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Broward County Christmas Deals On Dinners, Spas And Staycations That'll Have You Spending Your Holiday The Right Way

The holiday season is upon us, folks. Here in South Florida, we might not be able to feel it in the air, but we sure do feel those vacation days coming.

And as cheery a time as Christmas can be, cooking up a festive meal can easily be a headache. The solution? Let a local restaurant do the cooking for you.

We've rounded up a list of Fort Lauderdale restaurants serving Christmas Eve and Christmas Day feasts. Plus, as an extra special Christmas gift, a few resorts and spas in the area are offering winter season staycation packages and holiday-themed treatments, too. (Anyone else down to join us for a peppermint candy cane massage?) 

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Christmas Feasts

3030 Ocean

Christmas Day

Priced at $50 per person, the prix-fixe three-course meal will begin with creamy wild mushroom soup, followed by executive chef Adrienne Grenier’s slow cooked prime rib, complete with celery root and potato gratin, honey-glazed Swank Farms baby carrots & snap beans, and red wine jus. Diners can also enjoy wine pairings for an additional $20 per person. An à la carte menu will also be available as well as the regular dinner menu. 

 

Beauty & The Feast 

Christmas Eve Dinner: Dec. 24, Seating starts at 5 p.m.

Beauty & the Feast invites families to come together and share this Italian Christmas Eve tradition. Guests can celebrate the season with the special “Feast of the Seven Fishes” menu, which offers more than a dozen seafood dishes, from small plates to feast-style a la carte items, or delight with their favorite dishes from Beauty & the Feast’s regular dinner menu.

Christmas Day Feast: Dec. 25, 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.

For $49.95 per person or $19.95 for children 12 and under, the restaurant will serve a feast-style meal featuring carving stations, appetizers and desserts.

 

Big City Tavern

The following specialty items will be on the menu for Christmas Eve:

  • Seven seafood pasta fra diavolo with lobster, shrimp, mussels, salmon, grouper, tuna, scallop $28
  • Beef Wellington with mushrooms and creamed spinach $35
  • Surf and turf burger, house burger topped with peppercorn sauce and buttered lobster $22
  • Christmas Sunday with eggnog ice cream, chocolate Bailey's sauce, candy canes, whipped cream, and a chocolate Santa $8

 

Burlock Coast

Christmas Day: Dec. 25, noon to 9 p.m.

Burlock Coast will be offering a Christmas prix-fixe menu for $65 per person, along with a $30 bottomless drink special. Diners can select four main dishes—choices include tuna, chilled scallops, octopus, lobster pasta, braised lamb and more—two sides and one dessert item. In addition, the a la carte raw bar and charcuterie will be available. The regular kids menu will also be available.

 

Louie Bossi's Ristorante, Bar & Pizzeria 

The following specialty items will be on the menu for Christmas Eve:

  • Roasted cauliflower garlic and truffle oil
  • Wood-grilled octopus salad $16
  • Duck yolk raviolo en brodo, shaved urbani white truffle $18
  • 16-ounce wood-grilled veal chop, wild mushroom sauce, taleggio crostini $48
  • House made parpadella with duck ragu $28
  • Warm panettone bread pudding, stracciatella gelato $8

 

Market 17

Christmas Eve: Dec. 24, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Christmas Day: Dec. 25, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, enjoy a three-course menu for $65 per person. Appetizer selections include steamed Florida clams, farm green salad and pumpkin soup; entrees include creamy date risotto, pan-seared cobia and butter-poached Maine lobster; and desserts range from chocolate semifreddo and pumpkin mousse tart to drinks, such as housemade eggnog and port wines or champagne.

 

Ocean 2000 at Pelican Grand Beach Resort

Christmas Day: Dec. 25, Seatings at noon, 2:30 p.m., 5 p.m.

Guests can enjoy a Christmas buffet of salads, chilled seafood, charcuterie and artisanal cheeses, a carving station, desserts and more for $75 per adult, $25 for young adults ages 5 to 12, and free for children 4 and younger.

 

Piccolo Ristorante

Christmas Eve; Closed on Christmas Day

Piccolo will offer its traditional Feast of the Seven Fishes in addition to its regular menu on Christmas Eve. The chef's menu includes grilled octopus, butter-poached scallops, middleneck clams, Italian seafood paella, tuna crudo, shrimp polenta, grilled swordfish provensal.

 

Spa Deals

Diplomat Resort & Spa 

Holiday Glam Package ($100) — The treatment starts with a complimentary glass of bubbly upon arrival to slowly ease into relaxation mode. Next, using antioxidant-rich cranberries and infusing them with smooth coconut oil, the Cranberry Yuzu Manicure and Pedicure will condition and revitalize hands and feet. 

Spa-liday Delight Package ($135) — Customize the ideal spa day. Begin with a 50-minute spa service with one of three complimentary enhancements: Swedish massage with scalp massage, firming facial with eye mask, or reflexology enhanced with aromatherapy-infused warm towel wrap. 

 

Fort Lauderdale Harbor Beach Marriott Spa

Available for a limited time through Dec. 31, receive a 20 percent savings on the following spa packages:

RENEW Package a 50-minute Muscle Melter Massage and Signature Citrus Manicure for $215

RESTORE Package a 50-minute Swedish Massage and 50-minute Customized Revive Facial for $315

RE-ENERGIZE Package a 50-minute Swedish Massage, 50-minute Aroma Decadence Deep Cleansing Facial, a Signature Citrus Manicure and a Signature Citrus Pedicure for $410

 

Spa at Turnberry Isle Miami in Aventura

Peppermint Candy Cane Massage: Enjoy the cooling powers of peppermint aromatherapy oils infused in a 50-minute Swedish massage. $99 

Themae Holiday – Dipped in Gold: A 20-minute exfoliating  scrub followed by a 50-minute Swedish massage. Themae’s Huile Des 4 Thes Brume D’Or is applied to the body, leaving the skin with a gold shimmering sparkle. $169 (valued at $209) 

Frankincense Package: Relax with a 20-minute sugar scrub followed by a 50-minute Swedish massage and allow the healing properties of both essential oils to strengthen your immune system and assist the skin with anti-aging. $169 (valued at $209)

 

Staycation Deals

Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort

Holiday in the Sun: Guests who book now for three-night stays or more in any coastal-luxe guest room or suite between Dec. 22 and Jan. 2 will receive a $50 resort credit per day, plus two holiday-inspired cocktails. Guests can enjoy special live performances on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at the Hollywood Beach Bandshell from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville from 9 p.m. to midnight.

 

Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach

Guests enjoy surprise amenities for the 12 days leading up to Christmas. Surprise holiday cookies, anyone? In addition, Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach’s very own Elf on the Shelf will be popping up throughout the hotel for families to enjoy. Sonny the Elf will surprise guests as he “Elfs-Around” in his basket of hotel supplies and other fun locations.