Though Melbourne will seem quiet on Christmas day there are still plenty of things to explore, keep you entertained and celebrate this festive season with family, friends and complete strangers. Find out how to get the most out of the city on one of the quietest days of the year, with our guide to what’s open.
Santa will be taking a well earned break on Christmas Day, but Christmas Square will still be open so you’ll be able to see the living Christmas tree and pose with the giant nutcrackers. Most of the city’s Christmas decorations will still be up, so take a Christmas journey across the city with our decorations map.
Discover festive cheer in laneways and on landmark buildings, like the spectacular light projections on Melbourne Town Hall. Families and the young and old are also invited to visit the Myer Christmas Windows at Bourke St Mall – which will still be up until 5 January 2017.
Federation Square is always open, and Christmas Day is no different.
If you’re desperate for milk, bread or a sandwich, a handful of shops will be open:
- 7-Eleven including Federation Square, Swanston Street, Elizabeth Street, Bourke Street and Lygon Street Carlton.
- IGA stores including 90-96 Spencer Street, 84 Flinders Street, 212 King Street, 320 St Kilda Road
Cafes and restaurants
Also see our list of restaurants offering special Christmas Day dining. We recommend booking as early as possible.
Keep the family entertained at one of these great Melbourne attractions.
- Eureka Skydeck 88, 10am to 5.30pm
- Melbourne Zoo, 9am to 5pm
- Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium, 9.30am to 6pm
- Royal Botanic Gardens, 7.30am to sunset (the Children’s Garden opens at 10am)
- Crown Entertainment Complex, open from 12pm
- Melbourne Star Observation Wheel, open from 1pm
Catch a Christmas day flick at a city cinema.
- Village Cinemas, Crown Entertainment Complex
- Kino Cinema, 45 Collins Street, Melbourne
- Cinema Nova, 380 Lygon Street, Carlton
Parks and gardens
Bring a picnic and hope for good weather at these lovely parks and gardens.
See a full list of Melbourne parks.
Architecture and public art
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.