Yes we’re serious.
So hands up if cooking a Christmas lunch is the very last thing you feel like doing after copious breakfast beers. Same.
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.
Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort Gold Coast
There’s lots happening at this stunning spot on Christmas Day starting with lunch at Terraces Restaurant and a Deluxe Buffet for $250pp plus a visit from Santa – tickets here. Christmas dinner is a delicious seafood buffet for $180pp, tickets here. You may also enjoy lunch in the Mirage Grand Ballroom with a grand seafood buffet and three hour drinks package for $250pp – tickets here.
Oyster Bar & Grill is offering a 7 course degustation menu and you may add matching wines if you so wish (which you do). That one is starting from $180pp, tickets here. A lovely option to spend a day indulging with your loved ones.
Where: 71 Seaworld Drive, Main Beach
Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa
The stunning Citrique will once again host an exceptional buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner on Christmas Day – the breakfast buffet has an interactive milkshake station for all guests to enjoy in the morning and it’s $59pp here.
For lunch, experience the award-winning seafood buffet including lobster, Moreton Bay bugs and of course, a premium beverage package for $339pp here.
For dinner, it’s the seafood buffet plus interactive live stations, traditional Christmas favourites, beverage on arrival and live entertainment at $129pp here.
If you’re looking for something a little more tropical, share a Tropical Seafood Tower for two and a bottle of champagne overlooking the resorts beautiful lagoon for $299 at Chapter & Verse here.
Where: 158 Ferny Ave, Surfers Paradise
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 $225pp – tickets here.
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 $225pp – tickets here. Christmas Day Lunch is $235 and includes a three-hour beverage package, tickets here.
Where: QT Gold Coast, Staghorn Ave, Surfers Paradise
A Hyde Christmas Affair awaits you in Surfers Paradise by the beach. An unmissable seafood buffet including an oyster station, fresh prawns and Christmas cocktail on arrival with unobstructed ocean views. Tickets are $225pp here.
Where: Hyde Paradiso, Level 2, 8 Esplanade, Surfers Paradise
The Island Surfers Paradise
Celebrate Christmas Day with your loved ones in the fabulous, all-new Glasshouse at The Island for a traditional buffet lunch featuring both hot and cold seafood, succulent roast meats, summer salads and decadent desserts. Tickets are $149pp and available here.
Novotel Surfers Paradise
Join the Novotel for a magical Christmas lunch in The Ballroom for a buffet including succulent seafood, a carvery, variety of hot and cold dishes and Christmas sweet treats for the whole family to enjoy. Tickets include a three hour drinks package for $185pp here.
Hanlan’s Restaurant is serving a seasonal Christmas buffet with a welcome cocktail on arrival – tickets $149pp here.
Where: 3105 Surfers Paradise Blvd, Surfers Paradise
Mantra on View
Treat the family to Christmas Wonderland in Mantra on View’s Ballroom. Lunch involves an extravagant Christmas buffet with fresh seafood, including prawns, oysters and crab – tickets are $138pp here. Dinner is also serving up a tasty buffet for $88pp here.
Where: 22 View Ave, Surfers Paradise
RACV Royal Pines
Indulge in a traditional family-style lunch at Trattoria Amici including a three hour beverage package for $159pp – tickets here or enjoy a sky high Christmas at the stunning Videre where a spectacular seafood buffet is on offer – tickets $279pp here.
Kalinda Restaurant is offering a seafood buffet and drinks package at lunchtime – tickets $219 here.
Dinner at Kalinda includes a seafood buffet for $149pp – tickets here.
The Ballroom will feature a beautiful buffet lunch offering fresh seafood and all the traditional trimmings with a three hour beverage package for $199 – tickets here.
Where: Ross St, Benowa
The Star Gold Coast
Let The Star Gold Coast take care of your Christmas celebrations with one of their many delightful 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 the fam.
Four delicious courses plus a three hour beverage package at Garden Kitchen & Bar ($169.78*) tickets here.
A delicious ballroom buffet is being served at The Event Centre ($266.50*) tickets here.
Traditional favourites with inspired interpretations at Cucina Vivo ($190.36pp*) tickets here.
An indulgent buffet menu at Harvest Buffet (from $236.67pp*) tickets here.
A tasty Chinese feast at Imperial at The Star ($113.20pp*) tickets here.
An epic buffet option is also available at Atrium Bar ($194.48*) tickets here.
Where: Casino Drive, Broadbeach
Sofitel Gold Coast
Christmas lunch is always a lovely time at room81 and this year is no different! It’s set to be a luxurious gastronomical delight with a signature four course menu, premium beverage package and White Christmas dessert to finish for $245pp – tickets here.
In the Grand Ballroom, it’s a Nutcracker-themed affair with a seafood and hot carvery buffet, plus a three-hour beverage package, live entertainment a visit from Santa. Tickets are $255pp here.
If a sparkling, intimate Christmas Day is more your scene, Bistro On3 is offering a sensational Christmas buffet with live entertainment for $215pp here.
Where: Sofitel Gold Coast, Broadbeach
One of the hottest new venues to open this year, Miss Moneypenny’s is hosting a swish Christmas Day Banquet with seafood boards to start, roast chicken or turkey, roasted double smoked leg ham, roasted root vegetables, green beans, salad of six lettuce and six mixed herbs, it will be a decadent banquet to remember. For dessert, the famous Miss Moneypenny’s pavlova is well served and best shared with your family and friends. Don’t miss out for $145pp.
The Robina newbie will be putting on a spread for Christmas Day – it’s a buffet lunch with tons of beautiful, fresh seafood, a baked glazed ham and a visit from Santa himself. Tickets are just $99pp for adults and $45pp for the kids. Grab a ticket and be one of the first to experience Robina Pavilion.
Where: 227 Ron Penhaligon Way. Robina
Words by Kirra Smith.