For many families, Christmas is a time of bliss and joy…as well as stress.

Sometimes just thinking about spending days planning ahead and whipping up a festive feast to feed fam and friends already has us sweating and panicking.

But in truth, Christmas is really the time to be merry, so give some yourself some mercy. Here, we’ve curated a list of where to best enjoy Christmas dinner with your loved ones. Let’s wine and dine away to another happy year to come.

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Goji Kitchen + Bar – Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park

For a never-fail international buffet, you know Goji Kitchen + Bar is the place to be. This Christmas, the stellar buffet house will churn out a repertoire of multi-cuisine delicacies along with mouth-walloping festive items like honey-glazed ham, roast turkey, Christmas pudding, yule log, gingerbread, berry pavlova, salted caramel cookies, fruitcake, and more. The Christmas Eve Dinner is priced at THB ‫ per person and Christmas Day Lunch is priced at THB 2,128++ per person.

When: 24-25 December

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JHOL

For a scrumptiously spice-packed Christmas dinner, head over to JHOL for the special “Goan Christmas” menu (THB 1,499++ per person), that comes with a succulent spread of dishes like Grilled Tiger Prawns, Seafood Caldeirada, Spicy Sausage Pulao, Sticky Date Pudding, and more. A selection of beer, gin, cocktails, and even free-flow champagne packages are also available, so you can go all out.

When: dinner on 24 December, lunch & dinner on 25-26 December.

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The Sukhothai Bangkok

For a homey dinner that actually happens outside of your kitchen, march over to The Sukhothai Bangkok and relish in the terrific meals over at any of the four of their restaurants: La Scala, Colonnade, Celadon, and the Club Lounge. Whether you want Italian, Thai, or a chocolate-packed buffet for Christmas, the hotel has a variety of fare for you to choose from ­– all with a cosy, home-like feels. For full details on dates, menus, and prices, click here.

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Mia

For a shortcut to Christmas heaven, the Rooms Christmas Tasting Menu (THB 3,650++) at Mia should be your move. The festive set is studded with stellar fare like Pumpkin Sourdough Brioche, Pan-seared Hokkaido Scallop, Kombu-cured Hake, Roasted Turkey Breast, Salt-baked Venison, and more.

When: 24-26 December

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80/20

For star-studded contemporary Thai cuisine, tuck into a selection of 80/20’s most beloved dishes in a la carte style to cap off 2020. Highlights include Khao Yum, Grilled Pork Chop, Grilled Bavette Steak, Coconut Ash Ice Cream, and more.

When: now until 3 January.

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L’OLIVA Bangkok

This Christmas, bask in the spirit of an Italian Christmas at L’OLIVA Bangkok. The homey restaurant with its ‘Buon Natale’ Christmas Menu (THB 2,200++ per person) features a sharing set packed with Abruzzo-style fare such as: Tortini di Scrippelle (Baked crepe pie with porcini mushrooms and fontina cheese), Cotechino su Vellutata di lenticchie e Fagioli (Italian Christmas pork sausage on lentil cream & beans), Panettone con Crema di Mascarpone, and more.

When: 25-27 December. Pre-booking a week in advance is advised.

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VIVIN Grocery

With a new “Grocerant” concept (dine-in grocery), VIVIN Grocery offers up an array of drool-inducing dishes crafted from their pristine products sold at the shop. This season, the venue will serve up a 4-course French-Thai Festive Menu (THB 1,590 net) comprising of dishes like their signature Foie Gras & Artisanal Sourdough Pistole Bread, Hay-smoked Thai Duck Breast, and Log Bûche de Noël (Yule Log) crafted from local Thai artisanal chocolate.

When: dinner on 24 December, lunch & dinner on 25 December, and dinner on 31 December. Pre-book 24 hours in advance.

