Open Christmas Day 2018

Open Christmas Day 2018

What’s open on Christmas Day in Melbourne - Tuesday 25th of December 2018.

There are plenty of things to explore, keep you entertained on one of the quietest days of the year.


Get out and about amidst the festive cheer at:

Melbourne Crown Entertainment Complex open from 12pm

Melbourne Eureka Skydeck 88 10am to 5.30pm

Melbourne Federation Square always open including Christmas Day

Melbourne Healesville Sanctuary 9am to 5pm

Melbourne Melbourne Star Wheel - 1pm - 10pm | last departure at 9.30pm

Melbourne Melbourne Zoo 9am to 5pm

Melbourne Royal Botanic Gardens 7.30am to 8.30pm (aprox Sunset)

Melbourne Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium 9.30am to 6pm

Melbourne Werribee Open Range Zoo 9am to 5pm


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.

Melbourne Birrarung Marr
Melbourne Carlton Gardens
Melbourne Fitzroy Gardens
Melbourne Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne MPavilion - Queen Victoria 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 including Federation Square, Swanston Street, Elizabeth Street, Collins Street, Flinders Lane, Bourke Street and Lygon Street Carlton.

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


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
Melbourne Lygon Street, Carlton some restaurants will be open
Melbourne Auction Rooms, North Melbourne (bookings essential)
Melbourne La Petite Creperie, Hardware Lane 8am – 6pm (walk ins only)


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

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.

Visitor information services

The City of Melbourne’s visitor information services (Melbourne Visitor Centre) are not open on Christmas Day.



Casey Super Clinic: Berwick, 9769 9824. Mill Park Super Clinic: 9436 4155. Mulqueeny Midnight: 9am–midnight . Prahran, 9510 3977. Tambassis: 8am–midnight . Brunswick, 9387 8830. Chapel Gate: Christmas: Closed. Other days: 9am–9 pm. Balaclava, 9531 1396. Solly Lew: Christmas: 9am–2 pm. Boxing Day: 9am–9 pm. St Kilda, 9534 8085. Chemist Warehouse St Albans: Christmas Day: 9am–5 pm. Boxing Day: 8am–9 pm. 9366 3545. Footscray: 11am–3 pm. 9396 1223.


Doctor Doctor (after hours health care): 13 26 60.

Home Doctor Service: 137 425 or 9429 5677.

Mill Park Super Clinic: Open; 9436 4155. Medical One: Christmas: ALL CLOSED. Boxing Day: Elwood: open in morning; 9531 9811. Frankston: 9am–1 .30pm; 9781 3966. Sunshine: 9am–2 pm; 9310 2947. Moonee Ponds: 9am–1 pm; 8325 1111 QV CBD: 9am–1 pm; 8663 7000.

Geelong GP Super Clinic, (Kardinia Health): Christmas Day: Closed. Boxing Day: 10am–midday ; 5202 9333.

Chelsea Heights Medical Centre, Christmas Day: 8am to midnight. Boxing Day: 8am to midnight; 8785 9900.

Hastings Family Medical Centre, Christmas Day: 8am–midnight . Boxing Day 8am–midnight ; 5972 8000.

Supercare Pharmacies: Registered nurse in a private consulting ro m available free of charge 6pm and 10pm every night.


MC Dental DOCKLANDS: Shop 10, 677 La Trobe St, Docklands 8608 8968

Pet services

24-hour Vet: (CARE) Collingwood, 9417 6417.

Lort Smith Animal Hospital North Melbourne: Christmas Day: Emergency only. Boxing Day: 8.30am–5 pm. Emergencies: 5pm–midnight . 9328 3021.

Animal A & E Essendon; 9379 0700 Animal Emergency Frankston; 9770 5555. Mt Waverley; 9803 8122. Hallam; 8795 7020. Highett; 9532 5261. Northern suburbs, Bundoora; 9467 2255.

Advanced Vet: Kensington; 9092 0400. Pet Emergency & Specialist Centre: Malvern East; 9569 3677

U Vet: Geelong; 5222 2139; Werribee; 9731 2000.

Other Open

Melbourne ​Maasdam Cruise Ship In Dock at Port Melbourne

St Paul’s Christmas Eve: Midnight Mass, December 24, 11.45pm. Christmas Day: Holy Communion with Carols, 8am; Christmas Morning Choral Eucharist, 10am; Mandarin Eucharist, 1.30pm.

St Patrick’s Cathedral Christmas Eve: Vigil Mass 6pm; Carol Service 8.30pm; Mass of the Nativity of our Lord, 9pm. Christmas Day : 8am; 9.30am; 11am Solemn Mass.

St Peter’s Eastern Hill Christmas Eve: Children’s Mass, 6pm; Carols, 11pm; Midnight Mass, 11.30pm . Christmas Day : BCP Mass, 8am; Combined High Mass , 10am.

When & Where

Date: Tuesday 25th of December 2018

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