12 Doors of Christmas

A festive exhibition featuring 12 local artists, children's crafts, an advent calendar and more penguins that you might expect!

Dates: Friday, 1 December – Thursday, 21 December 2023
Times: Tuesday – Sunday, 10:00am – 3:00pm
Entry: FREE
Venue: CCC Gallery and Foyer

Cardinia Cultural Centre has engaged 12 unique artists to showcase their interpretation of the 12 days of Christmas according to the famous poem.

This exhibition also features crafts made during the Christmas Kids’ Art Workshops, which you can get tickets for here.

On your way to the gallery, take some happy snaps in front of our festive Christmas penguin-themed backdrop, created by Karen Alsop as part of her augmented reality Cardinia Arts Small Change Grant project.

There will also be some interactive floor stickers, where you can bring Aussie animals to life using your smartphone!


“…On the twelfth day of Christmas
My true love sent to me:
Twelve drummers drumming,
Eleven pipers piping,
Ten lords a-leaping,
Nine ladies dancing,
Eight maids a-milking,
Seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves, and
A partridge in a pear tree.”

Did you know?
There are many different versions of the 12 Days of Christmas poem dating back to 1780. The version we have used is the Christmas carol by Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters released in 1949.


Twelve drummers drumming: Jeff Thege

Eleven pipers piping: Clinton Plowman

Ten lords a-leaping: Cardinia Arts Society (Annette Slattery, Wendy Andrews, Pam Anushika, Joulia Bogar, Veronica Bogar, Marie Cleland, Anne-Marie d’Elbee, Kate Lempriere, Cindy Lothian, Christine MacPherson, Jillian Ronald, Edie Collyer)

Nine ladies dancing: Natalia Pedan

Eight maids a-milking: Jen Bennett

Seven swans a-swimming: Yvette Stubbs

Six geese a-laying: Leticia Hodson

Five golden rings: Evie Czarnecki

Four calling birds: Leanne Hutchinson

Three French hens: Kristina Kimtia

Two turtle doves: Madison Connors

A partridge in a pear tree: Nicole Smith


Exhibition dates: Friday, 1 December – Thursday, 21 December 2023
Gallery hours: 9:00am – 5:00pm daily
Entry: FREE
Venue: CCC Capsule

Don’t miss the advent calendar-style festive season inspired exhibit in the CCC Capsule. Created with love and festive cheer by some of the CCC team, including displays by Naomi Horsley, Gabby Fisher, Harry Rook and Elizaveta Maltseva.

Be sure to pop in each day as a new door is opened and a different box is revealed!


Image credit (below): Karen Alsop, Penguin Christmas, digital art, 2023 (detail)

Dates & times
Friday 01 Dec
Tuesday 05 Dec
Wednesday 06 Dec
Thursday 07 Dec
Friday 08 Dec
Saturday 09 Dec
Sunday 10 Dec
Tuesday 12 Dec
Wednesday 13 Dec
Thursday 14 Dec
Friday 15 Dec
Saturday 16 Dec
Sunday 17 Dec
Tuesday 19 Dec
Wednesday 20 Dec
Thursday 21 Dec
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