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Christmas Day Lunch on the Gold Coast for 2023

Give yourself a break this Christmas and dine out for Christmas Day lunch on the Gold Coast.

You’d be surprised how many restaurants are open on Christmas Day on the Gold Coast, offering stylish, festive, affordable, and family-friendly Christmas lunch in 2023.

Our Top Picks for Christmas Lunch Gold Coast 2023!

Try these family-friendly venues for your celebration!

Celebrate Christmas at voco | Gold Coast 2023

Christmas lunch Gold Coast at Voco
Christmas lunch Gold Coast at voco

Join voco Gold Coast for an indulgent Christmas Lunch Buffet featuring an array of fresh seafood and salads, roast carvery, a variety of hot and cold dishes, plus a mouthwatering dessert bar and three-hour beverage package! Kids will be entertained by a face painter and balloon artist, plus there will be a special visit from Santa himself .

Tickets are selling fast and numbers are limited for this annual event, so don’t delay and book today!

Adults $289 per person, 13-17 yrs $189 per person, 5-12yrs $130 per person, 0-4 years FREE.

The event will run from midday on December 25th and conclude at 3pm. Bookings can be made via Open Table or alternatively call the hotel direct on 07 5588 8333 during business hours. Find out more here

Novotel | Surfers Paradise 2023

Indulge for your Christmas Lunch Gold Coast at Novotel where you can enjoy succulent seafood, a carvery, a variety of hot and cold dishes and Christmas sweet treats for the whole family. There may even be a quick visit from the man in red! Included in your ticket price is a premium drinks package (beer, wine and sparkling), live entertainment and a gift for all children under the age of 12.

Adults – $279 | Children (13-17 yrs) – $189 | Children (5-12 yrs) – $139

Book your tickets here.

QT Gold Coast | Surfers Paradise 2023

Christmas Lunch Gold Coast QT
Christmas Lunch Gold Coast QT

There are a variety of dining options for a Gold Coast Christmas Lunch at the QT (including Christmas brekky), so there is something to suit the whole family. Bookings are open NOW so get in quick! 

Christmas lunch and dinner at Bazaar

Wanting an intimate lunch with the family opening presents where you can enjoy cheering to the festivities? You will get to overindulge on roasted meats, fresh seafood and decadent desserts and of course, a Christmas lunch wouldn’t be complete without a glass of something naughty, so there’ll be a free-flowing three-hour beverage package. This will also include a welcome Christmas cocktail on arrival.

Bazaar Buffet: Adults – $320 | Teens (13-17 years) – $179 | Children (5-12 years) – $59 | Children (0-4 years) – Free

Adults – $265 | Teens (13-17 years) – $165 | Children (5-12 years) – $75

Christmas Day in the QT Ballroom

Celebrate in style with those you love in the grandeur of the QT Ballroom. Make it indulgent with their Christmas seafood spread, traditional meats, three hours of free-flowing liquid libations. All wrapped up with a Christmas cocktail on arrival. With live music and entertainment, face painting for the kids, gingerbread house decorating, and a special visit from Santa and gift for the littlies – make this Christmas a truly lavish affair.

Adults – $299 | Teens (13 – 17 years) – $179 | Children (5-12 years) – $79

Christmas Day lunch at Yamagen

Experience a masterclass in culinary delights with Yamagen’s indulgent 7-course degustation menu fit for Santa himself. The menu features a range of Japanese seafood dishes with a Christmas twist. Artfully paired with your choice of beverage. The hardest choice you’ll have to make on Christmas Day is choosing between champagne or whisky. 

Yamagen degustation: Adults – $299

Find out more about Festive Feasts at QT Gold Coast here or call (07) 5584 1200.

The Island Christmas Day Family Buffet | Surfers Paradise 2023

Set in the fabulous Glasshouse at the Island, one of the Gold Coast’s coolest and most vibrant events destinations, this traditional Christmas buffet lunch will feature the freshest hot and cold seafood, succulent roast meats, seasonal roast vegetables, wholesome summer salads and decadent desserts. Drinks can be purchased to accompany your meal throughout the day from the Glasshouse Terrace Bar. This Christmas Day Gold Coast Buffet Lunch is perfect for all ages, including the kids! 

Adults – $179 | Children (13 – 17 years) – $119 | Children (4 – 12 years) – $89 | Children (0 – 3 years) – Free

Christmas Day Buffet Lunch at The Island 

O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat | Canungra 2023

Have pre-lunch drinks with the O’Reilly family and a traditional Christmas Buffet Lunch served by O’Reilly’s staff. After stuffing yourself silly at the 3.5hr long lunch you can take the kids for a stroll around the stunning World Heritage-listed Lamington National Park. The package includes Canungra Valley Vineyard wines and Burleigh Brewing Co craft beer, plus there will be a special visit from Santa. 

