December Events

Lavender Season at Warratina Lavender Farm

Thu 1st November  until Mon 31st December

Come and enjoy everything lavender during lavender season. See how lavender is harvested and dried. Drying Shed Tours take place at Weekends or by appointment at other times. Enjoy our new summer menu with daily chef specials. For further information call 03 5964 4650.

Warratina Lavender Farm, 105 Quayle Rd, Wandin Yallock

$10 per person (Children under 12 free) Includes a free lavender icecream

Peach & Nectarine Season at Rayners

Sat 17th November  until Mon 31st December , 9am - 4pm

Stonefruit is the taste of summer, and Rayners Orchard has plenty to choose from — yellow, red & white flesh peaches & nectarines—ready for sampling on fruit tasting tours & available for picking. Rayners Orchard run fruit tasting adventure tours every day on demand—walk ins welcome. Tours run for an hour, & include lots of fruit samples. U Pick optional during tours. Open 7 days from 9am–5pm.

Rayner's Orchard, 60 Schoolhouse Rd, Woori Yallock

Door Sales Only

Xmas Jars at The Sassafras Sweet Co

Tue 20th November  until Tue 25th December , 12-5pm Daily

These beautiful jars are ideal for Xmas Gifts or for Corporate Clients and are on sale now at $39.95 normally $59.95.

3/383 Mount Dandenong Tourist Rd Sassafras

Special Price $39.95

Stay 2 nights or more and kids stay FREE

Thu 22nd November  until Tue 25th December

That's right, every school holidays, stay 2 nights or more at any of our family properties and the kids stay FREE! That's a saving of up to $200 in some of our properties which is more money to spend on the things that make going away fun. Just use the Code KIDSFREE when booking online or call 1300 48 84 48 and we'll do the rest. Sorry, but not to be used in conjunction with any other offer and only when booking direct. Not available between 25th December - 1st January. Explore our Family Accommodation and Family Getaways Guide for lots of fun things to do with the kids.

Valley Ranges Getaways

10% OFF all 2 Night Stays during Summer

Thu 22nd November  until Mon 31st December

Forget the beach - Summer is a great time to escape to the cool climate Dandenong Ranges. Cool down in one of our beautiful air conditioned properties and explore the cool climate gardens and forests. Hit the walking trails or enjoy some fruit picking at the many local orchards. Simply Add the code SUMMER when booking 2 nights or more or call 1300 48 84 48 to book. Offer is not available for stays that include public holidays. Direct bookings only and not valid in conjunction with any other offer. This offer is not valid between 25th December - 1st January.

Valley Ranges Getaways

High Tea Experience at Fortnums

Sat 1st December  until Mon 31st December

Enjoy our High Tea experience 7 days a week in the picturesque town of Sassafras. With its English style conservatory windows overlooking the gardens Fortnums is perfect for a relaxing afternoon indulgence. You will be treated to a selection of savoury delights and sandwiches, followed by our famous scones, served with our own jam, and petite pastries and your choice of leaf tea or espresso coffee. Bookings are essential on 9755 1200.

Fortnums, 295 Mt Tourist Dandenong Rd, Sassafras

$45.90 per person

Cockatoo Country Market Christmas Twilight Market

Sat 1st December , 3pm - 8pm

Christmas Twilight Market, family fun carnival and great food! Local produce, bread, honey, olives, preserves, plants, unique christmas gifts, pet products, community stalls, entertainment by local musicians and kids activities. A great afternoon out in Cockatoo!

Alma Treloar Reserve, Cockatoo

Steam & Cuisine Luncheon

Sat 1st December  until Mon 31st December , Departs: 12:30pm daily (excluding Victorian Public Holidays)

Relax and share the majestic three-hour steam train journey as you take in the scenic vista of the Dandenong Ranges. Indulge in a delicious seasonal three-course menu or Natter Platter filled with a selection of cured meats, fine cheeses, and Devonshire Tea. Perfect for an afternoon filled with good food and local Yarra Valley wine.

Puffing Billy Railway, 1 Old Monbulk Rd, Belgrave

$103 (Three Course Meal) $79 (Natter Platter) Concessions available.

