As Bill Nighy famously croons in Love Actually, "Christmas is all around you". It can be an overwhelming time of year—especially if you're used to playing host, cooking up an absolute feast and making sure everyone in the fam is having a total blast.
On the other hand, it can also be a bit on the boring side if your loved ones, mates and relos will be getting stuck into all those holiday festivities on the other side of the world.
So whether you're in for an orphan's Christmas, or this year's gift to yourself will simply be not having to cook—we've found a list of Chrissy lunches happening in Sydney guaranteed to leave you full of festive cheer.
Here’s what's open on Christmas Day in Sydney so you don't have to cook.
The Winery’s Orphan’s Christmas
Head down to The Winery to hang with other Sydney Christmas orphans and enjoy a delicious BBQ spread, set in the shade of their gorgeous leafy Surry Hills garden. But wait—there’s myrrh (that’s a three wise men pun so strap in)—Santa has well and truly delivered at The Winery with bottomless prosecco and Aperol Spritz poured from an actual fountain. You can enjoy the shared style menu for $50pp or treat yourself to an extra 3-hour beverage package for $95pp. Head here for more.
Kingsley's Three-Course Christmas
If harbour views are on your wishlist this Christmas, Kingsley's might be just what you're looking for. This stunning three-course set menu starts with a shared hot and cold seafood platter, a choice of three mains including Black Angus Striploin, Tasmanian Ocean Trout and traditional Turkey. For dessert, you're in for a choice of Mango Bavarois and Brie de Meaux. It’ll set you back $179pp, but if you can wrangle a child under 10 (or manage to look under 10 yourself) they can eat for $45 and score a free gift. More info is here.
Manly Wines Beachfront Christmas Day Lunch
If you'd prefer beach views, why not head up North to Manly Wine's beachfront Christmas lunch. This three-course shared lunch sleighs (once again not sorry) and will set you back $105pp. Highlights on this menu include the roast garlic polenta chips with gorgonzola dip, the chilled prawns, smoked salmon, crème fraiche and crisped bread, not to mention a marmalade glazed ham. For dessert, there’s blood orange pavlova with white chocolate mascarpone. Plus these guys are definitely making Santa’s nice list because they’re slinging extra stuffing, bread and cranberry jelly as sides. Make a booking here.
A quick glance out the bay windows at the Bathers’ Pavilion on a summer’s day (or more specifically, Christmas Day) and you’ll be thinking you’re in paradise. Bathers’ recently underwent an absolutely stunning renovation, and to celebrate—they're offering three options for Chrissy Day. You could kick the day off with a Christmas Brunch ($125pp), which includes a glass of prosecco or cranberry cocktail. Come lunchtime, they’ve got options for a three-course lunch in their restaurant for $295pp or if you’re looking to treat yourself for a little less, the bistro has a three-course lunch for $195pp. Suss it out here.
The Place at The Fullerton Hotel
This Christmas, The Place at The Fullerton is the place to be. The Singapore-based hotel chain opened its doors in Sydney at One Martin Place earlier this year—and it’s ritzy and glitzy, with some of the city's best Christmas lights on display. The Fullerton’s Christmas Buffet Lunch includes a carving station where you’ll be able to load up on Berkshire Ham, turkey and a delicious local seafood selection. There’s also a killer dessert bar with a selection of cakes and pastries, like gingerbread houses and, of course, the traditional Aussie pavlova. Plus, buffets are the perfect way of treating yourself come Christmas. Make a booking here.
Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel Summery Season's Greetings
The good folks at Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel are pulling out all the stops this Christmas with two Chrissy lunch options. There’s lunch in the Beach Club, which will be packed full of prawns, oysters, Moreton Bay bugs, ham and plenty more. That will set you back $149 with the option of tacking on a drinks package for $50-65. Or you may opt for a Hamptons-inspired feast in The Sunset Room with a 3-course feast, a 3-hour beverage package and Piper-Heidsieck bubbles on arrival. There, you can expect ham, fresh seafood, baked King Salmon, roasted pumpkin salad and much more. It’ll set you back $299 but you can treat it as a Chrissy present to yourself. More info is here.
Silvester’s Christmas Lunch Buffet
Silvester’s will be turning into a culinary Christmas wonderland this Christmas Day. This restaurant is hatted and award-winning, so they’re sure to take the (Christmas) cake when it comes to whipping up a good buffet. If your Christmas wish list included a complimentary glass of champagne, a made-to-order crudo station, a turkey and ham carvery, a lobster Caesar station, a seafood station and a dessert grazing table—then ask Santa to send you straight to Silvester’s. Details are here.
Feast At The Sheraton Grand Sydney
When it comes to hotel Christmas lunches, Feast at the Sheraton Grand might just be the Mariah Carey of the bunch! For the last 25 years, they have been killing it when comes to all things Christmas. This year they have expanded their festivities with Christmas Day lunch being served not just at Feast restaurant, but the first-floor restaurant, Grand Ballroom and the entire second floor (that’s a lot of Christmas crackers).
This menu is to die for—we’re talking fresh crab, oysters, prawns, sushi, sashimi, antipasti, cold cuts and cheeses. You can also expect carving stations dishing out a traditional roast turkey, honey glazed ham and bush marinated lamb. And you’re going to want to save room for dessert with mince pies, panettone, pudding, pavlova and crepes, all made at a live dessert station. If all that eating makes you thirsty, don’t worry—there’s a welcome cocktail, sparkling, red and white wine and beer all included. And in honour of a Mariah-style Christmas, there is, of course, live music and a visit from Santa. More info is here.
Glass Brasserie Christmas Day Lunch
Why not let Luke Mangan cook for you on Christmas Day? At Glass Brasserie at The Hilton, you'll be able to enjoy Mangan's fancy four-course tasting menu, which includes caviar, oysters, a stunning cheese course, a pudding to take home and a visit from Santa. And if you're one of those people who've been swayed by The Game Changers this year, Glass Brasserie also has a fully vegan menu for you to enjoy guilt-free. Make a booking here.
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