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Christmas holidays are a great time to get out and explore the city – on your own, with friends, or perhaps with grandchildren in tow. The City of Melbourne has several fabulous free or low-cost options to keep everybody happy.
The free tram zone
Getting around the city is fairly simple on a tram. Within the free tram zone, trams run frequently in all directions. The City Circle Tram is a great way to start a day out and get your bearings.
The State Library
The State Library offers a regular program of free events for people of all ages. There are a number of online activities on offer, and a few paid events. Some do require prior booking. Check out the program online.
ACMI is Melbourne’s museum of all things screen orientated – film, TV, videogames and art. It’s conveniently located within Federation Square. There are a number of exhibits and interactive activities on offer as well as a few paid events. Free family-friendly movies are often part of the program during holiday times. Check the online events calendar to find out what’s on.
Arts Centre Melbourne
Arts Centre Melbourne regularly hosts free exhibitions, such as the current ‘Music Vault’, and sometimes offers free talks and tours. There’s a listing of their current offerings online.
National and Ian Potter Gallery
Melbourne’s two largest galleries are located very close together. Both offer some wonderful touring exhibitions as well as world-class collections of art. Both regularly offer free and ticketed activities, performances and talks. Special activities for children are on offer during the holidays. Entry to both is free. Check their programs and plan your visit on the NGV website.
Melbourne Museum is located next to the beautiful Carlton Gardens and features a playground and special children’s gallery. Children are admitted to the museum for free, but bookings must currently be made for the Children’s Gallery due to COVID measures. For details or to book, visit the Melbourne Museum website.