As Christmas 2018 draws closer, so does the debate over who will be hosting the family gatherings this year. If the idea of skipping the washing up completely appeals to you, why not book in to one of the Illawarra’s fabulous establishments that are offering a Christmas Day menu.

There are a number of restaurants opening on Christmas Day in the Illawarra with dedicated teams of staff that are forgoing their own family celebrations in order to make yours memorable. Forget the food prep, the washing up and the seating arrangements – by booking a table at one of these cracking local restaurant open on Christmas Day, you get to enjoy lunch with the people you love with none of the stress!

Here are a few of the local legends who are putting on a spread this year:

Steamers Bar and Grill
1 Marine Dr, Wollongong

Overlooking beautiful City Beach and Flagstaff Hill, Steamers Bar and Grill are passionate about using seasonal, locally sourced produce. A great deal of the ingredients they use are cultivated at their own organic farm located in Jamberoo giving a real “farm to fork” experience for diners. Christmas Day at Steamers Bar and Grill caters for the whole family with face painting and a visit from Santa also on the menu! Steamers have a sensational Christmas Day package available:

When: 12 – 3pm
What: 7 course festive menu with inclusive beverage package
Price: Adults $145pp Children $70

Table 426
426 Princes Highway, Corrimal

The award winning mother/daughter team at Table 426 have a beautiful day planned for you this Christmas. Their special festive menu includes seafood, meat and vegetarian options and they are offering two different seatings to make it as hassle free for the whole family to get together. This is an event not to be missed, so get in quickly to book before December 1st!

 When: 11am and 2:30pm seatings available
What: Three course menu plus breads
Price: $85pp adults, $55 12-16yr olds, $35 children under 12
Ph: (02) 4283 1964

Altitude 1148
Southern Gateway Centre, Princes Motorway, Bulli Tops

Take in the breathtaking views from the top of the escarpment at Altitude 1148 while someone else does the cooking and the cleaning up. With an outlook that rivals anything you’ll see across the globe, you can sit back and appreciate just how lucky we are to live in the Illawarra this Christmas Day. Altitude 1148 are offering:

When: 12 – 3pm
What: 3 course set menu
Price: Adults $110pp, Kids menu $35 (includes main and ice-cream)
Ph: 4267 5443

Harbourfront Restaurant
2 Endeavour Drive, Wollongong Harbour

With its’ prime position in Wollongong Harbour, Harbourfront is well known as a fantastic venue for functions. Pair your family get together with a stroll along the Blue Mile walk way and let the kids play at the harbourside park. Get in quick to secure a booking!

When: 12-4pm
What: 4 course menu with breads and inclusive drinks package
Price: Adults $165 pp, Kids over 12 $100pp, under 12 yrs $70pp
(Full pre-payment due by 10th December)

Lagoon Seafood Restaurant
Stuart Park, George Hanley Dr
North Wollongong

The multi award winning Lagoon Seafood Restaurant is recognised as one of the Illawarra’s premier dining establishments. Spoil yourself this Christmas Day with a special menu featuring a version of Lagoon’s famous seafood platters.

When: 11-3pm
What: 4 course menu and inclusive drinks package
Price: Adults $165pp plus special prices for children
Ph: 4266 1677

Central Hotel Shellharbour
3 Memorial Dr, Shellharbour

Cheers to the crew at Central Hotel for putting on a delicious Christmas spread on December 25th.  Their special lunch menu includes all the Christmas day favourites and a visit from Santa.  As well as being an affordable option for Christmas Day, Central Hotel is a family friendly venue with a play area downstairs. Call them to book your table, then kick back and relax!

When: 11:30am – 3pm
What: 3 course lunch
Price: $85pp
Ph: 4296 6619

Novotel Northbeach
2-14 Cliff Rd, North Wollongong

The team at Novotel Northbeach have you covered for both lunch and dinner for Christmas 2018. They are offering two lunchtime events and an evening dinner in Windjammers restaurant, all of which include their legendary seafood buffet. Catering for the whole family, there are activities such as face painting and visits from Santa planned.

Check out the different Christmas day packages available here:


If you’re thinking of eating out this Christmas Day, you need to get in quickly. Other Illawarra establishments including the Headlands Hotel at Austinmer have already sold out and most require a deposit to be paid to secure your booking.