Newsletter | #051 | What's On this Week

Newsletter | #051 | What's On this Week

Newsletter | #051 | What's On this WeekWelcome to this week's Melbourne events, exhibitions, sports and community guide for December 24 - December 30, 2007.

This week there's the annual Carols By Candlelight that support Vision Australia, the 3 mobile Live Site brings backyard cricket to Fed Square, and Port Fairy celebrates a massive month of events with the Moyneyana Festival! Special Christmas thrills continue with Christmas Eve on Monday night being the last chance to catch Walk Through Bethlehem and Federation Square's Advent Calendar with a special performance finale!

With Christmas finally here and the guests about to arrive, avoid the last minute rush with guides to Christmas Party Planning and Christmas Light displays, and plan your summer fun with the School Holiday Guide, and what's happening on New Year's Eve!

There are sport details, special dining offers and info on upcoming events and highlights in beautiful Melbourne, so read on and enjoy!

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Major Events Guide

Carols by CandlelightCarols by Candlelight celebrates its 70th year this Monday night. This Melbourne institution, long held at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl every Christmas Eve, is expected to be as vibrant and magical as ever! The night will feature an array of contemporary and traditional performers that are sure to delight and entertain the whole family, with all proceeds raised helping to aid visually impaired children.

The 3 mobile Live SiteThe 3 mobile Live Site, held from December 26 to 28, gives fans the opportunity to be part of the match excitement while participating in the great activities on offer at Federation Square where the match will be screened live! The Australian tradition of cricket on the beach and backyard is coming to the city as Fed Square is transformed with picket fences, Hills Hoists, rubbish bin stumps and 15 tonne sand sculpture!

Port Fairy's Moyneyana FestivalPort Fairy's Moyneyana Festival celebrates 60 years this year with a huge range of events and activities. Beginning on December 24, 2007, the Moyneyana Festival runs till January, 31, 2008. During the festival the Village Green comes alive with an Emergency Services Day, plus Art on the Green. There will also be a Giant 60th Birthday Party on the Village Green on Australia Day, with cake, games, and fun for all!

Walk Through BethlehemWalk Through Bethlehem, ends this Monday night on Christmas Eve in Thornbury, offering the last chance to see this living display of life in a small town at the time of the birth of Jesus. Bethlehem, in Thornbury, is populated by spinners, weavers, blacksmiths, carpenters, potters, bakers and people of other ancient crafts and trades. The final night of this display ends Midnight, Christmas Eve.

Advent Calendar @ Fed SquareAdvent Calendar @ Fed Square - Celebrate the spirit of Christmas as the East Shard at Federation Square is transformed into a magical Advent Calendar! Talented aerialists perform in front of a magical animation, unveiling the last window on the side of a three-storey building. With a live performance held at 9pm, there'll be an extra finale performance at 11:45pm this Monday night on Christmas Eve!

School Holiday Guide

School Holiday GuideCheck out our School Holiday Guide for a head start on things to do with the kids during the school holidays in December 2007 to January, 2008.

Updated Weekly with all the Latest Events!!
The guide is updated weekly to highlight the best things to do over the holiday period for the young and young at heart, to help you find perfect ways to enjoy the holidays with events, tours and holiday care programs.. all in marvellous Melbourne!

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Christmas Lights | Melbourne's BEST

Melbourne's Best Christmas LightsMelbourne's Christmas Lights - Wondering where the best Christmas light displays are in Melbourne?

Pack the kids into the car and head out for a fun nights entertainment. Many owners have been decorating their homes for years and produce fantastic moving displays that will thrill the whole family.

New Year's Eve in Melbourne

New Years Eve GuideNew Year's Eve - Everyone get outs for Melbourne's biggest night of the year, so here is our guide how to count down the New Year into 2008..

Exhibitions - Art | Festival | Show

Wholistic Lifestyle FestivalThe Wholistic Lifestyle Festival will be held this Sunday at the COWES Cultural Centre in Phillip Island. The expo not only offers a place of self-discovery, but also a place for people to talk about Alternative and New Age issues and broaden their horizons.

Clothes for Modern LoversClothes for Modern Lovers showcases the work of Katie Pye, whose experimental and highly unorthodox fashions constantly challenged the conventional limitations of fashionable dress. This exhibition at NGV charts Pye's work from the late 1970s to 1990.

