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Where to eat on Christmas Day 2016

Holly Zapasnik

So cooking isn’t your forte and neither is prepping the house for 20 guests.

If your Christmas plans (or lack thereof) have you in a panic, it’s time to outsource. Whether you’re looking for a low key romantic Christmas, a family foodie experience that you just can’t replicate at home or a place for the entire family to gather, we’ve got you covered.

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Looking for a romantic interlude amongst the hectic silly season? Here are the best places to indulge with your significant other.

POD FOOD

Pod Food’s Christmas lunch will be quite the treat for foodie couples. Seat yourself in their leafy garden to take advantage of the summer weather and delight in their five-course degustation lunch with paired wines.

Book here.
Cost: $160 for adults, $60 for children.

MUSE CANBERRA

Muse are offering a Christmas menu that is a simple, Aussie feast suitable for friends, families and colleagues to share.

A $50pp sharing menu which begins with a glass of prosecco, three mains and a selection of side salads, choice of house made Christmas pudding (using a family recipe) or summer pavlova for dessert, tea & coffee.

The menu is also running throughout December for functions and parties. It’s pretty much all gluten free and there are vegetarian substitutions/additions as well.

Where: Muse Canberra, EAST Hotel, Cnr of Canberra Avenue and Giles Street, Kingston.

When: 12pm – 2.30pm

Cost: $50pp

More information here: www.musecanberra.com.au

BENCHMARK WINE BAR

Enjoy a five course Lunch Degustation with champagne on arrival at Benchmark’s inner city sanctuary.

For bookings phone 6262 6522
When: 12pm – 3pm
Cost: $125pp
More information at Benchmark Wine Bar

ONE BIG FAMILY

Image via visitcanberra.com.au

Image via visitcanberra.com.au

Need space for the kids, plus the cousins, three prams and that great aunt who insisted on staying with you this year? These places welcome big groups and have set menus or banquet options to work with you, not against you.

VIKINGS GROUP

Whether you’re in Erindale, Tuggeranong, Chisholm or Lanyon, there’s a Vikings Club close to you that will be the perfect spot for you to gather with the whole family.

Cost: Adults starting at $69.90
More information on specific venues menus, prices and bookings at Vikings Group.

PILLARS AT THE WODEN TRADIES

A scrumptious hot and cold buffet lunch

Where: Pillars at the Woden Tradies
When: 12pm
Cost: $50 per adult and $30 per child
More information here.

ESSENCE AT THE DICKSON TRADIES

A delicious three-course à la carte lunch

Where: Essence at the Dickson Tradies
When: 12pm
Cost: $65 per adult and $30 per child
Find more information here.

AINSLIE FOOTBALL & SOCIAL CLUB

Limestone at Ainslie is sharing the magic Christmas in its newly refurbished dining precinct. With intimate seating amongst the beautiful interiors, a delicious three-course menu and a festive atmosphere perfect for the whole family, Christmas day lunch is made easy. A children’s menu is also available (for under 12’s only). Dietary requirements catered for on request.

Where: Ainslie Football & Social Club
When: Sunday, 25 December at 11.30am to 2.30pm (Seating options: 11.30am, 12pm, 12.30pm, 1pm)
Bookings essential. Only limited seats available.
Phone: 6248 8422
More information and bookings at Ainslie Football Club.

Canberra Southern Cross Club, Woden

Treat your family to an opulent Christmas experience in the glittering surrounds of the Corinna Ballroom. The menus available in the Corinna Ballroom includes king prawns, carved loin of pork with a mustard crust, a selection of cakes and pastries and a lolly buffet.

Where: Corinna Ballroom, Canberra Southern Cross Club, Woden
When: 1st Sitting: 12noon, 2nd Sitting: 1pm
Cost: Adults: $120pp (plus booking fee), Children $50pp (plus booking fee)
More information and bookings at Southern Cross Club. For specific dietary requirements please contact the venue directly on 6283 7200.

GOLDEN GRILLE WODEN

Why bother hosting Christmas at home? Golden Grille patrons can dine on seafood and salad, traditional roast meats and vegetables and Christmas pudding with brandy custard.

Kids will enjoy the children’s play area, and there will be a visit from Santa.

Where: Golden Grille, Canberra Southern Cross Club, Woden
When: 1st Sitting: 12noon, 2nd Sitting: 1pm
Cost: Adults: $80pp (plus booking fee), Children: $30pp (plus booking fee)
More information and bookings at Southern Cross Club.
For specific dietary requirements please contact the venue directly on 6283 7200.

GUNGAHLIN LAKES GOLF & COMMUNITY CLUB

Enjoy Christmas with all the fun and none of the fuss with Gungahlin Lakes Christmas Lunch. Receive a complimentary drink on arrival before sitting down to a festive three-course meal. Seating is allocated. Children’s menu also available (for under 12’s only).

