One of the painted trams showcased in the exhibition Trams: Moving Pictures.
Food & wine
TAKE in the seven wonders of the world while sipping a cocktail at minus 10 degrees at the Chill On Ice Lounge. The bar was constructed from 50 tonnes of ice, and includes ice couches, tables and chairs as well as sculptures. The latest exhibition Wonders of the World includes scale models of the Taj Mahal, Great Wall of China, Roman Colosseum and the Great Barrier Reef.
Today 10am-midnight, tomorrow 10am-9pm, Southgate Retail Complex, 3 Southgate Avenue, Southbank, entry $30-$50, 9663 3877, chillon.com.au
LIVE the high life for an afternoon at SocieTEA, a high tea hosted in the library of the historic Italianate mansion at Werribee Park. Served on the library's balcony, overlooking the mansion grounds, the menu consists of bubbles on arrival, sweet and savoury delicacies, ice-teas and a special aperitif.
Tomorrow 2pm-4pm, The Mansion at Werribee Park, Gate 2, K Road, Werribee South, $90, 97361 4000, themansionsocietea.com
IT'S no secret Prahran Market offers an abundance of treats, but if you visit tomorrow you can stay on for a live music Sunday Session in the market square. A respite, if you like, from the carols being blasted from the sound system in just about every other food hall at this time of year. There's also free face-painting for the little ones.
Tomorrow noon-3pm, Prahran Market, 163 Commercial Road, South Yarra, free, 8290 8220, prahranmarket.com.au
Chill out in the Chill On Ice Lounge.
PICK up some honey from Bassett Apiaries, citrus from Kurrnung Estate and fresh-cut proteas from Kinglake at the Echuca Farmers' Market. And sort holiday barbecues with a selection of free-range beef, pork and lamb. Instead of pedestrian tipples such as beer and wine, consider some mead, made locally by the Old School Winery.
Today 8.30am-1pm, Alton Reserve, 400 Hare Street, Echuca, free, vicfarmersmarkets.org.au
LOOK out for olive oil from local producers Olive Twist and shrubs from Townsend Plants at Inverloch Community Farmers' Market. Summer means local garlic and there's plenty on offer from local growers along with fresh berries, free-range eggs and wine from Koongunya winery.
Today 8am-1pm, The Glade, Inverloch, free, vicfarmersmarkets.org.au
CONSTRUCTED with milk crates, shipping containers and AstroTurf, the People's Market is a pop-up retail, food, drink and workshop space open for the duration of summer. Today's focus is "crafts and handmade", with stalls run by local emerging artisans.
Today 10am-4pm, 64-68 Stanley Street, Collingwood, $2 entry, peoplesmarket.com.au
THE much-loved Rotary Sunday Market at Camberwell stocks the used and refused things in life from art and fashion to books and homewares, as well as some unique one-offs. An ever-changing beast, the market is a favourite place for Melburnians to sell their gear. Expectations are particularly high this weekend – unwanted Christmas gifts might well be bargains.
Today 7am-12.30pm, Station Street, Camberwell, sundaymarket.com.au
THE Heritage Victoria and National Trust-listed Dromana drive-in celebrates its 50th birthday this year. Along with three big screens and the delightfully retro 50s-style Shel's diner, the drive-in is home to a super market, with all manner of secondhand goods, homemade crafts, plants, clothing, food and even the odd pair of roller skates.
Tomorrow 8am-1pm, 133 Nepean Highway, Dromana, $2 per car, 5931 0022, drivein.net.au
Out of town
Pick up some proteas at the Echuca Farmers' Market.
LEGALLY blind photographer Andrew Follows' exhibition Through the Looking Glass opened on the International Day of People with a Disability this month and continues until January 16. Follows was matched with guide dog Eamon in 2006, increasing his mobility and allowing him to advance his photographic career, with 10 subsequent exhibitions in Australia and overseas.
Today and tomorrow, 10am-5pm, Burke Museum, Loch Street, Beechworth, 5728 8067, $5-$8, burkemuseum.com.au
THE High Country Plate is Mansfield's summer picnic race meet. Enjoy a shady spot under the elm trees on the lawn and dig in to your own picnic while the horses dig up the turf. Away from the ponies, all eyes will be on the PG version of Fashions on the Field, with kids taking to the catwalk in place of the ladies.
