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 luxe shopping experience at Emporium Melbourne, which opened in 2014 but still feels shiny and new. From divine Tiffany & Co trinkets to a gorgeous tie from Brooks Brothers, shop for the VIPs on your list. Between purchases, dream among the centre’s Nutcracker-themed Christmas decorations and gorgeous costumes from the new film. You have plenty of time, because the centre has extended hours, including until 10pm from Monday 17 to Friday 21 December.
Whether you need last-minute party food from Woolies or heavenly gifts from Aēsop, QV Retail‘s staying open so you can stay sane. This retail precinct covering a whole city block is open until 9pm every day from 15 to 23 December. Plus, there are free festive treats on Friday nights thanks to Aqua S soft-serve ice-creamery!
Tick-tock, tick-tock, the clock is ticking on Christmas shopping! Melbourne Central’s big musical clock makes that a wonderful thing though, with Aussie animals popping out. Plus there are extended trading hours, including until 10pm from Monday 17 to Friday 21 December.
The Strand Melbourne
It’s quality over quantity at The Strand Melbourne, which has a small but stylish fashion and lifestyle offering. Like the first store in Australia for German contemporary jewellers Niessing. Take your time and discover the treasures here thanks to extended trading hours, including until 7pm on the weekend before Christmas.
St. Collins Lane
This high-end shopping destination is open an extra hour during the week before Christmas. So there’s more time to shop and admire St. Collins Lane’s deluxe decorations.
Find something special among top international and local brands like Debenhams, Tag Heuer and Coach. Then save more time with complimentary gift wrapping at the concierge desk.
Whether you need a Christmas gift hamper, a party frock or fairy lights, Myer Melbourne has it. Including 9am-9pm on Friday 14 and Saturday 15 December, so there’s time to consider buying Anthony the charity teddy bear. He’s so cuddly and dapper looking! Be sure to dream a little after the shopping’s done with Myer’s Alice in Wonderland animated windows.
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 until 23 December – except Sunday, which is not far behind with 9pm closing. But wait, there’s more! From Wednesday 19 to Friday 21, the big doors stay open until midnight.
Don’t miss a stroll through the Christmas trees lining the classic arches of the heritage-listed Melbourne’s 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.
Queen Victoria Market
From presents to party food, one of Melbourne’s most iconic shopping destinations has everything you need for the holidays. Apart from the Summer Night Market, which has lots of curated gifts, it isn’t open after dark. But all the traders are turning on A Merry Market Christmas during the days leading up to the big one. Don’t forget, Queen Victoria Market opens at 6am on all market days except Sundays so why not try early bird instead of night owl shopping. Visit their website for more information on Christmas shopping hours.