2021: Brisbane Christmas Day Lunch | Family Friendly Venues

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Christmas lunch Brisbane 2021 is almost here so it’s definitely time to plan how your family is going to celebrate. Thankfully, Brisbane Christmas Day lunch doesn’t have to mean slaving away in the kitchen!

Here are the best places to enjoy while letting someone else cook Christmas lunch Brisbane style for you and your family. Whether you are looking for a Christmas buffet lunch in Brisbane or al la carte, we have a list of delicious options! Apart from the bonus of not having to cook, a lot of these venues provide family-friendly entertainment to reduce your mental load at this busy time of year!

What restaurants are open for Christmas lunch Brisbane 2021?

We are in the process of confirming with venues what their plans are for Christmas Lunch Brisbane 2020. Keep checking back in on this page for delicious options as we will be regularly updating locations each week. All venues with ‘Confirmed for 2020’ listed below are ready to welcome your family for Christmas lunch in Brisbane this year.

Christmas lunch 2021 Brisbane

brisbane christmas day lunch

Fair warning – you’re going to want to get in QUICK and book these FAST if you haven’t already. Brisbane Christmas Day Lunch venues are renowned for being fabulous and serving beautifully fresh produce. You don’t want to be left out in the cold (or in the hot kitchen doing it yourself!)

Enjoy Christmas lunch Brisbane 2021 at Brisbane’s best hotels

The first Christmas Day lunch venues on our list are located right in the heart of the city and South Bank, so you can take advantage of the spectacular Christmas in Brisbane celebrations going on around you!

Stamford Plaza | Brisbane

Christmas Buffet Lunch & Dinner Stamford Plaza

Confirmed for 2020: Arrive to the sounds of Lobby carollers before moving into your chosen venue where you will enjoy a lavish Christmas Day buffet lunch without compare. Choose from Christmas Lunch from 12 noon in The Grand Ballroom and River Room or from 12.30pm in The Brasserie on the River

Enjoy an impressive selection of Christmas favourites including:

  • A wonderful variety of hot and cold dishes
  • The freshest seafood bounty
  • Traditional roasts
  • A wonderful dessert selection
  • 3-hour premium beverage package for adults
  • Santa will have gifts for all children up to 12 years

Adults – $329 per person | Teens – $169 per person (13 – 17 years) | Children – $99 per person (5-12 years)

Families Tip: Christmas comes early to The Brasserie on the River at Stamford Plaza each year with their ever-popular pre-Christmas festive buffet held from Thursday 26 November to Sunday 20 December on the off chance you wish to celebrate Christmas a little earlier this year. After the year it’s been, you may even want to have multiple Christmas lunches just to make the most of the season. The Stamford Plaza will also be offering Festive High Tea Celebrations over this period with your choice of a Chocolate High Tea Buffet or Festive Lobby High Tea. Yum!

Reservations are required for all events. Head to the Stamford Plaza website for more details or call Restaurant Reservations on (07) 3100 5749.

Ovolo Incholm | Spring Hill

Confirmed for 2020: The roaring 1920’s, revolutionary 30’s and crazy 40’s, welcome to Christmas Day Lunch at the Inchcolm Hotel by Ovolo. Revel in the artistic and curious, indulge in modern Australian dishes with a homely twist, and creative flair. The ticket price includes:

  • 3-course family feasting menu
  • Chilled local seafood station, Appellation oysters, Mooloolaba Prawns, Moreton Bay Bugs, Local Fromage station
  • 3-hour premium beverage package with Christmas themed cocktail on arrival
  • Live entertainment – Theming and of course, Christmas Bon Bons!

$209 per person. To book your place head to Christmas Lunch at The Inchcolm event page.

Royal on the Park | Brisbane

Confirmed for 2020: The Walnut Restaurant will be offering a 2-course or 3-course menu this festive season including your choice of either a delicious pistachio and cranberry turkey breast roulade, porterhouse steak, market fish or eggplant steak for vegetarian/halal guests.

  • 2-Courses – $59.50
  • 3-Courses – $70

If a Christmas lunch in the great outdoors is more your style you can also organise a Christmas picnic bag with turkey wraps, a selection of sandwiches, garden salad, seasonal fruit, dessert and orange juice. The $50 Christmas picnic bag serves two people. Available 18 Dec 2020 – 4 Jan 2021 between 8am-5pm with 12 hours notice.

Bookings for Christmas lunch at the Walnut Restaurant or to organise a Christmas picnic bag is required. Call (07) 3221 3411 or head to the Royal on the Park website.

Sofitel Brisbane Central| Brisbane

Confirmed for 2020: Enjoy the festivities with your family as Thyme2 Restaurant transforms into a Christmas soirée for lunch. This year, their famed buffet will be making a return, with a slight twist! Adhering to COVID-19 restrictions, Thyme2 dedicated chefs will be at your disposal serving food straight to your plate from the buffet.

