Things to do in Sydney on December 25 if you don't celebrate Christmas

While the majority of Sydneysiders are at home celebrating Christmas, take advantage of their absence
Photograph: Coral Chum

The Flying Spaghetti Monster has no birthday. Mawlid is either donezo or on the horizon. Hanukkah is a distant memory at this point, and the summer solstice is old news. Yep, it's December 25, and it's #NotMyChristmas. Without family obligations, what does one do on a day when almost everything is closed? Well, my non-Christian compatriot, follow us on a journey through an almost-abandoned city. Almost, but not quite... 

Non-Christmas activities open on December 25


Watch Star Wars unaccosted

The Event Cinemas in the city and Macquarie will be open on December 25 and showing all Last Jedi all the time. Many of the sweaty teens that would otherwise make it a stressful viewing experience will be stuck at home with their families.

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Head to the zoo

icon-location-pin Mosman
Somebody's got to take care of the animals no matter what day it is, which means Taronga is open on Christmas Day. Over giraffes (you monster)? Well, you can also check out seals and sharks at Sea Life Aquarium, which is open till 7pm.
Anna Kucera
Restaurants, Chinese

Eat all the dumplings

Don't celebrate Christmas? Do celebrate it but don't dig turkey? Luckily some of Sydney's best yum cha restaurants will be dishing up all the dumplings your heart could desire this Christmas Day.

Wentworth Falls
Photograph: David Iliff
Attractions, Parks and gardens

Hunt down a waterfall

Sure, it's not as Insta-perfect as swimming under a waterfall on New Year's Day, but nature doesn't close for Christmas, and these waterfalls won't stop flowing.

Pouring coffee at Rolling Penny
Photograph: Anna Kucera
Restaurants, Caf├ęs

Pretend like it's any other day

Sure, almost everything is shut on Xmas Day. Lucky for you, we've rounded up a few cafés and restaurants that are open, so you can just be your regular, caffeinated self.
Bars, Pubs

Go grab a drink

Nothing says "Thank god this isn't my holiday" like watching people who've been trapped with their families all day desperately trying to drink the pain away. Meanwhile, you can sip a mojito and just enjoy the feeling of total relaxation. 

And for the next day...


Luna Park Sydney

icon-location-pin Milsons Point

Dates open: December 26-30

Price: $22-$52

Whether you’re trying to keep the kids entertained or you just want to relive the excitement of going down a roller coaster, Luna Park is the perfect amusement park for all ages. It’s open until 9pm from Tuesday December 26 to Thursday December 28 – and until 11pm on Friday December 29 and Saturday December 30, so there’s plenty of time for repeat rides on the Wild Mouse, soaking up history in Coney Island or spinning on the Rotor until you vomit (although we don’t recommend ending your night that way).


Taronga Zoo

icon-location-pin Mosman

Dates open: December 26-30

Price: $23.40-$46

Taronga Zoo is open every day for the rest of the year, so why not head to Mosman for a day amongst the animals? Whether you’re a lover of mammals or reptiles, birds or insects, there’s plenty to see, do and learn. Hang out with zebras at African Safari, or spend your time in a dark cave with snakes and crocodiles at Reptile World. Head to the free-flight bird show or sign up for an animal encounter with a koala, giraffe, penguin or owl.  

Sea Life Sydney Aquarium Penguin Expedition
Photograph: Brett Stevens

Sea Life Sydney Aquarium

icon-location-pin Darling Harbour

Dates open: December 26-30

Price: $29.50-$51.30

Head to Sea Life Sydney Aquarium’s newest exhibition Penguin Expedition. Museumgoers can board a raft that takes them through the exhibition where they’ll witness a bunch of adorable King and Gentoo penguins. You'll see the penguins as they swim in the pool and, if you’re lucky, catch a glimpse of the little fellas being fed. There are, of course, a bunch of other animals to see at the aquarium including dugongs, sharks and rays.



icon-location-pin The Rocks

Dates open: December 26-30

Price: $138-$383

If you’re a Sydneysider and you’re yet to climb the Harbour Bridge, now is as good a time as ever. Climbs are pricier during this season but, if you happen to have a bit of spare cash left over from Christmas, we can’t think of a better way to spend it. Stand atop the Harbour Bridge and view Sydney like never before – observe the iconic white sails of the Opera House, the silhouette of the Blue Mountains and the endless ocean that flows beyond the east.

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