Sir Andrew Davis.
CLASSICAL Handel’s lauded 1742 piece Messiah is brought to life by Sir Andrew Davis and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Nominated for a Grammy Award in 2018, Davis’ take on the Christmas composition fuses the richness of modern orchestra – adding alto flute, oboe d’amore, the harp and sleigh bells – with a childhood appreciation for Handel. Australian soprano Siobhan Stagg joins Davis on stage. Saturday, 7pm, Sunday, 5pm, Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 St Kilda Road, city, $40-$122, 1300 182 183, artscentremelbourne.com.au
FOLK Melbourne folk band Milk re-groups to celebrate the band’s 21st anniversary. Known for folk and roots arrangements filled with deep double bass and guitar, Milk’s tracks include Meet Me At Midnight and Gold Song. Supported by folk duo The Tuck Shop Ladies. Saturday, 1pm, Spotted Mallard, 314 Sydney Road, Brunswick, $15-$20, 9380 8818, spottedmallard.com
I’m Dreaming of a Cabaret Christmas.
CABARET As it gears up for the festive season, Speakeasy HQ presents I’m dreaming of a Cabaret Christmas, an annual cabaret and vaudeville show bringing Christmas twists to a range of performances. The line-up includes The Audrey Twins, burlesque artist and contortionist Victoria Wolfe and cabaret singer Jem A’Pelle. The night is hosted by jazz musician Roy Maloy. Saturday, 6pm, Speakeasy HQ, Apollo Theatre, 522 Flinders Street, city, $25, speakeasyhq.com
MARKET The Mt Martha Farmers’ Market has a focus on sustainability and zero waste. Try cheese from Blue Bay Cheese or seasonal preserves from Mumma Made. There is a “Washed Up. Not Wasted” station to wash and return supplied crockery and cups. BYO bags. Saturday, 8.30am-12.30pm, Mount Martha Community House, 466 Esplanade, Mount Martha, free entry, vfma.org.au
MARKET The Xmas Gin Market, hosted by The Craft & Co, features a range of distillers showing off new gin-related products. Enjoy tastings and meet the makers. Saturday and Sunday, The Craft & Co, 390 Smith Street, Collingwood, $15, thecraftandco.com.au
MARKET Find a unique Christmas present for environmentally conscious and style-savvy individuals at the Big Design Market. Pick up a bold pair of socks from Julie White or a stylish dog bed from Nice Digs. Saturday, 10am-7pm, Sunday, 10am-5pm, Royal Exhibition Building, 9 Nicholson Street, Carlton, $5, thebigdesignmarket.com
FAMILY The animated film of Raymond Briggs’ children’s book The Snowman is projected on the big screen while a live orchestra performs Howard Blake’s composition. The story follows a young boy whose snowman comes to life. Saturday, 10am and 11.30am, Melbourne Recital Centre,
Southbank, $26, 9699 3333, melbournerecital.com.au
CAROLS Local choirs and schools will perform at Carols in Queens Park alongside dance troupe e.motion21 and musical theatre performer Angela Lumicisi. Face-painting, a photo booth and roving entertainers begin from 5pm with carols starting at 7pm. Saturday, 5pm, Queens Park, Moonee Ponds, free entry, mvcc.vic.gov.au
FAMILY Grab a ukulele and join children’s performer Woody Clark on stage to play an original song from the new Woody’s World album, Let’s Play! Saturday, 11am, The Melba Spiegeltent, 35 Johnston Street, Collingwood, $20, melbaspiegeltent.com.au
FESTIVAL Marking the end of 2019’s Mapping Melbourne event, Medium Spicy captures the diversity of the Asian-Australian creative community with performances from pop artist PRINCI and electro-pop musician Felicity Yang. Saturday, 5.30pm, MPavilion, Queen Victoria Gardens, city, free, mpavilion.org
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