Christmas in the Blue Mountains: What to eat & where to stay

Christmas in the Blue Mountains is a fantastic idea! If you are visiting Sydney or don’t have a big family to celebrate with a Christmas getaway to the mountains is a great way to make the holiday special. We have pulled together the best places to eat, stay and play during the festive season to help convince you! We have stayed at several of the places we have included although not for Christmas but can voucher for their hospitality and comfort.

The Blue Mountains region, known for its stunning scenery and cosy ambiance, is a perfect place to indulge in festive dining.

Here are some top spots where you can savour delicious meals this Christmas season:

If you are planning on being in the mountains for Christmas, I would not hold off on your decision on where to eat for too long. Bookings are going quickly with some venues like the Fairmont Resort and Victoria and Albert Guest House already sold out for Christmas lunch.

Jamisons View Restaurant – Mountain Heritage Hotel

Hotel Mountain Heritage, one of the original grand hotels of the region will host a six-course dinner on Christmas Eve.

Enjoy a traditional Christmas feast that will feature orange bourbon glazed ham off the bone with all the Christmas trimmings. There will also be herb crusted lamb rack and plum pudding. A full vegan menu is also available.

Christmas Day will also include a visit from Santa and live festive entertainment.

Where: 6 Apex St, Katoomba
Menu l Bookings or phone 02 4782 2155
Cost: Adults $169-249 Children under 12 years $49

Darley’s at Lilianfels

Get ready for an enchanting Christmas Eve at Darley’s Restaurant, a Two Chef Hatted gem nestled in the historic and elegant Lilianfels.

Christmas at Lllianfels. Photo: David Hill, Deep Hill Media.
Christmas at Lillianfels. Photo: David Hill, Deep Hill Media.

A degustation will feature five courses, with traditional Christmas mains, seafood and

  • Sparkling Welcome: Kick off the evening with a complimentary glass of sparkling wine.
  • 5-Course Dinner: Our team of talented chefs has whipped up a special 5-course Christmas Eve degustation dinner. Expect traditional Christmas mains with all the trimmings, a selection of seafood, and mouth-watering desserts.

Where: 5-19 Lilianfels Ave, Katoomba
Menu l Bookings or phone 612 4780 1200
Cost: Xmas Eve – Adults $269 Adults, $199 teenagers and $89 Children 4-12 years

Echoes Restaurant

Christmas Eve Dinner

Celebrate the magic of Christmas with a captivating dining experience at the Chef Hatted Echoes Restaurant. This Christmas Eve, treat yourself and your loved ones to a special 3-course festive dinner crafted to tantalise your taste buds and elevate your holiday spirit.

Your evening will begin with a welcoming glass of sparkling wine, setting the tone for the enchanting night ahead. The chefs at Echoes have skilfully crafted a special 3-course festive menu that perfectly balances tradition with culinary innovation. Soft drinks and tea/coffee are included.

Christmas Lunch

Your Christmas lunch is a 5 course degustation (menu) with beef, seared tuna, duck breast, Yamba prawns and two desserts!

Enjoy culinary delights, festive cheer, and breathtaking scenery.

They are also offering a Christmas dinner on the 25 December

Where: 3 Lilianfels Avenue, Katoomba
Menu l Bookings or phone 61 2 4782 1966
Cost: Xmas Eve – Adults $149 Adults, $139 teenagers and $89 Children 4-12 years
Christmas Day $249 per adult, $179 per teenager (13 – 17 years) $89.00 per child

Hydro Majestic Christmas Celebration at Wintergarden Restaurant

Get ready to jazz up your Christmas at the Hydro Majestic! The Wintergarden Restaurant, with its awesome Chef Hatted status and killer views of the Megalong Valley, is throwing a Christmas lunch you won’t forget.

Christmas at The Hydro Majestic. Photo: David Hill, Deep Hill Media.
Christmas at The Hydro Majestic. Photo: David Hill, Deep Hill Media.

Your Christmas 3-Tier Lunch will feature a blend of traditional Christmas favorites, seafood, and delightful culinary surprises and includes a 3-hour standard beverage package.

Where: 52/88 Great Western Hwy, Medlow Bath
Menu & Bookings or phone (02) 4782 6885
Cost: Adults: $299, Teenagers (13-17 years): $199, Children (4-12 years): $89

The Lookout Katoomba

Just steps from the Three Sisters The Lookout is a great choice for a casual but stylish celebration with a breathtaking Blue Mountains view.

What’s on the Menu?

  • Kick Off with Bubbles: enjoy a glass of sparkling to get the festive vibes rolling.
  • Cheese & Charcuterie Station: Dig into Christmas ham, salami, beef pastrami, and more, paired with triple brie, aged cheddar, and goat cheese. Don’t forget the house-made preserves and a variety of breads and crackers.
  • Vegetarian Sharing Platters: Veggie lovers, we’ve got you covered! Enjoy Eggplant Parmigiana Lasagna, Roasted Butternut Pumpkin with goat cheese, and a delish Mushroom Risotto.
  • Meat & Seafood Sharing Platters: Feast on a Chilled Seafood Platter, Honey Glazed Turkey, Crisp Pork Belly, Beef Brisket, and more.
  • Sides: Roasted Root Veggies, classic potato salad, and other sides to complement your meal.
  • Sweet Indulgence: End on a high note with mini cupcakes, crème brulee, panettone pudding, mince pies, and peach pavlova.

Bookings from 12-3pm.

Where: 33 Echo Point Rd, Katoomba 
Menu l Bookings or phone (02) 4782 1299
Cost: Adults: $190, Children (7-12 years): $100, Children under 7 years $40

Katoomba RSL

Enjoy a 2 course buffet at an affordable price at Katoomba RSL

On the menu are all the Xmas favourites, including leg ham, fresh prawns, turkey, roast pork and all your favourite Christmas desserts including pavlova, pudding, fresh fruit and more. All accompanied by lots of fresh salads and vegetables.

Book soon to avoid disappointment!

Where:  86 Lurline St, Katoomba
Menu l Bookings or phone (02) 4782 2624
Cost: Adults: $100, Children (7-12 years): $50, Children under 7 years $40

Christmas High Tea

If you are in the mountains before Christmas don’t miss the chance to enjoy high tea at Bygone Beauties.

Christmas decorations at Bygone Beauties.
One of the beautifully decorated rooms at Bygones Beauties

A Devonshire tea or full English high tea is available and of course you can explore the stunning teapot collection while you are there.

When: Thursday – Sunday 10am-5pm (Closed public holidays)
Where: Cnr Grose & Megalong Streets, Leura
Entry Cost: $5 redeemable on any food purchased

Metropole Guesthouse

Equeva Group has a fantastic deal that includes two nights accommodation, two with daily hot breakfast, a 3-course Christmas Eve dinner, and a 3-course Christmas Day lunch at their properties in Katoomba.

Metropole Guest House in Katoomba decorated for Christmas

The 1930s Metropole Guest House is perfect for travellers arriving by train, with its location directly across the road from Katoomba Station.

Priced at just $599 per couple, you will enjoy a wonderful old-fashioned Christmas with all the trimmings.

Christmas at the Metropole
Christmas at the Metropole

Where: 224 Katoomba St Katoomba
Menu l Bookings or phone 61 2 47 82 16 266
Cost: $599 per couple all inclusive – Book using code XMAS2023

The Blue Mountains offer a magical setting for a memorable Christmas. Whether you’re looking for a festive meal or a complete holiday package, these options ensure you’ll have a delightful experience. Happy holidays!

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