Sunday High Tea at Marybrooke Manor

Sat 1st December  until Mon 31st December , 1-4pm every Sunday - bookings essential

High Tea can be enjoyed every Sunday afternoon at the historic Marybrooke Manor. Celebrate special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries and hens days or just to spoil yourself. Our delightful menu consists of unlimited Manor made scones with chantilly cream and jam, assorted savoury and sweet selections and a selection of Madame Flavour teas and brewed coffee. Seatings available in the Sherbrooke Room between 1pm and 4pm. Price $40 per person. Children under 12 years are half price. Bookings are essential. Please call (03) 9755 2755.

Marybrooke, 10 Sherbrooke Rd, Sherbrooke

$40 per person including unlimited scones!

Kallista Community Market

Sat 1st December , 9am - 1pm

Kallista is a vibrant outdoor country market with handmade and home crafted goods including jewellery, plants, wood crafts, soap, clothing, delicious food and so much more.

Village Green, Church St, Kallista

Kallista Community Market

Sat 1st December , 9am - 1pm

Kallista is a vibrant outdoor country market with handmade and home crafted goods including jewellery, plants, wood crafts, soap, clothing, delicious food and so much more.

Village Green, Church St, Kallista

SkyHigh's Christmas Parties 2018

Sat 1st December  until Thu 20th December , 7.30pm until midnight

Celebrate Christmas in style at SkyHigh for a night of dancing and celebrations. Dining upstairs in our stylish function room, you will have spectacular views across Melbourne. Your staff work hard for you all year so why not treat them to an end of year function where they can really let their hair down and have some fun? Selected dates available in November & December. Check our website.

26 Observatory Road, Mount Dandenong

$60 - $75 per person

Yesteryear Tours at Mont De Lancey

Sat 1st December  until Mon 31st December , Weds - Sun 11am & 2pm (2 hours)

Ever wonder what it would be like to live in the 1880s? Our YesterYear tour highlights the comparisons between a modern home and the pioneer Homestead. See if you can guess what rooms are missing. How would you manage without hot water, electricity, phone, internet, car and many other conveniences? As the Tour progresses around the property you will walk through the beautiful gardens set in lawns with stunning trees including a magnificent 100 year old oak. There’s also Montys Tearoom for light lunches and refreshments.

71 Wellington Road, Wandin

Adult $10 Concession $8 Children FREE

Botanical Printmaking With Browyn Ward At loam

Sat 1st December , 10am

Join local artist Bronwyn Ward at loam for a chance to learn botanical Printmaking. We will have a range of Botanicals and all the materials needed for you to have a go at printing your own card or fabric. This great skill has endless possibilities and applications. Great for making wrapping and gifts for Christmas. Only $10 to join in so come down and have a go.

361-363 Mt Dandenong Tourist Road Sassafras

$10

Mid Week Happy Hour at Dudleys

Sat 1st December  until Mon 31st December , 4.30pm to 6.30pm

Monday to Friday Happy Hour 4.30pm to 6.30pm. $8 pints. $30 Dips plate with any pint, stubby or glass of sparkling or 150ml wine. Yes any drink.... save up to $10.

540 Mt Dandenong Tourist Road, Olinda

$8 pints!

The Gully Market

Sat 1st December  until Mon 31st December , Saturday 8am-3pm Sunday 9am-3pm

The Gully Market is a long established market that runs every Saturday and Sunday in the carpark of the Upper Ferntree Gully Train Station. Drop in on the way up (or the way down) the mountain and stretch your legs as the Gully Market has lots of craft stalls, fresh fruit and vegetables, plants and home made goods.

Upper Ferntree Gully Railway Station

Enquiries: 0417 599 466

20% OFF at Woolrich Retreat

Sat 1st December  until Mon 24th December

Book a two-night or more mid-week stay in February or May 2019 and we’ll give you a huge 20% off. This offer applies to direct bookings for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights and is not available for stays that include public holidays or in conjunction with any other offer. You must book by 5pm 24th December 2018 to receive this special offer! Call 03 9751 0154 to book as this is a Villages offer and can't be booked online.

20 Woolrich Rd, Olinda

Culture Tracks: Art Exhibitions, Music and Movies across the Ranges

Sat 1st December  until Mon 31st December

The Culture Tracks program of arts and cultural events covers performance, music, exhibitions, workshops and movies at Yarra Ranges Regional Museum, The Memo in Healesville, Montrose Town Centre, Mooroolbark Community Centre, the Arts Centre in Warburton and Burrinja Cultural Centre. Drop in to your nearest venue and pick up a copy of the full Culture Tracks program, call our team on 1300 368 333, or visit our website to book tickets or find further information on all our events.

