As Christmas 2021 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:

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The Lagoon Seafood Restaurant
George Hanley Dr, North Wollongong

Treat yourself to a delicious 4 course lunch with a premium drinks package, including spirits!

Lagoon’s Christmas Day menu includes all of your favourites including; oysters, fresh prawns, smoked salmon, calamari and scallops as well as a choice from a selection of delicious mains and alternating desserts.

Finish off your day by letting the kids run around at Stuart Park afterwards or enjoy a stroll along the beach at North Wollongong.

2 Sittings are available for booking (11am till 1:30pm or 2:00 pm till 4:30pm). Jump on Lagoon’s website to make a booking!

The Daring Squire
3 Flinders St, Wollongong

The Christmas Day spread on offer from The Daring Squire is guaranteed to bring you joy this year! You’ll love their cold platters including seafood and antipasto delights, plus a hot carvery with all the trimmings and a selection of dessert options.

Gluten free and vegetarian options are available on request. Grab yourself a spot at the table by visiting their website.

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.

Get in early to express your interest by contacting:


Headlands Hotel, Austinmer
Headland Ave, Austinmer

A perfect meeting spot for family traveling down to the Illawarra from Sydney on Christmas Day. Headlands Hotel are planning something pretty special for you as you get together with people you weren’t able to spend time with for so much of 2021. This picturesque location is about as good as it gets – get your name on the waiting list now to be the first to know what’s on offer from the team at Headlands Hotel.
Email info@headlandshotel.com.au

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Novotel Northbeach
2-14 Cliff Rd, North Wollongong

The team at Novotel Northbeach have you covered for both lunch and dinner for Christmas 2021. They are offering both lunchtime and an evening events, both of which include their legendary seafood buffet. Choose seating on “The Deck” to enjoy the fresh air or take in the ocean views from an indoor table.

Catering to please the whole family plus children’s activities and even a visit from Santa! Packages include beer, wine and soft drink as well.

Lunch will run between 12:30pm – 3:30pm and the evening bookings from 6pm – 9pm.

For prices or more details, go to:

Lucia’s By The Sea
16 Cliff Rd, North Wollongong

Spending the day with the team at Lucia’s will feel like one bog extended family if you book their Christmas Day lunch package. Enjoy 4 hours of unlimited beer, wine and non-alcoholic drinks with a 4 course meal with Italian flair and the highest quality produce. Lucia’s chef has prepared a special menu for 25th December that steers away from the traditional festive flavours of carvery and Christmas pudding. If you’re sick to death of ham by the end of the week, why not enjoy balmain bug and beef wellington to break it up! Book your seat at the table by contacting Lucia’s By The Sea.

The Fraternity Club
11 Bourke St, Fairy Meadow

Make Christmas Day easy this year! The Fraternity Club is offering their Christmas lunch buffet with affordable prices for adults and discounted rates for children. There is also a special visit from Santa included, before he heads home to recover from his big night! The friendly and relaxed atmosphere at the Frat will mean less stress and more time for enjoying being all together again. Tickets are available by booking online.

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