People, Places, AnimalsPeople, Places, Animals is a major survey of work by acclaimed British artist , whose real-life photos of his family became a notorious part of the 1997 Saatchi exhibition Sensation. It begins December 20 at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art.

Power and Beauty - Indigenous Art NowPower and Beauty - Indigenous Art Now, is showing at the Heide Museum of Modern Art. With works from contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists in all areas of Australia, the exhibits attest to the artists' resilience in holding on to their culture.

Contemporary Silver & Metalwork Award 2007Contemporary Silver & Metalwork Award 2007
This exhibition features work by contemporary Australian artists as part of this year's Buda Contemporary Australian Silver & Metalwork Award, which attracts artists from across the nation.

ArtefactArtefact is an exhibition in which thirteen contemporary artists have woven small-scale works through historical artefacts, putting a new twist on the traditional forms of display at City Museum's Making Melbourne Galleries.

See what's on @ Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre this week!

Arts & Theatre

The Wind in the WillowsThe Wind in the Willows - Pack a picnic, pack the kids... and enjoy a day out in Melbourne's beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens with Rat, Mole, Badger, and, of course, Mr Toad! A must for the holidays, there will be performances this week from December 27 to 29.

Monty Python's SPAMALOTMonty Python's SPAMALOT, the smash hit Broadway and West End musical, has finally hit Melbourne, playing at Her Majesty's Theatre. Directed by Mike Nichols, the play is based on one of the Pythons' best-loved films, Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

Priscilla Queen of the DesertPriscilla, Queen of the Desert, based on the popular Oscar-winning film, the play is fun, daring, over-the-top and unforgettable! Experience the beauty of the outback on stage with over 20 full-scale production numbers that will take your breath away!

Entertainment & Nightlife

Falls FestivalThe Falls Festival returns this year with four days of music and entertainment, running from December 29 to January 1 in Lorne.

One of Victoria's most popular events, the Falls Festival features everything from the Falls Arts Village, a beguiling festival within a festival, to music, food, comedians and even cinema screenings!

Elvis Meets the BeatlesElvis Meets the Beatles is a tribute to two of the pivotal icons of music history, perfect for fans of these giants of music history. Featuring Max Pellicano and The Beatnix, they will be performing at the Palms, Crown Casino this week on December 26 and 27.

Wrestlerock 8Wrestlerock 8 is set to destroy The Corner Hotel in Richmond this Thursday when the superstars of Australian Wrestling go head to head. Held as part of the Corner Hotel's End Of Year Bash, the event celebrates what is fast becoming one of Australia's leading nights of Sports Entertainment!

Spensers LiveSpensers Live presents superb entertainment and quality food in a relaxed and comfortable environment.

Every Tuesday night you'll find Jazz with the Michael Jordan Trio, featuring Steve Magnussen.

Nissan Moonlight CinemaNissan Moonlight Cinema is Australia's favourite summer outdoor cinema screening latest release, classic and contemporary films in the Royal Botanic Gardens' stunning parklands! This Thursday they'll be screening The Simpsons Movie.

Rooftop CinemaThe Rooftop Cinema at Curtin House flickers into action during Summer, with films screening Tuesday to Sunday. Enjoy the night lights, classic cinema and the rooftop bar! This week's program includes Kubrick's cult film A Clockwork Orange, screening Friday.


Southern Star Observation Wheel CompetitionBe the first to ride the Wheel - a ride to remember!
Win a ride to remember on Waterfront City's stunning 120m high Southern Star Observation Wheel.

Scheduled for completion in late 2008, the winners will also recieve two guided tours throughout 2008 to see the construction progress, a commemorative gift and invitations to the official VIP launch!

$12,000 Cash Bonanza$12,000 Cash Bonanza! Here's your chance to share in a $12,000 CASH BONANZA, courtesy of Financial Services Online! Apply free online for any comparative quote & you automatically qualify for free entry into their monthly prize draw of $1,000!

Dining & Drink

Special New Year's Dining Offers

DiningMenulog is the easiest way to avoid the New Year's Rush & book a table at one of Melbourne's many splendid restaurants! There are many Melbourne restaurants that are currently offering special deals for New Year's Eve so you can save money and have a great night out in Melbourne! Restaurants found at Menulog offer everything from New Year's special menus, a la carte banquets, and more!

Visit here for BOOKING DETAILS @ Menulog

Wining sell premium Australian wines direct to the public at up to 50% off retail prices, offering Free Home Delivery and a 100% Money Back Guarantee.

