All good things come to those who wait, but why wait when it’s already December. With 2019 coming to an end, it’s time for the holidays. But these holidays are not just for cuddling up in your warm and cozy blankets. What about spicing it up a little this time? How about gifting your family a holiday that they will fall in love with? All it needs is a trip to the beautiful city of Melbourne.
The capital city of the Australian state of Victoria, Melbourne is home to some of the most popular cultural institutions in the nation. The UNESCO has recognized Melbourne as a city of Literature, and the global centre for theatre, live music and street art. The city of Melbourne in December is joyful and entertaining and comes to its full beauty.
11 Best Things To Do In Melbourne In December
Here’s a list of the top few things not to miss in Melbourne in December:
1. Soak Some Sunshine On The Beaches
Melbourne is home to a few of the most picturesque beaches with the safest and clearest of water. Blue ocean water lined with silvery sand and bordered with green palm trees, these beaches are ideal both for a great swim and just for tanning in the sun. The Port Melbourne’s beach being the closest to the accommodation centers, can be reached by a short ride on the city’s light rail system.
The most picturesque beach of Melbourne, St Kilda beach is situated at the edge of the suburbs and houses many restaurants and cafes where one can grab a quick and plentiful bite. The Sorrento beach being one of the most family friendly beaches in Melbourne, has arrangements for public barbecue and sheltered picnic, which makes for a great fun time with the family.
2. Shop Your Heart Out In The Melbourne City Centre
Be it a sweet gift for your friends or a gorgeous dress for your spouse, you can get it all in the Melbourne City Center. One can easily spot a wide array of quality products available at prices ranging between heavily discounted to extravagant. The city’s Southbank, Docklands and the Southern Cross Station are the closest areas from the City center which are home to some of the finest outlets selling all kinds of goods and commodities at very favorable prices. The Bourke Street Mall hosts the very popular international clothing brand of Zara, and is one of the best places in the city for some exclusive brand shopping.
3. Cherry Picking At The Cherryhill Orchard
Since decades, various health professionals and our own caring grandmas and Nani mas have touted the importance of fruits and veggies in everyday diet. What can be better than picking a fresh fruit from the tree itself on a warm winter afternoon? An Australian family owned cherry farm located 45 minutes from Melbourne in the Yarra Valley. The CherryHill Orchards is inviting you to pick your own cherries, right from the orchards. The picturesque property in the Yarra Valley, produces the finest cherries in the whole country, and they are opening their gates this time for you to have this once in a lifetime experience.
The orchards are going to be open everyday between 9am and 5pm, except for the Christmas day, and the CherryHill team will be showing you how to pick the best of cherries which you can later gorge on. There’s no cost for the cherries eaten in the orchard itself, as they are included in the entry cost of $15 per adult, but you will be charged a small fee for every kg of cherry that you wish to take home. From cherry ice-creams to live music, it’s certainly not going to be all about cherry-picking.
4. Experience The Wonders Of Nature At The Phillip Island
If it’s December and you are in Melbourne then one thing that you must not miss is the Phillip Island’s Penguin Parade. The Phillip Island being one of the most diverse wildlife viewing spots, is a heaven for nature lovers. The Penguin Parade usually happens every evening and sees a conglomeration of thousands and millions of visitors. The cute little penguins appear in great numbers playing around and scurrying up the sand. The other wildlife attractions in Melbourne includes colonies of wallabies, fur seals and the Australian Kangaroos.
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5. Cinema Under Moonlight
Want to experience an exhilarating time watching some great movies under the stars and moonlight? The Moonlight Cinema arranges for such an experience at the Botanical Garden in Melbourne. With a number of cult classics and some of the latest releases in an open air amphitheater, it’s going to be a one of a kind experience watching some of the greatest movies under the cool and pleasant summer moon. Besides your favorite outdoor cinema, there are also plenty of food trucks, cocktails and bars, all available on the site for an entertaining and relaxed social night.
6. Experience Rain That Never Drenches Your Clothes
How cool would it be to walk in the rain without worrying about being drenched? Sounds like a dream, but it’s actually possible at the Rain Room in Melbourne. The Rain Room is one of the most famous artworks of the London-based Random International immersive artwork, where visitors experience an indoor rain which never dampens their clothes. The elusive installation can be experienced at the Jackalope Pavillion, situated on the corner of Acland and Jackson streets in St Kilda.
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7. Rejuvenate At Hot Springs Spa
This is one of the most popular tourist’s delights in winter. Located in Fingal, Victoria, the Hot Springs are around 2 hours from Melbourne and one of the most beautiful nature’s springs where you can pamper yourself during a thrilling vacation in December. The springs provide hot natural healing mineral water up to 60-degree Celsius which will refresh your mind and calm your senses.
