Best Christmas Day Lunches In Melbourne

By: Ayesha Khan, ellaslist

Whether your family does a roast, a BBQ or platters of fresh seafood on magical Christmas day, it's unanimous that the person (*cough*mum*cough*) responsible for getting it all onto the table with love doesn't have the most relaxing of Christmas mornings. Why not sit back and let somebody else worry about filling your little elves' tummies this year? 

Here are some of our top picks for Melbourne venues putting on a great do this Christmas day, + a bonus way to make your Christmas-at-home a little easier. 

1) Marley Spoon

Still, keen on the comforts of home this Christmas day but want to make the cooking part a little easier? Marley Spoon's Christmas Box is the answer.  It's stocked with everything you need to get this year's Christmas feast on the table in just two and a half hours, for only $249. The box will feed 4-6 adults and will be delivered on December 23rd. So skip the supermarket queues, the traffic jams, searching for recipes and planning your Christmas feast - get back your time to relax and enjoy Christmas with Marley Spoon. Order your box from November 13th.

2) Melbourne Zoo

Have a 'roaring' time this Christmas and spoil the whole family by taking them to lunch at Melbourne Zoo on Christmas day. There's a 4 course lunch with premium beverages for a whole 3 hours to look forward too. 

The children will love a surprise visit from Santa with gifts, the photo booth will be a hit for all the family members and a Jazz duo will roam the room. The Christmas themed menu is fresh and will showcase the best Victorian produce.

Before and after lunch take a wander throughout the Zoo and enjoy the animals and the many talks taking place.

What you need to know

Where: Melbourne Zoo, Elliot Avenue, Parkville

When: 25 Dec (12pm - 3pm) 

Cost: Adults ($225) and Child 2 - 15 ($95) 

For more information, see website.

3)  Melbourne River Cruises 

Take the stress out of Christmas food prep and embark on a  relaxing 3 Hour Lunch cruising along the scenic Yarra River.  You'll love spending the afternoon dining on a boat with the family.

What you need to know 

Where: Southbank Promenade

When: 25 Dec (12pm - 3pm) 

Cost: Adults ($175), Child 14 - 17 ($109) and Child 2 - 13 ($89)

For more information, see website

4)  Meat Market 

Relish in all things meaty this Christmas at a three-course sharing style lunch with all the trimmings, serving traditional Australian Christmas favourites like turkey, ham and seafood. Start off the feast by sipping on a glass of G.H Mumm champagne on arrival. Sit back, relax and leave the cleaning up to someone else with a quintessentially Australian Christmas lunch at Meat Market

What you need to know 

Where: Meat market South Wharf, 53 South Wharf Promenade, South Wharf. 

When: 25 Dec (12pm - 3pm) 

For more information, see website

5) Dutchess 

Dine like royalty this Christmas Day at Dutchess on Flinders Street good for the entire family. Bring the loved ones together over a three-course sharing style lunch full of your favourite Christmas classics.   for $145 per person, kids under 12 are welcome for just $45 each.

We have two seatings available at 11:30 am and 2:00 pm.

What you need to know

Where: Level 2, 142 Flinders Street, Melbourne

When: 25 Dec (First seating at 11:30 am and second seating at 2:00 pm) 

Cost: Adults $145 , Child (under 12) $45

For more information, see website

6) Eureka 89 

How about celebrating Christmas high up in the clouds? Enjoy unparallel views of the city as you feast on a  4-course festive treat with quality wines and premium beers. Enjoy a Christmas inspired cocktail on arrival as well. Eat, drink and be merry! 

What you need to know

Where: Eureka Tower, 7 Riverside Quay, Southbank

When: 25 Dec (12:30pm - 4pm) 

Cost: Adults ($260), Child 13 - 17 ($160) and Child 2 - 12 ($80)

For more information, see website.

7) Melba Restaurant At Langham 

Spend Christmas day at Melbourne’s most enchanting hotel. Be dazzled by the magic of Christmas while you eat, drink & be merry! Indulge in a gastronomical journey. Feast on a dreamy festive dessert fare with a special Christmas twist.

Roving entertainers & Christmas Carollers will be spreading holiday cheer not to mention a visit from the man in red with gifts for children up to 9 years

What you need to know

Where: 1 Southgate Ave, Southbank VIC 3006

When: 25 Dec (12:30 pm  - 4 pm) 

Cost: Adults ($399) and Children ($199) 

For bookings and more information, see website.

8) Christmas At The Windsor

Known for serving the best Christmas feasts in Melbourne, the five-course outrageously sumptuous buffet is back for a memorable Christmas lunch this year. Tuck into the very best of Summer's seafood offering and classic festive favourites like The Hotel Windsor's signature plum pudding. 

What you need to know

Where: One Eleven Spring St, 111 Spring Street, Melbourne 3000

When; 25 Dec (Starts at 12 pm) 

Cost: $349 per person 

For bookings and more information, see website.





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