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Beijing's Best Christmas Eve and Dinners

A mere 30 hours to the big day and I still haven't done my Christmas shopping, which means that this year will be a true test of friendship given that no one will be getting presents. My last hope is that I can distract my nearest and dearest with a slap-up meal overseen by one of the city's finest caterers, taking all the worry of what next year will hold and washing it away with culinary marvels and a whole lotta red wine. There's no shortage of Christmas Eve and Day lunches and dinners – 50 to be exact. Below are a selection of the finest. To see the whole list, simply click "Read more" at the bottom of this page. Good luck and Merry Christmas!

Christmas Eve/Christmas Day - The Rug

Another good option in Courtyard 4, The Rug is serving their festive menu right through until New Year's Day. There are two menu options available at RMB 399 and RMB 499, both featuring some of The Rug's most loved dishes. RMB 399-499. 5.30m-late. The Rug

Christmas Day - Kranzler's Restaurant (Kempinski)

A wide selection of dishes awaits you on the Christmas Day buffet at Kranzler's. The buffet is accompanied by live music and free-flow wines, beers, and soft drinks. RMB 588. 11.30am-3pm. Kranzler's Restaurant

Christmas Day - The Georg

Celebrate Christmas at Beijing's newest fine dining venue, The Georg. The have created a six-course menu of dishes inspired by the nordic festive tradition. Add wine pairing for RMB 788. RMB 788. 6-10.30pm. The Georg

Christmas Eve/Christmas Day - 4Corners

4Corners is serving up an epic festive feast, featuring maple-glazed ham, Christmas goose, and sides like candied yams and mac and cheese. RSVP only. RMB 288. 7pm-midnight. 4Corners

Christmas Eve/Christmas Dinner - Caravan

Celebrate Christmas in Moroccan style with a unique lunch and dinner meals, including preserved lemon and tomato soup, harvest salad, ras el hanout meat loaf, harissa mac and cheese casserole, Oreo red wine cheesecake, and more. Vegan and gluten-free options available. RMB 180, RMB 90 (children under 12), add RMB 150 for free-flow wine, bubbly, soft drinks, coffee. Caravan

Christmas Eve - Home Plate Charity Dinner

Get together with friends for a good cause, specifically The Starfish Project, on Christmas Eve. An all-you-can-eat menu of barbecue dishes (including a whole roast hog), free-flow wine from Wine Republic, and classic carols by Capitol Tubas await you. RMB 250. 7-9pm. Home Plate Bar-B-Que

Christmas Eve - White Tiger Village

Why spend Christmas outside of your Beijing comfort zone when you can eat specialty festive chuan'r? White Tiger Village will be offering chuan'r like you've never seen before with stick of taarind-glazed chicken with melon and pineapple; mustard fillet with brussel sprouts; Yunnan goat cheese with vegetables; gremolata marinated prawn and salmon, and more! RMB 128, all drinks buy-one-get-one free. White Tiger Village

Christmas Day - Mosto

Whether you're recovering from a hangover or homesick, Mosto's comforting three-course brunch will ease all your holiday woes. Add free-flow sparkling, red, and whites wines, and cocktails, for RMB 158. The brunch is also available on New Year's Day. RMB 168. 10am-3pm. Mosto

Christmas Eve/Christmas Day - Q Mex

Good for groups of picky diners, this menu allows you to choose from either classic Christmas dishes or spicy Mexican flavors for each course. Three courses, including a glass of wine or pin t of Carlsberg. RMB 198. 11am-11pm. Q Mex

Christmas Eve - Fiume

According to tradition, Fiume have prepared a meat-free menu for the 24th. Lunch time includes three or five-course set lunches inspired by classic dishes from Emilia Romagna. At dinner a five-course set dinner is proposed with an optional pairing of five Italian wines. Only 30 seats available. RMB 250 upwards. Noon-midnight. Fiume

Christmas Eve/Christmas Day - The Local

The Local will be whipping up a traditional home-cooked Christmas for dinner on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. There are two options available, a per person set menu or a feast menu for six to eight people, both including roast turkey, all the trimmings, and apple pie a la mode. RMB 328, RMB 298 (advance). 6-8pm. The Local

Christmas Day - Mercante

Christmas continues at Mercante with a five-course Christmas Day menu inspired by the cuisine of Emilia Romagna. Only 30 seats available. RMB 350, RMB 600 (with wine pairing. 6pm-midnight. Mercante

Christmas Day - St. Regis

A Christmas day celebration with all the festive favorites and Veuve Clicquot champagne. Festive menu of seafood, traditional roast turkey, honey-glazed ham, juicy roast beef, and Christmas puddings. Meet with Santa Claus bringing special Christmas gifts for the children. RMB 688. 11.30am-3pm. St. Regis Beijing

Christmas Eve - Migas

Party into Christmas, Spanish-style, with Migas' special set menu, including classic dishes like Barcelona-style seafood casserole and modern twists like Iberico pork tataki. Special deal on Codorniu Rose at RMB 358 per bottle. RMB 388. 6-10.30pm. Migas Restaurant and Lounge

Christmas Eve - The Cut (Fairmont Beijing)

Enjoy a sumptuous dinner for two at Fairmont Beijing's renowned steak house, The Cut. The price includes a six-course dinner for two featuring Australian wagyu beef, plus wine pairing. RMB 2,188 per couple. 6-10pm. The Cut

Written by Robynne Tindall