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The Manly ferry service arriving at Manly Wharf.
Image courtesy of Destination NSW

If you are hoping to spend Christmas Day on the Northern Beaches, there are plenty of venues that will take care of the planning, organising and feasting stress. You will be able to sit back, relax and enjoy the festive vibe with your loved ones, and best of all, there is no washing up afterwards!  There is nothing more Australian than celebrating Christmas Day with a delicious lunch beside the beach.

This year it will be a bit different with Covid-19 restrictions in place, numbers will be limited and bookings will be essential. We have created a list of the places in Manly and surrounding suburbs where you can celebrate Christmas day with family and friends. Get in quick, so as not to miss out!

We will be continually updating the venues as more information is released.


Begin the day bright and early with a Christmas Day breakfast and ocean views at Bluewater Cafe.  Lunch and dinner will be served from 12pm to 8pm.

What is the Cost?

Christmas Day breakfast from 6.30am until 11.30am

Adult –from $28

Child – $20

Christmas Day lunch or dinner

Adult – $100

Child (under 12) – $45

How to Book?

Contact 02 9976 2051 for all bookings and enquiries

Dee Why RSL – Booked out

Unfortunately Dee Why RSL is already booked out, however, their Gaming and Bistro bars will be open to the public to purchase drinks only.

Fratelli Fresh – Manly

Fratelli Fresh Manly is open just across the road from Manly Wharf for a 4-course share-style Christmas Day lunch – served Italian style with a festive atmosphere and a Limoncello on arrival!

What is the Cost?

Adult – $89

Child $29

Optional extras

2 hour drinks package $39 per person

How to Book?

Book online at

Harbord Diggers

Harbord Diggers is open for Christmas Day with some restaurants offering bookings for set lunches. If you are looking for an Italian inspired menu with an emphasis on seafood, head to AcquaFresca by Pilu and indulge in their four-course sharing menu.

What is the Cost?

AcquaFresca by Pilu

Adult – $150

Child (under 12) – $65

How to Book?

AcquaFresca by Pilu – call direct (02) 90718681 or online at

Novotel Manly Pacific – Booked out

Celebrate Christmas Day along the beachfront at Novotel Manly Pacific and will be held from 12pm. You can seafood table platters including lobster, prawns, crab, Morton bay bugs, traditional roast, drinks and more. You can also expect Santa to make an appearance.

What is the Cost?

Adult – $240

Child (5-12) – $100

Infant (0-4) – Free

How to Book?

Contact 02 8966 7171 or email

Pasadena – Booked out

Celebrate your Christmas Day Lunch overlooking the picturesque Pittwater at Pasadena in Church Point.

Expect to enjoy a delicious five course seafood feast with French bubbles on arrival. You can upgrade to enjoy an unlimited drinks package.

What is the Cost?

Adult – $160

Child (under 12) – $50

Optional 2.5 hour beverage package-  $55

How to Book?

Book online at or contact (02) 8998 7810 for all bookings and enquiries

Pilu at Freshwater – Booked out

Enjoy a delicious gourmet 4 course Sardinian style Christmas lunch at Pilu at Freshwater. The festive menu combines delicious seafood, pasta and beef with shared entrees and sides in a fantastic location at Freshwater Beach.

What is the Cost?

Adult – $290

Child (under 12) – $90

How to Book?

Contact (02) 9938 3331 or for all bookings and enquiries

Q Station – Booked out

At Q station you can celebrate a unique Aussie Christmas whilst overlooking Quarantine Beach and Sydney harbour. Choose from either a 6-course degustation lunch at the Boilerhouse Kitchen & Bar or a family seafood lunch in the Governor Bourke Ballroom.

What is the Cost?

Boilerhouse – 6 course degustation

Adult (18+) – $220

Teen (13-17) – $180

Child (9-12) – $155

Governor Bourke Ballroom – Family Seafood Buffet

Adult (18+) – $200

Teen (13-17) – $160

Child (5-12) – $90

Infant (1-4) – $35

How to Book?

Contact 02 9466 1500 or for all bookings and enquiries.

The Bavarian

Enjoy a German flavoured Christmas lunch with festive schnapps at the Bavarian in a stunning location overlooking the waters of Manly Cove. You can indulge in a 3-course share-style Christmas feast, including refreshing cocktails, select beers, wine and ciders.

What is the Cost?

Adult – $69 per person

How to Book?

Book online at

Taronga Zoo

Taronga Zoo never closes! All tours, talks and enclosures are operating as usual. It is also a special day for the animals who are given enrichment presents such as Christmas tree shaped ice blocks.

Pack up a special picnic hamper and enjoy a relaxing day discovering the animals, the great harbour views and Taronga’s beautiful bushland setting!

What is the Cost?

Adult – $44.10

Child (4-15) – $26.10

Concession- $35.10

Infant (0-3) – Free

How to Book?

Book online on

Manly Beaches

Christmas Day is generally warm and sunny, making it the perfect day for a swim at the beach. For a beach barbeque lunch, bring your own picnic and cook up a storm on one of the free electric barbeques located at various beach locations such as Shelly Beach, Little Manly, Forty Baskets, Clontarf Reserve, to name a few.

What is the Cost?


Whitewater Manly

Christmas at Whitewater will be a day to remember with a festive handcrafted three-course meal featuring fresh seafood, premium steaks and champagne, paired with a stunning beachfront location. They will have two sittings – 11:30am and 2:30pm.

What is the Cost?

Adult – $130

Child (under 12) – $65

How to Book?

Contact (02) 9977 0322 or for all bookings and enquiries