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Christmas Day lunches

Make Christmas Day a breeze and take the family out for lunch

Photograph: Neal Whitehouse Piper

Christmas has the potential to be a joyous occasion, but the combined pressure of extended family, opressive heat and group catering can really take the shine off your day, which is why you might want to consider just booking a table at one of these top Sydney establishments. They'll make you and yours a yuletide feast, pop the Champagne and there's no washing up required on your part. Too easy.

Christmas lunch at Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel

This bayside hotel will be doing a four-course lunch with matching Robert Oatley wines. Start with a seafood platter, followed by organic turkey breast, whiskey and maple glazed leg ham, peppered roast beef and smoked trout. Lunch is $299.00 and kids under 6-years-old eat free. 

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Watsons Bay

Christmas lunch Sokyo

Smash some seriously fresh seafood this Christmas at Sokyo's six-course degustation. For $165pp Japanese chef Chase Kojima will serve up oysters, seared tuna, lobster tempura and more.

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Darling Harbour

Christmas Lunch Q Dining

Pullman Quay Grand’s Q Dining invites you to Christmas lunch with incredible harbour views. The three-course menu by executive chef Stefan Brademann includes bottomless Champagne (non-alcoholic beverages included for attendees 17 years and under).

12.30-3.30pm. $199-$299.

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Christmas at the Park Hyatt

Sydney’s Park Hyatt is famous for its harbour views and exceptional service. The hotel is offering a Christmas Eve dinner ($175); Christmas Day lunch ($295; children’s meal $145) and Christmas Day dinner ($175, children $85) to take the stress out of family get-togethers. All meals are four courses with a free glass of Veuve for the grown-ups.

Sat 6.30-10.30pm; Sun 12.30-3pm & 6.30-10.30pm.

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The Rocks

Christmas lunch at the Sir Stamford at Circular Quay

The hotel is putting on live entertainment and a lavish seafood buffet lunch for Christmas this year, including a traditional carvery and all your festive favourites. Santa Claus will be dropping in to hand out presents to children attending. You ticket includes a glass of sparkling wine on arrival for adults and unlimited soft drinks – bookings essential.

Noon-3pm. $0-$215.

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Circular Quay

Christmas Lunch and Dinner at Pei Modern

Celebrated executive chef Mark Best and head chef Joachim Borenius will source fresh seasonal produce to create a beautifully presented buffet of festive dishes on Christmas Day. Arrive hungry for freshly shucked Clyde River Sydney rock oysters, Yamba prawns, wood-roasted suckling pig, roast turkey with all the trimmings, Christmas pudding and pavlova.

Noon-4.30pm & 6.30-10.30pm. $45-$150.

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The Rocks

Christmas High Tea at The Cortile

The InterContinental’s head pastry chef, Simon Veuvy, has planned a festive high tea including sweet and savoury items, teas from the newly created Ronnefeldt tea library and a glass of sparkling on arrival. Younger guests can expect a visit from Santa. High coffee is also offered on Christmas Day.

Sat 1-4.30pm; Sun 12.30-5.30pm; Mon 11am-4pm; Tue 1-4.30pm. $55-$95.

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Circular Quay
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Need present ideas too?

Indie Christmas markets in Sydney

Pick up all your stocking fillers in one fell swoop at these indie design markets. There are new ones, like the Big Design Market from Melbourne, and old favourites like the Finders Keepers Market. Drag a friend/partner/colleague along and drop some not-so-subtle hints for your own Kris Kringle gift this year. 

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By: Emma Joyce