Want to be prepared this Christmas Day? While you might be expecting a leisurely day spending time with friends and family, Christmas doesn’t always go that smoothly.

Imagine preparing that delectable maple honey mustard glazed ham only to realise that you’re missing the Dijon mustard. Maybe you’ve just finished whipping the cream for your Pavlova, and discover you forgot to buy passionfruit. God forbid your cousin’s new girlfriend is invited to the gathering and you’re expected to buy her something, but only find out at 7am… Christmas Day. 

Seriously, if it’s going to happen, it’s going to happen on Christmas Day. 

Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. 

Christmas Day


Coles: All stores closed, except for Coles Express. Find your local Coles Express store. All Coles Liquor stores including Vintage Cellars, Liquorland, First Choice and Liquor Market will be closed on Christmas Day.


Woolworths: All stores closed. All Dan Murphy’s will be closed except for the Rowville store, which will open from 10am to 3pm.

IGA: All stores closed, except for IGA Xpress. Find your local IGA Xpress store.

ALDI: All stores closed.

Shopping Centres

All major shopping centres will be closed.



Priceline: All stores closed.

Chemist Warehouse: Stores open on Christmas Day include Balaclava, Box Hill, Brighton, Brunswick South, Camberwell, Chadstone, Clayton, Coburg, Doncaster, Elsternwick, Epping, Forest Hill, Glen Waverley, Greensborough, Hampton Park, Keilor East, Knoxfield, Fountain Gate, Melbourne, Melton, Moonee Ponds, Noble Park, Point Cook, Preston, Ringwood, Sunbury, Hopper’s Crossing, Frankston


All Hoyts cinemas will be open with limited session times, including Melbourne Central, Highpoint, Eastland and Chadstone.

Fast Food

All McDonalds and KFC locations are open.


Public Transport

Trains, trams, buses and V/Line services will be free from 3am Christmas Day until 3am Boxing Day. They will be running on a Sunday timetable.

Major Attractions

Federation Square: Open 24 hours
Melbourne Star Observation Wheel: 1pm-10pm
Melbourne Zoo: Open 9am – 5pm
Royal Botanical Gardens: Open 7.30am to sunset
Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium: Open 9:30am – 6pm (Last entry at 5pm)


Boxing Day


Coles: All stores are open. Check with your local store for opening hours.

Woolworths: All stores are open. Check with your local store for opening hours.

IGA: IGA stores are independently owned and operated. Check with your local store for opening hours.

ALDI: All stores will open, most of them will be open from 8.30am-8pm. Check with your local store for exact opening hours.



Chadstone: 6am -10pm
Highpoint: 7am -11pm
Melbourne Central: 8am-10pm
Melbourne Emporium: 8am-10pm
Bayside: 8am-7pm
Eastland: 7am-9pm
The Glen: 8am-6pm
Northland: 8am-7pm
Pacific Epping: 8am-7pm
Fountain Gate Westfield: 8am-10pm
Pacific Werribee: 7am-9pm
Knox Westfield: 8am-10pm
Plenty Valley: 8am-6pm
Geelong Westfield: 8am -6pm
Southland Westfield: 8am-10pm
Doncaster Westfield: 8am-10pm
Airport West Westfield: 8am-6pm
Watergardens: 8am-7pm
Myer Bourke Street Store: 5am-11pm
David Jones Bourke Street Store: 7am-10pm


Trains, trams, buses and V/Line services will be running on a Sunday timetable.


NGV: 10am-5pm
ACMI at Fed Square: 10am-5pm
Eureka Skydeck: 10am-10pm
Federation Square: Open 24 hours
Melbourne Museum: 10am-5pm
Luna Park: 11am-11pm
Melbourne Star Observation Wheel: 11am-10pm
Melbourne Zoo: Open 9am — 5pm
Healsville Sanctuary: Open 9am — 5pm
Werribee Open Range Zoo: Open 9am — 5pm
Royal Botanical Gardens: Open 7.30am to sunset
Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium: Open 9:30am — 6pm (Last entry at 5pm)
Shrine of Remembrance: 10am — 5pm
State Library of Victoria: Closed
Old Melbourne Gaol: 9.30am — 5.00pm
Melbourne Sports Museum: No MCG tours, No public access to museum

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