Brought to you by Yarra Ranges Arts, Culture & Heritage Department

Rotary Club of Lilydale’s Craft and Produce Market

Sun 2nd December , 8am - 1pm

A farm fresh produce and craft market next to Lillydale Lake with over 50 stalls with a variety of fresh foods, easy access and car parking. You'll find a range of local crafts, fresh vegetables, seasonal fruits and berries, butchers with beef, pork and small good products, processed foods – jams, chutneys, sauces, soups and pasta lines, bakery products – breads, croissants, cakes, tarts & muffins and more... and baby farm animals and a jumping castle for young children to enjoy.

Bellbird Park, Swansea Rd, Lilydale

Murder on Puffing Billy Express

Fri 7th December , Departs at 7.30pm Fridays and 7.00pm Saturdays. Returns 11.30pm

Join us for an intriguing night of murder, mystery and suspense aboard Puffing Billy's evening train special. Dress to the 1920s and 1930s era to go in the draw to win a prize! Includes train journey, three course meal at the Nobelius Packing Shed and live entertainment. Bookings essential. Contact: 03 9757 0700.

Puffing Billy Belgrave Station, 1 Monbulk Rd, Belgrave

$115 per person

Friends of George Tindale Plant Sale

Sat 8th December , 9am - 2pm

Keen gardeners should not miss the opportunity to purchase a treasure at the monthly plant and bulb sale hosted by Friends of George Tindale Gardens. Smaller in size, our sales will focus on seasonal plants, propagated from our collection & donated from the Friends' gardens. Visitors will also have an opportunity to meander through the magnificent George Tindale Gardens. All monies raised will be used to assist with ongoing improvements to the garden.

George Tindale Gardens, Sherbrooke Rd, Sherbrooke

Free of charge

Belgrave Big Dreams Market

Sun 9th December , 9 am - 2 pm

A place to find all things grown and made with love : A dream come true : A dream to foster community, abundance, joy and creativity. You'll discover a collection of Melbourne's finest Artists and Makers. Discover original and bespoke design pieces alongside some of the yummiest and freshest produce the area has to offer with live music courtesy of our very talented onsite buskers, bouncy castle and facepainting for the kids, this is a market for the whole family to enjoy!

Hayes Car Park/Blacksmiths Way, Belgrave

Free Entry

Creswick Natural Fibres Fashion Parades

Wed 12th December , Two parades: 11am and 2pm

Join Creswick Natural Fibres in Sassafras for their complimentary in-store events during December. Creswick hosts two free fashion parades - 11am and 2pm - at their store in Sassafras. Free event. Bookings essential: 1800 338 837

383 Mount Dandenong Tourist Rd, Sassafras

Free

Parsons Walk Late Night Christmas Shopping

Fri 14th December , 5pm to 8pm

Come and join us at elm Olinda, Herbicious Delicious,Linseed and Madame Rae Rae for wonderful night of Christmas shopping, a glass of bubbles and a taste of Paella.The perfect opportunity to find that unique and special gift from a range of boutique plants & pots, kitchen and homewares to French antiques and brocante in our beautiful and relaxed space located behind the Main street shops.

The Green at Parson Walk Olinda

Murder on Puffing Billy Express

Sat 15th December , Departs at 7.30pm Fridays and 7.00pm Saturdays. Returns 11.30pm

Join us for an intriguing night of murder, mystery and suspense aboard Puffing Billy's evening train special. Dress to the 1920s and 1930s era to go in the draw to win a prize! Includes train journey, three course meal at the Nobelius Packing Shed and live entertainment. Bookings essential. Contact: 03 9757 0700.

Puffing Billy Belgrave Station, 1 Monbulk Rd, Belgrave

$115 per person

Montrose Craft Market

Sat 15th December , 9am - 1.30pm

Situated at the base of the mountain on the way to Lilydale the Montrose Market has a variety of craft and fresh produce stalls. Drop in on the way out to the Yarra Valley.