Adults – $189 | Teens (13 – 17 years) – $99 | Children (4 – 12 years) – $65 | Under 4 years – Free

Find out more on their website.

Paradise Resort | Surfers Paradise 2023

Let the team at Paradise Resort take care of your family this Christmas in Penguins Restaurant. Enjoy a delicious Christmas Feast fit for any family including local seafood, roasted turkey, honey-glazed ham an array of delicious desserts and all of the trimmings. Tea, coffee and unlimited soft drinks are also included and there is an option of a buffet dinner too.

Santa will have gifts for every child and your family will have free access to the Water Park all day. Could it get any better? Quick tickets will sell fast! You can choose between lunch and dinner options (lunch 12 – 3pm; dinner, 5pm – 8pm).

Lunch prices: Adults – $190 | Teens (13-17 years) – $115 | Children (4 – 12 years) – $75
Dinner prices: Adults – $175 | Teens (13-17 years) – $105 | Children (4 – 12 years) – $65 

Book here!

The Star | Broadbeach 2023

Christmas Lunch Gold Coast
Christmas Lunch Gold Coast

If you are hunting for an overflowing buffet or an Italian feast, then The Star is what you are looking for. With a variety of meal and drink options in the Harvest Buffet, Garden Kitchen & Bar, Cucina Vivo, or Uncle Su at The Star you will be spoiled for choice. 

Their team of chefs have been working around the clock to make sure it’s a Christmas you (and your stomach) won’t forget. Prepare your appetites for a feast with all the trimmings, because you’ll be spoilt for choice with the freshest seafood, hot and cold meats, pizza, pasta, salads, soups, desserts and more. You won’t want to miss Christmas at Harvest Buffet. Yum!

There are a number of packages to choose from! Here are our top picks for family-friendly fare. 

Christmas Day Lunch at Harvest Buffet

Enjoy an all-you-can-eat seafood buffet washed down with a three-hour beverage package on Christmas Day lunch from 12:15pm – 3:15pm.

Adults (18 and above): $280 per person | Children (13 – 17 years): $125 per person | Children (6 – 12 years): $65 per person | Children (0 – 5 years): Free

Christmas Day Dinner at Harvest Buffet

Enjoy an all-you-can-eat seafood buffet with a three-hour drinks package on Christmas Day dinner from 5:45pm-8:45pm.

Adults (18 and above): $225 per person | Children (13 – 17 years): $105 per person | Children (6 – 12 years): $55 per person | Children (0 – 5 years): Free

Christmas in Cucina Vino

Cucina Vino is the perfect location for your Christmas celebration. Inspired by the cliff-top restaurants of the Amalfi Coast, Cucina Vivo features an outdoor terrace overlooking the beautiful pool. This Christmas, the chefs at Cucina Vivo have created an inspired menu that draws on all the best flavours Italian culture has to offer. Savour a 4-course lunch menu plus a 3-hour beverage package! Lunch runs from 12pm – 3pm with entry from 11.30am.

Adult (18 and above): $205 | Children (8 – 17 years): $140 | Children (0 – 7 years): Free

Christmas at Garden Kitchen & Bar

Garden Kitchen & Bar invites guests to experience an eclectic mix of contemporary furnishings, cascading greenery and is a place where food lovers, friends and family can come together to celebrate. Come along on Christmas Day to enjoy a delicious four-course lunch and a three-hour drinks package! The event runs from 12 – 3pm and tickets are $195 per person.

Christmas Day in the Event Centre

Let The Star make your Christmas one to remember by celebrating with your friends and family in a beautifully themed ballroom. Indulge in a delicious all-you-can-eat buffet with all the trimmings, a 4-hour drink package and a special appearance from Santa. This special Christmas lunch event will take place from 11am-3pm and is held in the Event Centre on the Casino Level. 

Adult (Standard Package): $310 per person | Adult (Standard Package + Spirits Upgrade): $330 per person | Children (13 – 17 years): $195 per person | Children (5 – 12 years): $75 per person | Children (3 – 4 years): $30 per person |Children (0 – 2 years): Free

Take away Christmas hamper feast

How good would it feel to have your Christmas feast sorted? Let The Star do all the hard work this Christmas and feast on their takeaway hamper complete with all the Christmas favourites like delicious smoked ham, roasted turkey breast, Tasmanian salmon and more – all from the comfort of your own home!

Plus, you can make this Christmas extra special with optional seafood and salad upgrades as well as some exclusive beverage add-ons.

You will need to do some basic prep but it will take the stress out of your day as you’ll have everything you need yet you get to celebrate at home (aka have a snooze between courses!). The takeaway hampers will be available to pre-order until Friday, 15 December at 2pm.

