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A Swingin' Bella Christmas

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Presenter: Bella Union @ The Melba Spiegeltent
Website: https://www.facebook.com/MelbaSpiegeltent/
Event Duration: 150 minutes

Door Sales Only


Christmas. It's pretty good, isn't it? Wide-eyed children, galloping reindeer, sparkling tinsel, barbecues, goodwill to everyone. Thumbs up! On board!

So every year, we get together and sing the praises of the season in a venerable Melbourne hall - and that's where we've always gotten it wrong.

Go back and look at the original story. Four walls and a roof? Christmas doesn't have a plaster ceiling on it. It takes place outside, in a humble stable. Simple. Modest. A lean-to, perhaps. Some kind of tent. A beautiful century-old Belgian canvas pavilion with wooden floors and stained glass and mirrors and a licensed bar. Y'know. Slumming it.

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to The Melba Spiegeltent, the legendary palace of festivity and frivolity adjoining Circus Oz /Melbourne Polytechnic / Collingwood TAFE / Collingwood Tech (depending on your era)! And welcome to A Swingin'  Bella Christmas - a finger-snappin', toe-tappin' romp through traditional carols, modern favourites and specially-written original songs of the season, executed with airy panache by a horn-laden bevy of brilliant performers known throughout the civilised world as The Bella All-Stars!

Out front, MCs Casey Bennetto and Geraldine Quinn will be joined by special guests Selina Jenkins (20th December), Nina Ferro & Tripod (21st December) and Mike McLeish (22nd December).


Please don't forget to bring along proof of eligibility for all concession tickets purchased.  Our box office team will need to charge ticket-holders unable to do so an extra $15 at the door. 

A limited number of standing room tickets will be available for purchase at the door each night. Email us HERE if you'd like to be wait-listed for some of these, letting us know which night you'd like to come. Please keep in mind that any wait-listed tickets that are not collected by 7.30PM on the night will be made available for sale to others.

We're delighted to announce that Pearl of The Quarter, an original and distinctive truck, will be serving food created through the meeting of diverse cultures each night alongside The Melba's pop-up bar which serves a selection of beers, wines and soft drinks. Both will be open from 7.00PM each night.

Ticket Type Price
Special(Standing Room - only available @ the door) $25.00