Bay Street Christmas Festival
The Bay Street Christmas Festival kicks off the season with a bang on 29 November. Back for its seventh year, the festival is jam-packed with fun for the whole family.
The event has live music and entertainment, Santa, prizes, and even a jumping castle. Thousands of people from Australia and around the world take to the streets to soak up the Christmas sights, sounds and sensations.
Music fills the streets
Port Melbourne’s Bay Street sets the stage for local and international school choirs. There’s a live jazz parade, choir competition and a semi-professional band to wrap up the night. This year, Monash University’s Big Band will grace the stage.
Word of the Bay Street Christmas Festival has spread across the world, including Ukraine, Mauritius and Greece. Last year, a Sudanese school choir group travelled up and down the streets in an open electric-powered bus, singing Christmas carols and bringing good vibes to everyone.
All schools, community choirs and bands come together to put on a night of magical music, family fun and Christmas cheer.
Each year, approximately a dozen schools perform as choirs or instrumental groups. But they aren’t just performing to entertain the crowds — the choirs are battling it out for the Mike Brady trophy.
This healthy singing contest between school choirs brings the community together. It also doubles as excellent music education for schools. Last year’s reigning champion, the South Sudanese Choir, are back again this year to defend their title.
Windows that tell a story
You may be familiar with the Myer Christmas windows in the city. Well, Bay Street has its own take. 200 store windows are decked out with thousands of vinyl decal decorations that tell a story.
Grandparents, children and families walk down the street, reading the stories together. This year, part of the window display will bring to life a Christmas tale by a renowned children’s author.
During the festival and beyond, the windows transform the space with the wonders of Christmas.
Tis the season to be jolly
No two years are the same at the Bay Street Christmas Festival. Rain, hail or shine, this event is perfect for music lovers, families or people wanting a taste of Christmas in Australia.
Port Melbourne is the home to Howl-O-Ween Paw Parade, where you can dress your pooch up in a Halloween costume and go ‘trick or treating’.
Check out some other exciting activities happening in Port Melbourne on our Explore Port Phillip website.
Bay Street, Port Melbourne
5pm - 9.15pm
5.00-6.30 pm Choirs singing on the street
6:30 pm Jazz Parade down Bay Street
7:15 pm Choir Competition — Main Stage
8:15 pm Winners, trophies and prizes
8.30 pm The Monash University Big Band
9.15 pm End.