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Benihana – Avani Atrium Bangkok

If western fare is not your cup of tea, no fret: Benihana is here to cater to your Asian craving. Take delight in the festive brunch at the Japanese steakhouse situated within the Avani Atrium Bangkok. Diners can go for the festive brunch package (THB 1,650++), featuring signature appetisers, poached prawns and oysters on ice, a sushi and sashimi selection, and your choice of a teppanyaki option. Even better, the all-you-can-eat brunch package (THB 1,850++) is also available if you fancy unlimited servings of chicken thighs, Norwegian salmon, lamb chops, grain-fed ribeye, and grass-fed tenderloin beef from Australia for your teppanyaki session.

When: 25-27 December from 12-3 pm.

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Flourish – Sindhorn Kempinski Hotel Bangkok

For a meal that will bring you a warm Christmas spirit, Flourish at the Sindhorn Kempinski Hotel Bangkok offers up a five-course dinner (THB 3,800++ per person) with a decadent dessert buffet. It features a boatload of festive favourites like Christmas pudding with rum cream, stollen, and a variety of holiday-inspired cakes and cookies. It’s a dessert lover’s dream through and through.

When: 24 – 25 December.

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The District Grill Room & Bar – Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit

White Christmas at The District Grill Room & Bar is truly the place to be for carnivores. Here, holiday classics, small bites, and mulled wine await you to bask in the festive spirit. To make it even more special, a package of unlimited wine, cocktails, and spirits (THB 2,021++) is also available to drink to your heart’s content. A bottle of Laurent Perrier La Cuvee Brut champagne is also priced at only 3,500++.

When: dinner on 24-25 December.

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Rim Klong Café – Mövenpick BDMS Wellness Resort Bangkok

Transverse over the glory of an Alpine winter wonderland with the Swiss Christmas over at Rim Klong Café, Mövenpick BDMS Wellness Resort Bangkok. The canal-side cafe and bakery invites tea aficionados for a Festive Afternoon Tea (THB 899++ per set for two persons), laden with treats like turkey, gruyere cheese & cranberry relish wraps, gravlax with horseradish on pumpernickel bread, fig & brie open-face sandwiches, fruitcake, Christmas cookies, and more. 

When: now-6 January 2021.

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Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok

Whether you want festive fine-dining fare, a superb international buffet, brunch, or afternoon tea, the Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok has it all to cater to everyone’s preference. Stop by at The Addition for Christmas Family Lunch with Santa, loaded with holiday treats, or at Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin for the 8-course Christmas Eve Dinner or 6-course Christmas Lunch for top-notch Thai fare touched with contemporary notes. For brunch devotees, ALATi is also hosting a Christmas Day Brunch, inviting you to indulge in a feast along with bubbles and all things nice.

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Le Normandie – Mandarin Oriental Bangkok

For fine-dining fanatics, leave your Christmas faith in the hands of Chef Arnaud Dunand-Sauthier at Le Normandie, because he sure won’t disappoint. Whether you opt for The Christmas Eve Extravaganza (7-course Christmas Eve Dinner for THB 12,500 net per person) or A French Christmas (6-course Christmas Lunch Menu for THB 6,000 net per person), his French-inspired creations from both menus promise to be a flavoursome feast to lighten up the special two days.

When: dinner on 24 December and lunch on 25 December.

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Mahanakhon Bangkok SkyBar

For brunch with a picturesque view, hop over to the 76th floor of King Power Mahanakhon where Mahanakhon Bangkok SkyBar will be hosting Christmas Eve Dinner (4-course dinner for THB 2,950++ per person, or 3-course Brunch on Christmas day (starting at THB 1,990++ per person), which comes dotted with toothsome items of your choice,such as a Seafood Platter, Seared Andaman Seabass, and Apple Tatin, to name a few. The Festive Weekend Brunch on 26-27 December (THB 2,500++ per person) will highlight all-you-can-eat European seafood, too.

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Kankanit Wichiantanon
Writer, Bangkok
Kankanit is a writer by day and a baker by night. If there’s one thing you should know about her, it’s that she can wax poetic about food 24/7. Her daily routine is writing, cooking, eating, repeat. They are the things that inspire her from morning 'til night.