As I mentioned above, eating out on Christmas night is a little less popular than lunchtime. Relative to lunchtime, many restaurants and cafes are closed for dinner on Christmas night, which leaves a much higher demand for those that are open.
Christmas lunches often have entertainment and visiting Santas. Dinners are generally just food.
Each year it changes, but you may find a few that have Santa and entertainment in the evening as well. This can be quite an important factor, if you are deciding between lunch or dinner on Christmas Day.
Whether you live in the Gold Coast or are just visiting over the Christmas and New Year holidays, planning where to have your Chrissie dinner, researching and booking EARLY helps avoid disappointment and stress!
Bookings are taken ahead of time and many offer buffets (traditional, hot and cold seafood or themed), a set menu or limited choices and usually an all inclusive price. Deposits or full payments are also often required.
Below you will find a selection of links to more information about each of the options. I research this topic myself, and pick out the main ones. This list is NOT exhaustive, there will be many I haven't listed.
You should find a good cross section and if they aren't what you are looking for, they will certainly give you ideas for other options.
I have not listed every single option, but a selection that best fit the criteria. You will find more information by scrolling down the page.
* Please Note - All prices quoted are approximate and may change. Please check with each venue before booking. Many venues require full payment on booking to secure your place. Check the specific terms and conditions when you book.
Disclaimer: I don't get paid to do this research, so if I have made a mistake or two, please forgive me and let me know so I can fix it up for the next person.
Happy Christmas dining!
As you can imagine it takes quite a bit of effort to update this page each year. I have done my best to find a selection of options. It isn't exhaustive, however should give you options & ideas. Enjoy....