Your laid-back guide to last-minute Christmas Day & New Years Eve in Brisbane - Visit Brisbane

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Your laid-back guide to last-minute Christmas Day & New Years Eve in Brisbane

Looking to amp-up the two best days of the year? And by amp-up, we mean let someone else do all the hard work, so you can sit back, relax and enjoy this wonderful time in the best city in the world? Well, you’ve come to the right place. No one loves this time of year more than us, and there is simply no better place than Brisbane to soak it all up.

While we know we Brisbanites are laid back, to avoid missing out on any of the recommendations below,  make sure you move fast to secure your spot! Check websites for latest times, prices and availability.

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CHRISTMAS DAY

It’s no secret, planning a feast for family and friends can be a huge stress. And after the year we’ve had, we think you deserve a treat. That’s why Brisbane’s best restaurants are throwing open their doors and welcoming you to delicious Christmas meals to suit every taste. See our top picks below, and prepare for a celebration to remember.

Kookaburra Cruises

Everything is better on a boat and Christmas is no different. Kookaburra Cruises is hosting the ultimate Christmas experience onboard their fleet this year. Pop on your best Christmas boat attire (hint - elastic!) and jump on for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner. No need for stress, with delicious food being prepared for you, so you can enjoy time with family and friends cruising on the beautiful Brisbane river.

Persone

Let Nonna put her feet up this year while everyone enjoys a four-course Italian feast at Persone. The set menu starts with antipasto followed by a fresh lobster entree, then roast porchetta with roast vegetables and salads. Just when you think you’ll burst, there’s a Christmas-themed dessert. Bellissimo!

Walters Steakhouse

Take a step back in time and celebrate Christmas overlooking the lush, green Brisbane City Botanical Gardens from Old Mineral House. Instead of slaving over a hot stove and cleaning up after, enjoy Walter's good, old-fashioned service. The share menu starts strongly with oysters, king prawns, duck liver parfait and a Moreton Bay Bug salad. Not to be outdone, the main event is Walter's signature porterhouse steak and a turkey ballotine with the restaurant's best sides. And if you’re not already sold, there’s key lime pie, warm pumpkin pie, blood orange trifle and NY cheesecake. Secure your spot.

Goldfinch, Pullman Brisbane

Christmas lunch is sold out (for good reason!) – but there's still space for dinner. Tuck into a three-course feast with beef tartare, roast turkey with pumpkin custard, barramundi, sirloin and, of course, dessert.

Sake

Give the turkey a break this Christmas, and celebrate with Japanese-fusion at Saké Restaurant & Bar, Eagle Street Pier. After a different kind of year, why not try something different for Christmas lunch with the al-a-carte menu on offer from 12-3pm, December 25th.

Olive & Angelo

Didn’t quite make it to Italy for a European Christmas? The team at Olive & Angelo will bring Italy to you for an absolute feast of a Christmas lunch. There’s an antipasto selection that only dreams are made of, followed by authentic Italian Christmas faves, oh and did someone say homemade tiramisu? You’ll find us in the garden-like haven in the heart of the CBD.

Gusto Da Gianni

Your mouth will start watering when you hear about the four-course Christmas lunch at Gusto Da Gianni, Hamilton’s favourite Italian. Options include classics like homemade ravioli with fresh burrata and asparagus cream, and a choice of blue eye cod, or soy marinated marble score wagyu. They’re just a couple of the highlights - see the other Christmas menu surprises on December 25.

Medley Kangaroo Point

Let the river breeze keep you cool this Christmas at Medley, Kangaroo Point. Sit riverside and indulge in their Christmas lunch menu of canapes on arrival and a lamb rack drizzled with fresh pomegranate. And because Christmas is for kids, there’s a special menu for them too.

Bavarian Eagle Street

The Bavarian is serving up Christmas, German style, swapping snow-capped mountains for the Brissie river. Head to one of Eagle Street Pier’s most bustling spots for a super-affordable Christmas feast. Open from 12-6pm, dine on a three course share style meal, two hours of drinks and even a round of festive schnapps for only $69 per person. Make sure you get a pretzel!

Naga Thai

Give yourself a delicious Christmas present - a full banquet at Naga Thai. What better way to get to know Eagle Street’s newest Thai restaurant, than sharing Christmas together? Feast on a six or seven course Thai-style banquet (yes, that’s right, six or seven courses!). Highlights of this epic one-day-only menu include; freshly shucked oysters, Thai style roast pork and a mango and coconut trifle. Let the food and cocktails flow while you soak in the river views and make Christmas memories to remember. 
 

NEW YEAR’S EVE

When you’ve finally recovered from your food coma after the Christmas festivities, you’ll be ready to dance 2020 away - oh, but where? It’s the same question every year that has everyone lost for answers. No last minute stress needed, we’ve got an unbeatable list of the ultimate New Year’s Eve celebrations. Forget 2020 ever happened, and take on 2021 with endless rounds of cocktails, a seafood station and five-course meals. Yep, we’re sold too!

