08-Dec-2015 12:43 PM

IN a colourful display of Christmas giving, over 5000 children with special needs will come together for the Variety Children’s Christmas Party at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on Thursday 10 December.

The 2015 party will mark the event’s 29th year and welcome its 140,000th child through the doors of Melbourne Convention and Entertainment Centre to enjoy this fun filled day.
Lord Mayor Robert Doyle will join a host of sports stars, entertainers , 3000 carers, family members and volunteers – and of course Santa – to welcome disadvantaged and disabled children to a day of celebration designed especially for them.
The party includes live entertainment, activities, interactive displays, all ability rides and a present for each child who attends.
For many of these children from a low social economic background, the Variety Children’s Christmas Party is the only celebration they enjoy at this time of year.  For Variety’s sick and disabled guests, the party is an opportunity to have a fun day out with peers, with many families thanking the charity for allowing their children to “not feel different for just one day”.
With demand growing each year Variety, which receives no government funding, relies on the generosity of the community and corporate supporters to put on this event which is free for families and organisations to attend.

We would like to acknowledge the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) who have donated their venue and staff time since 1996.

MCEC’s Chief Executive Peter King said:  “Our employees always look forward to taking part in this special event each year, which is a great opportunity to get involved with a very important cause. 

“It is always a pleasure to open our doors, showcase MCEC to the people of Victoria and bring smiles to the children and families who benefit from the incredible support services that Variety provides.  

“MCEC is committed to supporting the local community through fostering partnerships with organisations such as Variety, and we look forward to continuing our relationship for many years to come.”

The party has support from over a one hundred companies of all shapes and sizes donating their time, product and services to help us put on this special day plus an additional 530 volunteers.

The City of Melbourne has joined Variety as an event sponsor recognising that this day adds to the Melbourne Christmas spirit.


The Variety Children’s Christmas Party is a day time event and runs from 9am -2pm. Over the last 29 years of running this event, Variety has refined it to include four main components to ensure every child leaves with a lasting memory from the day.
  • Entertainment – Santa, carnival rides, demonstrations, workshops, colouring stations, slides, performances on stage, sporting demonstrations, roving performers dress as their favourite characters and much more
  • Lunch – as part of the day, everyone receives a delicious and healthy lunch while they are at the event. Variety is fortunate to have a number of companies donate food and drinks for the day.
  • Christmas Present – every child receive a quality Christmas present in a show bag to take home.
  • Community Engagement – Variety works with a huge number of volunteers, community groups, corporate volunteers and supporters who assist on the day.
Please note, there are strict photography requirements due to the sensitive situation of many of the children in attendance. Please liaise with Variety Victoria Marketing and Fundraising Coordinator Jess Hickey in regards to photo opportunities.

Jessica Hickey Mobile 0413 455 079 Email

About Variety
Variety-the Children’s Charity is a national not-for-profit organisation committed to empowering Australian children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs to gain mobility, independence and self-esteem. By giving practical equipment, programs and experiences, Variety helps children in need to overcome whatever obstacles they face and live life to the fullest. Simply put Variety HELPS KIDS BE KIDS
In 2015 – celebrating its 40th year operating in Australia - Variety distributed $11,993,626 worth of grants nationally, directly impacted 135,878 children.
Variety’s aim is for all kids to be able to Live, Laugh and Learn. For more information visit