December 25 doesn’t need to be a write-off if you don’t celebrate Christmas. While most businesses may be closed on the day, there are still plenty of opportunities to get out of the house and make the most of your summer. Here are a few of our picks.
Catch a film
Cinemas are often busy on Christmas day – filled with people who celebrate Christmas but are far away from their loved ones; those celebrating Christmas in an unconventional way, and people who don’t celebrate Christmas at all. Most of Adelaide’s cinemas will be open on December 25, meaning you can catch Wes Anderson’s love-letter to journalism, The French Dispatch, or sprawling sci-fi adaptation Dune, if you haven’t seen them yet. Some films that have a Boxing Day release date will be showing a day earlier, too – like blockbusters West Side Story and The Matrix Resurrections.
Dine out in Chinatown
Moonta Street and its surrounds may be slightly quieter than normal on December 25, but for the most part, it’s business as usual. Many of the restaurants and cafes will remain open for lunch and dinner (we recommend ringing ahead to make sure your favourite is open), so you can enjoy yum cha, a hotpot or bubble tea, or pick up some groceries and cook up a feast of your own.
Explore Prospect Road
On the northern end of Prospect Road – once you’ve crossed over Regency Road, if you’re coming from the city – you’ll find some of Adelaide’s best Afghan restaurants and groceries. Most are open on Christmas and Boxing Day, like The Ghan Kebab House, where you can feast on Kabuli palaw, Afghanistan’s national dish. For dessert, you can pick up some tea with cardamom as well as baklava at one of the groceries nearby.
Have a bush barbeque
Most recreation parks are closed to the public on December 25, but there is a handful you can head to for a relaxing walk and barbeque. Pack a picnic basket and head to the southern part of the Onkaparinga River Recreation Park, about 35 kilometres south of Adelaide, where you’ll find a barbeque set-up with tables and toilets by the main entrance on River Road. Got a kayak or canoe? Bring it along – you can set off for a paddle using the new launch nearby.
Relax on the beach
Heading to the beach on December 25 is an informal tradition for many South Australians, regardless of whether they’re celebrating or not, and it’s easy to see why: our state is full of beautiful beaches. Judging by the weather on Christmas Day over the last few years, the conditions will probably be ideal to do so (we’re currently looking at a perfect 29 degrees). Some of our favourite picks are Port Willunga, with its jetty ruins and old caves; the gorgeous spot where Southport Beach meets the Onkaparinga River; or, if a beach closer to the city is more what you’re looking for, you can’t go wrong with Grange.