Hands up if cooking a Christmas lunch is the very last thing you feel like doing after copious breakfast beers. Same.
Luckily there are plenty of exceptional Chefs around these parts, many of who are willing to cook not only you but your entire family breakfast lunch and dinner if you so desire.
Here’s a round up of the top feasts you can add to your Christmas Day agenda to save cooking and the many hours of cleaning that could be better spent in a food coma. NB all prices below are based on adults.
Let The Star take care of your Christmas celebrations with one of their many dining packages. A talented team of chefs will treat you to a delicious assortment of traditional and inspired Christmas offerings to ensure a very special occasion for you and your fam. Choose from:
Three delicious courses at Garden Kitchen & Bar ($120*)
A Ballroom Buffet at The Pavilion ($209*)
Traditional favourites with inspired interpretations at Cucina Vivo ($165*)
An indulgent buffet menu at Food Fantasy (from $129*)
A bountiful buffet at Atrium Bar ($155*)
Where: Casino Drive, Broadbeach
Book yourself in for breakfast, lunch and dinner at QT and prepare to be spoiled! A Bazaar Christmas Day Breakfast will include everything from smoothies to hot foods for $55pp. Christmas Day Lunch in the QT Ballroom includes a three hour beverage package, juicy roast meats including slow roasted suckling pig prepared a custom built Beech Rotisserie, to the freshest trawler caught seafood and vibrant array of Christmas desserts for $160pp. A Bazaar Christmas Day Dinner is a mosaic of trawler-fresh seafood, spit roasted whole beast, charcuterie bars, dumplings made to order, salads plucked fresh from QT’s kitchen garden, wood- fired pizzas and the finest spread of sweet treats on the Coast plus a two hour beverage package for $150pp. That’s a lot of eatin’.
Where: Staghorn Ave, Surfers Paradise
Mercure Gold Coast Resort
There’s plenty going on at Mercure Resort on Christmas Day. The Lunch Family Festivities include a traditional Christmas buffet with a dedicated children’s buffet, freshly brewed tea and coffee, live entertainment and bar available for drink purchases for $139pp. A traditional buffet in The Masters Ballroom including fresh seafood and a special buffet just for the kids including a visit from Santa. The Restaurant lunch package includes a traditional buffet with seafood and a drink on arrival. It’s called Mistletoe Memories and it’s adults only and $159pp.
Where: 64 Palm Meadows Drive, Carrara
Sofitel Gold Coast
There’s lots happening at the Sofitel once again with four packages to choose from. The Gingerbread House lunch ($250pp) includes seafood and a hot carvery buffet plus a three hour beverage package and live entertainment. Bistro On3 lunch ($225) and dinner ($190pp) both include seafood and a hot carvery buffet plus a three hour beverage package. room81 will host a Gastronomic Journey (known as a four-course crafted Christmas) for lunch with three hours of premium beverages and live entertainment (this one is adults only) at $225pp.
Where: 81 Surf Pde, Broadbeach
Treat yourself to La Medusa Ballroom Christmas Lunch ($260pp) including a decadent feast of the freshest quality seafood including mountains of king prawns, Pacific oysters, Moreton Bay bugs and Queensland spanner crabs. Or select from a range of roast meats, salads and an indulgent dessert buffet. Be entertained by live music. Kids can enjoy face painting, a Christmas clown and a visit from Santa Claus. You can also indulge in a festive seafood buffet feast for dinner or during the day at Il Barocco ($179pp) or an unforgettable five course gastronomic lunch at Vanitas ($295pp) with paired wines.
Where: Seaworld Drive, Main Beach
Currumbin Beach Vikings SLSC
If breakfast or lunch overlooking the ocean sounds like your jam, book in to the Currumbin Surf Club. Brekky ($55pp for non members) will consist of hot favourites, cereals, fresh fruit and pastries while lunch (190pp for non members) is the freshest seafood, hot and cold meats, salads, sides and desserts plus a three-hour drinks package.
Where: 741 Pacific Pde, Currumbin
Indulge in a decadent Christmas Day luncheon at Seaduction Restaurant+ Bar ($225pp) including an interactive seafood buffet boasting all of your Christmas favourites. Includes one complimentary glass of champagne on arrival.
Where: Level 2, Peppers Soul, 8 The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise
Watermark Hotel & Spa
Indulgence is key at Waves Buffet Restaurant ($199 lunch or $125 dinner) on Christmas Day. Get merry with a festive feast including hot roasts, seafood, breads, salads and desserts plus a three-hour drinks package. Head to Clifford’s Grill ($225pp) for a four course menu complemented by paired premium wines. Bring on the goodness.
Where: 3032 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise
Novotel Surfers Paradise
Make Christmas spectacular at Novotel Surfers Paradise ($165pp). Entertain your palate and join us for a magical Christmas Lunch including succulent seafood, a carvery, variety of hot and cold dishes and Christmas sweet treats for the whole family to enjoy. The ticket price includes a delicious Seafood Buffet, a three hour beverage package (including beer, wine and soft drinks) for adults as well as entertainment for all!
Where: 3105 Surfers Paradise Bvd, Surfers Paradise
Enjoy Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise annual Christmas feast ($199pp) and let us do all the work this Christmas Day. Expect a Christmas themed seafood buffet, live entertainment, a three hour premium beverage package, a special visit from Santa, a gift for all children under 12 years.
Where: 2807 Gold Coast Hwy, Surfers Paradise
Words by Kirra Smith.