifully decorated by Tiffany with evergreens, sparkling lights, stunning ornaments and the famous blue boxes.

YOUR CHANCE TO WIN!

Simply, capture your Tiffany & Co. Christmas Tree moment at Chadstone – The Fashion Capital and tell us your Christmas wish for your chance to WIN a $1000 Chadstone gift card, to make your Christmas wishes come true.

See the Tiffany & Co Christmas Tree in centre for more details.

  • Chadstone Santa Photos

He makes a list and checks it twice, so make sure your little ones know they’re in Santa’s good books this year. Between 20 November and 24 December, visit Santa’s workshop and have your children’s photograph taken with the jolly man in the red suit.

There’s roving entertainment to keep everyone amused and a special Lindt treat for every child that meets Santa.

Located on the lower level outside Lindt.
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