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Where can we go for an evening meal on Christmas night

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Where can we go for an evening meal on Christmas night

Does anyone have any suggestions on where to have a meal on Christmas night - we will only be arriving around lunch time on Christmas day - will have a 5 year old with us.

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1. Re: Where can we go for an evening meal on Christmas night

Christmas dinner traditionally isn't as big as Christmas Day lunch, so you won't be rushed to book anything in advance. Where are you staying?

North Mackay...
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2. Re: Where can we go for an evening meal on Christmas night

Melbourne,

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3. Re: Where can we go for an evening meal on Christmas night

Ah ok.

We already gathered it was Melbourne - as you posted in the Melbourne forum - what I meant was whereabouts in Melbourne. Have you chosen a hotel yet?

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4. Re: Where can we go for an evening meal on Christmas night

Please also provide us with a budget, everything McDonalds to fine dining restaurants will be open

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5. Re: Where can we go for an evening meal on Christmas night

@ Ktsnowowl - I haven't been to the city on Christmas Day for dinner. Are you certain everything will be open as I thought many of restaurants are closed?

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6. Re: Where can we go for an evening meal on Christmas night

Yes lots are closed but you will find many will be open for dinner as it's peak holiday time for viistors in Melbourne and whilst Australia is a country that celebrates Christmas, there are millions of people who live here that do not.

First and foremost, all hotels will have their restaurants open so you have plenty of choice there. Some will offer their usual restaurant a la carte menu, whilst some also open their ballrooms and you pay a flat fee for a traditional Christmas dinner. And of course, just because you are not staying at a hotel does not mean you cannot dine there.

You then have the Crown Casino complex which only closes between 4am and midday on Christmas Day. I worked as a Casino dealer for 5 years so trust me when I tell you that place is pumping on Christmas Day because so many people want somewhere to eat! Once there you have your choice of anything from the food courts up to something like Silks or Number 8.

There are also quite a few places in Chinatown open and certain restaurants also open and generally offer a set menu. Pubs often open later in the day as well so you can meet up with or escape from your relatives as the case may be!

Finally, there is also the option of buying food on Christmas Eve (i.e. BBQ chicken, premade salad, bread rolls, dessert etc) and taking it to one of the city parks (Flagstaff Gardens, Treasury Gardens, Exhibition Gardens, Botanical Gardens) or the beach (St Kilda or Williamstown) or the banks of the Yarra, where you can also utilise on the BBQs.

As it is becoming more common in Melbourne to go out for Christmas because it saves the days of cooking, preparing and more to the point, you don't have all your relatives abandon you when it comes time to do the dishes, the OP will not have a problem finding somewhere to eat.

However having an idea of budget will be very helpful, as dining out on Christmas day is not often cheap and what is much harder than finding somewhere to go, is finding somewhere that will provide a good meal without charging you lots simply because it is Christmas Day.

Edited: 7:56 pm, September 29, 2013
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7. Re: Where can we go for an evening meal on Christmas night

Do we have names of hotels that actually does Christmas dinner as an 'event'?

I've heard this over and over, but only get generic answers, or the suggestion is an assumption based on the fact that they've been for lunch, so they guess its open for Christmas dinner. Yes all the restaurants are open, but they aren't open as an 'in demand event'.

It might be special thing in Melbourne, but its like a ghost town Christmas night in Sydney.

Must look into this because it gets asked often.

Edited: 8:11 pm, September 29, 2013
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8. Re: Where can we go for an evening meal on Christmas night

My experience of Melbourne in the past few years has been in line with what KVE states.

Places are open for special pre-booked Christmas Lunch (usually very expensive) but more and more restaurants are closed at night because of the high cost of staff.

I avoid the Casino precinct, so can't speak personally, but I'm sure Ktsnowowl is correct - it probably is very busy.

The one area which I know is open for business is Chinatown (Little Bourke St) - you'll have no trouble eating there. Also, all the Vietnamese restaurants in Victoria Rd Richmond are open.

The one area which is rather ghostly is the Lygon St precinct. Only the places that cater mainly to tourists are open.

Expect to pay at least a 10% Holiday surcharge on your bill.

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9. Re: Where can we go for an evening meal on Christmas night

Thank you all for the extra info. It's good to know that there are alternate options to my family making a mess of my house each Christmas! We stay in for Christmas but I'm now wondering if the shops & restaurants are open on Christmas day in places like Phillip Island. We go to PI on Boxing Day & everything is in full swing but now I'm curious about Christmas Day....

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10. Re: Where can we go for an evening meal on Christmas night

>>>It's good to know that there are alternate options to my family making a mess of my house each Christmas<<<

Yes but just like most things in life, it comes at a cost :) As an 'occasional' thing, absolutely.

At anything between $70-100 per head, say for ten people, that's alot of fresh ingredients and bubbles you could self cater. And although the house is a mess, isn't half the fun indulging in the Christmas lunch leftovers?