What’s Open On Christmas Day in Sydney 2019?

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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. Missed someone off the gift list? Better head to the Sydney Airport! No, not to run away (as tempting as that might be) but there you will actually find many of the brands you love in fashion, electronics and accessories and best of all no one will ever know your mistake.

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

Things To Do

Taronga Zoo – For something a little left of field, why not visit the magnificent animals at Taronga Zoo on Christmas Day. See all the amazing talks and special holiday events, there’s also plenty of lawn space for a picnic in front of some 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. And this year you can even wake up on Christmas Day to feed the animals! For the first time ever, Roar and Snore will be open on Christmas Eve so guests can wake up with the animals for Christmas like never before.

SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium - Visiting the aquarium gives any child that thrilling feeling of being an underwater explorer. If you’ve visited before, then you may want to come again to see their Day and Night on the Reef  Exhibition where the kids can learn a thing or two about conservation. 

The brand new Sydney Zoo will be open so today might be a good chance to see it while the crowds are at bay. 

Beach Swimming – avoid the huge crowds at Bondi and head to some of our other fantastic kids friendly beaches.

WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo - Buy a combo ticket with SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium and receive a discount! WILD LIFE is a great kid-friendly place with interactive elements dotted throughout the zoo.

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

Movies - You can always rely on the big screen to keep the kids entertained on Christmas Day. Hoyts, Events and Palace Cinemas will all be open. 

Amazing Hotels With Festive Spreads

Sheraton Grand Sydney – Some say this is the best buffet in Sydney (we LOVE a good buffet) and you can enjoy this iconic feast on for lunch on Christmas Day. Brace yourself - it's $355 per person
including a 3 hr beverage package and welcome cocktail. Children from $195 and under 3's are free.

The Intercontinental – Enjoy all your Christmas favourites at The Stockroom, Intercontinental Double Bay buffet. Seafood, turkey, ham - there all there. From $230 per adult excluding Beverage Package. Children from $90. Under 5's free.

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. Adults are $199 per person, children are $115 per person and children under 5 are free.

Find more Christmas Day Dining ideas but don't leave it too late - they are booking out fast! 

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 Alexandria.

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, Paddington, Maroubra, Castle Cove, Marrickville, Bellevue Hill, Waverton and Neutral Bay, 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.


In the City

Gowings Bar & Grill – A decadent three-course lunch including foie gras and truffle puffs, seafood, champagne, stuffed free-range turkey and wood-roasted suckling pork belly. Don’t worry, there is also a special children’s menu on offer. Prices start from $175 per person. Bookings essential and be quick. Note: Gowings Bar & Grill is fully booked for Christmas 2019, but you can get in touch with all Christmas 2020 enquiries.

Sydney Tower – 55 + dishes on offer at the buffet for lunch or dinner. And wow, what a view?! Adults are $160 and kids are $50 including an Unlimited all-you-can-eat buffet with seafood & Christmas specials plus a balloon entertainer for kids. Drinks extra. Open all day from 11am - 9pm.

360 Bar & Dining – Celebrate Christmas in style with an exceptional fine dining culinary experience crafted by Head Chef, Elton Inglis. Christmas Day lunch is $185pp for a 3-course set menu and a glass of sparking.

O Bar & Dining – Reading the menu, I’m instantly starving. “Rolled Thirlmere Farm turkey breast, confit garlic and macadamia stuffing, herbed wheatberries, seasonal heirloom vegetables” and “Handcrafted burrata, fennel & gin cured ocean trout, smoked cherry tomatoes”. Yes, please! There is also a kids menu equally as impressive. Adults from $210, children 12 and under are $100.

Northern Beaches

Manly is a buzzing place to be on Christmas Day.  You can catch a ferry to Manly where a few shops will be open. Without a doubt, the beach will still be the most fun place to entertain your little ones. Bring some food and lay out on the toasty sand, or have a scrumptious Christmas lunch or dinner. For lunch (with a golden stein) you can dine at Bavarian Cafe, but Pilu at Freshwater has received raving reviews that you just have to test for yourself. Novotel Manly has an excellent buffet set out for dinner and under 4s go FREE. The Q Station is also hosting a 6-course degustation Chrissy lunch.

Eastern Suburbs

Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel is a fantastic place to celebrate Christmas Day in a picturesque harbour beach suburb with great music and a fun summer atmosphere. Their Lunch In The Beach Club includes a Seafood Buffet and plenty of entertainment for the little ones busy. Adults are $149 and children are $99.Under 5's are free.

Western Sydney

The Novotel Parramatta Christmas Day buffet lunch includes FREE parking and drinks, with house wine, beer & soft drinks covered! Mmmmmm.... imagine the seafood, carvery, and delicious Christmas desserts. For kids, there is a separate buffet, plus a gift from Santa! The Christmas lunch buffet is $155 per adult, $112 for seniors, $99 for teens (aged 13-17) and $52 for children (aged 5-12). Under 5's are free.

North Sydney

Ripples Chowder Bay – This Mosman dream is celebrating the 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 years old). Book now!

Darling Harbour / Pyrmont

Flying Fish – If it's seafood you want then head straight for the best! Awarded the 2017 Seafood restaurant of the year, Flying Fish on Jones Bay Wharf at The Star has a 4-course set menu for $184 per adult and $63.25 per child. 

Black Bar & Grill – Self-proclaimed as the words best Steak, this belly-filling seafood Christmas share menu is “a delicious nod to the festive season”. The four-course feast is $224.25 per adult and $63.25 per child.

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