Today 11am, Mansfield and District Racecourse, 6165 Midland Highway, Mansfield, free-$15, countryracing.com.au
SEAN McMahon's Western Union wraps up a month-long residency at The Bridge Hotel tomorrow with its final set of the year. The band plays songs from its most recent release Live at the Last Hotel, a collection of earnest alt-country tunes written by McMahon after a trip to California and recorded live to 8-track tape in a single session by Jeff Lang.
Tomorrow 4pm, The Bridge Hotel, 21-23 Walker Street, Castlemaine, free, facebook.com/thebridgecastlemaine
THREE art studios from the Northern Territory unite to present selected works by 10 established and emerging indigenous artists in Good Strong Powerful. The studios work with indigenous artists with a disability, practising in regions from the tropical top end to the desert. The works represent unique and often idiosyncratic perspectives on their communities. Open until January 25.
Today 9.30am-12.30pm, Arts Space Wodonga, 160 Lawrence Street, Wodonga, free, wodonga.vic.gov.au
PARKS Victoria's children's environmental program Junior Rangers encourages primary-school age children and their families to get out and about in the state's parks and reserves. Junior Rangers activities include climbing mountains, hunting for treasure and discovering native wildlife in parks around Victoria such as the Mornington Peninsula and Great Otway national parks. Children must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian.
Today and tomorrow, various times and locations, juniorrangers.com.au
OVER the next nine days, the Peninsula Summer Music Festival hosts a diverse line-up of performers from around the world (as well as fabulous local food and wine) at various Mornington Peninsula venues. Highlights this weekend include tonight's festival opening event Cantatas by Candlelight at St James the Less in Mt Eliza and two recitals tomorrow at St John the Evangelist in Flinders.
Today and tomorrow, various venues and prices, 9784 1060, peninsulafestival.com.au
A VISIT to the Icehouse is a good way to cool off and get a taste of a northern hemisphere-style new year. There's a range of special events going on these holidays, including Under-8's Ice Fun (9am-11am) with a snow pool and seal rides, and Ice Derby (11am-3pm) with ice chariot races and human ten-pin bowling.
Today 9am-midnight, tomorrow 9am-10pm, Medibank Icehouse, 105 Pearl River Road, Docklands, $8-$25, 1300 756 699, icehouse.com.au
THE Old Melbourne Gaol housed some of the city's most colourful and feared criminals until its closure in 1929. Hear tales of escape attempts, ghost sightings, strange happenings and more during the gaol's daily school holiday program.
Today and tomorrow, 11.15am and 1.15pm, 377 Russell Street, city, $13.50-$25, 9650 2310, oldmelbournegaol.com.au
EVER hit a glowing hole in one? Black Light Mini Golf gives you the chance to do just that, with an 18-hole course based around Australia's key tourist attractions. In the same place, there's also a coffin ride, a four-dimensional ride that simulates something you will hopefully never have to consciously experience.
Today 10am-11pm, tomorrow 10am-6pm, level 1, Docklands Harbour Town, Docklands, $10-$13, 9642 5442, glowgolf.com.au
PULLING back the curtain on carnival tricks, Carnival of Science explains the physics, biology and psychology of the sideshow, without ruining the fun. Featuring a maze of mirrors, a strength tester, a bed of nails and the "human cannonball", the interactive exhibition is on display until October.
Today and tomorrow, 10am-4.30pm, Scienceworks, 2 Booker Street, Spotswood, $4.50-$16, 13 11 02, museumvictoria.com.au
FOR the 26th consecutive year, Rat, Mole, Badger and Mr Toad bring The Wind in the Willows to the Royal Botanic Gardens. Adapted and directed by Glenn Elston, the performance involves the audience being (temporarily) transformed into rabbits so they can help Head Chief Rabbit (Rosco Mathers) search for little Portly, last seen headed for the Wild Wood. Audiences are encouraged to bring along a picnic blanket and cushions, as well as their best singing voices. Until January 26.
