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What’s open on Christmas Day in Melbourne

Melbourne’s pulse never truly stops so although Christmas Day is quieter, there are 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.

Where to eat

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 ComplexDocklands, Lygon Street and Southgate.

The following venues are open on Christmas Day:

A plate with some hands visible, using cutlery to cut into pancakes served with berry coulis and cream

La Petite Creperie

Things to do

Christmas light shows and decorations

Santa will be taking a well-earned break on Christmas Day, but Christmas Square is still open. This is your last chance to see the twinkling lights of the 16 metre tall LED Christmas tree at Federation Square. The spectacular Christmas Projections also finish on Christmas night. See this year’s feature show, a ‘Very Melbourne Night Before Christmas’. Written by Marieke Hardy and narrated by Lee Lin Chin it’s on at the State Library Victoria. After that, move on to the Melbourne Town Hall and this year’s new location, Princes Bridge.

Glowing Christmas bauble in the foreground with the blue and green LED Christmas tree in the background

Christmas Square at Fed Square

Section 8’s Christmas orphan’s party

Finish off their 8 Days of Christmas festivities with a free Christmas day BBQ party at Section 8.  Whether you’re riding solo or you want to take Nan for post-pav kick ons, they’ve got the ultimate food, bev and music lineup to make your day merry and bright. On from 2 to 11pm.


Keep the family entertained at one of these great Melbourne attractions.

An animal poking its tongue out

Lemur at Melbourne Zoo


Catch a Christmas Day flick at a city cinema.

Architecture and public walks

Take advantage of the city being quieter to explore Melbourne’s laneways, waterfront and architectural gems. See our street art walking guide and public art sites to map your journey.

Parks and gardens

Bring a picnic and hope for good weather at these lovely parks and gardens.

See a full list of Melbourne parks or find twelve gardens close to the CBD.

An aerial view of a huge landscaped garden with the city skyline in the background

Guilfoyles Volcano at the Royal Botanic Gardens


If you’re desperate for milk, bread, a sandwich or a coffee, some 7-Eleven stores will be open. These include Federation Square, Swanston Street, Elizabeth Street and Bourke Street. The IGA Express stores in Queen and Collins streets will also be open.


The Health Smart pharmacy within the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre is open 24 hours, every day of the week.

Public transport

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.

Airport transfers

Skybus and Starbus services to Melbourne Airport operate as normal.