To ensure your Christmas spirit is still alive, live entertainment will be played over the day and an assortment of Christmas novelties will be on display! Lunch pricing is inclusive of a decadent 2.5 hour beverage package. Maximum table seating is 10 people. The event will run from 12pm – 3pm (with seatings at 12:00pm, 12:30pm & 1:00pm).

Adult $279 | Teen $219 | Child $138

Sofitel Brisbane Central will also be offering an adults-only lunch option in Club Mellesime. Bookings essential for both options. See the websites event menus and booking details.

Treasury Hotel and Casino Brisbane

The Treasury Christmas Lunch Brisbane

Confirmed for 2020: Feast this Christmas at Treasury Brisbane. Their culinary team have curated a spectacular festive lunch menu featuring the freshest locally-sourced seafood, traditional Christmas favourites, and a dessert extravaganza. Families will love roaming entertainment and a visit from Santa plus a gift for kids 12 and under.

Enjoy a traditional family-style festive lunch, served to your table with a beverage package including premium wine selections, a range of beer and cider and non-alcoholic beverages. From 12pm – 3pm. 

Adult $199 | Young adult (13 – 17 years old) – $159 | Child (5 – 12 years old) – $99 | Free of charge infant (Under 2)


River Quay Fish | South Bank

Confirmed for 2020: River Quay Fish have confirmed they are going ahead in 2020 and are busy preparing a sumptuous 4 course Seafood Feast for you! Let them do the work this Christmas, while your family sits overlooking the stunning Brisbane River! Two sittings will be available at 11am and 1:30pm. Email Alex through bookings@rqf.com.au to request a menu and they’ll get you booked in today.

While at South Bank we highly recommend you enjoy some of the fun listed in our article South Bank Christmas for families.

Regatta Hotel | Toowong

Confirmed for 2020: Tis’ the season for festive feasting! Celebrate Christmas Day at one of Brisbane’s most iconic hotels with two spectacular dining options.

Christmas Day Seafood Buffet – 12pm to 3pm

Regatta Hotel Christmas Day Seafood Buffet

Due to the overwhelmingly positive feedback from last years’ luncheon, the Regatta are once again hosting an endless Seafood Buffet in the comfort of their Level 1 Function Spaces. Enjoy seconds (and thirds!) of a large variety of fresh seafood until you find yourself in a jolly food coma!

This bountiful buffet also includes all of your Christmas favourites, so there will definitely be something delicious for every palate. With an impressive dessert station of Chef’s selection of cakes and sweets, you’ll be spoiled for choice. As for the beverages, a 3hr beverage package including sparkling wine, wine, beer and cider can be enjoyed with this incredible buffet.

Adults – $160 | Teens -$60 (12-17 years) | Children – $35 (1-11 years)| Under 3 years eat free 

Christmas Day Extravaganza in The Boatshed – 12pm to 3pm

The Regatta Hotel’s annual luncheon in the QHA Award Winning The Boatshed Restaurant is known to sell out well in advance, and this year their festive celebration will be one to remember! A beautiful Christmas Choir will welcome you, followed by a delectable 4-course menu that offers a twist on the traditional Christmas flavours!

With a free-flowing 3hr beverage package including Champagne, a generous selection of wines, beer & cider, this event offers something for every palate.

$230 per person. To make a reservation head to the Regatta Hotel website.

Mary Mae’s previously WATT Restaurant and Bar | New Farm

Mary Mae's Xmas

Confirmed for 2020: Take the stress out of Christmas this year and celebrate by the river at Mary Mae’s with a 4 course shared feast and glass of sparkling on arrival. With no prepping or washing up required, sit back and relax with your family and friends whilst they take care of the rest.

  • First Sitting – 11:30am – 1:30pm
  • Second Sitting – 2:30pm – 4:30pm 

Adults – $120 | Children –  $50 (5-12 years) | *Children under 5 are welcome to attend at no additional cost, however, we do not cater for them.

Kookaburra Queen Showboat Cruise | Brisbane River

Kookaburra Queen Christmas

Confirmed for 2020: Celebrate the most wonderful time of year with family & friends aboard the Kookaburra Showboat Cruises! The Christmas Lunch Cruise will be full of Christmas festivities sure to get you in the Christmas spirit! Relax during a 2.5 hour cruise aboard one of the beautiful Kookaburra Queen Paddlewheelers. As you slowly make your way around the river, feast on a sensational festive themed buffet with seafood plus the Ultimate Beverage Package. 

Theming and entertainment are taken care of as the boats are adorned with festive trimmings & decorations. Your family can also sing along with the live entertainment playing a mix of Christmas classics & contemporary favourites. With lucky door prizes and Christmas themed activities for the kids, there will be plenty of Christmas fun for everyone!