Hampers will then be available to pick up on Christmas Eve (Sunday, 24 December 2023) from the Event Centre Marquee (Access via Level 3 Carpark), The Star Gold Coast between:

  • 10.00am – 12.00pm
  • 3.00pm – 5.00pm


  • Classic hamper (feeds 6 guests) – $600 each
  • Classic hamper (feeds 2 guests) – $260 each
  • Enhanced hamper (feeds 6 guests) – $700 each
  • Seafood upgrade (feeds 6 guests) – $250 each
  • Seafood upgrade (feeds 2 guests) – $80 each
  • Salad upgrade (feeds 6 guests) – $80 each

Christmas Day at Uncle Su

Share a beautiful meal with family and friends at Uncle Su this Christmas. Focusing on highlighting traditional flavours, ingredients and cooking styles from different regions of China, this is the perfect banquet lunch for your Christmas. Lunch runs from 12pm – 2:30pm. 

Adult: $165 per person (15+ years) | Children: $70 per person (5 – 14 years) | Infants (0-4) – Free

Find out more here.

Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove Resort | Sanctuary Cove 2023

Christmas Day Seafood Buffet

This festive season, Executive Chef Hamish Watt and the culinary team at InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort bring you a delightful fusion of modern Australian flavours infused into the traditional Christmas fare. Embracing the spirit of the season, they’ve selected the finest, seasonal produce and exquisite Australian seafood to create a festive culinary experience that will enchant your taste buds.

You will enjoy a selection of hot and cold dishes and fresh seafood, before feasting on a traditional roast carvery with an assortment of festive condiments.

Make sure you save room for in-house Pastry Chef, Lucas Mongelli’s, decadent dessert collection featuring a traditional Christmas pudding, fruit mince pies and other indulgent sweet treats. The desserts will be accompanied by a nitrogen ice cream station with all the trimmings. The kids are going to love it!

There are two sittings available: 5 pm to 7 pm and 8 pm to 10 pm on Monday, 25 December 2023.

Adults can enjoy this festive buffet for $209 per person whilst children aged 5 to 12 are priced at $89 per child. Children aged 4 and under are complimentary with a paying adult.

Christmas Day Fine Dining at Fireplace

If you’re looking for fine dining for Christmas Day on the Gold Coast, you should definitely check out this all-inclusive Fireplace degustation lunch experience.

Commencing at 12 pm, immerse yourself in the festive ambience of The Fireplace restaurant. As a special touch, each guest will receive a personalised gift.

During this remarkable experience, guests will have the pleasure of savouring an exquisitely curated six-course menu, thoughtfully prepared by the creative team. To complement this culinary journey, a premium selection of beverages are included within the ticket price.

This highly exclusive experience is available at $449 per person and has limited seats.

Find out more here.

Southport Sharks 2023

Celebrate Christmas at Southport Sharks this year with a sumptuous Seafood Buffet Lunch featuring fresh oysters and prawns alongside all your other traditional Christmas favourites. There is also the option to have a buffet breakfast too.


Adults – $145 | Seniors – $125 | Kids (8-12 Years) – $65 | Kids (4-7 Years) – $40 | Kids (3 Years & Under) – Free


Adults – $55 | Kids (8-12 Years) – $20 | Kids (4-7 Years) – $15 | Kids (3 Years & Under) – Free

Book here!

Miss Moneypenny’s | Broadbeach 2023

Enjoy the ultimate Christmas feast with all of the Christmas classics and festive trimmings…
Fresh seafood share platters, roast turkey and Miss Moneypenny’s incredible gingerbread trifle. Choose from two sittings to choose from: 11am-1pm and 2pm-4pm. The banquet includes:

  • Locally sourced seafood
  • Christmas banquet roasts with all the festive trimmings
  • Dessert with a twist. Gingerbread Trifle, Champagne jelly, eggnog and mascarpone cream and summer berries

Adults – $189 | Children (under 12 years) – $99

Go to the Miss Moneypenny’s website for all the details. 

Sea World Christmas Cruise | Surfers Paradise 2023

Christmas Lunch Gold Coast Seaworld Cruises
Seafood buffet

If you would rather get out and immersed into what the Gold Coast is all about, perhaps a Christmas day cruise on the water is what you are looking for. Departing from Sea World, the cruises will take you past magnificent homes, the glittering waters of the Gold Coast Broadwater, and Marina Mirage and the Palazzo Versace – Australia’s only “six-star” resort hotel.  Sea World Christmas Cruises offer a buffet spread with a variety of drinks available, sure does sound nice to us! There’s also a present available for the kids so the little ones can experience the wonder of Christmas. Gorgeous! A dinner cruise is also available 

Choose from two cruise options: early lunch from 10.30am-12.30pm and late lunch from 1pm – 3pm. The COVID-safe 2-hour buffet Christmas lunch includes:

  • Fresh local trawler prawns, oysters and mussels
  • Maple-baked hams and roasted chicken pieces
  • Caesar salad, garden salad and coleslaw
  • Fresh damper-style rolls
  • Christmas pavlovas with fresh fruits
  • Beverage package of locally brewed boutique beers, wines, champagne, soft drinks and juices
  • Presents for the kids

Adults (14 and over) – $199 | Children (3-13 years) – $99

Visit the website for bookings and more information or phone (07) 5539 9299.

