Christmas Day, Boxing Day public holiday trading Melbourne: What’s open, what’s closed Featured

Thursday, 24 December 2015 00:00 Written by  Published in Australia News
Santas in Bourke Street. Photo: Joe Castro Santas in Bourke Street. Photo: Joe Castro

It's been a month of frenzied shopping, let the four-day festive weekend begin.

Christmas Day falls on a Friday this year, meaning Boxing Day's traditional public holiday has been moved to Monday, December 28.

This means restricted trading hours for many businesses. 

Here's a list of what's open, what's not, how to get around, where to go in case of an emergency and how to stay entertained.


Coles: Closed Christmas Day. Operating as normal Boxing Day and Boxing Day public holiday.

Woolworths: Closed Christmas Day. Restricted hours on Boxing Day. Check the website for local store details.

​Aldi Melbourne CBD and South Melbourne: Closed Christmas Day; Boxing Day: 8.30am-8pm; Boxing Day public holiday: 8.30am-8pm

Shopping centres

Melbourne Central: Christmas Day: Closed; Boxing Day: 8am-10pm; Boxing Day public holiday: 10am-7pm

Melbourne Emporium: Christmas Day: Closed; Boxing Day: 8am-10pm; Boxing Day public holiday: 10am-7pm

Chadstone: Christmas Day: Closed; Boxing Day: 7am-11pm; Boxing Day public holiday: 9am-9pm

Highpoint: Christmas Day: Closed; Boxing Day: 8am-10pm; Boxing Day public holiday: 10am-5pm

Northland: Christmas Day: Closed; Boxing Day: 8am-6pm; Boxing Day public holiday: 10am-5pm

Westfield Doncaster: Christmas Day: Closed; Boxing Day: 8am-7pm; Boxing Day public holiday: 10am-5pm

The Glen, Glen Waverley: Christmas Day: Closed; Boxing Day: 8am-6pm; Boxing Day public holiday: 10am-5pm

Myer Bourke Street Mall: Christmas Day: Closed; Boxing Day: 5am-midnight; Boxing Day public holiday: 9am-9pm

David Jones Bourke Street Mall: Christmas Day: Closed



Photo: Penny Stephens

Public transport 

All public transport will be free on Christmas Day, thanks to the Andrews government. There will be no need for travellers to use their myki cards and even if passengers do accidentally touch on, they will not be charged.

Christmas Day, Friday December 25

Metro trains: All services will operate to a normal Sunday timetable.

Yarra trams: All services will operate to a Sunday frequency with additional trams operating in the morning.

Route 30 and City Circle (Route 35) trams will not operate on Christmas Day.

Metro buses: Services will operate to a normal Sunday timetable, however some routes may be altered.

V/Line services: All V/Line train services will operate to a normal Sunday timetable on Christmas Day.

Regional buses:

The following V/Line coach services will operate on Christmas Day according to a Sunday timetable. No other V/Line coach services will operate.

Lorne/Apollo Bay

The Summer Holiday only coaches will not operate and a normal Sunday timetable applies.


Melbourne to Mildura, 9.25pm
Mildura to Melbourne, 9.50pm

Shepparton/Cobram and Shepparton/Griffith

Shepparton to Cobram, 12.15pm
Shepparton to Griffith, 9.15pm
Cobram to Shepparton, 5.50am
Griffith to Shepparton, 12.55pm


Melbourne to Leongatha, 11.10am
Leongatha to Melbourne, 2.30pm


Dandenong to Cowes, 9.04am
Dandenong to Cowes, 3.14pm
Cowes to Dandenong, 11.34am
Cowes to Dandenong, 5.51pm

Boxing Day, Saturday December 26

Metro trains, trams and buses: All services will operate to a normal Saturday timetable.

V/Line trains and buses: All services will operate to a normal Saturday timetable.

Boxing Day public holiday, Monday December 28

Metro trains: All services will operate to a normal Saturday timetable, with late night services finishing earlier than normal.

Yarra trams: All services will operate to a Saturday timetable, with the last tram finishing one hour earlier.

Metro buses: All services will operate to a normal Saturday timetable, however some routes may have alterations.

V/Line trains: All services will run to an altered Saturday timetable.

More information is available on the Public Transport Victoria website.


