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Where to celebrate Christmas this year in Sydney

And just like that, it’s Christmas again. There’s sadly no way you’re going to be able to avoid the “I can’t believe it’s Christmas already” conversations or the “Where did the last year go?” rhetorical questions. So you may as well brave them in style at some of Sydney’s most sensational venues on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.


A Laneway Christmas at the Intercontinental

Discover the pinnacle of entertaining within the Laneway’s canopy of fairy lights, long run table with elegant festive theming and live entertainment inside the exclusive pop-up marquee.

Aptly named the ‘Degustation of Festive Wonderment,’ the Laneway dining event delivers a five-course menu by 117 dining – winners in the 2016 and 2017 World Luxury Restaurant Awards – a menu designed with its signature ethos of home-grown excellence and locally-sustainable produce.

Crafted exclusively for the festive season, the award-winning 117 dining presents special dishes for the occasion, including Kangaroo Tartare with Illawarra plum, macadamias, ice plant & miso mustard; Berkshire Porkbelly with bourbon, apple, parsnip and crispy skin, and the intense dark chocolate & yuzu mousse dessert. Each of the five courses is expertly paired with a matching Australian wine by the resident sommelier.

When: 8-9 December with more dates to come

Time: From 6.30pm

Price: $139 per adult

Bookings: Head to their website.

Manly Wharf Hotel in Manly

Manly Wharf Hotel

Manly Wharf Hotel brings back its ‘Orphan’s Christmas’ dinner for tourists away from home. Expect the traditional Australian Christmas with glazed ham, baked potatoes and Yorkshire pudding. Paired perfectly with a beer or glass of house wine. To top it off, Christmas pudding and custard is served. Soak up Australia’s holiday spirit with a feast set right on the jetty wharf. Local talents Cam Adams and Ollie Jennings play from 6pm

When: Christmas Eve, Sunday 24 December

Time: from 6pm

Price: $25 with a beer and house wine$10 extra for dessert

Bookings: 02 9977 1266, manlywharfhotel.com.au

Address: East Esplanade, Manly Wharf


Olio Kensington Street

Olio Kensington StreetChippendale’s favourite Italian venue will be holding a special Sicilian inspired Christmas Degustation running from 18-24 December for $118pp.

When: 18-24 December

Time: Dinner time

Price: $118 per person

Bookings: At the Olio website



Anason in Barangaroo 

Anason BarangarooAnason transports guests to Istanbul’s waterfront this Christmas with a seven-course lunch. Soak in the sun on Barangaroo’s harbourside with a selection of mezes and Turkish mains. Think dishes like charcoal octopus with broad fava beans, sumac and pickled onions; and half lamb shoulder with house pickles.

Price: $88pp for seven courses

Date: Monday 25 December

Time: 11:30am-3pm

Address: 5/23 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo

Bookings: anason.com.au

Efendy in Balmain

Efendy Balmain

Celebrate Christmas in Turkish style with a seven-course lunch at Efendy, Balmain. To start, dip mini pita breads seasoned with thyme, sumac and sesame butter into bright pomegranate humus. Mains include kadayif king prawns with walnut capsicum muhammara; and tandir style half lamb shoulder on a bed of tirit bread and curly peppers. Add paired Turkish wines for an all-round day of festive fun.

Price: $85pp for seven courses or $125pp with matching Turkish wines

Date: Monday 25 December

Time: 11:30am-3pm

Address: 79 Elliott Street, Balmain

Bookings: efendy.com.au

High tea with a taste of yuletide at the Intercontinental Sydney

Reimagined with seasonal specialties and festive flavours, The Cortile’s iconic High Tea and High Tea Buffet is welcoming all-new Christmas additions to the much-loved afternoon tradition. Conceptually lead by Head of Pastry Simon Veauvy, the High Tea three-tier stands, High Tea Buffet and High Coffee menus will welcome festive specialties, including traditional Christmas plum pudding with vanilla custard, gingerbread crème brulee and handmade gingerbread cookies, home-made fruit mince tarts, and a traditional Christmas log slice from origins in French patisserie.

Exclusively from 16 December to 26 December, the festive High Tea will be available within The Cortile – the iconic centre of InterContinental Sydney now transformed into an elegant Christmas wonderland surrounded by green, red and gold trimmings.

Price: $60 per adult, $30 per child

Date: 16-26 December

Time: High Tea Buffet on Saturday and Sunday: two seating times available – From 1pm to 2:30pm, or 3pm to 4:30pm.

Christmas Day High Tea Buffet: 1pm to 3pm, or 3:30pm to 5:30pm.

Bookings: Intercontinental Hotel Sydney 

12-Micron in Barangaroo

12 Micron Barangaroo

Sit back and enjoy Christmas Day at 12-Micron with a three-course share rotisserie-style lunch. Be treated to a glass of champagne on arrival before diving into your choice of an entree, main and dessert. Executive chef Justin Wise prepares dishes using fresh native and local produce including salmon cured in Four Pillars gin, Davidson’s plum, radish and grapes; roast beef, Yorkshire pudding and pepperberry gravy; and quandong and peach trifle.

Price: $155 for three-courses and a glass of champagne

Date: Monday 25 December

Times: 12pm and 2:30pm

Bookings: 12micron.com.au

Address: Tower 1, Level 2, 100 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo


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