Marriott Hotel & Spa | Surfers Paradise 2023

There are three dining options for a Gold Coast Christmas Lunch at the Marriott Hotel and Spa. 

Christmas Day Festive Feast at Chapter & Verse

Experience seasonal fresh local seafood plus a bottle of Champagne per couple

Chapter & Verse: $249 per guest

Christmas Day Lunch Seafood Buffet at Citrique

JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa will once again host the ultimate seafood indulgence for Christmas Day. Included is a festive seafood buffet lunch with lobsters, live cooking stations, a 3-hour premium beverage package including Champagne, live entertainment, face painting and a visit from Santa. Lunch takes place 12pm – 3pm.

Critique: Adults – $389 | Children (4 – 12 years) – $189 | Children 3 – 4 years – $69 | Children under 2 free

Dinner is also available: Choose between 5.30pm – 7.30pm or 8pm – 10pm.

Christmas Lunch in the JW Marriott Grand Ballroom

Celebrate Christmas Day with a festive seafood buffet lunch including live cooking stations, a three hour premium beverage package with Champagne, live entertainment, face painting and a visit from Santa.

Ballroom: Adults – $339 | Children (4 – 12 years) – $159 | Children under 2 free

For further details call 07 5592 9800 or find out more here

Imperial Hotel (formerly Palazzo Versace) | Broadwater 2023

Palazzo Versace Christmas Lunch
Christmas festive fun

Why not celebrate Christmas Day at the spectacular Imperial Hotel Gold Coast? Introducing a collection of festive curations specially crafted by the culinary team for you and your loved ones this Christmas.

Il Barocco Restaurant

Palazzo Versace Christmas Lunch Food
Christmas Lunch

Embrace the spirit of the season as you savour a lavish Christmas feast featuring an exquisite array of the freshest seafood, vibrant salads, succulent roast meats, holiday specialties with all the delectable fixings, and a delightful assortment of sweet treats. A three-hour beverage package complements this culinary extravaganza to enhance your Christmas Day experience. Lunch is served 12pm – 3pm.

Adults – $379 | Teens (13 – 17 years) – $289 | Children (4 – 12 years) – $189 | Children under 3 free

Find more information here. 

Sheraton Grand Mirage | Main Beach 2023 (Sold out)

Enjoy a truly magical family-friendly experience at Terraces Restaurant where you will be treated to a sumptuous seafood buffet lunch complete with all of your favourite festive trimmings. Stay amused with roving entertainment and a glass of sparkling wine on arrival for the adults, plus the kids can enjoy a visit from Santa and even receive a special gift.

Seafood experience: Adults & Teens – $299 | Children (5-12 years) – $145 – This event has sold out

Find out more here

Sofitel | Broadbeach 2023

Enjoy Christmas in the heart of Broadbeach. Join Sofitel Gold Coast Broadbeach to celebrate Art de Noël this festive season and experience Christmas joy with a French flair. Indulge in a sumptuous seafood and hot carvery buffet including all your favorite traditional trimmings. Plus live entertainment and a visit from jolly Santa making it a truly family-friendly magical experience! The family lunch is served 12pm – 3pm. 

$295 Adults | $225 13-17 years | $125 5-12 years | Complimentary 0-4 years

Find out more here

Christmas Lunch Gold Coast style!

Tempted to dine out for Christmas Day lunch this year? Which venue gets your top pick? Let us know in the comments! 

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There’s so much Christmas fun planned for the Gold Coast again this year. Get all the event details here.

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Janine Mergler

Janine Mergler is a veteran Queensland teacher, graduating from QUT with a BEd majoring in Social Sciences. After many years in the classroom, Janine moved on to academia. She has proudly trained new generations of teachers in her role as a lecturer at Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Education. She has also worked in the Queensland Government as an education specialist, developing education resources and delivering community awareness programs to help families conserve water. Currently she is the owner and editor of Families Magazine, a publication specifically targeted at parents who value a quality education for children.  Janine leads a team of professionals who write about family lifestyle, early childhood, schools and education information and family-friendly events.

9 thoughts on “Christmas Day Lunch on the Gold Coast for 2023”

  1. We are staying at Coomera , i would like to find a good restaurant with water veiws and maybe live music for xmas lunch , can you give me some suggestions.

  2. Does anyone know about how we can sign up to help on Christmas Day to help an organisation that serves Christmas Lunch to the homeless and those in need?
    Please can you post any information to advise me? 😊 No better place to be on Christmas Day than there with these beautiful people!


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