What’s on this Christmas

What’s on this Christmas
Image courtesy: Cricket Australia

If you’re stopping by Melbourne this Christmas and are on the lookout for something to do, have no fear, the city does not shut all it’s doors – there are plenty of places open and plenty of things to do.

What’s open on Christmas Day


If you're Christmas involves a spot of travel (lucky you), SkyBus has you covered. Our Melbourne City Express and St Kilda Express services operate 365 days a year, including Christmas Day. From our city hub at Southern Corss Station you can link up with Melbourne's public transport which is free on Christmas Day.

Federation Square

Melbourne’s favourite meeting place will be open, as it is every day of the year. Some of its restaurants will be open for business but the real attraction here is the Orphan’s Picnic from 11am. For travellers, newcomers or anyone who finds themselves alone on Christmas Day, stop by Fed Square and enjoy a friendly atmosphere, activities and good food.

Eureka Skydeck

The mesmerising Eureka Skydeck will be open this Christmas from 10am-5.30pm. If you dare, walk three metres out over the Edge, (the glass cube projecting out of the to building) and check out the stunning 360 degree views from the highest public vantage point in the Southern Hemisphere.

Melbourne Zoo & Melbourne Aquarium

For those wanting to walk in the wild side this Christmas, both the Melbourne Zoo and Melbourne Aquarium will be open from 9am and 9.30am respectively.  

Crown Entertainment Complex

From 12 noon, Crown will open its doors to the public. Enjoy the hustle and bustle of the casino, restaurants, bars and shops.

Royal Botanic Gardens

It’s going to be glorious weather this Christmas so why not pack a picnic with some friends and lounge on the sloping lawns of the Botanical Gardens. Open from 7.30am-8.30pm, the Gardens will be much quieter than usual so enjoy the peace and quiet.


Be the first to see the blockbusters of the summer at these cinemas:

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

What’s on on Boxing Day

There are really only two things to worry about on Boxing Day in Melbourne. One is the traditional Boxing Day Test held at the magical MCG and the other is the Boxing Day Sales. Whilst both are completely different, both have massive hype leading up to the day and draw massive crowds.

If you’re interested in seeing what will be a huge Second Test between Australia and Pakistan, there are still tickets available. Head to www.cricket.com.au for all the details. The Boxing Day Test is the pinnacle setting for test cricket -– get caught up in the action!

If cricket isn’t your cup of tea, the biggest day on the retail calendar will be sure to tickle your fancy. The Boxing Day sales are every shopper’s dream. Clothing, homewares, toys, electrical, gaming, entertainment, white goods... the list goes on. You’ll find unbelievable sales at all the major shopping centres in and around Melbourne’s CBD, as well as shopping strips and online.

Warning: the Boxing Day sales are not for the fainthearted – bring your pushiest elbows and deepest wallet, and be prepared to get up before 6am!