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A kaleidoscope of Christmas fun is set to take over Fed Square this December, with the public to be treated to a host of festivities that are anything but square.
The Fed Square Christmas Festival, which begins on 29 November and runs until 25 December, will play host to plenty of events, activations and activities to deliver festive cheer for visitors to the square.
The centrepiece of the festival is the Christmas Square, a magical activation created in partnership with the City of Melbourne. Launching with the lighting of the now-famous 16-metre LED Christmas tree, Christmas Square will also feature a giant light up bauble, larger than life candy canes, a nativity scene and even Santa’s House, transforming the iconic square into a Christmas wonderland.
Adding to the season cheer, Fed Square’s main stage will be hosting some incredible free Christmas performances throughout December. Highlights include the Koorie Heritage Trust’s A Very Koorie Krismas on Sunday 8 December, K-POP Kristmas on Friday 13 December, and City of Melbourne’s Gravy Day sing-along on Saturday 21 December. In addition to the live musical performances, Fed Square will welcome some of the city’s best food trucks to the precinct on Friday 13 December, making the precinct the perfect spot to come together and celebrate as a community.
Fed Square’s state-of-the-art Digital Façade will be offering some innovative Christmas cheer with the introduction of the Dancing Santa interactive big screen experience at Fed Square. In a world first public square activation, visitors to Fed Square will be able to use the latest real-time motion capture technology and see themselves on the big screen alongside a digital Santa Claus who will match their every dance move.
The Digital Façade will also be screening a classic, and quirky, Christmas movie in the four days leading up to 25 December. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms will be the first film shown, on 21 December, and to celebrate Fed Square will be providing free popcorn and sugarplum fairy floss as well as welcoming the Australian Ballet Company to the main stage for a live performance from their most recent ballet, The Nutcracker. Visitors to the square will also be able to enjoy Home Alone (22 December), Edward Scissorhands (23 December) and The Santa Clause (24 December) on the big screen.
Complementing the activity in the main square, Fed Square is hosting a Christmas Styling Masterclass hosted by Chyka Keebaugh in Deakin Edge on Friday 29 November. An event perfect for those looking to take their festive celebrations at home to a new level, the Christmas Styling Masterclass will see Australia’s favourite homemaker and entertaining enthusiast Chyka Keebaugh team up with legendary dessert chef Darren Purchese to share tips on how to celebrate in style this Christmas and make it extra special. Tickets to the Christmas Styling Masterclass start from $60.50. For further information about the event and to book tickets visit /events/christmas-styling-masterclass-chyka-keebaugh.
Fed Square’s Atrium will also host two markets in December, offering visitors a chance to find some unique Christmas gifts. The Boho Luxe Christmas market will bring a Byron Bay feel to Melbourne on Sunday 1 December, and the Butterfly Christmas market is set to showcase some incredible wares across 60 stalls on 20 December.
Commenting on the exciting program of activities, Fed Square CEO Xavier Csar said: “Fed Square comes to life around Christmas, giving Victorians and visitors to the state a welcoming and safe place to join together in celebration and feel more connected. Thanks to the City of Melbourne the magical Christmas Square will be returning this year, and we are thrilled to be putting on free performances on the main stage throughout December that celebrate the diversity of our community during the festive season, with the Koorie Heritage Trust’s A Very Koorie Krismas set to be a particular highlight. I’d encourage everyone to come down to Fed Square during December and be a part of the festivities.”
Full information about all events and activities taking place as part of the Fed Square Christmas Festival are available at /christmas-square