Open Christmas Day 2017

Open Christmas Day 2017

What's open on Christmas Day Monday 25th of December 2017, in Melbourne.

After Christmas lunch there is so much to do.

Check out these beauties..


See some of Melbourne’s best, minus the crowds.
Get out and about amidst the festive cheer at:

Melbourne Eureka Skydeck 88 10am to 5.30pm
Melbourne Melbourne Zoo 9am to 5pm
Melbourne Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium 9.30am to 6pm
Melbourne Federation Square (Orphan’s Picnic from 11am to 6pm)
Melbourne Crown Entertainment Complex open from 12pm
Melbourne Royal Botanic Gardens 7.30am to 8.30pm
Melbourne Melbourne Star Wheel - 10am - 10pm | last departure at 9.30pm

Melbourne The World Cruise Ship In Dock at Port Melbourne


If you feel like catching a flick, these cinemas will be open:

Melbourne Cameo Cinemas, 1628 Burwood Highway, Belgrave
Melbourne Cinema Nova, 380 Lygon Street, Carlton
Melbourne Classic Cinema, 9 Gordon Street, Elsternwick
Melbourne Kino Cinemas, 45 Collins Street, Melbourne
Melbourne The Lido, 675 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn
Melbourne Village Cinemas, Crown Entertainment Complex

Parks and gardens

Bring a picnic or take a walk in one of Melbourne’s many beautiful, lush parks.

Bring a picnic and hope for good weather.

Melbourne Birrarung Marr Park
Melbourne Carlton Gardens
Melbourne Fitzroy Gardens
Melbourne Royal Botanic Gardens

--> See a full list of Melbourne parks

Architecture and public art

Explore Melbourne’s laneways, waterfront and architectural gems.

--> See the full list of street art and public art.


Sorry, Christmas is one of the few days of the year when Melbourne’s fabulous retail scene takes a break before the frenzy of Boxing Day Sales. It’s a restricted trading day under Victorian law so most businesses will be closed. But if you’re desperate, a handful of 7-Eleven and IGA stores will be open:

Melbourne 7-Eleven: Federation Square, Swanston Street, Elizabeth Street and Bourke Street

Melbourne IGA stores: 90-96 Spencer Street, 84 Flinders Street, 212 King Street, 320 St Kilda Road

Melbourne Williamstown Farmers' Market

Melbourne Belgrave Farmers' Market


Whatever shape your Christmas dinner takes, there will be a selection of places open to feed your appetite:

Melbourne Federation Square some cafes will be open
Melbourne Southgate some restaurants will be open
Melbourne South Wharf some restaurants will be open
Melbourne Crown Entertainment Complex some restaurants will be open
Melbourne Docklands some restaurants will be open
Melbourne Chinatown many restaurants will be open
Melbourne The Wharf Hotel will be open
Lygon Street, Carlton some restaurants will be open

Airport transfers and public transport

If you’re flying in or need to get about town, you won’t be left stranded.

Melbourne Airport: Skybus and Starbus operate their usual schedules. Note: Skybus Hotel Transfer Service will not run on Christmas Day.
Avalon Airport: Avalon Airport Transfers operates its usual schedule on Christmas Day.

Metropolitan public transport and V/Line (regional) trains operate to a Sunday timetable on Christmas Day.

Public Transport is FREE on Christmas Day.

Note that bookings are required for long range services like Warnambool and Albury. All other V/Line train services are first-come, first-served.

Visitor information services

The City of Melbourne’s visitor information services (including the Melbourne Visitor Centre and Melbourne Visitor Booth) and the Melbourne Visitor Shuttle will not be open or running on Christmas Day.



8am Holy Communion 11am Sung Eucharist 3.15pm Festal Evensong


8am Mass

9.30am Mass with by cantor and organ

11.00am Solemn Mass celebrated by Archbishop Denis Hart with St Patrick’s Cathedral choir and organ.


Travel on trains , trams, buses and V/Line services is free on Christmas Day . Services operate on a Sunday timetable .

Check back as this page is updated throughout the year

When & Where

Date: Monday 25th of December 2017

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