Food & Drink

11 Sunshine Coast Restaurants Open On Christmas Day So You Don’t Have To Cook

By Urban List Writers
23rd Nov 2022

Christmas Lunch Sunshine Coast

Catering for the clan on Christmas Day can really take the fun out of the festive season. Sweating away in the kitchen and frantically trying not to burn anything doesn’t really evoke thoughts of festive cheer. So why not hang up your novelty apron and leave it to the experts this year?

We’ve rounded up the best Christmas Day lunch spots for you, where you can eat, drink and be merry—stress-free. Sounds like a Christmas wish come true? You can thank us later. Here are 11 the best Sunshine Coast restaurants open on Christmas Day so you don’t have to cook.

Christmas Day Lunch At The Savvy Squire


One of the best dining and drinking spots in Mooloolaba, The Savvy Squire is dishing up the brews and chews this Christmas Day lunch on the Sunshine Coast. The three-course Christmas feast includes a fresh seafood and cold meats grazing board, roasted turkey breast, garlic and soy salmon, 12-hour slow-cooked wagyu brisket, salads and more. Finish strong (and sweet) with the sweet grazing board. Dust off your Santa hat and let The Savvy Squire team bring you the best gift of all—no cooking or cleaning.

Where: The Savvy Squire, 123 Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba

Cost: Adults $160, seniors $125, teenagers $99 (13-17 years), kids $59 (4-12 years)

For more information or to book, click here.

Christmas Day Feast At Miss Moneypenny’s

Noosa Heads

Christmas ‘tis the season of indulgence and indulge you shall at Miss Moneypenny’s Christmas Day Lunch. You’ll be treated to a four-course banquet that showcases festive delights including a seafood platter, traditional roast meat, roast vegetables, salad and a stunning pavlova sphere to top it all off. Be sure to wear your stretchy pants for this Christmas Day feast.

Where: Miss Moneypenny’s, 6 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads

Cost: Adults $169, children $95 (under 12 years)

For more information, click here.

Christmas Buffet At Flaxton Gardens


‘Tis the season to spoil yourself and the team at Flaxton Gardens know how to throw an awesome bash at the best of times, so it’s safe to hand over the reins on Christmas Day. Their buffet Christmas Day lunch runs from 12-2pm and is filled with festive delights like traditional roast meats, Tasmanian salmon, roasted vegetables, salads and Christmas sweet treats. You can also pre-order vegetarian and vegan options. That’s Christmas tradition done right.

Where: Flaxton Gardens, 313 Flaxton Drive, Flaxton

Cost: Adults $175, children $85 (under 12 years)

For more information, click here.

Noosa Boathouse


If you’re after top-notch waterfront views this Christmas Day, Noosa Boathouse is the Christmas restaurant for you. Indulge this Christmas in a seaside soiree featuring either a four-couse lunch with three-hour beverage package or a decadent seafood experience accompanied by a three-hour drinks package. Featuring unobstructed ocean views, beautiful decor and interiors and mouthwatering food options to suit everyone, there are few better ways to spend Christmas Day lunch than at Noosa Boathouse.

Where: Noosa Boathouse, 194 Gympie Terrace, Noosaville

Cost: Four-course lunch: Adults $329, children $199 (2-17 years)
Christmas Seafood Experience: Adults $329, children $259 (2-17 years)

For more information, click here.

Takeaway Hampers From Dirty Moes

From the comfort of home

Do you want to look like you’ve put a lot of effort into your Christmas feast, whereas in haven’t? No judgement here. Let the talented Dirty Moes team do all the hard work this Christmas and feast on one of their takeaway Christmas hampers, complete with smoked wagyu beef brisket, bacon-wrapped pork collar, smoked Christmas ham, cornbread and finger-lickingly delicious sauces—all from the comfort of your own home. Pre-order now for pickup or delivery by 24 December and if you’re feeling boujee, you can even customise your Christmas hamper and add in extra meat.

Cost: Prices vary; $140 to $240 depending on hamper choice

For more information, click here.

