What’s Open on Christmas Day in Sydney 2021?

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So you've opened your presents and had a rolling breakfast/brunch/lunch and now you're not sure what to do or whether anything is open on Christmas Day. Don't worry, we’ve got you covered!

Need batteries for those toys Santa kindly delivered? Just find your closest 7/11

Once you've dodged those last-minute bullets, head out and spread the Christmas cheer at these top venues.

What's Open on Christmas Day in Sydney?

Fun Places to Visit

Taronga Zoo in Sydney is Open On Christmas Day 2020
Have a special Christmas Day at Taronga Zoo with these furry families!

Taronga Zoo

Spend Christmas Day surrounded by magnificent animals at Taronga Zoo. See all the amazing talks and enjoy a picnic with incredible panoramic views. You might even catch the animals feasting on a special Christmas lunch. Taronga is open every day of the year, including Christmas Day.

Sydney Zoo

The amazing Sydney Zoo will be open so you can spend the big day among exotic and native animals. The expansive sanctuary also includes Australia's largest Reptile and Nocturnal house and an aquarium.

SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium & WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo

Both SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium & WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo will be closed on Christmas Day 2021 but will open again on Boxing Day. Visiting SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium gives any child that thrilling feeling of being an underwater explorer. Buy a combo ticket and you can also visit  WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo - a great kid-friendly place with interactive elements dotted throughout the zoo.


Scale the Sydney Harbour Bridge with BridgeClimb and burn off that Christmas ham. 

Please note: All of these great venues need to be booked ahead.

Favourite Things to do With the Family

Christmas Day At The Beach
Load up the new boogies boards for a Christmas Day at the beach.

Head to the Beach

If the kids want to test out their new surfboards or snorkelling gear, then you've just got to hit the beach. If you've got tiny tots in tow and prefer avoiding the Christmas chaos and crowds, head to some of our other fantastic kid-friendly beaches, our beautiful calm harbour beaches or even discover Sydney's secret beaches.

Go to the Movies

Retreat from the Christmas mayhem in air-conditioned comfort. You can always rely on the big screen to keep the kids entertained on Christmas Day. Hoyts, Event and Palace Cinemas will all be open.

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Where to Eat in Sydney on Christmas Day 

In the City

SkyFeast at Sydney Tower
Christmas Day lunch in a room with a view!

SkyFeast at Sydney Tower – This iconic restaurant soaring above the Sydney CBD will bring you the flavours of the world on Christmas Day with spectacular, 360-degree revolving views of the harbour and city below. They will be serving up an unlimited feast of over 30 dishes for lunch and dinner. The Signature Feast is $120pp, the Window Table Feast $150pp and kids are $50.

Gowings Bar & Grill – The swanky Q Hotel eatery will reopen exclusively for a Christmas lunch feast before its official relaunch in February, and will be serving up a decadent three-course shared lunch including Christmas ham, stuffed turkey and a selection of classic favourites. Prices start from $199 for adults and $100 for kids under 12. Under 5s FREE. Bookings essential.

O Bar & Dining – With an exotic five course menu (three courses for kids!) and views over the glistening harbour, you'll relish this decadent fine dining Christmas Day experience. There is also an impressive kids menu. Adults are $225pp and Children (12 and under) are $100pp for lunch or dinner.

Amazing CBD Hotels With Festive Spreads

Feast at Sheraton Grand Sydney Hyde Park
Sydney's luxury hotels know how to put on a Christmas Day spread!

Sheraton Grand Sydney - You can enjoy this iconic feast for lunch on Christmas Day with an abundance of fresh seafood and live cooking stations, but brace yourself - it's $289 per adult for a 3 hour package including a huge festive menu, local wines and beers, soft drinks and juice. Kids are $144.50 per child and under 5s are FREE. Santa will also be stopping by this year for some festive season fun.  

The Intercontinental – Enjoy all your Christmas favourites in the intimate Stillery Dining or the elegant Ballroom with a festive buffet plus a visit from Santa Claus. Prices start from $230 per adult (excluding beverage package)  and $115 per child aged under 12. It's on from midday until 4pm.

