Finally, the warmer weather has hit Melbourne, and it’s time to start heading outdoors and into the sunshine. But why not take advantage of the warmer summer nights as well by enjoying a little outdoor cinema?
From 29 November to 31 March, the Moonlight Cinemas in the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne will give people (and their dogs!) the opportunity to watch movies under the stars. Expect well-beloved classics such as Love Actually just before Christmas, family films such as the animated The Grinch, and blockbusters such as Bumblebee and Venom. Rent a beanbag, bring a picnic basket and blankets, and sit back and enjoy.
Don’t fancy heading too far out of the city? Right smack-bang in the middle of the Melbourne CBD, you can attend the Rooftop Cinema at Curtin House from December until March. Along with the usual latest releases, the Rooftop Cinema is known for its more arthouse selection and heavy doses of nostalgia – take yourself back in time with Heathers, Stand by Me and Labyrinth while you sip on a cocktail from the rooftop bar.
For those not feeling the Christmas spirit in the Australian heat, there are plenty of free or affordable events and displays around the city to get you into the mood. There are a few famous yearly attractions, such as the renowned animated Myer Christmas window display, and the Gingerbread Village by Epicure (which typically accepts a gold coin donation), which this year showcases 560kg of gingerbread crafted into tiny houses, animals, people and, this year, Osaka Castle.
The sound and light displays of Melbourne’s Christmas Projections make the summer nights vibrant at Docklands, Town Hall and in Federation Square, where the giant Christmas tree stands at the “centrepiece of Melbourne’s Christmas Festival”. Crown Casino is also once again launching their Christmas version of ArtVo, the immersive art museum which allows you to place yourself inside pieces of art.
And, with public transport free on Christmas Day, you can take yourself out to one of the many parks and reserves around Melbourne that provide a free barbecue area for you, your family and friends to enjoy. If you’re looking to meet new people or feeling a little homesick, the Melbourne Social Club and Newcomers Network is also holding a Christmas picnic lunch from 12:00-3:00 in the Queen Victoria Gardens. Just bring along some food, drinks and a festive spirit, and this Christmas is sure to be merry and bright!