As I write this on the 1st of August, Christmas in July celebrations have just finished and it is now officially the second half of the year. "Whaaat?" I hear you cry. Where did that first half of the year go?
Now that we are heading into the latter half of the calendar, it is never too early to think about what you will be doing on Christmas Day. Are you planning on eating out this year? Perhaps last year you decided that you are sick of cooking and would prefer to eat out next Christmas, or maybe you are a couple and like the idea of eating out with other people. Whatever your reason for having someone else do the cooking on Christmas Day, there are options all around the city to choose from. Beware however - they book up fast - so get in early and secure your spot at these Christmas celebrations.
So book a table, sit back and then relax - your work here is done!
1/ The Boat House is a fine dining restaurant that is located at Grevillea Park, right on Lake Burley Griffin. You will be hard-pressed to find a more romantic or scenic restaurant in Canberra, with beautifully-created meals by Chef John Leverink and his team. Each year they host a Christmas Day Luncheon and all is welcome - go with your partner, friends or the whole family. There will be a 6 course degustation menu at a cost of $200 per adult and $90 per child (food only - drinks are separate). See here for details and booking.
2/ Hotel Kurrajong in Barton will be hosting a Christmas Day 3 Course Lunch with a hot carvery buffet including succulent roasted pork, honey-glazed ham and roasted turkey. There will also be a selection of seafood and a dessert buffet to finish the day. The price also includes a 3 hour beverage package from noon, which includes sparkling, white/ red wine, beer and soft drink. The cost is $199 per adult and $60 - $170 per child, depending on their age. Children 5 and under are free. See here for details and booking.
3/ Marble & Grain in Braddon will be once again offering a sumptuous Christmas Day Lunch, with a 5 five course menu and a glass of sparkling on arrival. The cost is $155 per person, plus booking fee. See here for details and booking.
4/ Atrium Bar & Restaurant at The Pavilion Hotel in Dickson will be hosting a 3 course Christmas Buffet Lunch and 2 hour beverage package at a cost of $159 per adult and $20 - $90 per child, depending on their age. Children 2 years and under are free. See here for details and booking.
5/ Rydges Capital Hill in Forrest will have a Christmas celebration for the whole family - with Santa arriving and giving out presents to the kids! There will be gourmet seafood and a Traditional Roast Buffet, as well as mouth-watering desserts. Lunch costs $170 per adult and children are $60 - $130, depending on their age. This includes a 3 hour drinks package with Australian draught beer, bottled house red, white and sparkling wine, soft drinks and juices. Children under 3 are free. See here for details and booking.
If you're on a budget, why not ask everyone in the group to bring a plate and have a picnic in the grounds of the National Arboretum (see here for gate opening and closing times), by Lake Burley Griffin or have a BBQ at Cotter Avenue on the Murrumbidgee River. Also check out Snapper on the Lake fish and chips (underneath the Yacht Club), as it has been open previous year's on Christmas Day and has a grassy area in the front of it for picnics.
One year my family went down to Queen Elizabeth Terrace to try out our new bikes and found that we had the whole area to ourselves - which was perfect while our daughter was learning how to ride her bike. So wherever you spend your Christmas Day, enjoy the festive day with your group of loved ones...and enjoy the ride!
Ride your bikes on Christmas Day - except without the crowds!