Some people thrill at the Christmas Day challenge – prepping and planning a meal for their family and friends, laying out the table just so and making sure everyone has a bonbon (those people should head here). But not everyone has time for such an involved affair (not mention all the washing up). Thankfully there’s plenty of businesses who’ll take Christmas lunch or dinner off your hands. From restaurant-made finish-at-home meals to Italian feasts on Sydney Harbour and a box of 20 pre-prepped dishes, here’s how to outsource Christmas lunch to make it a breeze.

Lighten your load with a hamper from Chiswick or Loulou
Woollahra garden restaurant Chiswick is all about using top produce well – and its Christmas hamper is no different. It comes with barra-masalata with vegetable crisps, prosciutto and house-made preserves, 500 grams of sliced glazed ham, plus ocean trout gravlax and Christmas pudding. Toss some salads into the mix and you’ve got yourself Christmas lunch. Order before December 23 for pick up on Christmas Eve.

Loulou, known for its classic French fare, is also doing a Christmas hamper to feed up to eight people. It features brioche, Yamba prawns, slow cooked lamb shoulder, potato gratin, and a black forest bûche de Noël to top it all off. Order online by December 19 for pick-up on December 23, 24, or 25.

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Share a Japanese feast at Sokyo
It’s tradition in Japan to order and share a bucket of chicken from KFC on Christmas Day. But Japanese fine diner Sokyo isn’t embracing that particular ritual. Instead, it’s offering an a la carte menu – a rare find in a sea of restaurants doing only set menus on Christmas Day. Dig into a sashimi platter, Kurobuta pork belly with apple wasabi, the eatery’s famous miso-glazed toothfish, and more in sleek surrounds.

Celebrate an Italian-style Christmas at A’Mare
Get a little taste of an Italian Christmas on the Barangaroo waterfront with A’Mare’s celebratory five-course lunch. Join your nearest and dearest for a meal of wild north Atlantic scallops with nduja and bottarga, wagyu beef croquettes with caviar, spaghettoni with live steamed mudcrab, and grilled wagyu tri tip. Finish it all off with some home-made gelato.

Assemble a feast with a hand from Sean Connolly
QT Sydney’s creative director of food and beverage Sean Connolly, and executive chef James Kidman have done the hard yards for your family Christmas this year with a box of 20 dishes to serve up to six people. Though they require a little at-home assembly, most of the dirty work has already been done for you. Start with sourdough with Pepe Saya butter, cured meats, before heading into a seafood selection that includes oysters mignonette, whole smoked trout and steamed tiger prawns. The hot portion of the meal includes roast chicken with rosemary and gravy and wagyu beef rib eye, as well as sides like roasted butternut pumpkin with labneh, pomegranate and mint. Top it all off with desserts like pudding with brandy custard, summer berry tiramisu, and mince pies. Phew. Order before December 21 for pick-up on December 23 or 24.

This article was originally published on December 15, 2022. It has been updated to reflect new information and remove out-of-date details.