Today 11am and 6pm, Royal Botanic Gardens, enter through Gate F, Birdwood Avenue, South Yarra, $25, 8676 7511, shakespeareaustralia.com.au
THE Chronicles of Narnia – The Exhibition lets fans through the wardrobe into C.S. Lewis' world of Narnia, as portrayed in the films The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Prince Caspian and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. An interactive experience featuring more than 150 original film props and costumes such as the White Witch's icy throne, on which visitors can sit and feel the chill. Until February 2.
Today and tomorrow 10am-7pm, The Pavilion, Docklands Drive, Docklands, $15-$20, 136 100, ticketmaster.com.au
A Meagan Wyke artwork from the Poetic forms group exhibition.
TEES: Exposing Melbourne's T-shirt culture examines our city's obsession with short-sleeved cotton billboards through the eyes of tee aficionado Eddie Zammit. As well as a comprehensive survey of local tee designers and artists, Zammit has dipped into his personal collection of more than 4000 shirts to find some particularly influential examples of the form. Until February 17.
Today 10am-10pm, tomorrow 10am-5pm, NGV Studio, Federation Square, Flinders Street, city, free, 8620 2222, ngv.vic.gov.au
MAKE a mini aeroplane out of recycled rubber bands, icy pole sticks and bits of plastic and contribute to the installation In-Flight at the Immigration Museum, on until December 31. One of three parts of Another Country, a project by Filipino-born, Brisbane-based artists Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan, the installation confronts the idea of transition and homecoming in an accessible and fun way, creating an opportunity for adults and kids to play together.
Today and tomorrow, 10am-5pm, Immigration Museum, Old Customs House, 400 Flinders Street, city, free-$10, 13 11 02, museumvictoria.com.au/immigrationmuseum
TRAMS: Moving Pictures explores the history of our rolling icons, from horse-drawn and cable trams to the W-class electric trams introduced in the 1920s, to more modern models. One of the exhibition's highlights is a series of images of trams painted between 1978 and 1993 as part of the Transporting Art Project by a range of contemporary artists including Howard Arkley, Mirka Mora, Michael Leunig and Reg Mombassa. Until August 2013.
Tomorrow 10am-4pm, Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street, city, free, 9651 2233, oldtreasurybuilding.org.au
FOUR years after graduating together from art school, six emerging artists reunite for a group exhibition, Poetic Forms. Renee Cosgrave, Merryn Lloyd, Tom Reddington, Stephanie Stott, Sally Wemyss and Meagan Wyke shared teachers, studio spaces and inspiration during studies. This new exhibition demonstrates the enduring similarities and inevitable divergences of these close artists.
Today and tomorrow, noon-5pm, Bundoora Homestead Arts Centre, 7-27 Snake Gully Drive, Bundoora, free, 9496 1060, bundoorahomestead.com
A JOINT project between The Australian Ballet and the NGV, Ballet & Fashion brings together some of the standout costumes created for dancers – including works that put a spin on the tutu or create challenging new styles. Akira Isogawa, Collette Dinnigan and Easton Pearson are among the featured designers. Catch the free tour on Sunday from 1.30pm.
Today and tomorrow, 10am-5pm, National Gallery of Victoria, 180 St Kilda Road, city, free, 8620 2222, ngv.vic.gov.au
EXPLORE the other side of the curtain on the Arts Centre Melbourne's Back of House Tour. The tour runs every Sunday of the year, as a guide leads a small group of visitors behind the scenes of all three theatres and the concert hall. It's just one of the regular guided tours at the centre, including a Tour Aperitivo of Hamer Hall (Tues, Thurs and Fri, $30) which concludes with a glass of sparkling wine and a box of canapes.
Tomorrow 12.15pm, Theatres Building and Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 St Kilda Road, $20, 1300 182 183, artscentremelbourne.com.au
STOCK up on scoobie snacks for this Friday's Doggie Night at Moonlight Cinema. Dogs are welcome to join the family to attend the screening of Tim Burton's Frankenweenie, a creepy comic tale of a boy who brings his beloved pet back to life – with a few minor changes. Howls and barks should be set to "vibrate".
January 4, Moonlight Cinema, Royal Botanic Gardens, Birdwood Ave, South Yarra, $14-$32, moonlight.com.au