This is where you can get your turkey on in the capital

Eating out this Christmas? Gather friends and family for one of these merry meals created just for the holidays

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Christmas Eve

Italian restaurant Bocca will serve a four-course menu for AED 229+++ featuring marinated Sicilian red prawns with burrata cheese plus a choice of main dishes, including spaghetti with seared marinated calamari and sea bass fillet with beetroot risotto. End the meal with mille-feuille of panettone, mascarpone and winter fruits. Hilton Abu Dhabi, Corniche West. 7pm-11pm. Contact: 02 692 4247,  abudhabi.hilton.com

Christmas Eve dinner at JW Steakhouse includes a five-course menu with dishes including cream of roasted guinea fowl, turkey and Christmas pudding. From AED 365+++. Marriott Downtown Abu Dhabi, Hazza Bin Zayed Street, opposite Al Wahda Mall. 6pm-11.30pm. Contact: 02 304 7777, marriottdowntownabudhabilife.com

A festive dinner buffet awaits at Al Wahda All Day Dining. Mouth-watering treats include turkey with all the trimmings and desserts for AED 180 per person with unlimited soft drinks. Grand Millennium Al Wahda, Hazza Bin Zayed Street. 7pm-11.30pm. Contact: 02 443 9999, bit.ly/2fejVge

A great option for families, Christmas Eve dinner at Latest Recipe will include a bouncy castle and Christmas film with festive goodies for little ones. Adults, meanwhile, can feast on the buffet with seasonal favourites including turkey, roast meats, sweets and more. From AED 150 with soft drinks, AED 75 for children aged six to 12. Le Méridien, Al Zahiyah. 7pm-11pm. Contact: 02 644 6666, winaline.cueva@lemeridien.com

Break away from tradition and enjoy a Levantine lunch or dinner on Christmas Eve at Sambusek with specialities from chef Emad and his team. Enjoy a selection of Lebanese dishes from a set menu for AED 225. Rosewood Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island. 12.30pm-3pm and 7pm-12.30am. Contact: 02 813 5550, rosewoodhotels.com

Greet Christmas with a generous dinner buffet at Urban Kitchen, featuring German stollen, panettone, thyme and leek pithivier pie, turkey specialities, a barbecue and seafood selections. From AED 179+++ per person. Dusit Thani, Sultan Bin Zayed the First Street. 7pm-10.30pm. Contact: 02 698 8137, reservation.table@dusit.com

Gather up the gang for an evening of roast meats with the carvery offer at Heroes. AED 150. Crowne Plaza, Hamdan Street. Noon-11pm. Contact: 02 616 6124, cpauh@ihg.com

The newly-opened Filini Garden hosts an Italian-style Christmas on Yas Island with a three-course set menu. Take a bite of crostini with butter, smoked salmon, shallots and capers, brioche-stuffed ice cream with warm chocolate soufflé and more. From AED 150+++. Radisson Blu Abu Dhabi Yas Island. 5pm-1am. Contact: 02 656 2000, radissonblu.com

If you love meat, then head to churrascaria Chamas, which will dish out a sumptuous buffet featuring 16 different meat cuts with beverages while a live Latino band sets the mood. From AED 329+++. InterContinental Abu Dhabi, King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street, Al Bateen. From 7pm. Contact: 02 666 6888, reservations.icabudhabi@ihg.com

Mexican spot Loca welcomes diners for Fiesta de Noche Buena, or Christmas Eve, to enjoy a special festive menu and an extended happy hour until 10pm. Enjoy dishes from chef Juan Flores and his team, including fajitas de pavo and Loca pozole verde, all accompanied by a glass of fresh fruit punch. The Galleria, Al Maryah Island. Noon-2am. Contact: 02 582 3639, locauae.com

Christmas Day 

Gather the family for a special brunch at Silk Route Café. Make your way to the buffet for hefty servings of seasonal treats including a three-metre Yule log and a carving station for mouth-watering meats. AED 199 per person, half price for children aged six to 12, free for children under six. Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi, Dhafeer Street. From 12.30pm. Contact: 02 657 4857, fnb.hiabudhabi@ihg.com

If you’re looking for a casual affair, then head to Café 302. Located in downtown, the social spot is offering a three-course set menu for AED 155++ per person. Al Maha Arjaan by Rotana, Hamdan Street. Noon-11pm. Contact: 02 610 6666, rotana.com

Delectable rotisseries and carveries, fresh seafood and sweet desserts – get all these and more at the Christmas brunch at Olive Tree, ideal for families and large groups. From AED 120+++ per person. Aloft Al Ain, Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium Development, Al Towwaya. 1pm-4pm. Contact: 03 713 8888, aloftalain.com

Italian restaurant Cipriani complements its scenic views with a menu in sync with the season with dishes such as marinated radicchio, homemade veal tortellini with cream, roasted turkey with chestnuts and more. Yas Island. 6pm-midnight. Contact: 02 657 5400, yasisland@cirpriani.com

Head to Le Vendôme to celebrate in style. Expect roast fare, hot fruit pies and a variety of international dishes all served buffet style. Santa Claus will even drop by to greet diners and, of course, all the good boys and girls. From AED 450+++. Emirates Palace, Corniche West. 12.30pm-3.30pm. Contact: 02 690 7999, restaurants@emiratespalace.ae

You certainly won’t be short of options at Olea’s Christmas day brunch, where a buffet features live cooking stations, a Mongolian barbecue, tandoor specialities, Italian pentolo, carved meats, seafood, a cheese room and mouthwatering desserts. Live entertainment will add some festive cheer. From AED 500+++ with soft drinks, AED 250+++ for children aged six to 12, free for children under five. The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort. 1pm-4pm. Contact: 02 498 8888, reservations.saadiyat@stregis.com

Add some French flair to your Christmas at La Petite Maison. With dishes inspired by the Réveillon – a traditional feast characterised by indulging in food with loved ones – signature dishes à la carte include truffles, oysters, caviar, foie gras and whole roast chicken. The Galleria, Al Maryah Island. Noon-11.30pm. Contact: 02 692 9600,
info@lpmabudhabi.ae

Forget the traditional options. Hakkasan is serving up a mix of its award-winning signature dishes coupled with festive one-offs for a meal to remember. Gather friends and family for a Cantonese style dinner featuring braised superior seafood soup with black truffle, steamed dim sum, jasmine-smoked crispy chicken and honey panna cotta with green apple sorbet. From AED 588 per person, minimum of two people. Available daily until 30th December. Emirates Palace, Corniche West. Daily 6pm-midnight. Contact: 02 690 7739, hakkasan@emiratespalace.ae

It’s not all about the food at Christmas. Christmas Day Brunch at Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi will include a visit from Santa, a Kids Club area, magician and entertainers for the children. Spread out across the terraces of Butcher & Still, Al Meylas and Zsa Zsa, the offer features carving stations, live cooking and a festive themed buffet. From AED 300++ with soft drinks, AED 125++ for children aged six to 12, AED 50 for children aged five and under. Al Maryah Island. 12.30pm-4pm, happy hour from 4pm. Contact: 02 333 2222, fourseasons.com/abudhabi

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