Christmas Day is rolling around fast, and if you haven’t started making plans now’s the time to do so. For those who’d prefer to skip the kitchen prep and clean-up altogether, there are still plenty of Christmas lunches you can attend and we’ve rounded up the best of them. But you better get in quick – tickets are selling fast.

The Ritz-Carlton, Perth
Overlooking Elizabeth Quay and the Perth city skyline, the Ritz-Carlton and its two venues – Songbird and Hearth – have cemented themselves as go-tos for special occasions. This Christmas, the Ritz-Carlton is hosting an extravagant buffet lunch in its Elizabeth Quay Ballroom, set to a backdrop of the Swan. There will be a carvery station serving up glazed Berkshire ham and sirloin beef while the buffet will include all the classics, from Coffin Bay oysters and Shark Bay prawns to Christmas pudding and passionfruit pavlova. Tickets are $295 ($115 for children aged three to 17) and include three hours of food, drinks and entertainment, including a visit from Santa.

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Victoria Park Hotel, Victoria Park
If you’re looking for a lunch on the casual side, the Victoria Park Hotel is your best bet. Here, Christmas lunch will be served buffet-style over two hours, accompanied by free-flowing tap beers, wines and soft drinks. You can expect to find macadamia-crusted turkey, chargrilled prawns, roast pork, slow-cooked lamb shoulder, Yorkshire puddings and more. A seat at the table will set you back $120 per adult and $49 per child.

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Post, Perth
After a recent refurbishment, the State Buildings’ Italian-inspired restaurant is back and better than ever. For Christmas, it’s going all out and hosting guests for both lunch and dinner sittings. While the lunch slots are all sold out, there are still a few tickets to dinner up for grabs ($165 for adults and $45 for children aged 11 and under). Expect four courses including a choice of veal carpaccio or Kingfish crudo to start, plus lobster and saffron rigatoni and a choice of organic roast porchetta, market fish or Arkady lamb short loin for the main event. Dessert is a nougat semifreddo served with roasted peaches and crostoli. The ticket price doesn’t include a drinks package, but the full wine list will be available. (There’s also a separate children’s menu.)

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Rockpool hamper
Strike a balance between outsourcing and home-prepping with a handy Christmas hamper from Neil Perry’s Rockpool. This year the team's bundling up a three-kilogram Bangalow smoked leg ham, a Valhrona chocolate and sour pudding, a bottle of Louis Roederer ‘Collection 242’, and a selection of glazes, anglaises and vinaigrettes. The essentials are all covered, so all you need to do is unpack, arrange, and toss a few side salads together. The hampers retail for $349 and can be pre-ordered online (before December 11). Just specify your pick-up date and time (they can be collected between December 20 and 24).

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North Street Store
Let the team behind North Street Store, Big Loaf Bakery, Little Loaf and People’s Cafeteria take the reins this Christmas – they’re cooking up all the classics, and then some, to take the pressure off you and yours. Choose between a whole or half porchetta (cooked or ready to cook), a roast chook with all the trimmings (including stuffing, gravy and even sambal), duck-fat potatoes, a family-sized lasagne and more (including plenty of salads and sides). For dessert, there’s fruit mince pies, apple crumble and a French-style “Christmas log”. Order online by December 21 for a Christmas Eve pick-up from one of their four stores.

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