28-Nov-2016 4:00 PM

On Thursday 1 December 2016, Variety – the Children’s Charity will officially celebrate three milestones. They will open the doors to their 30th Variety Children’s Christmas Party, welcoming their 150,000th child, and celebrating a 20-year partnership with the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Since 1986 the annual Variety Children’s Christmas Party has been spreading the joy of Christmas and touching the lives of kids in need right across Victoria. Each year, the party welcomes up to 5000 children through the doors, accompanied by some 3000 carers and 500 volunteers.

The Variety Children’s Christmas Party isn’t just a celebration with rides, activities, entertainment and presents, it is much more.

It’s a tangible break from judgement, exclusion and anxiety in the lives of these children and their families. 

Since its inception, the Party has offered children a gift like no other: the opportunity to experience unconditional acceptance in a safe, friendly and understanding environment whilst enjoying the magic of Christmas with their families.

There is no cost to any of the families or school groups that attend the Party, food is catered for, and even Santa manages to take time out of his busy schedule to pay the children a visit. There are carnival rides, an animal farm, and of course every child gets a present to take home with them at the end of the day.

Since 1996 the Variety Children’s Christmas Party has been held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre who generously donates the space in order for Variety to share the joy of Christmas with so many.

This year, the event MC will be Alex Papps (ABC Play School, Home & Away), who will be joined by other special guests such as Councillor Tessa Sullivan and more.
Variety –the Children’s Charity is a national not-for-profit organisation that helps children who are sick, disadvantaged or who have special needs, to reach their full potential regardless of ability or background. For more information visit

Photo/Filming Opps: MC Alex Papps, 150,000th guest, 5,000 children in need, carnival rides, stilt walkers, Santa & other costume characters.
Many of the children present are in protective custody. As such, all photographers and film crews must be supervised by Variety Victoria Marketing & Communications Manager.

What: The Variety Children’s Christmas Party
When: 11.00am - 1.30pm Thursday 1 December
Where: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Normanby Road, South Wharf
Contact: Georgie Smith, Marketing & Communications Manager, 0419 880 705