Home Doctor Service: 137 425 or 9429 5677 

Medical at Home: 8341 1888 

Mill Park Super Clinic: Open 24/7, 250 Childs Road, Mill Park, 9436 4155 

Medical One, Elwood: Christmas Day: Closed; Boxing Day: 9am-1pm; Boxing Day public holiday 8.30am-8pm (61 Brighton Road, Elwood, 9531 9811)

Medical One, Frankston: Christmas Day: Closed; Boxing Day: 9am-2pm; Boxing Day public holiday: 9am-2pm (47 Davey Street, Frankston, 9781 3966)

Medical One, Sunshine: Christmas Day: Closed; Boxing Day: 9am-6pm; Boxing Day public holiday: 9am-2pm (324 Hampshire Road, Sunshine, 9310 2947) 

Medical One, Moonee Ponds: Christmas Day: Closed; Boxing Day: 8am-1pm; Boxing Day public holiday: 8am-1pm (14 Pascoe Vale Road, Moonee Ponds, 8325 1111) 

Medical One, QV Melbourne: Christmas Day: Closed; Boxing Day: Closed; Boxing Day public holiday: 9am-1pm (Level 3, 23 QV Terrace, 292 Swanston Street, Melbourne, 8663 7000)  

Geelong GP Super Clinic (Kardinia Health): Christmas Day: Closed; Boxing Day: 10am-12noon; Boxing Day public holiday: 10am-12noon (2-18 Colac Road, Belmont, 5202 9333)

Chelsea Heights Medical Centre: Christmas Day: 8am-1pm; Boxing Day: 8am-midnight; Boxing Day public holiday: 8am-midnight (205 Thames Promenade, Chelsea Heights. 8785 9900) 

Hastings Family Medical Centre: Christmas Day: 8am-midnight; Boxing Day: 8am-midnight; Boxing Day public holiday: 8am-midnight (9 Queen St, Hastings, 5972 8000) 


Casey Super Clinic Pharmacy: Open 24/7, 50 Kangan Drive, Berwick, 9769 9824. 

Mill Park Super Clinic Pharmacy: Open 24/7, 250 Childs Road, Mill Park, 9436 4155. 

​Mulqueeny Midnight Pharmacy: 9am-midnight, corner Williams Road and High Street, Prahran, 9510 3977. 

​Tambassis Pharmacy: 8am-midnight, corner Sydney and Brunswick roads, Brunswick, 9387 8830. 

Chapel Gate Pharmacy: 9am-9pm, corner Carlisle and Chapel streets, Balaclava, 9531 8004. Only closed on Christmas Day.

Slade Pharmacy: 8am-10pm, 89 Bridge Road, Richmond South, 8420 0700. 

Chemist Warehouse St Albans: Christmas Day: 10am-5pm. Other days: 8.30am-9pm, 327 Main Road East, St Albans, 9366 3545.

Footscray Pharmacy: 10am-5pm, 2/76 Nicholson Street, Footscray 9396 1223 

Pet services

24-hour Vet: Centre for Animal Referral and Emergency (CARE) Collingwood, 9417 6417 

Lort Smith Animal Hospital North Melbourne: 8.30am-12pm, 9328 3021

Lost Dogs Home North Melbourne: Closed on Christmas Day, open from 9am to 12.30pm on Boxing Day, 9329 2755 

Eureka Skydeck

Eureka Skydeck

Melbourne attractions

Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium: Christmas Day: 9am-6pm, 5pm last entry; Boxing Day: 9am-6pm, 5pm last entry; Boxing Day public holiday: 9am-6pm 5pm last entry. Open 9.30am-6pm, 9923 5925 

Crown Entertainment Complex: Christmas Day: Closed from 4am-noon. All other days open 24 hours, 9292 8888

Eureka Skydeck 88Christmas Day: Open until 5pm; All other days 10am-10pm. 9693 8888 

O'Brien Group Arena (formerly Medibank Icehouse): Christmas Day: Closed; Boxing Day 9am-Midnight; Boxing Day public holiday: 9am-10pm. 1300 756 699 

Melbourne Zoo: Christmas Day: 9am-5pm; Boxing Day: 9am-5pm; Boxing Day public holiday: 9am-5pm. 9285 9300 

Royal Botanic GardensChristmas Day: 7.30am till sunset; Boxing Day 7.30am till sunset; Boxing Day public holiday: 7.30am till sunset; visitor centre Christmas Day closed; Boxing Day open; Boxing Day public holiday open., 9252 2300 

Wonderland Fun Park DocklandsChristmas Day: Closed; Boxing Day: 11am-6pm; Boxing Day public holiday: 11am-6pm. 9602 1311 

IMAX Melbourne MuseumChristmas Day: Closed; Boxing Day: Session times run every three hours; Boxing Day public holiday: Session times run every three hours. 9663 5454 

Fitzroy Gardens Visitor Centre and Cook's Cottage: Christmas Day: Closed; Boxing Day: 9am-5pm; Boxing Day public holiday: 9am-5pm. 9658 7204 

Melbourne Museum: Christmas Day: Closed; Boxing Day: 10am-5pm; Boxing Day public holiday: 10am-5pm. 8341 7777 

National Gallery of Victoria: Christmas Day: Closed; Boxing Day: 10am-5pm; Boxing Day public holiday: 10am-5pm. 8620 2222 

Cinema Nova: Christmas Day: Open from 4.30pm; Boxing Day: Open; Boxing Day public holiday: Open. 9347 5331 - The Online News Magazine for Sri Lankans in Australia

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