Mt Dandenong Tourist Rd, Montrose

Enquiries: 9728 1703

Little Yarra Market

Sat 15th December , 10am - 3pm

Looking for a great outdoor market? Little Yarra has it all, quality stalls, crafts & recycled goods, organic skincare, eco-cleaning products, local & organic produce, sourdough bread, coffee, chai, great food, massage, wood fired pizza, biodynamic sausages, local buskers, entertainment and more. Enquiries can be made to [email protected] or phone 0411 243 673.

Upper Yarra Museum, Old Railway Station, Warburton Hwy, Yarra Function

Free Entry

Emerald Craft and Produce Market

Sun 16th December , 9am - 3pm

The Emerald Market is vibrant and colourful featuring locally made products and home grown produce right in the centre of town. Visitors can expect a variety of goods including preserves, cakes, hot food stalls, local specialties, vegetables and plants, jewellery, clothing, food, lifestyle products and massage. Our market is plastic bag free, so don’t forget to bring along your own bags.

Cnr Kilvington Drive & Main St, Emerald

Enquiries: 0419 345 750

Emerald Craft and Produce Market

Sun 23rd December , 9am - 3pm

The Emerald Market is vibrant and colourful featuring locally made products and home grown produce right in the centre of town. Visitors can expect a variety of goods including preserves, cakes, hot food stalls, local specialties, vegetables and plants, jewellery, clothing, food, lifestyle products and massage. Our market is plastic bag free, so don’t forget to bring along your own bags.

Cnr Kilvington Drive & Main St, Emerald

Enquiries: 0419 345 750

Gembrook Market

Sun 23rd December , 9am - 2pm

Promoting sustainable living, many of the 90+ stall holders are artisans and craftspeople who have created unique items from recycled materials. Purchase home grown produce including some wonderful gourmet foods. We have a 'garage sale site' and if occupied on the day you visit, who knows what bargain you may find! A jumping castle, farm animals or similar activities for young children are on site at most markets.

Gembrook Community Centre, Gembrook-Pakenham Rd, Gembrook

Christmas Day Dining at SkyHigh 2018

Tue 25th December , 12pm until 9.30pm

Get the family and friends together, get into the Christmas spirit and book early so you don’t miss out on our famous Christmas buffet! Featuring all the Christmas favourites including roast turkey, roast tender pork loin with crackling and apple sauce and traditional Christmas pudding, plus a tempting selection of seafood including fresh oysters and prawns.

SkyHigh Mount Dandenong, 26 Observatory Road, Mount Dandenong

Prices range from $65.00 up to $145 per person

SkyHigh's Boxing Day Buffet Lunch

Wed 26th December , 12 Noon until 3.30pm

Extend the Christmas celebrations into Boxing Day and bring friends and family together with a delicious, freshly prepared buffet lunch. Not to mention the stunning views across Melbourne, it’s the perfect way to relax and enjoy happy times this Boxing Day. Dining upstairs in our stylish function room, it will be a Boxing Day dining experience to remember backed by our award winning service.

SkyHigh Mount Dandenong, 26 Observatory Road, Mount Dandenong

Adults $65 Children $40 Under 5's Free

Much Ado at Cloudehill

Fri 28th December  until Sat 29th December , 6.30pm

OZACT have performed Shakespeare at Cloudehill for many years. This year, prepare for Victoria’s premier ‘en plein air’ Shakespearean Company's 'Much Ado', played out in the glorious surrounds of Cloudehill Gardens. Shakespeare was a master of comedy and this witty play is one of his best. A story of gossip, rumour and overhearing, Hero and Claudio use every trick in the book to get headstrong singletons Benedick and Beatrice to admit their love for each other and, of course, everything goes exactly according to plan. Well, almost!

Cloudehill Garden Twilight Series - 89 Olinda-Monbulk Rd, Olinda

Adults $35 Children $25 (under 16)

New Year's Eve at SkyHigh Mount Dandenong

Mon 31st December , 7pm until 1am

There’s no better place to be than at SkyHigh Mount Dandenong to see the Old Year out and welcome the New Year in! New Year’s Eve is also an all night food extravaganza at SkyHigh with entertainment and drinks and great options in both the lower floor bistro and upper floor function room. Prices range from $135 to $180 per ticket. Bookings Essential

26 Observatory Road, Mount Dandenong

Tickets priced from $135 to $180