Surviving the Festive Season in Melbourne and Brisbane

Australia in December is all kinds of awesome. Not only is it Christmas but it’s also summer. And of course that means BBQs, NYE events and festivals to name but a few. But with so much going on, it’s hard to choose what to do! So from finding a long stay hotel in Melbourne to choosing which Brisbane festival to attend, here’s your complete guide to this year’s festive season.


Festive events in Brisbane


Woodford Folk Festival

27 December – 1 January

This annual festival runs for six days and nights from December 27 until January 1. With over 450 acts, the festival includes concerts, theatre, comedy, film dance, indigenous performances, street performances, visual arts, New Year’s Eve celebrations and so much more.


Christmas Cinema

14 – 23 December

These free nightly outdoor screenings will show some of your favourite Christmas movies of all time including Elf, Home Alone and Polar Express. Taking place on River Quay’s inviting lawn, you are welcome to bring your favourite festive snacks and soak up the festive atmosphere. The event is also licensed so if you’re over 18 and fancy your favourite tipple, you can bring that along too.


The St David’s Anglican Church Christmas Festival

16 November at 5pm

If you’re looking for a family friendly Christmas themed festival, the St David’s Anglican Church are hosting a free event complete with a jumping castle, animal nursery and sausage sizzle! There will also be plenty of stalls where you can buy some Christmas gifts and treats and you can even partake in a bit of carol singing from 6.30pm.


Festive events in Melbourne


Day Doof

23 December

If you’re in the mood for letting loose in the heat with some awesome music and exquisite food then this is a pre Christmas shindig not to be missed. Sebastien Leger will be headlining along with Khen and LA based DJ, Davi. Tickets are reasonably priced between $37.37 and $52.70.


Santa’s Christmas Spectacular

23 November – 23 December

Get into the festive spirit and keep the kids entertained with a fun-filled circus adventure! Full of dancing, singing and world-class acrobatics, this is a spectacular one-hour Christmas event for the whole family to enjoy. Tickets are priced between $25.00-$39.50 and the event runs through most of December.


Top tips


Book in advance

Whatever you decide to do this festive season, make sure you book in advance to avoid disappointment. That of course includes accommodation. At Punthill, we have plenty of options for long term accommodation in Brisbane and serviced apartments in Melbourne for long stay too.


So whether you’re a family looking for long term accommodation in Melbourne’s inner suburbs or a small group looking for a long stay hotel in Melbourne CBD or something a little outside of the city, we have something for you!

For those looking for long stay accommodation in Brisbane, we also have options conveniently located just a few minutes walk from the Brisbane CBD.


Stay safe

Summertime in Australia can be awesome but it can also be dangerous if you don’t take care of yourself in the heat! Remember to “slip slop slap” if you’re out in the sun: slip on a shirt, slop on the 50+ sunscreen and slap on a hat. Also make sure that you drink responsibly and stay hydrated with plenty of water.