Best Christmas Day Lunches for Families in Sydney 2021
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Whatever your usual festive traditions are—whether your family does a roast, a BBQ or platters of fresh seafood on Christmas day—it's completely unavoidable that the person responsible for getting it all onto the table doesn't tend to have the most relaxing of Christmas mornings. So this year, why not sit back and let somebody else worry about filling your little elves' tummies?
The Best Christmas Day Lunches in Sydney
1. Mode Kitchen & Bar at the Four Seasons Hotel
Gather family and friends on December 25th and celebrate the festive season with a gourmet Christmas Day Buffet lunch at the Four Season hotel's signature restaurant, Mode Kitchen & Bar.
Boasting a delicious range of specially created dishes by Head Chef Francesco Mannelli and his team, the Christmas Day Buffet Menu is bursting with seasonal festive creations such as wood-roasted giant Snapper with salsa verde and sambal sauce, grass-fed Prime Rib roast, freshly shucked Sydney Rock oysters, Christmas ham with a maple and orange glaze, Christmas turkey and cranberry sauce alongside all the trimmings, plus there is a cold section and an utterly delicious array of desserts including their famous Pavlova. There is a range of beverage packages for you to indulge in too!
Cost: Lunch $225 per person | $100 per child (up to age 12). Find out more at Mode Kitchen & Bar at the Four Seasons Hotel.
2. Christmas in the Clouds at Infinity Sydney Tower
Take your Christmas Eve or Christmas Day lunch to a whole new level - 245 metres above Sydney to be exact at Christmas in the Clouds at Infinity Sydney Tower.
Enjoy a decadent feast perched high in the sky with the best views of Sydney from the 360-degree revolving platform. The extensive Christmas Eve menu includes an abundant array of festive delights from a 5- or 3-course feast! Their Christmas lunch special is three courses of pure festive indulgence.
Cost: Adult $125pp | Window Table Package $200pp | Kids $55pp (3-12 years).
3. The Langham
Gather your family and friends for an intimate and stress-free family-style lunch event on Christmas Day at Kitchens on Kent at The Langham. Indulge with some jaw-dropping extravagant seafood displays, carvery meat selection and festive dessert stations—and for all the little diners, Santa will be making an appearance!
Cost: Prices start from $40 per child and $398 per adult. Find out more about The Langham.
4. Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel
A true ellaslist favourite, the Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel offers two options for Christmas day dining; a premium seating option and an alfresco Beach Club Christmas Lunch. The package will include a 3-course family-friendly Christmas feast that's perfect for sharing, plus a premium 4-hour beverage package that's...not so perfect for sharing.
Cost: Watsons Bay Christmas packages are yet to be confirmed.
5. Captain Cook Cruises
Why stay on land when you can float around the harbour on Christmas Day! Captain Cook Cruises want your family to take in the sights from their open observation deck and enjoy the feast on one of three restaurant decks. There are 3 different packages to choose from, from a premium menu and drinks package with upper deck dining to a platter-style lunch at water-level and standard bar package.
Cost: from $159 per adult. Find out more about Captain Cook Cruises.
6. Sir Stamford Hotel at Circular Quay
The true spirit of Christmas comes to Sir Stamford at Circular Quay in the heart of Sydney, and the hotel turns into a festive wonderland for a beautiful Christmas Day lunch. We're talking about a bountiful seafood buffet bursting with Christmas delights—salads, antipasto, soup, hot buffet options, carvery and dessert. Drool!
The Christmas Lunch includes unlimited access to the Christmas Fare; live entertainment and a gift from Santa himself for the kids!
Cost: Adults $259 per person, Children (6-12 years) $179. Find out more about Sir Stamford Hotel at Circular Quay.
7. Terrace on the Domain
Enjoy a decadent Christmas lunch with stunning views of the city and the Domain parkland, where chefs will pair Italian flavours with local ingredients to bring a truly memorable menu. It will feature a truly delicious range of antipasto, mains, salad and desserts.
Cost: Adults $165 per person, Children $55. Find out more about Terrace on the Domain.
Other Christmas Day Options in Sydney
While dining out for Christmas Day is a lovely option - it isn't everyone's cup of tea, or in everyone's budget. Luckily, plenty of Sydneysider favourites remain open for Chrissy Day, so you don't have to miss out on the festive fun.
Needless to say, beaches are a hotspot for family-friendly frivolity and many people flock towards Bondi for an iconic Christmas-on-the-beach snap. Alternatively, a stroll around Sydney Harbour and through the Botanic Garden will truly allow you to soak up the city. Much of Chinatown remain open on Christmas Day, so yum cha could well be on the menu! And while many cafes close, a lot do remain open on Christmas Day —so you should be able to pick up a coffee and a sanga before hopping on a ferry and visiting Manly, Taronga Zoo or other iconic Sydney locations.
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