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. Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel

Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel
Delicious food and a stunning setting make Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel the perfect spot for this year's Christmas lunch!

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: $199-$299 per adult depending on package
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2. Pomelo Online - Restaurant quality Christmas at home

Pomelo Online
Enjoy delectable food from the comfort of your own home with Pomelo Online.

What if you could relax at home on Christmas Day without sacrificing fine dining, indulging in a decadent chef-prepared feast without leaving the house. No cooking. No dishes. Heaven! Well, you can. Pomelo Online is a luxury service offering restaurant quality, pre-prepared meals delivered. They have curated two limited edition Christmas menus full of premium family favourites. The Traditional Christmas Pack features a festive feast of ready to roast boneless leg ham and whole chicken roulade stuffed with pistachio and cranberry, and the Seafood Christmas Package includes a stuffed roasted salmon fillet and spencer gulf king prawns. Both packs also have an array of delicious mains, sides and dessert and come in two sizes for 4-10 people. Each Christmas pack includes home delivery, instructions and Christmas colour-in kits to keep kids entertained. It's like all your Christmases have come at once!

Cost: Starting at $199 for up to six people
Find out more and order your Christmas package at Pomelo Online.

3. Mode Kitchen & Bar at the Four Seasons Hotel

Mode Kitchen & Bar Christmas lunch
A gourmet buffet menu and various drinks packages are the order of the day at Mode Kitchen & Bar. 

Gather family and friends on December 25th and celebrate the festive season with a gourmet family-style lunch or dinner at 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 Christmas ham with a maple and orange glaze, Christmas turkey and cranberry sauce alongside all the trimmings, a cold section and an utterly delicious-sounding array of desserts. There is also a range of beverage packages depending on what you're after!

Cost: $225 per adult, $100 per child (up to age 12).
More information here.

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4. Q Station

Q Station Manly
Q Station is an iconic Sydney spot for a Christmas lunch!

An ever-popular pick in Manly, this historical Sydney site is the perfect backdrop for a memorable Christmas lunch with your nearest and dearest. You can choose to dine at the Boilerhouse Restaurant & Bar for a four-course degustation. While you fill your bellies you can gaze across stunning views of Sydney Harbour, and there is plenty of space for the kids to play while they wait for a visit from a surprise festive guest.

Cost: $250 per adult (18+) / $210 per teen (13+) 
Find out more here. 

5. The Langham

The Langham Christmas
The beautiful Langham Hotel sounds like a picture-perfect place to spend Christmas day this year.

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.
More information here.

6. Captain Cook Cruises

Captain Cook Christmas Cruises
Soak up some quintessentially Sydney views at a Captain Cook Cruises Christmas!

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 here.

7. Sir Stamford Hotel at Circular Quay

Christmas at Sir Stamford Circular Quay
Christmas Day buffets don't get much better than Sir Stamford at Circular Quay's offering...

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
More information here.

8. Terrace on the Domain

Terrace on the Domain Christmas
Head city-wards for a real Christmas feast at 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
More information here.

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—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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