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Things to do on Christmas Day in Brisbane City 2019

Maybe you're visiting Brisbane City on Christmas Day as a tourist, or just don't want to entertain the family at home this year – either way, the CBD has things to do, see and eat despite the major holiday.

Explore our parks, catch a Cat and take the stress out of Christmas Day entertaining as we have rounded up places and restaurants in Brisbane City that offer things to do or places to eat Christmas breakfast, lunch or dinner. 

Picnic in the Botanic Gardens

Pack a picnic and head to the City Botanic Gardens, also known as Brisbane's oldest park. Here you can find huge and ancient shady trees to lay out a rug and snack on your goodies surrounded by greenery or by the Brisbane River. Afterwards explore different areas of the gardens, which was originally planted by convicts in 1825. Nowadays expect to spot rainforest glades and exotic species throughout the park that runs the length of Alice St and edges the Brisbane River. 

Kookaburra Showboat Cruises

Kookaburra River Queens

Jump aboard the Queens of the river for a Christmas Day buffet cruise to remember. Enjoy a festive feast on these classic paddle steamer boats with food and drinks included and bonus views as you power along the river. At the breakfast buffet tuck into all your favourites - eggs, bacon, pastries - along with a scenic cruise. Or keep it more traditional with Christmas buffet lunch or dinner cruises including all the essentials and seafood – yes, there will be prawns!

Price: Breakfast and Brunch cruises $79 for adults, Lunch cruise from $159 for adults, Dinner cruise $139 for adults. Discounted rates for Seniors, Students and Children. 

Catch a CityCat

Feel the wind in your hair and see the City in a whole new light from the water. Stand up front for your Titanic moment and to see all the sights as you make your way around the CBD. Depending which way you travel, you may see the New Farm Riverwalk, the Story Bridge or South Bank. The City has two stops - Riverside (at Eagle St Pier) or North Quay near the Treasury Casino. Christmas Day will have reduced hours, so be sure to check the Translink website for timetable info.

Check out our giant Christmas Tree

Lighting of the Christmas tree in Brisbane City

Head to King George Square to have a gander at Brisbane City's 22-metre high Christmas Tree. She's a big one! From here wander around the CBD and admire the Christmas lights and decorations scattered in the CBD by night.  

Walk on water

If exploring the river by foot is more your style, then we have just the elevated pedestrian platform for you. The Brisbane Riverwalk connects the CBD to New Farm, and makes for an epic view of our fair city and its eponymous waterway. 

Roam and barbecue in the parkland

If you prefer to barbecue rather than have a picnic, take your raw goods over to the massive green space above Roma Street station. Here you can use free electric barbecues to cook up a feast while the kids run around the playgrounds in Roma Street Parkland. You can even indulge in a drink or two before 8pm, so long as you’re eating.

Restaurants for Christmas Feasting

Motion Bar & Grill, Marriott Hotel

Prepare your body for a Christmas seafood buffet. The Marriott is once again offering its legendary seafood buffet for Christmas. Expect oysters and prawns, and arrive hungry! If there's someone in the family that isn't a seafood fan – don't fear there will be a carving station to satisfy those cravings too. 

Price: TBC

Three Blue Ducks

Don't stress and overcook the turkey or pavlova – instead opt in for a relaxing Christmas lunch at Three Blue Ducks. The guys are offering a three-course menu with king prawns, oysters, maple-glazed ham, barbecued octopus, rainbow trout, porchetta and so much more. While you eat, staff will top up your glasses and there's even a menu for little ones.

Price: $250 per adults | $175 for teens aged 13-17 | $115 for children aged 3-12

Lennons Restaurant, Next Hotel

Lennons Bar

Located at the top of the Queen Street Mall, Lennons Restaurant & Bar at NEXT Hotel Brisbane is the perfect spot for a Christmas Day feast. Celebrate with family and friends with a three-course lunch or dinner. It includes a seafood sharing platter to start, Christmas-themed main and, of course, dessert. The meal includes a three-hour beverage package and there will be Christmas gifts for children.

Price: $129-149 per person | $89 teenagers 13-17 | $39 children

Black Fire

Turn your Christmas lunch into a Mediterranean feast at Black Fire. The restaurant uses seasonal and locally-sourced produce and will offer Christmas Day breakfast or lunch again. At lunch expect a three-course share menu of shared tapas, prosciutto, slow roasted suckling pork and lamb, plus dessert. Buy tickets here.

