Christmas program 2016

Christmas is coming to Yarra, and we're celebrating with a program of festive events and street decorations.

Have a very Yarra Christmas! 

Please enjoy and share our Christmas video!  Special thanks to all the local businesses and performers who helped make the video, including I Love Pho 264 Richmond, Café BÜ, This is No Fantasy + dianne tanzer gallery, Karen From Finance, The 86 and Fairfield Boathouse.


Yarra’s 2016 creative Christmas installations

Council’s 2016 Christmas Program features a series of six temporary installations that celebrate the festive season in Yarra’s distinctive retail and creative communities.  

Following last year’s feedback from local traders, Council decided to try a new and creative approach to decorations, producing Christmas installations that reflect the unique character of individual shopping strips. We also got the community involved, enlisting the help of young people from local schools and Yarra Youth Services to create the bespoke tree sculptures, as well as recruting renowned street artists to put their creative stamp on things. 

The installations feature trees in three forms - living, street art and community art. Check them out at the following locations across Yarra:

  • Mary Rogers Square in Bridge Road, Richmond: A grove of Australian sheoak trees in white planter boxes featuring  a 12 Days of Christmas theme. After Christmas the trees will be planted out around Yarra so they continue to grow in our community. The planter boxes will be made available to community groups as growing spaces through Council’s Urban Agriculture program.

  • Piedimonte’s Corner on the corner of Scotchmer Street and St. Georges Road, Fitzroy North: A striking stand of Australian sheoak trees in white planter boxes. As with the trees in Mary Rogers Square, these trees and planter boxes will be used in the community after Christmas.

  • Carlton Library, Rathdowne St, Carlton North: Carlton North Primary School students have created ornaments from discarded plastic and other materials otherwise bound for landfill, through a Waste Minimisation arts and education project with artist Carolyn Cardinet. The ornaments are hung on three, two metre high wooden tree sculptures.

  • Nicholson Village: Fitzroy High School and Collingwood Alternative School students have produced imagery which adorns a series of 20 trees along Nicholson Street.

  • Brunswick Street, Fitzroy: Polish-born painter and sculptor Cezary Stulgis has interpreted three, two metre tall wooden tree sculptures into vibrant 3D street art pieces.

  • Gertrude Street, Fitzroy: These street art trees have been painted by internationally renowned graph artist Makatron.



Carols by Candlelight concert

A major highlight of this year’s program was our Carols by Candlelight event, which drew hundreds of families to Edinburgh Gardens to sing traditional Christmas songs on Thursday 8 December.

The concert featured the acclaimed Australian Boys’ Choir and the Melbourne Rainbow Band – along with a range of other local school and community acts. There was also a special appearance by Father Christmas of course!

Carols by Candlelight


Seniors Christmas Lunch

Our annual Seniors Christmas Lunch was held on 6 December.

About 500 of Yarra’s older residents from a diverse range of cultural backgrounds came together to celebrate the spirit of Christmas with a free lunch, entertainment and plenty of dancing. 


Free Christmas tree collection service

A free Christmas tree collection service is available to local residents in January 2017. Collected trees will be mulched and used around Yarra’s parks.  

Trees need to be left out for collection within property lines. To register for a collection, call Council on 9205 5555 before 15 January.

Further information

Esther Kennedy
Business Development Officer – Retail
9426 1426

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