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Frugal thrills: Christmas in Melbourne

Christmas may be an expensive time of year, but sometimes the best things Christmas presents in life are free:

1) The Big Sing

Organised by the Gertrude Players, The Big Sing is the free alternative to Carols by Candlelight. Come and help 400 carollers at Fitzroy’s Napier Hotel belt out ‘She’ll be coming round the mountain’ at 6pm on Friday 21st. The carollers will make their way to Fitzroy Town Hall, so do bring some comfortable footwear as well as your best singing voice.

2) Mistletoe Kissing Bridge

Southbank Bridge has been spruced up this year by Best Group with hearts, mistletoe, and Mad-Eye-Moody eyeballs. If you’ve always been Potter mad, here’s your chance to do a Cho-Chang-Harry-Potter sans tears.

3) The Boulevard Lights

Ivanhoe’s The Boulevard is home to one of Melbourne’s longest-standing Christmas traditions. For over fifty years, residents of the street have turned up the razzle dazzle for the two weeks leading up to Christmas. Displays of all tastes and budgets will be on every night, 8:30 to 11:30 until Christmas Eve. Punters can either park their cars in surrounding streets or catch the free shuttle bus from The Centre in Ivanhoe. For more information, check out Banyule City Council’s website.

4) Melbourne Town Hall Christmas Projections

Every night from 9pm to 11pm, until Christmas Day, the Melbourne Town Hall will be decorated in candy-coloured graphics, thanks to The Electric Canvas. It’s not as established as the Myer windows display a couple of blocks down, so there should be less jostling. Win.

Like schools, op shops, and the Reserve Bank, will be shutting down for the December/January break. Weekly postings shall resume mid-January. Until then, have a safe, fun, and thrifty holiday.

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