Sir Stamford Circular Quay – After an epic day, head into the city for an indulgent Christmas seafood buffet dinner including a traditional carvery and all your festive favourites. There are two sittings and adults are $199 per person for a 3 course alternate serve dinner and a glass of sparkling wine on arrival. Children $115 per person and under 5s are FREE. 

Northern Beaches

Bavarian Cafe - this local favourite will be open for lunch and dinner (with a golden stein) for a hearty yuletide celebration. Their Christmas Fest package includes a three-course share-style meal, a two-hour drinks package and a round of festive schnapps for the table for $69pp. Their regular menu will also be available.

Pilu at Freshwater - this ultimate fine dining establishment always gets rave reviews so try it for yourself this Christmas. This gorgeous, iconic eatery is hosting a delicious four-course lunch for an eye-watering $290 per adult. A children’s menu is also available for $90 per child. Reservations are essential.

Eastern Suburbs

Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel
What's an Aussie Christmas without fresh seafood?

Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel - a fantastic place to celebrate Christmas Day in a picturesque harbour beach suburb with great music and a fun atmosphere. Lunch In The Beach Club includes a decadent summer spread of seafood and festive favourites and plenty of entertainment for the little ones.

Western Sydney

Penrith Panthers - Panthers will be a hive of activity this Christmas Day with two big events - a magical Christmas Day lunch is on from midday till 3 pm. The Christmas lunch package includes a delectable menu, grazing platters, a 3-hour drinks package and a visit from Santa Claus. Tickets start at $145 for members and $75 for children. Under 4s are FREE. You can also enjoy food, music and fun at Kelly's Christmas Day Buffet Lunch with a delicious all-you-can-eat selection of mouth-watering Christmas dishes. Complimentary beer, wine or soft drink will be served on arrival. Tickets start at $68 for members and $35 for kids.

North Sydney

Ripples Chowder Bay – This dreamy spot in Mosman is celebrating Christmas day with a three-course set lunch menu plus snacks, bread, olives and sides for $215 per person. A children’s menu will be available for $95 per child under 12. Book now!

Darling Harbour

Darling Harbour Christmas
Darling Harbour is a harbourside wonderland full of family fun on Christmas Day!

Darling Harbour will be a buzz with merriment on Christmas Day with fun festive installations and dining experiences for families.

Fratelli Fresh - Book this family favourite for a Christmas Day with authentic Italian flair! Get a limoncello on arrival and dig into a special four-course shared lunch menu of antipasti, fresh prawns, slow-cooked lamb shoulder, honey glazed ham, fresh fruit and more. Lunch is served from12 and 3 pm and costs $89 per adult and $29 per child. Add a bottomless drinks package of Aperol spritz, espresso martini, Fratelli Fresh wine, prosecco and craft beer for $39pp. 

Please note: All of these festive feasts need to be booked ahead. Find more Christmas Day Dining ideas but don't leave it too late - they are booking out fast! 

Where to Grab a Coffee on Christmas Day 2021

Bake Bar
Fuel up on coffee and treats to get you through the big day at some of Sydney's best bakery cafes.

Bake Bar - This is award-winning artisan bakery is known for its amazing bread, pastries, delicious food and great coffee. Soak up the vibrant atmosphere on Christmas Day at any of their four locations in Double Bay, Rose Bay, Randwick and Darlinghurst.

Shuk - These popular Isreali-inspired cafes have a mouth-watering menu, delicious baked goods including the best-ever jam doughnuts and amazing coffee. With locations in Bondi, Chatswood and Elizabeth Bay it's perfect for a Christmas Day pick-me-up. All venues will be opened for Christmas and bookings are recommended.

The Grumpy Baker - With eight locations across Sydney in Vaucluse, Bellevue Hill, Cooggee, Maroubra, Neutral Bay, Waverton, Castle Cove and Marrickville, you can get your coffee fix along with fresh loaves, pastries and pies, or dine-in for breakfast or lunch. All locations are open Christmas Day.

Whatever it is you end up doing, we hope you have a wonderful Christmas filled with loads of love and laughter.

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Dec 25 2019

Bake Bar at double bay is definitely not open on Christmas Day.

Theo Michael

Dec 15 2016

Any restaurants open on Xmas day near Bexly in Sydney