2023 has flown by, and now it's time for the best part of the Christmas season – all the festive treats that Sydney's cafes, bakeries, and distilleries have to offer. What better way to infuse our lives with that silly-season spirit than via piles of lamingtons, lovingly made panettones and luxe gift hampers packed with festive goodies perfecting for sharing (or scoffing solo).

Tokyo Lamington’s Christmas lamingtons

A former Black Star Pastry chef and the founder of N2 Gelato are putting a festive spin on the humble sponge cake with a range of nostalgic Christmas flavours. There’s a Christmas pudding lamington covered in spiced cookie crumbs, as well as a gluten-free gingerbread lamington filled with gingerbread cookies and cream. Plus, a candy cane lamington filled with peppermint chocolate mousse and yuzu fruit mince pies.

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Gelato Messina’s trifle
The gelato giant has released their annual “Christmas Coma” trifle, and it’s flying off the shelves like hotcakes. At the time of writing, only their Bondi location still has trifles available for pick-up. This year’s trifle features layers of strawberry and marsala jelly, vanilla chantilly cream, raspberry swiss rolls, vanilla custard gelato, blood peach sorbet, passionfruit gel, raspberry meringue and ganache-filled chocolate cherries. You’re going to want to save extra room for dessert with this one. Order online and select your pick up time for between December 21 and 24.

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Aplenty's Christmas hampers
A babka and panettone frankenstein, dubbed a “babkattone”, is the centrepiece of Aplenty’s Christmas hampers. Also included: a bottle of Aplenty negroni, pickle brine oyster mignonette, Calabrian chilli butter and an Aplenty tote. Babkattones can also be purchased individually.

Pre-order online for pick-up or delivery within 20 kilometres of Sydney’s CBD.

Three Hold Distilling’s Christmas Harvest Cherry Gin
This South Australian small-batch gin label has flavoured their limited edition Christmas gin with macerated sour Morello and sweet cherries. Using cherries harvested from Marble Hill Cherry Farm in Ashton, cassia and clove have been added to round out this gin. Mix it with tonic water, lime and mint for a refreshing summer cocktail.

Available to order online.

Pioik Bakery’s panettone
Panettone may not be everyone’s favourite dessert – but Pyrmont’s Pioik Bakery is hopeful its version, made using a 36-hour recipe, will change people’s minds. Every weekend until Christmas the bakery is turning out freshly baked moist and buttery batches of the traditional Christmas sweet bread, filled with plump raisins and candied orange, and topped with a sweet crust of almonds, cocoa husk and pearl sugar.

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Baked by Keiran’s hampers
Often Christmas shopping can be overwhelming, but edible gifts are always a winner, especially when they’re Baked by Keiran. Each hamper ($75) comes packed neatly in a box and includes the bakery’s soft and chewy gingerbread folk; crumbly fruit-mince pies; a boozy Christmas pudding; white chocolate truffles; a bag of Christmas granola; and white chocolate brownies with strawberry and pistachio. A black forest bombe Alaska is also available and will make for a fun table centrepiece.

Pre-orders can be made online and pick-up is available at Baked by Keiran’s Bondi, Dulwich Hill, Peakhurst and Sutherland locations.

Flour Drum’s Christmas range
Newtown’s Flour Drum is going all-in this festive season with the return of house-made Christmas treats created by chef and co-owner John Ageletos. There’s Christmas pudding, gingerbread fruit mince pies made using fruit soaked in brandy for more than 12 months, and a gingerbread Christmas tree.

Order online, by calling (02) 9565 2822 or visiting Flour Drum’s Newtown store which is open every day except Wednesday.

Baker Bleu's hampers
Baker Bleu’s got you covered for last-minute gifts for the foodies in your life with their Christmas hampers. Both bite-sized and deluxe hampers are available, each containing a range of Australian-made jams, honey, chocolate and crackers along with Baker Bleu tea towels and mugs. Each box also includes a Christmas recipe from chef Neil Perry. While you’re picking up your order, try out Baker Bleu’s fruit mince-filled Christmas croissants.

Available in-store or order for pick-up online.

Liquor Loot's advent calendars
The advent period is well and truly upon us, but Liquor Loot still has plenty of its spirits advent calendars available. Their range of whisky, gin, and mixed spirits calendars make for great gifts, featuring drops from local and global producers, along with a tasting notes booklet to guide you through each one.

Order the calendars online or find them at your local David Jones.

Sonoma Bakery's panettone
Each year, Sydney seaside fine diner Icebergs collaborates with Sonoma Bakery to create its panettone. This year’s recipe is a combination of milk chocolate, brandied cherries and almonds. Past flavours have included green ants and Davidson plum. Sonoma is also selling a “cronettone” – yep, that’s a mini panettone made from croissant dough. The flaky dough is swirled with classic flavours of candied fruits and dark chocolate throughout.
Panettones are available from December 7 to 24. Pre-order online for pick-up.

This article was originally published on December 8, 2020. It has been updated to reflect new information and remove out-of-date details.