Pick something different this Christmas. 

The District Docklands Christmas is one to remember with something different at every step. Visit Santa Claus in his tree house for photos daily, enjoy a snack from The Food Truck Park Summer Residency every Friday and pick something different with the truly Melbourne eclectic night market by The Blender Artist Markets. 

The District Docklands is Melbourne’s newest shopping destination, opening late Christmas week so you can get all your shopping done, plus there will be a VIP Christmas Shopping Weekend with exclusive offers for 2 days only! 

And just when you think we’re done, shop in Centre and enter for your chance to pick up a prize in the giant human size Santa Claws prize machine. 


Saturday 25 November – Sunday 24 December

Santa Claus is settling into his tree house at The District Docklands and will be available for photos daily. Plus, each child that visits Santa Claus will receive a free colouring-in book with pencils to take home. 

Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 November – 11am to 3pm
Monday 27 to Thursday 30 November – 12pm to 3pm
Friday 1 December – 12pm to 7pm (Centre trading until 9pm)
Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 December – 11am to 3pm
Monday 4 to Thursday 7 December – 12pm to 3pm
Friday 8 December – 12pm to 7pm (Centre trading until 9pm)
Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 December – 11am to 4pm (Christmas Shopping Weekend)
Monday 11 to Thursday 14 December – 11am to 3pm
Friday 15 December – 12pm to 7pm (Centre trading until 9pm)
Saturday 16 to Wednesday 20 December – 11am to 3pm
Thursday 21 December – 11am to 4pm
Friday 22 December – 11am to 7pm (Centre trading until 9pm)
Saturday 23 & Sunday 24 December – 11am to 4pm 

Pet Photography 

We haven’t forgotten our furry friends. Pet photography is available by booking only.
Please contact The District Docklands Customer Service on 03 9328 8600 to book your spot. 

Pet photography is available for booking during the below times for a 10-minute session:
Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 December – 4.30pm to 6pm
Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 December – 3.30pm to 5pm 

Santa Photography Packages 

Pick the perfect photography package and share the moment with your family and friends this Christmas. 

Santa Sack $49 (save $26)
-4 portraits
-Calendar
-Gift page
-Key ring
-Photo bauble
-Images on USB

Reindeer Pack $39 (save $13)
-3 portraits
-Photo bauble 
-Images on USB

Portrait Packs
-4 photos $32
-2 photos $26

Bonus Products (available with the purchase of above packs)
-Key ring and gift page $13
-Additional key ring $5
-Images on USB $13
-Calendars and gift pages $8 each
-Photo bauble set $9
-Additional photos $5 each


Creative Christmas Craft Activities

Pop in to see Santa Claus and get creative with free craft activities every weekend until Christmas.

Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 December - Pom pom wreath 12pm to 4pm
Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 December - Fringed paper Christmas tree 12pm to 4pm
Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 December - Laser-cut wooden star tree decoration 12pm to 4pm
Saturday 23 & Sunday 24 December - Confetti Christmas card 12pm to 4pm


Monday 4 – Sunday 24 December 

Get strapped and ready to go! The human claw machine comes to The District Docklands. For your chance to participate in the Santa Claws activity and win a prize, simply spend $20 at any store at The District Docklands this Christmas and you could be picking up a Christmas prize. 

Click here for full details


Saturday 9 – Sunday 10 December

Just in time to get all your shopping done, we’re throwing a Christmas Shopping Weekend with exclusive Centre-wide offers with free family entertainment for 2 days only! 

Enjoy the below line-up of entertainment across Saturday and Sunday.

Free District Blend Coffee featuring Billy’s District Café
10am – 3pm daily*
Located in front of Cotton On

Live DJ
10am – 6pm daily
Located in The Square near H&M

Letters to Santa with Smooth FM Angels
11am – 2pm daily
Located next to the Christmas Tree in front of Strandbags

Acrobatic Performances
12pm – 3pm daily
Roaming the Centre

WIN a $500 H&M Gift Card with the Instagram Balloon House Photo Opportunity
10am – 6pm daily
Located in front of Bonds

Live Acoustic Duo
12pm – 3.30pm daily
Located in The Garden near Supre

*While stocks last.

Stay tuned for more details and special weekend offers.


Christmas Charity Gift Wrapping

Worried about the loved ones discovering their gifts before you’ve had the chance to wrap them? This year, The District Docklands’ charity partner volunteers The Salvation Army will be wrapping your gifts for a gold coin donation.

Have your gifts wrapped and give to a good cause. Gift wrapping station is open during the below times. 

Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 December – 12pm to 4pm (Christmas Shopping Weekend)
Friday 15 December – 4pm to 8pm (Centre trading until 9pm)
Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 December – 12pm to 4pm
Friday 22 December – 4pm to 8pm (Centre trading until 9pm)
Saturday 23 & Sunday 24 December – 12pm to 4pm

All proceeds go to The Salvation Army Melbourne Project 614. The project provides support for the homeless, or those at risk of homelessness, those suffering from serious mental health issues, people affected by a range of addiction issues and people suffering from social poverty. The project supplies meals, clothing and counselling but also work with clients to help create pathways out of their current state of marginalisation. These pathways include training, volunteering, employment and accommodation options. 


Saturday 16 December – Monday 1 January

The District Docklands is open late this Christmas season for your shopping convenience.

Saturday 16 December – 10am to 6pm
Sunday 17 December – 10am to 6pm
Monday 18 December – 10am to 7pm
Tuesday 19 December – 10am to 7pm
Wednesday 20 December – 10am to 7pm
Thursday 21 December 10am to 8pm
Friday 22 December – 10am to 9pm
Saturday 23 December – 9am to 7pm
Sunday 24 December (Christmas Eve) – 10am to 6pm
Monday 25 December (Christmas Day) – Closed
Tuesday 26 December (Boxing Day) – 8am to 6pm
Wednesday 27 December – 10am to 6pm
Thursday 28 December – 10am to 6pm
Friday 29 December – 10am to 9pm
Saturday 30 December – 10am to 6pm
Sunday 31 December – 10am to 6pm
Monday 1 January 2018 – 10am to 6pm