Adults – $169 per person | Teens -$109 (13-17 years) | Children – $99 (4-12 years) | Under 3 years eat free 

Be sure to get in quick as this is a sell-out cruise every year and this will be a Christmas memory that y’ule treasure forever! Find out more here.

Christmas lunch at Brisbane’s best taverns

Ferny Grove Tavern | Ferny Grove

You’ll be feeling as round and full of festive cheer as Santa himself after enjoying a delicious full-service hot and cold buffet at the Ferny Grove Tavern this Christmas. Add $30 per person if you’d like to include a beverage package with your meal. Christmas lunch will be spread over two sittings at 11am and 1:30pm. Book your table now!

Adults – $115 | Seniors – $99 | Kids 13-17 – Years $99 | Kids 3-12 Years – $59 

Christmas Day takeaway hampers

If you’d like to make the most of the Queensland sunshine this Christmas why not order a Christmas Day Takeaway Hamper from the Treasury?! Feast on Christmas favourites like baked ham, turkey breast, roast rib of beef, and salmon portions with champagne sauce, plus all the trimmings.

You can also make this Christmas extra special with optional seafood and salad upgrades. Pick up your hamper from Stephens Lane, Treasury Brisbane Hotel on Thursday, 24 December 2020 between 1:30pm and 5:30pm. Hampers to feed up to 6 guests start from $450 with mains and dessert dishes included. View the complete Christmas Day Hamper menu here. Orders must be placed before Friday 18 December 2020.

To book your table or order a hamper contact the Treasury Events Team on (07) 3306 8852.

Venues not hosting Christmas lunch Brisbane events in 2020

Novotel | Brisbane

Update for 2020: Novotel Brisbane will not be offering Christmas lunch in Brisbane for 2020.

Four Points by Sheraton | Brisbane

Update for 2020: Four Points by Sheraton will not be offering Christmas lunch in Brisbane for 2020 as they are supporting the Queensland Government with COVID-19 as a quarantine facility until the end of January 2021.

Rydges | South Bank

Update for 2020: Rydges is not going ahead with Christmas Lunch Brisbane 2020 as Bacchus Restaurant & Bar will be closed until further notice.

Brisbane Marriott | Brisbane

Update for 2020: Brisbane Marriott will not host a Christmas Lunch Brisbane 2020 as they are supporting the Queensland Government with COVID-19 management until the end of January 2021.

Mercure | Brisbane

Update for 2020: Mercure Brisbane will not be offering Christmas lunch in Brisbane for 2020.

The Summit Restaurant | Mt Coot-tha

Update for 2020: The Summit Restaurant has closed.

The Euro

Update for 2020: The Euro is no longer open for business.

Il Centro | Eagle Street Pier

Update for 2020: II Centro Restaurant & Bar is currently closed.

Christmas lunch Brisbane 2021

Got any hot tips for us? What about places in the suburbs? Let us know your plans in the comments!

What else is on for Christmas Brisbane 2021?

Check out our list of Christmas Markets Brisbane here.

If you love Christmas Carols, we have a comprehensive list of Brisbane Christmas Carols events here.

11 responses to “2021: Brisbane Christmas Day Lunch | Family Friendly Venues”

  1. Joanne says:

    Looking for suggestions around Ormiston but happy to travel. No buffet because of covid preferred.

  2. Di says:

    Any venues likely to be open around the Northside on Xmas Day?

  3. Hanim says:

    hi there
    any updates for the ones missing information?

    • Janine says:

      Not yet – but we have calls in to all of them and are waiting. We promise as soon as we know we will update.

  4. Louise says:

    Last year we attended the Kenmore Tavern for Christmas. It was great.
    Do like the sound of Christine’s experience though. Music is always an added bonus.

  5. Samantha says:

    Looking for any recommendations on the Bayside (Manly, Raby Bay etc)?

  6. Christine Andrews says:

    Hi Paul,
    I also noticed there isn’t a lot being advertised. Hopefully now that restrictions are easing they can start planning for this now. Last year we went for lunch at a hotel restaurant with live music, three courses and unlimited drinks. I was super apprehensive about Christmas on our own and it turned out to be really nice. Hoping to find another nice lunch again this year.

  7. Karen Roper says:

    Following as we are in the same situation

  8. Paul Manning says:

    We have no family in Brizzy so looking for ideas for Christmas lunch, last year was too depressing on our own – Anyone any suggestions not a lot being advertised, its all 2019 data.

  9. Bec says:

    Has anyone got any recommendations for Christmas dinner? I’ve searched a few places but would like to know people’s thoughts.

    Thanks 🙂

  10. Geoff says:

    Last year we attended the Christmas Day Buffet Lunch at The Brisbane Golf Club. For just $150 per person it represented outstanding value for money.

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