Wondering what is open Christmas Day in Sydney? Wonder no more. Whether it’s shops, chemists, restaurants or cafés, we’ve put together a list of what’s open on Christmas Day across Sydney.
What is open on Christmas Day 2021 in Sydney?
We all know what it’s like making plans for Christmas. We have our list, we check it twice, and yet come Christmas morning we still go to the fridge or the cupboard only to discover we’ve forgotten something. And for one heart-stopping moment we panic. It’s Christmas! Are the supermarkets open Christmas Day? Do any shops open Christmas Day? The answer is yes – sort of! While most stores close, we’ve pulled together a list of what is open on Christmas Day in Sydney that should get you out of trouble.
And if Christmas is not really your day or you’d rather go out than lunch at home this Christmas, we’ve got you sorted. We’ve dug around to find which restaurants open on Christmas Day in Sydney where you can enjoy lunch while someone else does the hard work. If you just need a caffeine hit to get you through the day, we’ve got you covered as well. Check our list to find a café open Christmas Day somewhere near you.
Supermarkets open Christmas Day in Sydney
In need of groceries? Sydney has very few supermarkets open Christmas Day so you’ll want to try to be organised by Christmas Eve. If there’s something you’ve missed, there are a few independents that can get you out of trouble.
Foodworks stores are independently operated and can open if they choose. We’ve been able to verify that these Foodworks supermarkets open Christmas Day either for the full day or part day. Click on the links to their Facebook pages for up-to-date hours.
- Foodworks Whalan, 4/53 Bulolo Drive, Whalan
- Foodworks St Clair, Melville Road Shop 13, St Clair
- Foodworks supermarket Glebe, 195 Glebe Point Road, Glebe
Convenience stores and independent operators
Convenience stores like 7-Eleven are allowed to open Christmas Day. There are several shops across Sydney so if all else fails a convenience store near you should be open.
In addition, these independent operators typically open Christmas Day:
- Kings Wharf Supermarket, 9 Erskine Street, Sydney (open 24 hours every day)
- Fastway Super Market, 2/40 Miller Street, North Sydney (open 24 hours every day)
Aldi stores trade until 8pm Christmas Eve and then close Christmas Day. Stores will re-open across Sydney on Boxing Day, except for the Leichhardt and Liverpool Centre stores.
Coles supermarkets across Sydney are closed on Christmas Day, so you’ll need to get your shopping done by Christmas Eve. If you’ve left it a bit late, the World Square store in George Street will stay open until midnight. All Sydney Coles stores, except Smithfield, will open on Boxing Day. Check their website for your nearest store’s hours.
All Woolworths supermarkets are closed on Christmas Day. You can pick up supplies from Woolies on Christmas Eve or when they re-open on Boxing Day.
Shops open on Christmas Day in Sydney
New South Wales’ trading laws mean there are few shops open Christmas Day in Sydney. While some small independent shops may be open to pick up essentials and other odds and ends, for the most part you’ll need to get your shopping done by Christmas Eve.
Major stores including K-Mart, Big W, Target, Myer, David Jones, Bunnings and Ikea will all close on Christmas Eve and re-open on Boxing Day. Check each store’s websites for the most up-to-date trading hours for your nearest store.
K-Mart – Stores will close at 10pm on Christmas Eve except for Casula, which closes at midnight. All Sydney stores are closed Christmas Day and will re-open at 8am on Boxing Day, with Casula, Mt Druitt and Penrith commencing 24 hour trading.
Big W – All stores close Christmas Day and re-open 8am Boxing Day.
Target – All stores close Christmas Day and re-open Boxing Day.
Myer – Myer stores close at 6pm Christmas Eve and are closed Christmas Day. Stores re-open on Boxing Day, with the Sydney City store opening at 5am.
David Jones – All stores close Christmas Day and re-open on Boxing Day.
Bunnings – Stores close Christmas Day and re-open on Boxing Day.
Ikea stores will close at 5pm on Christmas Eve except for Tempe, which closes at 7pm. The stores close Christmas Day and re-open on Boxing Day.
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Restaurants, cafés & pubs open Christmas Day in Sydney
New South Wales’ trading laws mean there are no pubs open on Christmas Day in Sydney, although some bars are now allowed to open. There are, however, plenty of restaurants open Christmas Day, and a bunch of cafes are open for that caffeine fix. We have a full list of bars, cafés and restaurants open Christmas Day 2021 in Sydney. These are a few of our favourites.
Pubs open Christmas Day
As of 2020, New South Wales’ liquor laws have changed to make it possible to get a drink out on Christmas Day. There are still no pubs open on Christmas Day, but small bars can trade from midday. Here are a few we know will open for a tipple:
- The Star, Darling Harbour
- Bar One, Sydney Harbour
- Grain Bar, Circular Quay
- Sofitel’s Champagne Bar, Darling Harbour
- Intercontinental Rooftop Bar, Double Bay
Restaurants open Christmas Day
There are plenty of Sydney restaurants open on Christmas Day, many offering special Christmas lunch menus. These include:
- Pier One and The Gantry
- Fratelli’s (all four venues)
- Sheraton Grand
- El Camino Cantina, Manly
- Ho Jiak, Haymarket
- Continental Deli, Newtown
- Sake Restaurant and Bar, Manly
Cafés open Christmas Day
If you’re looking for a café open Christmas Day, these are some of your best options. We’ve provided links to their websites or Facebook pages to check their exact opening hours:
- Boon Café at Jarern Chai, Haymarket
- Bake Bar, Randwick
- Shuk, Bondi, Chatswood and Elizabeth Bay
- The Grumpy Baker, various locations
- Zarraffa’s Coffee, Bankstown
Bottle shops open Christmas Day
All bottle shops in Sydney are closed on Christmas Day. You’ll need to get your purchases before closing time on Christmas Eve. Bottle shops open again on Boxing Day.
Chemists open on Christmas Day in Sydney
There’s nothing worse than coming down sick over Christmas, but if you do you’ll need to know if there’s a chemist open Christmas Day. Some late night chemists or 24 hour chemists include:
- Crows Nest Day Night Chemist, 99 Willoughby Road, open every day 8.30am – 10pm
- Terry White Chemmart Penrith, 438 High Street, open 24 hours, every day
- Balmain Compounding Pharmacy, 298 Darling Street, open 9am – 7pm
- Chemist Warehouse, 246-250 King Street, Newtown
Need something closer to you? We have updated our detailed list of chemists/pharmacies that are open on Christmas Day in Sydney here.
Petrol stations open Christmas Day in Sydney
Service stations have unrestricted trading hours and can open Christmas Day. You’ll find most petrol stations open Christmas Day across Sydney.
What’s open Christmas Day in Sydney?
In this article we’ve listed everything we know about that is open Christmas Day in Sydney.
If you’re looking for things to do, our article on places open on Christmas Day will give you plenty of options. We wish you a merry Christmas.
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