In many religions, particularly for members of the Christian or Catholic faith, the christening is an important moment in someone’s life. Whether the event is for an adult or a child, it is a treasured memory for the family and one that should be celebrated with your nearest and dearest.
This can be a busy day, so to ensure you are present and relaxed, we have compiled a list of the best christening venues in Melbourne. These great locations will provide a comfortable and enjoyable space to celebrate and converse with those closest to you, complete with delicious food and drinks while you mark this momentous occasion. Read on to find the perfect venue for your celebration.
The Terminus Hotel in Abbotsford is a unique venue with many stunning spaces that will provide the perfect setting for your christening celebration. With four bars spread across two levels, you are spoilt for choice (and able to customise your option to suit the size of your group).
From the classic Parisian feel of the Level One Bar to the jungle-like atmosphere of the Beer Garden, there is a space to suit every taste. Plus, the venue makes things even easier to organise thanks to their Celebration Package (make a booking and enjoy the first round of beers, bubbles, or house wine for free!).
The Terrace Bar offers a mix of seated and standing spaces, three large roped jungle-style booths and a private bar. If you’re after a larger area, the Level One Bar can accommodate up to 120 standing or 50 seated guests. For a more relaxed feel, the private booths in the Level One Corner Booth or the Beer Garden Sunken Booth are perfect for smaller groups. For group dining, the deco-style Dining Room on the ground floor provides a sun-soaked, banquette-style seating area for up to 28 guests. The Terminus Hotel offers a stunning and unique setting that encourages great conversation, the perfect after-spot for a christening celebration.
With its fancy new makeover, The Vic in Yarraville is a great option for a place to celebrate a christening. With two stunning function rooms, a kids’ playroom with a private bar, and a range of versatile spaces to suit groups of up to 120 guests, The Victoria Hotel has every group covered. If you haven’t been to this venue since the renovation, it will be almost unrecognisable! The team responsible for the refresh have done an exquisite job.
When planning a christening, the venue’s expert Functions Team can help you create an unforgettable experience. Choose from the Hyde Room, with its private entrance and bar, the Victoria Room, with natural sunlight from overhead skylights, or the newly renovated Bistro, with its mixture of general dining and semi-private areas.
This venue is particularly well-suited to those bringing the little ones along. The Kid’s Room features a private bar, hand-painted Disney mural, lego wall, arcade games, and more. The Vic is super convenient, with free onsite parking, easy pram access, highchairs, baby change facilities and a great kids menu. This family-friendly space is the perfect way to get together with your loved ones after the christening ceremony.
Nestled in the heart of the bustling Hawthorn district, the Auburn Hotel is a renowned pub and event space with a historic tinge that offers plenty of options for christening celebrations. Housed in a stunning Victorian-style building adorned with ornate decor, this award-winning venue has dining areas, a spacious outdoor courtyard, and several private lounges on its upper floors.
Level One has a private bar, lounge areas, and an expansive balcony, perfect for larger-scale christenings with up to 150 guests. For a similar size but an outdoor setting, the Beer Garden is a more relaxed space with picnic tables, and umbrellas.
For more intimate gatherings, The Boardroom features a private balcony with a stunning view of Auburn Village, and The Club Room has a cosy fireplace with the lively atmosphere of the pub. The East Room and Corner Rooms are perfect for private celebrations of around 40 guests, and last but not least, The Wine Room is a versatile space with a private bar that can host up to 120 standing or 50 seated guests for a cocktail-style event.
Located along the Yarra River, River’s Edge Events is a modern and versatile space within walking distance of South Wharf, Crown, Crowne Plaza and Southern Cross Station. With polished concrete floors, floor-to-ceiling windows and a large marble bar, the neutral tones allow for the perfect canvas to host a post-christening celebration in the style of your choice. However, the breathtaking views of Melbourne’s skyline and waterfront are the real drawcard for this location.
The 180-degree views of the city skyline and Yarra River perfectly complement the venue’s modern, minimalist styling, creating a sophisticated atmosphere that will really impress your guests. Another highlight of this light-filled space is the mouth-watering menu and extensive beverage list. The menu always features seasonal, on-trend flavours that you can tailor to suit all dietary requirements. Head Chef Dylan Kemp has the perfect options for everything from a cocktail soiree to a seven-course banquet.
This is easily one of the fanciest venue options in Melbourne. We recommend letting the dedicated event team help you plan the celebration, so you can relax and enjoy this special event.
The Station Hotel is one of the best christening venues in the west (and renowned for serving the finest steaks in the area). With three different event options, The Station Hotel has a suitable space for every gathering.
The Bar at The Station Hotel is perfect for cocktail-style christening celebrations thanks to its relaxed yet stylish ambience; this semi-private space is ideal for christening groups of up to 50 who still want to interact with the lively pub atmosphere.
Alternatively, you can enjoy the sunshine in The Station Hotel’s brand new, and very impressive, Beer Garden or book a section (or the entire restaurant) to enjoy the exquisite menu that locals and more travel to enjoy. There are several food and beverage options to suit the style and budget of your christening party, and the events team will make sure you are well taken care of.
Our largest suggestion for the perfect christening venue is The Exchange in Port Melbourne’s private and semi-private function spaces. This option offers state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment and a convertible dance floor to ensure your gathering truly is a celebration!
For those seeking a more intimate space, The Lounge offers a warm and welcoming setting with a large open fireplace and comfortable upholstered burgundy couches. This semi-private space can be partitioned into an exclusive area, perfect for your christening.
Finally, the Dining Room is available for a sit-down catch up with those closest to you. The Exchange has a selection of food and beverage packages and a friendly, experienced event team that will help make sure everything you need is taken care of while you focus on some quality family time.
Whether you have welcomed your child into your faith or found or reaffirmed your own faith as an adult, the christening marks one of life’s most important moments. At Australian Venue Co. we welcome communities of all religions to mark this momentous occasion with a celebration at one of our many venues equipped to help foster special moments.
Let our skilled events teams in each of these venues work with you to craft an occasion that you, your family, and your friends will cherish forever.
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