Price: Breakfast $35 per person, Lunch $80 per person

Persone

Let nonna put her feet up this year and instead enjoy in a four-course Italian feast at Persone. The set menu starts with antipasti followed by a fresh lobster entree, then roast porchetta with roast vegetables and salads, and last a Christmas-themed dessert. We hear that that Santa himself will be dropping in, along with Christmas carollers. 

Price: $185 per person | $115 children aged 12-17 yrs | $75 children aged 6-11yrs | Free 0-5yrs

Sake

Good news for those that enjoy the freedom of a la carte dining – Sake at Eagle Street Pier is open as usual with no fancy set menus or buffet. Book a table at this award-winning Japanese fusion restaurant and tuck into dishes uses top quality seasonal produce. If you hurry, Sake has a handful of private dining rooms you can book for your clan. 

Price: A la carte menu!

Walters Steakhouse

Take a step back in time and celebrate Christmas overlooking the lush green Brisbane City Botanical Gardens from Old Mineral House. Take a break from cooking and cleaning, instead enjoy Walter's old-fashion service. The share menu kicks off strong with oysters, king prawns, duck liver parfait and a Moreton Bay Bug salad. Following that is Walter's signature porterhouse steak and a turkey ballotine with the restaurants best sides. And lastly, key lime pie, warm pumpkin pie, lood orange trifle and NY cheesecake. Buy tickets here.

Price: $185 per person | $120 children aged 5-12 | Free 0-5yrs

Salon de Co, Ovolo Inchcolm

"Whether you’ve been naughty or nice,
I’m sure we don’t need to tell you twice,
A Hassle free Xmas at Ovolo,
Is worth any price."
Look, we're not going to argue with that. Let someone else do the hard work this silly season and dine on a three-course family feasting menu with a three-hour drinks package. From snapper ceviche and brioche stuffing to whole roasted chicken and suckling pig. Plus there's a gift for all (not just children!), bon bons and music.

Price: $189 per person

Jellyfish

Jellyfish

Enjoy a Queensland Christmas day by the Brisbane River with an epic seafood feast at Jellyfish Restaurant. Things kick off with shared starts – hello fresh king prawns, Pacific oysters, Moreton Bay bugs,, yellowfin tuna tacos and Hiramisa kingfish. Then everyone can choose a main – porchetta, turkey, coral trout, wagyu rump cap or lobster tagliolini – with a set of sides to share. Each person gets to select a dessert too – either passionfruit panna cotta, Christmas pudding, chocolate parfait or pavlova. 

Price: $180 per person | $25 per child (menu on request)

Cha Cha Char

Cha Cha Char

Overlooking the Story Bridge and Brisbane River, Cha Cha Char will be the family's favourite – especially if they love steak. 

Price:
TBC

Vintaged Bar and Grill, Hilton Hotel

Vintaged Bar and Grill has covered all of the Christmas classics with roast turkey, local seafood and decadent desserts included in its Christmas Day lunch. The seafood is shared to start, then you get a choice of main, and finally dessert is a buffet (hello sweet tooth!). Vintaged is also offering a breakfast buffet with summer fruits, fruit mince pies, panettone and pastries, plus Christmas ham, turkey breast, bacon, sausages and hash browns. Dinner is offered a la carte.

Price: $179 per person | $65 for under 14 year olds || Breakfast is $75 per adult | $35 per child aged 5-14

The Westin

Westin

Go big or go home with this Christmas extravaganza at Westin Brisbane. The fivestar hotel is turning the ballroom into a festive feast with an epic Christmas buffet lunch including all the trimmings. Feast on fresh local produce, seafood and desserts and enjoy a three-hour beverage package. There will be live entertainment, lucky door prizes and a visit from Santa himself. 

Price: $299 per person | $120 teenager | $65 children

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. 

Price: $69 per person | $39 per child aged 5-17 | Free under 4

Jimmy's On The Mall

Since 1982, Jimmy’s on the Mall has had its doors open 24/7 – yep, that means Christmas Day too. Make a reservation at this much-loved Brisbane icon and enjoy round-the-clock dining in the heart of Brisbane’s Queen Street Mall. 

Price: A la carte!

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