Besides being known for its amazing healing qualities, these hot springs provide an amazing bathing experience at the spa centers which are located by these hot springs. These hot springs are one of the tried and tested methods for rejuvenating the body and soul.
8. Eat And Drink In A Cozy Setting In Melbourne’s Pubs
Everyone is aware of the incredible pub culture of Melbourne. Not only is it known for bringing up and launching the best restaurant bars but the Melbourne’s cocktail scene has come a long way. As the December month in Melbourne gets harsh and it’s so cold outside, some awesome pubs in Melbourne with fireplaces come to your rescue.
The hot and hearty meals will please everyone and the warm ambiance in the frigid winter weather will render an unforgettable experience. Head with your family and friends to enjoy a glass of wine or beer alongside the roaring open fire. A fireplaces amidst the frosty winds makes these pubs the best and the coziest place in Melbourne in December.
9. Movie With Free Popcorn At Fed Square Christmas Film Screenings
Christmas is all about fun, eating and drinking! Fed Square Christmas film screenings will ignite the festive spirit even more. Free screenings of your favorite Christmas classics at Federation Square will render one of a kind film screening experiences. Also, get to witness special performances by the Australian Ballet Company make the night extra magical.
Relax with family-friendly Christmas films on the Big screen on a deckchair and also catch the Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. All moviegoers can also grab a bucket of free popcorn and sugar plum fairy floss. Enjoy a cost-free night of fun with your family.
10. Celebrate The Onset Of Summer At Midsummer Festival Melbourne
Midsummer festival Melbourne in the month of December is Australia’s premier cultural festival. It has been a holiday highlight since ages. Kick off the beginning of the New Year in style and celebrate the Christmas season in full swing at this festival organized by the crew at Munich Brauhaus. Usually it is held annually for 22 days across January and February in Melbourne, Australia but some venues in Melbourne host this flower-crown themed party in the December month itself and its a massive program which simply cannot be missed.
The one organized by Munich Brauhaus bar features an array of live entertainment options, face painting for the kids so much more. What makes the festival all the more amazing is their brand-new beer garden, the thrilling cocktail menu, and limited addition flavored beers. There is no better way to come to life than during this festival at Munich Brauhaus.
11. Shop One Of A Kind Gifts At Queen Victoria Market
Melbourne is known for being the cultural capital of Australia brimming with a variety of homemade crafts and artisan culinary delights. Queen Victoria Market will be a one-stop shopping market this festive season where you can discover one of the most unique finds in Australia.
From handmade locally produced gifts to feasting preparations and festive fun, this enchanting market is filled with festive cheer. Home to Melbourne’s best fresh produce and specialty foods, the market houses more than 60 fruit and vegetable stalls along with showcasing a treasure trove of unique gifts.
Right from from jewelry to books, clothing and accessories to home wares, and tasty wine, the market is filled with special creations for you to take home and cherish. Do not miss this market at any cost while in Melbourne in December and stock up exciting and unique presents for your loved ones.
Weather In Melbourne In December
December sees the beginning of summer in Melbourne. December to February is the peak summer time in Melbourne. In December you can expect highest temperature to be 24 or 25 degrees Celsius. Evenings are comparatively colder and quite pleasant. Minimum temperature can be 14 or 13 degrees Celsius. December is also the peak travel time in Melbourne due to its general pleasant weather this month.
Melbourne, Australia is one of the most happening places in the world with breathtaking attractions that make you realize how beautiful life really is. Right from world class food and drink experiences to unbeatable entertainment options, Melbourne in December becomes an eclectic city with near perfect weather. Surprisingly, it is also named as the happiest city in the world and offers something for everyone to enjoy. So what better idea than a super trip to Melbourne to celebrate the end of 2019 with your family members and friends.
Frequently Asked Questions About Melbourne In December
A. With summer arriving in the Southern Hemisphere, December is an excellent month to visit Melbourne. During this time of the year, you will witness a multitude of Christmas and New Year events and festivals, Boxing Day, vibrant night markets with food stalls and music and much more
A. Melbourne has moved up on the list of world’s most expensive cities. Melbourne is number 64, up from 77 which implies it has become more expensive than before. It is however less expensive than Sydney which comes at number 32 in the list of world’s most expensive cities.
A. 1.Federation Square. Federation Square
2. Summer Night Market
3. Royal Botanic Gardens
4. Presidents Cup Golf Tournament at Crown Riverwalk
5. Melbourne Cricket Ground
6. National Gallery of Victoria
7. Melbourne City Center
8. Phillip Island’s Penguin Parade
9. Melbourne Museum and Royal Exhibition Building
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