French Christmas Lunch At The Long Apron


Forget about that novelty kitchen apron this festive season, because Spicers Clovelly Estate’s award-winning The Long Apron is putting on your Christmas spread—and you don’t want to miss out. You will be spoiled with a four-course French-inspired Christmas feast, including charcuterie, glazed ham, roasted duck, roast vegetables, and of course, Christmas pudding and sweets. Christmas just got a whole lot fancier and we love it.

Where: The Long Apron, 36-68 Balmoral Road, Montville

Cost: Adults $210, children $75 (under 13 years)

For more information, click here.

Christmas Day Lunch At Noosa Springs

Noosa Heads

Eat, drink and be merry at Noosa Springs this Christmas Day, as you stuff yourself silly at their share-style Christmas Day Lunch. Beginning with a mouth-watering board of local seafood, meats and cheese, you’ll progress onto a hot meat and seafood platter and then finish the feast with something sweet—petite tarts, mince pies, pavlovas and all your usual festive goodness. Quench your thirst with their premium three-hour beverage package and enjoy the festive entertainment. The little ones will even go home with a small festive gift.

Where: Noosa Springs, Links Drive, Noosa Heads

Cost: Adults $249 (including beverages), teenagers $179 (13-17 years), children $99 (3-12 years)

For more information, click here.

Christmas Buffet At Lily’s On The Lagoon

Twin Waters

One of our favourite spots to wine and dine in Mooloolaba is throwing open its doors this Christmas Day and we couldn’t be more thrilled. Lily’s On The Lagoon is really upping the ante this year and spoiling us with a seafood buffet Christmas Day Lunch. Delights like bourbon-glazed smoked ham, beef tenderloin medallions and whole-baked reef fish grace the menu. Make sure to save room for dessert, which will have you struggling to choose between Christmas pudding, black forest gateaux and a chocolate fountain. Tickets are almost sold out, so get in quick.

Where: Novotel, 270 Ocean Drive, Twin Waters

Cost: Adults $280 (adults only)

For more information, click here.

Christmas Day Buffet At Chancellors Tavern

Sippy Downs

Eat, drink and be merry at a lowkey Christmas Day buffet at Chancellors Tavern this festive season. Experience a deliciously decadent Christmas Day lunch feast, full of festive trimmings and hot and cold Christmas favourites. We’re talking about delights like a traditional roast turkey, roast pork, Tasmanian smoked salmon and a traditional Christmas pudding to top it all off. 

Where: Chancellors Tavern, 20 Chancellor Village Blvd, Sippy Downs

Cost: Adults $140, children $55 (5 to 15 years)

For more information, click here.

Christmas Day Lunch At Currimundi Hotel


Hang up your apron, get out of the kitchen and celebrate Christmas with your loved ones at the Currimundi Hotel. For the big day, Currimundi Hotel is celebrating with a festive buffet lunch from 11.30am, packed full of all the Christmas favourites. How does honey mustard glazed ham, roast pork (with crackling, duh) and oven-baked barramundi sound? There will also be a special guest with a red suit visiting, just for the kids.

Where: Currimundi Hotel, 32 Buderim Street, Currimundi

Cost: Adults $140, children $60 (5-12 years)

For more information, click here.

Christmas Lunch At Kings Beach Tavern

Kings Beach

‘Tis the season for festive feasting and Kings Beach Tavern is pulling out all the stops with their epic Christmas Day Buffet this year. From 11.30am, you will be spoiled for choice with a hot and cold buffet featuring fresh spins on all the traditional favourites. The Christmas Day menu will feature everything from fresh prawns, oysters, and calamari, to honey-glazed ham and oven-baked barramundi, to traditional Christmas puddings, pavlovas, and more. With a vast array of flavours to delight, there’s definitely something for every palate, and we guarantee no one will go home hungry.

Where: Kings Beach Tavern, 43 Burgess Street, Kings Beach

Cost: Adults $140, children $55 (5-16 years)

For more information, click here.

If you’re not feeling overwhelmed with all the Christmas cheeriness, finish ticking off your Christmas gift list by supporting local businesses and purchasing from the Sunshine Coast’s best Christmas markets.

Image Credit: Kaitlin Maree Photography & Dirty Moes

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