Perfect for all lovers of wine, their impressive range of wines and service were recommended on Channel 7's Today Tonight and Channel 9's A Current Affair.


Melbourne offers a splendid range of food styles to enjoy. Here are just a few classic food styles to choose from..
DiningFor more restaurants...
Check out onlyMelbourne's Restaurant Directory
Or you can View & Book a Table @ MenuLog

Dining In

Menulog Home Delivery is a great chance to eat fine cuisine at home! With over 300 of the best restaurants on offer, you're sure to find something to suit any taste or occasion. To find fast and easy delivery in your area, Visit Here.

Sporting Events


Cricket Victoria

Be there for the biggest sports event on the Australian calendar - the Boxing Day Test match when Australia takes on India!

29th Australian Blind Cricket ChampionshipsThe 29th Australian Blind Cricket Championships brings together the cream of Australia's blind and vision-impaired cricketers. Beginning December 28 the Championships will see teams from across Australia play each other twice in a round-robin format, culminating in a Grand final on Friday January 11th 2008. The Championships will be held at the rear of Vision Australia building, Glenferrie Road in Kooyong.

National Basketball League

Melbourne RebelsSouth Dragons Home Game

Markets, Fetes and Fairs

Books at Fed SquareThe Federation Square Book Market is held every Saturday from 11 am until 5 pm in Fed Square's Atrium. Each week, with around 15 independent and small booksellers, the market has nearly 5000 second-hand and new books covering a diverse range of interests!

Markets, Fetes & FairsMelbourne Market Guide - 5th Week of this Month

Make the most of the sunny days and hop along to one of Melbourne's many excellent markets, fetes and fairs this weekend for a bargain! An increasing number of food and produce markets including wine are always popping up around the suburbs.

The Suzuki Night MarketThe Suzuki Night Market has returned for summer at Queen Victoria Market, running Wednesday nights weekly through to February. Now a summer tradition, the Suzuki Night Market offers a great mix of unusual products, great food and atmosphere!

Queen Victoria Market this week:

Melbourne For Kids

Lost Island - Curse of the MaskLost Island: Curse of the Mask is Melbourne Aquarium's spectacular new exhibit, full of adventure and fun for people of all ages. These school holidays Melbourne Aquarium will take visitors on an amazing adventure into the heart of the Lost Island, a wild jungle with extraordinary aquatic animals, beautiful waterfalls and spooky caves. The special event runs from December 26, 2007 to January 26, 2008.

Masks of ChinaMasks of China at the Immigration Museum features handmade masks from China, some which are over 200 years old. With free entry for children the exhibition includes fun kids activity trail with the chance to sketch and colour-in their own mask!

Independent Games Festival ExhibitionThe Independent Games Festival Exhibition is an interactive showcase of selected winners and nominees of the Independent Games Festival. The exhibition features a stunning selection of work such as Samarost 2 (pictured).

Family Tours

Puffing BillyPuffing Billy Tour - take a tour the whole family can enjoy with a ride on Puffing Billy, Australia's best-loved steam train! Winding its way through lush ferns and towering timbers, this fantastic tour offers may treats, including wine tasting for the adults and also a trip to Healesville Sanctuary that kids will love!

What's On for December


Yoga at the ParkYoga at the Park is an initiative of The Health and Yoga Council of Australia, presenting Yoga classes in some of Victoria's most beautiful parks and gardens. Set in a relaxed environment, classes are designed to suit many age groups and levels of experience.

You Can Help

There are many social causes that are relevant to people from all walks of life, many of which rely on public support to better the community or assist those who are less fortunate. This week we ask you to consider the following..

The Kmart Wishing Tree AppealThe Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal is Australia's largest Christmas gift appeal. The Wishing Tree supports some of Australia's largest welfare organisations and Trees can be found nationally in Kmart stores.
Gifts collected up until Christmas Eve.

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Melbourne Trivia

History in the Film-Making..

Although not exactly trivia, we recently discovered a wonderful video history tour of marvellous Melbourne on Youtube and thought it well worth the mention.

Running at close to 11 minutes, the film recounts Melbourne's history from her founding by John Batman through to the Olympic Games in 1956 and beyond.

Created by Shane and Chris Northey, the 'Marvellous Melbourne' History video is a tongue-in-cheek delight, produced in the nostalgic style of the News-Reels once shown in cinemas. Grab some popcorn and enjoy!

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