Howard Smith Wharves

You can’t go wrong with a night at the trusty and trendy Howard Smith Wharves. With endless events on offer to keep your glasses filled until the clock strikes 12, you’ll be spoilt for choice under the sparkling lights of the Storey Bridge.

Sip signature cocktails all night at Mr Percivals, with a three-hour food and drinks package, including non-stop canapes (did someone say seafood station?!) to the sounds of some of Brisbane’s finest DJ’s to keep you dancing all night.

  • $249pp | 8pm-11pm

If an Italian-feast is more your style, Ciao Papi will give your night a stylish, European flavour. It’s an all-inclusive event, and arguably the best seat in the house.

  • $169pp | 4pm-7:30pm
  • $189pp | 8pm–11pm

If luxury is your thing, Stanley Restaurant has you covered. Share a five course Cantonese banquet and 3.5 hour premium beverage package with your closest friends. Then stay for the atmosphere with the DJ live on the deck from 8pm.

  • $299pp | 8pm-11:30pm

Finally, turn the 2020 vibe all the way up at the original Howard Smith Wharves venue, Felons Brewing Co. Bring in the new year with a four hour, all-inclusive package, including a celebration release beer - the Champagne Sour Beer - perfectly paired with oysters and rib-eye.

  • $149pp| 7pm-11pm 

Or head to sister venue, Felons Barrel Hall for more fun with plenty of food, drinks and entertainment to keep you rocking well after midnight.

Boom Boom Room Izakaya

Head underground to one of Brissie’s coolest new venues, Boom Boom Room Izakaya bar. The main attraction is the cocktail style Otsumani (Japanese snack menu) created by Head Chef Zac Sykes, paired with a five hour premium beverage package of champagne, cocktails, spirits and beer. Celebrate New Year’s Eve in style at your new fave bar.

  • $169 pp | 8pm-1am

Byblos

Welcome 2021 at one of Brisbane’s best riverside venues. Enjoy a five hour premium entertainment package including cocktails, spirits, beer and wine, substantial canapés and delicious snacks from their mezat menu. Stay on and dance the night away under the stars with live music and entertainment going into the new year! 

  • $189pp| 8pm-1am

Blackbird

The iconic Eagle Street venue, Blackbird is hosting a NYE bash no other. The ultimate five hour entertainment package includes free flowing Champagne, cocktails, spirits, beer and wine. Then there’s a substantial food menu with gourmet canapés and fresh seafood by Head Chef Anthony Donaldson, all overlooking the Story Bridge. Does it get any better? With three feature areas of live music, DJ’s and entertainment, it actually does!

  • $240pp| 8pm-1am

Donna Chang

Bring in 2021 with a Brisbane classic, Donna Chang restaurant. Tie a delicious bow on 2020 with a four-course banquet specially designed by Head Chef Lyndon Tyers. Or, if all-inclusive is your 2020 mood, indulge in their four-hour package of the four-course banquet with a premium beverage package and live entertainment.

  • $208pp| 8:30pm-12:30am

sAme sAme

The incredibly luxurious and delicious eatery, sAme sAme situated in The Calile Hotel has an unmissable banquet offering on the last day of 2020. See the year out in this pastel haven, with two sittings and a $79pp banquet cost.

  • $79pp (banquet only)| 5:30pm-8:30pm or 8:30pm onwards

Eagle Farm

Step into a world of elegance and style at Eagle Farm racecourse this New Year’s Eve, and see the year out under thousands of sparkling fairy lights.

With two premium packages to choose from, your night is sure to be one to remember. For the most luxurious experience, indulge in the Gold Package with four hours of Moet & Chandon Champagne and premium spirits, or enjoy the Silver Package with Chandon NV. Both options also include the best Australian wines and imported beers and non-alcoholic options. 

You won’t go hungry, with a generous menu of canapes, grazing stations and desserts to satisfy your sweet tooth. The likes of dry-aged meats and fine cheese, shucked Tasmanian oysters, sticky pork belly, spiced barramundi and milk chocolate and hazelnut profiteroles will accompany the champagne perfectly.

With DJ entertainment going all night long, and the midnight fireworks on the biggest screen in the southern hemisphere, you won’t want to be anywhere else to wave goodbye to 2020.

  • Silver package: $240pp| 8:15pm-12:30am (members $190)
  • Gold package: $340pp| 8:15pm-12:30am (members $290)

South Bank Beer Garden

Join the fun-crowd and give 2021 a warm welcome at the iconic South Bank Beer Garden. Take your celebrations to the next level with an exclusive NYE Package. The package includes a four and a half hour food and drinks package to keep your party vibes pumping from 7:30pm until midnight. Doors open at 6:30, don’t be late!

  • $149pp (banquet only)| 6:30pm - 12pm

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