Got a long list of gifts, food, drinks and party paraphernalia to buy, but short on time? The CBD’s major shopping destinations have got you covered with extended hours until Christmas Eve.
Enjoy a luxury shopping experience at Emporium Melbourne. From divine Mulberry bags to dapper suits or shirts from Ted Baker, you’ll find something for the VIPs on your list. Take a break from your shopping at the ‘Dear Santa’ immersive experience on the ground floor and let Santa know if you’ve been naughty or nice this year. There’s even a corner for zen time, where you can visualise your Christmas wishes coming true with a guided meditation. Extended trading hours kick off from Wednesday 11 December, giving you more time to shop.
Don’t miss a stroll through the Christmas trees lining the classic arches of the heritage-listed Melbourne GPO. Pick up a new party outfit at H&M Store, or stop for lunch or dinner a Ca De Vin which is open daily until late. Visit the GPO website for more details on opening hours for individual stores.
Whether you need a Christmas gift hamper, a party frock or fairy lights, Myer Melbourne has it. Don’t miss this year’s Gum Nut Babies themed Myer Christmas Windows or the Harry Potter pop-up store in the Myer basement. If you still have gifts to buy, visit Santaland and the Giftorium and cover off all your remaining presents in one go. Take advantage of Myer being open until 10pm every night from Wednesday 18 to Saturday 21 December.
Breathe easy, because the David Jones Bourke Street Mall store is open seriously late in the lead-up to Christmas. We’re talking 10pm every night from Monday 9 December – except Saturdays and Sundays, which are not far behind with 9pm closing. But wait, there’s more! From Wednesday 18 to Saturday 21 December, the big doors stay open until midnight. Plus the David Jones food hall is a great place to stock up on gourmet delights for Christmas Day.
Queen Victoria Market
Queen Victoria Market is one of Melbourne’s most iconic shopping destinations. Browse the Market’s historic sheds, streets and laneways to discover a treasure trove of unique gifts and fresh produce. To celebrate Christmas, the market has Santa visits, Christmas carols and a Christmas trail for the kids. From Thursday 19 December Christmas hours start and the market is open every day leading up to the big one. Don’t forget, Queen Victoria Market opens at 6am on all market days, except Sundays and on Christmas Eve it opens extra early at 5am.
Whether you’re looking for something cute and quirky from Monsterthreads or heavenly gifts from Aēsop, QV Melbourne’s staying open so you can stay sane. This retail precinct covering a whole city block is open until 9pm every day from Monday 16 to Friday 20 December. Plus, there are free festive treats in QV Square, including cocktail giveaways and doughnut decorating. Don’t miss the 15 metre tall walk-through Christmas tree with magical lights inside and out.
Tick-tock, tick-tock, the clock is ticking on Christmas shopping! But Melbourne Central has extended its trading hours to help. They’re open until 10pm from Wednesday 18 to Friday 20 December. Plus, this year, Melbourne Central is giving you the chance to return your unwanted Christmas gifts. No matter where your gift was purchased, you can visit ‘The Returning’ to exchange your unwanted gift for a Melbourne Central gift card. All remaining gifts are donated to Melbourne City Mission. Once the Christmas shopping is done, reward yourself with dinner and drinks at the new Ella dining precinct.
The Strand Melbourne
It’s quality over quantity at The Strand Melbourne, which has a small but stylish fashion and lifestyle offering. Including the first store in Australia for German contemporary jewellers Niessing. The Strand is open until 9pm on Thursdays and Fridays and until 7pm every other day.
St. Collins Lane
Collins 234 have extended their hours this Christmas season. Pop in anytime between 9am and 9pm from Thursday 19 December to Monday 23rd December. Craft lovers rejoice with supplies from Morris and Son. Or check out Dymocks for books, stationery, games and other gift ideas.