7 Christmas Lunches That Are Better Than a BBQ

Updated 12/04/18

All I want for Christmas is… for someone else to do the cooking! Whether you’re staycationing in Sydney with family, planning an intimate lunch for you and your SO, or organising the ultimate ‘Friendmas’ for your bffs, heading out to eat on Christmas Day could be the key to your best holiday season yet.

Just think, no more arguments about the clearing up, and endless amounts of time to enjoy the best things about this special day—spending time with those we love and drinking all the frosé, amirite?! So give yourself the greatest gift of all and kick back with a cocktail this Christmas.

To ensure you enjoy the day and to keep your festive spirits high, we’ve rounded up the top 7 venues in Sydney for celebrating in style this year. Crack open the bubbles and thank us later.

The Bucket List

Can’t tear yourself away from the beach over the holidays, even on Christmas Day? The Bucket List at Bondi couldn’t get much closer to the sand, and with a choice of $35 mains (including Christmas ham!), plus a host of festive sides, and tunes all day, you’ll be hard pushed to find a more relaxed way to celebrate.

Scarlett Restaurant

Nothing beats the old-world charm of The Rocks for a traditional Christmas vibe, and Scarlett Restaurant at Harbour Rocks Hotel MGallery by Sofitel is the perfect spot to celebrate the festive season with a special lunch. Enjoy three courses and a three hour beverage package, priced at $160 per person.

Q dining

If water views are your thing, Q dining at Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour is the perfect venue to enjoy Christmas Day, with views out over Sydney Harbour and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Enjoy an indulgent three course lunch, inclusive of endless Champagne, priced at $299 per adult and $199 per child (17 years and under).

Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel

Christmas Day at Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel is filled with delicious, fresh seafood, hearty whiskey and honey glazed Kurabuta organic ham served with an array of scrumptious sides to make you feel right at home. The lunch also includes matching wines to complement the feast, as well as local beers on tap and soft drinks. Oh, and did we mention the water views of the city in the distance? Adults are $299 and Children aged between 6-17 are $125.

O Bar and Dining

If you’ve a head for heights, gather friends and family and celebrate Christmas at O Bar and Dining while panoramas of the Sydney vista roll by. The four course menu includes a cocktail on arrival and is priced at $205 per adult or $105 per child. Fancy an adults only affair? The venue is also hosting a Christmas dinner package in the evening that will run later into the night.

Intercontinental Double Bay

Looking for something traditional? Celebrate and indulge in delicious festive favourites, such as fresh oysters and prawns, slow roasted turkey with wild cranberry citrus compote, hazelnut yule log and berry strudel at the InterContinental Sydney Double Bay’s Grand Ballroom. Enjoy live entertainment and an array of activities for children. Priced at $295 per adult, including drinks package.

Flying Fish

Christmas lunch at the award-winning Flying Fish is a must for foodies. With delicious options such as cured ocean trout or roast suckling pig and desserts like rum pudding, in a chic industrial space with water views. We can’t think of a better place to spend the day. Priced from $220 per adult, $70 per child.


Bookings were available at all venues at the time of publishing.


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