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Get into the festive spirit in Merri-bek

Christmas is in the air throughout Merri-bek this December!

As the year draws to a close, events across the municipality are here to help you, your friends and family get into the Christmas spirit. 

Festive windows on Sydney Road, Brunswick 

More than 40 artists from near and far will be transforming more than 40 shopfront windows along Sydney Road Brunswick into a colourful interpretation of the festive season.

The festive window creations can be found in the Brunswick Precinct (Dawson Street to Victoria Street, on Sydney Road Brunswick) from 18 November, and Moreland Precinct (Albion Street to Moreland Road, on Sydney Road Brunswick) from 25 November – all on display until January 2024.

Be part of the excitement and pure joy and be present on the painting days! It’s a great opportunity to get photos with the artists and see the festive art on windows come to life! 

Carols by the Lake, Coburg 

6-9pm Saturday 9 December 
Come and join us for Carols by the Lake, a cherished summer tradition held in the serene setting of Coburg Lake. Bring your family and friends to enjoy and sing along with beautiful carols, and savour a picnic or indulge in delicious food from on-site vendors. 

Immerse yourself in the joyful atmosphere as we proudly celebrate another year of bringing the community together for this FREE heart-warming event. 

Discover the gastronomic wonder that is Sydney Road from iconic institutions, hidden treasures and the latest taste arrivals.

11am—1pm Saturday 9 December | $30 +BF

The Sydney Road Brunswick Association (SRBA) has teamed up with 2023 The Great Australian Bake-Off Finalist Ilona Nicola, to take your tastebuds on a tour, uncovering the tastiest local treasures from our worldly and diverse food and drink offering.

You’ll enjoy a leisurely walk along Sydney Road Brunswick, with Ilona, as she opens your eyes and palates to just some of the flavours and food experiences found right here in the heart of Brunswick. Stops on the tour include:

  • Zaytoune Lebanese Sweets
  • Pulcinella Caffe Pasticceria
  • Mediterranean Wholesalers
  • Luther’s Scoops

Maybe you’re a longtime local, a lover from afar, or newbie to the area? Not only will you get to taste magnificent morsels, but you’ll also learn about the people and places behind so many delicious doors.

Tickets are priced at $30+bf and include the food and drink provided at each stop and a Sydney Road Brunswick tote bag. Get your tickets from https://sydneyroad.com.au/food-tours-with-ilona-nicola/

See Santa and his Elves…

Friday December 22 and Saturday 23 December, Central Coburg

Santa and elves will be in and around Central Coburg taking photos and spreading cheer. There may even be a choir performing carols! 


Book ahead to see Sensory-friendly Santa!

Saturday 23 December, Coburg Library

Sensory-friendly Santa is an opportunity for children with autism and/or sensory processing disorder to visit Santa in a quiet and welcoming, sensory-friendly environment. 

So come out to Merri-bek this December to celebrate the festive season.

And, while you’re here, why not grab some last-minute Christmas gifts from some of our amazing local businesses, including those in Sydney Road Brunswick Association’s ‘Localise the Love campaign’  https://sydneyroad.com.au/localise-the-love-this-festive-season/