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Fed Festive Season

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12 November 2021 - 25 December 2021
24 Hours
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Christmas in the Square

Get ready to get Fed festive, as we are turning up the fun dial to the max to celebrate the silly season, being out and about again – and being able to properly say hello, Melbourne!

Of course, all your favourites will be back: Christmas Square, featuring the HUGE 16metre-high Christmas tree and ever-popular Santa’s Workshop for all those cute happy snaps with the big guy in red.

While you’re there, you must also drop by to have a selfie with Fred and Fifi, dressed in their finest Christmas-themed get-up – they’re enormous light-up sculpture installations, thanks to the creative mastery of the team at A Blanck Canvas.

Rounding out the action is the Pillars of Light festival for Chanukah; Koorie Kristmas with the Koorie Heritage Trust; Christmas in the Wizarding World at Fed Square, featuring a not-to-be-missed live performance from the cast of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child; followed closely by Wizard Week, where we’re screening all the Harry Potter films up on the Big Screen, marathon-style; a santa-sack-packed program of your fave Christmas films; the Fed Christmas Workshop series, featuring a sure-to-be-a-hot-ticket Christmas Wreath workshop with Melbourne floristry icon Flowers Vasette; and heaps more!

Check out the full program below and start planning your Fed festivities this Christmas at the Square!

Christmas Square

From 12 November

This Christmas will be one to remember, with the return of the stunning 16  metre-high Christmas Tree and Santa’s Workshop at Fed Square. Wander around a Christmas wonderland featuring lots of exciting new additions, and bring the fam to get a happy snap with the big guy in red. You can even let him know what’s on your Christmas list this year – we hope you’ve been nice and not too naughty!

Santa's Workshop

From 12 November

Come and visit Santa and his Elves, as he tinkers away in his Melbourne workshop, making toys and presents for the big day.

The Christmas Gulls

From 12 November

Join enormous Fred and massive Fifi in the Square this Christmas for a cute Fed Christmas pic! Thanks to the creative mastery of the team at A Blanck Canvas, our seagull mascots are now larger-than-life light-up installations, bringing some Fed Square-style Christmas cheer to the Square.

Fed Square is supportive of the Victorian Government’s public health directions to manage the COVID-19 pandemic and Melbourne’s reopening, including those in relation to vaccination requirements. Our priority is the safety of the community who uses Fed Square as well as all those who work at the precinct. To support us in making Fed Square a safe and welcoming place for all, anyone visiting Fed Square to attend a hospitality venue, cultural institution, or an organised event should be prepared to provide proof of being vaccinated in line with Government directions and guidelines. 

View our COVIDSafe plan here.


Past Events:

10 Days of Christmas Shopping Festival

19-29 November

To celebrate the City of Melbourne’s 10-day Christmas Shopping Festival, we’ve got 10 x $100 Fed Square dining vouchers to give away – one for each day of the festival!

Chanukah – Pillars of Light

28 November–5 December

Each evening features a bespoke program focusing on a specific theme, including inclusivity, harmony, connection, youth, Jewish young adult, sport, reconciliation and diversity. Guest speakers, dignitaries, artistic performers, cultural groups, sports people and more will be invited to light the menorah, bringing together our varied communities through hope, positivity, love and light to celebrate Chanukah 2021.

Christmas in the Wizarding World

7 December | From 5pm

We’re celebrating Christmas in the Wizarding World with a special live performance by the cast of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a virtual wand workshop and a free screening of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. So grab your wands and dress up in your favourite Wizarding World inspired costumes – this is one not to be missed! Presented in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and Roadshow Films.

Four people dressed in red and white giant candy cane costumes
Giant Candy Canes - roving performance

7 December | 4.30pm-6.30pm

Towering at 3.6 and 2.5 metres tall, prepare to meet the biggest Candy Canes ever! These Giant Candy Canes are cheeky, chatty and hocked up on sugar! They engage everyone with their playful nature and Christmas cheer. Come and visit them here at Fed Square and have a photo with the perfect eye candy!

Koorie Krismas

10-12 December

Have yourself a very Koorie Krismas this year at Fed Square! Head down to the Square to see daily performances by The Dreaming Project, Bunjil and Waa and the Djirri Djirri Dance Group, a screening of the film Bran Nue Dae and a special appearance by everyone’s favourite Claus, Koorie Klaus. Presented by the Koorie Heritage Trust in partnership with Fed Square.

Father Bob surrounded by many Santa Claus'
Father Bob’s We Need a Little Christmas Variety Show

15 December | 1pm

Appearing on the Main Stage, Father Bob’s We Need a Little Christmas Variety Show promises a non-stop, fast-paced overload of Christmas spirit and entertainment.

A green christmas wreath with pine and pine cones
Fed Christmas Workshops (SOLD OUT)

21 November & 17 December

Get prepared for the holiday season the fun way this Christmas, with Fed Christmas Workshops! Learn how to make a beautiful holiday wreath with Melbourne floristry icon Flowers Vasette or maximise your mixology methodology with IceBar, and learn to impress all your friends with your own fancy cocktails.

Christmas Film Screenings

10–18 December

It’s the Happiest Season at Fed Square, so Grinches and Gremlins beware: you’ll need to head on National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, because Elf says, this Christmas on the Big Screen at Fed Square is about Love, Actually. Check out the full program of classic Christmas Films and plan your Bran Nue Dae!

The Huxleys - Christmas Pop Up Performance

16 December | 5:30pm-5:45pm

Pop in to Fed Square this Festive Season to see the incredible Huxleys in a special pop-up performance!

Presented by Metro Tunnel Creative Program supported by Fed Square.

A collage of the Sorting Hat, Hedwig, a Le Creuset pot with the Golden Snitch on a smokey background
Harry Potter x Le Creuset Instagram Competition

Winner drawn 20 December | Instagram

Show off your kitchen wizardry for the chance to WIN an exclusive Harry Potter x Le Creuset Collection worth $750 – just in time for the holidays!

Harry, Hermione and Ron are posing for the camera in their robes with Scabbers the rat on Ron's right shoulder
Wizard Week

20-24 December

Get ready, witches and wizards – we’re screening all the Harry Potter films, in order, Mad-Moody marathon-style, this Wizard Week at Fed Square. The deckchairs will be out, so it’s time to pull our your finest yuletide robes – and we’ll see you there! Presented by Fed Square in partnership with Roadshow Films.

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Knitted Architecture, 2021

27 November-29 December

In the spirit of togetherness, the Sampling the Future exhibition at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia will spill into Fed Square’s Atrium this festive season, adding a sense wonder to the space. Knitted Architecture will launch at 2pm on 27 November.

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