While some of us might be eagerly plotting puddings, soaking fruitcakes and printing menus for the ultimate December feast, not everyone likes to be stuck in the kitchen, at the barbecue or in an apron on Christmas Day.

So if eating at home is off the menu, we’ve compiled a list of who’s doing lunch (and dinner) this Christmas. So breathe a sigh of relief and make a booking. Sure, you might still end up sitting next to awkward uncle Bob, but at least you won’t have to do the washing up when he’s gone. Merry Christmas!

The Woods at The Four Seasons
With Hamish Ingham at the helm of this new beauty for The Four Seasons Hotel, The Woods are offering a three-course lunch from noon to 3pm or three-course dinner from 6pm to 10pm. It’s called Christmas in The Woods and it’s $175pp with choices for each course. And you’re right at the Quay of you want a stroll around the Harbour after the meal.
199 George Street, Sydney
thewoodsrestaurant.com.au

Balla at The Star
It’s all happening at The Star this Christmas. Stefano Manfredi is putting on a four-course lunch for $110pp from noon to 4.30pm. There are choices for each course except for dessert, which is Italian panettone, but who could argue with that for Christmas?
The Star
80 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont

BLACK by ezard at The Star
Yep, The Star will be pumping on Christmas day and BLACK is part of the action with a five-course Christmas lunch by Teage Ezard happening from noon to 4.30pm at $125pp. How about some contemporary Australian grill this December 25?

Gowings Bar and Grill at QT Sydney
Creative food director Robert Marchetti and executive chef Paul Easson have put together a four-course Christmas lunch with a glass of French bubbly for $150pp. There’s free-range turkey (dark or white meat) on the menu, plus you get all the glamour and theatre of the new QT as part the bargain. And if you over do it with lunch, you can always book a room at the luxe new hotel.

Bathers’ Pavilion
Why not soak up some beachside atmosphere at Balmoral. Executive chef Serge Dansereau has a few dining options on offer: brunch in the restaurant at $125pp, a four-course lunch in the restaurant at $275pp, a three-course lunch in the café from $195pp, and finally, the fresh seafood buffet in the upstairs dining room and terrace at $210pp with a three-hour drinks package. And no matter where you sit, the view is spectacular.

Public Dining Room
At the other end of Balmoral beach, Public Dining Room is serving up lunch, but when we checked they were fully booked. Still, you might be able to get on the waiting list if a view of Balmoral Baths takes your fancy.

Din Tai Fung
Turkey not your thing? Then how about a break with Christmas tradition while you add some golden lava buns or pork dumplings to the menu? The dumpling restaurant isn’t open for lunch on Christmas Day, but they are doing dinner from 4.30pm to 9.30pm with the usual menu – plus maybe a few extras.

The Golden Century
Head into Haymarket for your Christmas seafood done Cantonese style at The Golden Century. Sure, it’s not prawns on the barbecue, but they’re doing lunch on Christmas Day and when it comes straight from the iconic tanks, it might just be better than peeling your own prawns.

PS – The Century
Younger sister The Century (back at The Star) is also open on Christmas Day, business as usual.