Let’s face it, Christmas can get really overwhelming sometimes. Stressing about presents, arguing with relatives at dinner, keeping everything perfect, it’s all a bit much. So, you might be better off doing your own thing that day. Maybe you don’t celebrate Christmas. Maybe your loved ones are overseas or your friends are busy. Whatever it is, keep yourself happy and occupied with these things to do around Melbourne on Christmas Day.
1. Kick off the night with Xmas Fest
Kick off Christmas with a fantastic party at Billboard on 170 Russell Street. The night begins on Christmas Eve at 9pm, and carries on well into Christmas morning, finishing at 4am. Listen to killer tunes from the best DJs, and dance to rnb, commercial hits, party tunes and Christmas classics. Dressing up in festive gear, like a Santa hat, is encouraged.Learn more here.
2. Go to the zoo
Yes, all three Zoos Victoria locations will be open on Christmas, so take your pick! Will you go into the city and visit Melbourne Zoo, or venture out towards Healesville Sanctuary or Werribee Open Range Zoo? Soak in the sunshine and hang out with animals all day long.All tickets must be pre-booked online.
3. Visit the aquarium
If you’d rather chill with animals inside instead of outside, visit Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium. They’re also open on Christmas, and have heaps of adorable penguins, cool sharks and interesting fish to keep you busy.Pre-book your ticket before you go.
4. Relax at Peninsula Hot Springs
Does dinner with the relatives stress you out? Get away from it all and escape to Peninsula Hot Springs on Christmas Day. Immerse yourself in the healing waters and let all your troubles melt away. It’s the perfect way to treat yourself.
5. Go to the movies
Head to the cinemas and enjoy some awesome new movies, including Dune, The French Dispatch and Spiderman: No Way Home. Visit places like Cinema Nova, Lido Cinemas and even Hoyts for your movie fix.
6. Explore different gardens and parks
Enjoy the beauty of nature and walk around some fabulous national parks or gardens around Victoria. Pack your own picnic and settle down in the perfect picnic spot, try hiking along the new Grampians trail, or use your phone to check out an art exhibition at Royal Botanic Gardens.
7. Go on a day trip
Get in the car and go! Drive to far away beaches, wander through the trees and enjoy gorgeous views. Check ahead of time to see if there are any local restaurants open, or bring your own food for the journey.
8. Grab a bite to eat or enjoy a drink
Feast on spicy Sichuan cuisine from David’s Hotpot, grab a coffee from Friends of Mine in Richmond, or enjoy a drink by the beach at The Espy in St Kilda. Ponyfish Island will also be open from 2pm, with no bookings required.
9. Party at Section 8
This iconic Melbourne container bar is throwing a cheeky party on Christmas Day. Entry is free, and the event will last from 12pm to 1am. DJs will spin some tunes from 2pm, and there’ll be a lovely free barbecue between 1pm and 4pm.
Discover Section 8 at 27-29 Tattersalls Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000.