Here at Bunnett & Bassal, your tax accountants in Dandenong, we love our city. And, as if the run up to Christmas is not exciting enough, there are a number of events happening in Dandenong throughout the month of December this year to keep the whole family entertained. Be sure to check these out:

Movers and shakers
Swing into action on 1 December with the Top Cat Dancers Rock and Roll and Swing Dance Classes. Limber up, get fit and enjoy yourself as you dance the night away. If you prefer something a little more sedate, then on 2 December, at the Burden Bowling Club, you can take part in your own version of Strictly Ballroom with some social ballroom dancing.

Younger members of the family may prefer the Baby Bounce sessions on 4 December with singing and musical instruments for the very young at heart, or if you prefer to watch rather than participate, don’t miss the Russian National Ballet Theatre with their version of Swan Lake on 7 December, a Drum Theatre event.

Learning zones
The Dandenong Library is host to Game Development Group Workshops on 1 December, where youngsters aged between 12-15 years can go along and learn all about making their own video games. Meanwhile, parents can head off to the Dandenong Market on the same day to watch free cookery demonstrations. Pick up some ideas for new and healthy family recipes and source local ingredients at the same time.

If you have some down time on Sunday, 6 December, you might also like to learn more about the natural environment with water watch and bird watching, which you can do by joining the Greater Dandenong Environment Group.

Christmas spirit
From the first of the month, the traditional nativity scene will be on display at St Elizabeth’s Parish. Every year this nativity scene attracts visitors from far and wide as it continues to get a little bigger and better year on year.

Mark down 18 December on your calendar because this is the date of the 69th Carols by Candlelight in Harmony Square, with Santa Claus putting in an appearance. Entry is free of charge so be sure to bring along a picnic, some candles and a rug while you enjoy the singing and colourful fireworks. There will also be a range of food stalls and plenty of entertainment and live music.

A couple of weeks later, head back to Harmony Square on 31 December for a New Year’s Eve night to remember. The event starts from 5.30pm and there will be plenty to keep you and yours entertained, from bouncy castles and face painting to art and craft workshops and food and drink stalls. Finally, enjoy the grand fireworks finale at 9.25pm as you begin to see the old year out.

Shopping
While you’re sure to be spending lots of time shopping in the markets with their extended opening times in preparation for Christmas, do take note of the following markets in particular.

The Springvale Rotary Sunday market on 13 December is an ideal place to pick up a few treats for you and your family, and takes place at the Springvale Railway Station. Also, don’t forget to check out the Dandenong Market’s extended Christmas trading hours as you shop for those last minute presents.