Hanging around after Christmas? Here's what's open for eating, drinking and city exploring.
Opening hours, offerings and prices will vary by day, and not all businesses will be open every day. Be sure to check with the venue directly before visiting.
Free things to do between Christmas and New Year's in Melbourne
Myer Christmas Windows
This festive season, the annual Myer windows display celebrates Bluey.
Explore 40 city laneways that have been transformed by over 80 creatives.
Julian Opie's Australian Birds
See the artist's illuminated birds on St Kilda Road.
Street art walk
See Melbourne’s world-renowned street art on this walk through the city's laneways.
Toys, Tales and Tenacity
This first-of-its-kind exhibition at the Shrine delves into the experiences of children during war.
Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia
The world’s first major gallery dedicated exclusively to Australian art.
More of the best things to do between Christmas and New Year's in Melbourne
Yarra Sunrise Running Tour
Explore Melbourne’s parks, gardens, fountains and sporting precincts.
Titanic: The Artefact Exhibition
Explore human stories of the Titanic told through 200+ artefacts recovered from the legendary ship.
NGV Architecture Commission: (This is) Air
The NGV 2023 Architecture Commission is a large-scale installation that makes the invisible visible.
RELICS: A New World Rises
A unique new exhibition where real-world artefacts meet the ingenious world of LEGO!
Explore history, culture, science, and nature at this popular Melbourne attraction.
Punting on the Lake
Glide between the bays and islands of Ornamental Lake on a guided boat cruise.
The Fluid Project
A unique and joyful creative experience located at the Emporium Shopping Centre.
Melbourne Spirits and Ales Haunted Pub Tour
Enjoy spirits and ales at a former police station with an unsolved murder, Melbourne’s oldest pub.
Chocolate and Wine or Spirits Matching
Learn how to match chocolate to wine or spirits in these interactive experiences.
Belongings: Objects and Family Life
An exhibition looking at some of the objects that have shaped family in Australia over the decades.
WNBL: Deakin Melbourne Boomers Matches
Cheer on the Melbourne Boomers during their 2023/24 basketball season.
Fri 5 May: 6pm - 8pm, Sun 7 May: 2pm - 4pm
Restaurants open between Christmas and New Year's in Melbourne
Remember: opening hours, offerings and prices will vary by day, and not all businesses will be open every day. Be sure to check with the venue directly before visiting.
A diner-style cafe serving all-day breakfast, coffees and sandwiches.
Diner and takeaway joint serving burgers, steaks and rotating daily specials.
Section 8 Bar
A funky outdoor bar with drinks served from a converted shipping container.
A four-storey mega venue celebrating modern food, drinks, music and art.
Arbory Bar and Eatery
Riverside outdoor eatery with all-day dining and a wide selection of drinks.
Features Japanese grilled dishes, sashimi, pork katsu and select cuts of premium beef.
Last updated on Tue 28 Nov 2023
Mirror: New Views on Photography
Step into this immersive experience, celebrating the power of great photography and story.
Bill Henson: The Liquid Night
An exhibition of large-scale colour-saturated photographs taken in New York in 1989.
Viewfinder: Effy Alexakis
An exhibition of key works by Effy Alexakis, one of Australia's leading documentary photographers.