What’s open on Christmas Day in Melbourne 2016

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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.

Christmas decorations

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.

Christmas projects on Melbourne Town Hall

Federation Square

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

Many restaurants will be open in Chinatown, and some restaurants and cafes will be open at Crown Entertainment ComplexDocklandsFederation SquareLygon Street (Carlton) and Southgate.

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.



Catch a Christmas day flick at a city cinema.

River cruises

See the city from a different perspective by getting out on the water. Both City River Cruises and Melbourne River Cruises offer limited services, with no pre-bookings required.

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

Quietly explore Melbourne’s laneways, waterfront and architectural gems before the Boxing Day sale madness begins. See the full list of street art and public art.

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. Avalon Airport Transfers operate to their normal schedule.

During this busy festive season our Visitor Information Services are also here to help with ideas on what to do and see, for both locals and visitors.

Source: http://blog.thatsmelbourne.com.au/whats-open-on-christmas-day-in-melbourne/