Melbourne’s pulse never truly stops so although Christmas Day is quieter, there’s still things to see, do and eat. Find out how to get the most out of the city with our guide to what’s open on Christmas Day.
Christmas light shows and decorations
Santa will be taking a well-earned break on Christmas Day, but the Christmas tree and the Christmas Bauble will be lit up at Federation Square on Christmas Night. Christmas Day is also your last chance to catch the spectacular Christmas Projections at Melbourne Town Hall, Federation Square and NewQuay in Docklands.
If you’re desperate for milk, bread, a sandwich or a coffee, some 7-Eleven stores will be open, including at Federation Square, Swanston Street, Elizabeth Street, Collins Street, Flinders Lane, Bourke Street and Lygon Street Carlton.
The Health Smart pharmacy within the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre is open.
Cafes and restaurants
If it’s a Christmas meal you’re after, see our list of restaurants offering special Christmas Day dining. Make sure you contact individual venues for booking availability. Some restaurants will be open in Chinatown, Crown Entertainment Complex, Docklands, Lygon Street (Carlton) and Southgate.
The following cafes are open on Christmas Day and serving their regular, non-Christmas fare:
- La Petite Creperie kiosks at Swanston St and La Petite Creperie in a Vintage Caravan at QV will be open from 12pm and 11am respectively.
- The Butchers Diner is open for some carnivore style sustenance from breakfast to dinner and beyond.
- Auction Rooms in North Melbourne to deliver your coffee fix.
Keep the family entertained at one of these great Melbourne attractions.
Catch a Christmas Day flick at a city cinema.
- Village Cinemas, Crown Entertainment Complex, Southbank
- Cinema Nova, 380 Lygon Street, Carlton
- Hoyts Melbourne Central, Melbourne Central, Cnr Latrobe and Swanston Streets, Melbourne
See the city from a different perspective by getting out on the water. City River Cruises offer a limited service, head to their website to book online.
Parks and gardens
Bring a picnic and hope for good weather at these lovely parks and gardens.
Architecture and public art
Take advantage of the quieter streets and go on one of many self-guided walks of the city. Find out the different walks you can do.
Public transport is free on Christmas day, and operates to a Sunday timetable.
V/Line (regional trains) are free and operate to a Sunday timetable. Some services may require bookings.