When: Sunday, 25 December at 11.30am to 2.30pm
Where: Gungahlin Lakes Golf & Community Club
Bookings essential. For bookings over 12 people please ring the venue on 02 6242 6283
More information and bookings at Gungahlin Lakes Golf & Community Club.

CANBERRA SOUTHERN CROSS CLUB TUGGERANONG

You and your family can indulge in a traditional festive three-course lunch, including a seafood and salad buffet, oven roasted turkey and honey glazed ham, followed by a traditional Christmas pudding with warm brandy custard. Kids will enjoy the children’s play area, and there will be a visit from Santa.

Where: Canberra Southern Cross Club, Tuggeranong
When: 1st Sitting: 12noon, 2nd Sitting: 12.30pm, 3rd Sitting: 1pm
Cost: Adults: $79.90, Children: $27.50
More information and bookings at Southern Cross Club.

INDULGENT FAMILY GATHERING

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Maybe the kids are grown up or your little ones have an enviable advanced palate. Either way, you want to celebrate Christmas in style, surrounded by the ones you hold most dear.

HOTEL KURRAJONG

Celebrate Christmas in Old World Style at Hotel Kurrajong Canberra. Indulge in a premium Christmas Day Buffet Lunch including a mouth-watering roast carvery with all the trimmings PLUS an ocean fresh seafood extravaganza.

Enjoy a festive themed beverage package including house beers, whites, reds, sparkling wine, soft drinks, luxury teas and freshly brewed coffee.

When: 12pm – 3pm
Cost: $185 per adult, $55 per child (6-14 years)
To book, call (02) 6234 4444 or email [email protected]
More information at Hotel Kurrajong

NATURAL NINE

Indulge in a delicious three-course meal with side dishes and a two hour drinks package at Natural 9 at Casino Canberra including a seafood buffet of Black Marron, Tiger Prawns, Smoked Ora King Salmon, Baby Octopus and Oysters and a main of Turkey Roulade with Sage Brown Butter and Honey Mustard Glazed Ham.

Of course there will be Christmas pudding too!

Cost: $148 per person
More information at Natural 9. Please note the venue is 18+.

MARBLE & GRAIN

Experience the magic of Christmas and leave the hard work to them! Enjoy a delicious five-course meal with a glass of Veuve D’Argent on arrival.

Where: Marble & Grain, Braddon
Cost: Five course meal for $129 per person
Phone: 02 6246 9555
More information and bookings at Marble & Grain

CORNERSTONE BRASSIERE JAMISON

You and your family can indulge in a traditional festive three-course lunch, including a king prawns and oysters entree, oven roasted turkey with cranberry sauce, followed by traditional Christmas pudding with brandy custard.

Kids will enjoy the children’s play area, and there will be a visit by Santa.

Where: Cornerstone Brasserie, Canberra Southern Cross Club, Jamison
When: 1st Sitting: 12noon, 2nd Sitting: 1pm
Cost: Adults $82.50, Children $32.50
More information and bookings at Southern Cross Club

SOUTHERN CROSS YACHT CLUB

Enjoy Christmas at the Yacht Club Restaurant with a sumptuous meal, drinks package and fantastic views across Canberra. Beverage package included – Beer, wine, soft drink and juice.

When: 12pm
Cost: Adults $155 pp, Children $65 pp, Bookings are essential.
More information and bookings at Southern Cross Yacht Club

RED SALT

Christmas is a time for celebration with family and friends. Leave the festive preparations to them and spend more quality time enjoying the day with family and friends.

You’ll feast on a delicious buffet of traditional and modern festive favourites including fresh seafood, tender roasts, fresh bread, salads and a selection of hot dishes. Finish your meal with a range of traditional desserts, fruit and Australian cheeses, along with tea and coffee. A selection of house beverages is also included.

When: 12pm – 3pm
Cost: $185 per adult, $99 per child 13-17 years, $59 per child 6-12 years
Children under six years of age dine free
More information and bookings at Crowne Plaza

RYDGES CAPITAL HILL

Celebrate Christmas Day with family and friends in the festive surroundings of Rydges Capital Hill. This Christmas, choose from a wide selection of fresh seafood, traditional favourites and mouth-watering desserts from the gourmet buffet. Visit from Santa with presents for the kids under 12 years.

Includes three hours of Australian draught beer, bottled house red, white & sparkling wine, soft drinks and juices.

When: 12pm – 3pm
Cost: Adults $170pp, Teens (13-17yrs) $95pp, Children (5-12yrs) $60pp under five Free.
Contact the functions team now on +61 2 6295 3144 or email on [email protected] to book now
More information at Rydges

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Holly Zapasnik

Holly is a final year public relations student at University of Canberra who will talk your ear off about her dog, Archie (who she will claim is the cutest kelpie in the world). As a Canberran who has lived here her entire life, Holly enjoys quaint little bookstores full of character and making people uncomfortable with her terribly bad puns. When she isn't at home geeking out on her computer, Holly can be found lurking around dog parks patting and playing with the best of them. More about the Author