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All The Best Christmas Eve And Day Meals in Broward County

Happy holidays, Fort Lauderdale. As you celebrate with family and friends, leave the cooking to the pros with a Christmas Eve or Christmas Day dinner reservation.

Many restaurants across Broward County will serve up holiday-inspired meals, from indulgent brunch spreads to chef’s tasting menus and more. Here are the best Christmas Eve and Christmas Day meals in Broward County.

Lona Cocina y Tequileria

On Christmas Eve, enjoy a Mexican-themed chef’s tasting menu ($55) from 6 to 11 p.m. Standouts include short rib in chili garlic oil,  seafood chili relleno with poblano bechamel and baked camembert with guava sauce. Lunch and a limited à la carte dinner menu will also be available. On Christmas Day, the restaurant will feature regular lunch and dinner menus along with additional specials starting at 6 p.m.

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321 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-245-3069; lonarestaurant.com

Point Royal

Indulge in a Christmas Day buffet brunch at celebrity chef Geoffrey Zakarian’s Point Royal at the Diplomat Beach Resort. From 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., expect a line-up of holiday-inspired breakfast and lunch favorites, from fresh-made omelettes, corned beef hash and malted waffles, to sugar-cured ham, gingerbread biscotti, peppermint-layered cake and roasted pear and thyme-infused crème brûlées. Brunch ($75 for adults, $25 for children under 12) includes bottomless hard cider punch, drip coffee, or juice. 

3555 S Ocean Dr., Hollywood; 954-602-8750; pointroyal-fl.com

Point Royal at the Diplomat Beach Resort

Photo courtesy of Point Royal

Terra Mare

Dine along the ocean on Christmas Day with a prix-fixe four-course meal at Terra Mare. Offered from 5 p.m. until close, enjoy a menu ($99) of seasonal favorites, including carrot risotto, poached pear salad, roasted chicken and pumpkin cheesecake. 

551 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 786-414-5160; terramarefl.com

3030 Ocean

Curated by executive chef Adrienne Grenier, 3030 Ocean will serve holiday-inspired plates on Christmas Day, including creamy chestnut soup with roasted mushrooms, slow-smoked duck breast with sweet potato puree, and gingerbread cheesecake with gingersnap crust, sweet cream and candied cranberries.

3030 Holiday Dr., Fort Lauderdale; 954-765-3030; 3030ocean.com

chef Adrienne Grenier 3030 Ocean

Photo courtesy of 3030 Ocean

Naked Crab

Celebrate Christmas with an all-you-can-eat brunch buffet ($65 for adults, $24 for children) at Naked Crab. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., expect a fully-stocked raw bar, charcuterie and cheeses, omelette and meat carving stations and a large pastry and desserts table. The restaurant will also host a four-course dinner on Christmas Eve and Christmas night. ($65).

1140 Seabreeze Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-727-7090; nakedcrabftl.com

ETARU Hallandale

Japanese restaurant ETARU Hallandale will offer brunch on Christmas Day from noon to 4:30 p.m. with special holiday plates including suckling pig and roast beef. Brunch ($75) will include a welcome cocktail, bottomless pours of a selection of beverages, hot and cold starters on the robata counter, choice of one main course and a decadent dessert platter.

111 South Surf Rd., Hallandale Beach; 954-271-3222; etarurestaurant.us

Japanese restaurant ETARU Hallandale

Photo courtesy of ETARU

Coco Asian Bistro & Bar

Chef and owner Mike Ponluang will serve up holiday à la carte specials on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Standouts include grilled jumbo prawns with Thai chili lime sauce, crab meat fried rice, and a papaya salad ($29), barbecue baby back ribs drizzled with chili paste and paired with jasmine rice and stir-fried Daikon radishes ($25), Japanese wagyu A-5 strip steak with oyster mushrooms ($19 per ounce), and house-made mango mousse for dessert. Diners who order one of the specials will also receive a complimentary glass of champagne.  

 1841 Cordova Rd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-525-3541; cocoasianbistro.com

Burlock Coast

Inside the Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale, wine and dine on Christmas Eve at Burlock Coast with a one-night-only prime rib dinner complete with a bottle of champagne from 6 to 10 p.m. ($129 per couple). Highlights include herb-rubbed roast prime rib, family-style truffle whipped potatoes, roasted root vegetables and horseradish cream. On Christmas Day, the restaurant will host a buffet-style brunch from noon to 8 p.m. ($129 for adults, $49 for children) with numerous sweet and savory items, a caviar station and bottomless beverages.

1 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-302-6430; ritzcarlton.com
The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale

Photo courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale

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8 Broward County Restaurants Hosting Christmas Dinners

The holiday season can be stressful. Between buying gifts, decorating your home and coordinating plans, there’s a lot to think about this time of year. Take one worry off that long list and hand over the responsibility of cooking dinner on Christmas to the professionals. Whether you’re looking for traditional holiday dishes or a grand buffet, here are eight restaurants worth your consideration for dinner.

Point Royal

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The indoor-outdoor venue is offering a Christmas day dinner buffet, which is showcasing an expansive spread featuring items from a roasted, whole suckling pig to a traditional Buche de Noel. Other dishes include Point Royal’s signature mac and cheese, a smoked whole branzino, Christmas-themed cookies and peppermint bark. The $65 buffet experience, which is $25 for children 12 and under, includes the choice between bottomless Champagne, coffee or tea.  

3555 South Ocean Drive, Hollywood; 954.602.8750; pointroyal-fl.com

 

Market 17

A three-course menu will be offered for $65 per person at Market 17. Choose from a selection of appetizers, entrees and desserts. Options include crispy skin duck confit, grilled grass-fed beef tenderloin, butter-poached Maine lobster and wild mushroom and fig risotto. Finish off by either eating your dessert with chocolate layer or carrot cake, or drink it with house-made, colonial-style eggnog or a Miracle on 17th Street (rye whiskey, sweet vermouth, amaro and bitters).  

1850 SE 17th St., Fort Lauderdale; 954.835.5507; market17.net

3030 Ocean

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The restaurant in the Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, 3030 Ocean, is offering a Christmas four-course prix fixe menu for $70 per person. The regular a la carte menu will also be available. It features sea-themed dishes, including Florida lobster bisque shooter, ceviche, grilled swordfish with blue crab rice and fritto misto with crispy calamari, oysters and shrimp. 

3030 Holiday Drive, Fort Lauderdale; 954.765.3030; 3030ocean.com

Ocean 2000 

The Pelican Grand Beach Resort’s waterfront restaurant, Ocean 2000, has a five-course menu for $75 per person, starting with creamy Maine lobster bisque and followed by a starter and salad. Main course options include roasted free-range turkey, 14 oz. rib eye, Chilean sea bass and porcini mushroom and tofu risotto. End the delicious meal with candy cane mousse or Grand Marnier crème brûlée. 

2000 N. Ocean Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954.556.7667; pelicanbeach.com/ocean2000

Wild Sea Oyster Bar & Grille

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Photo courtesy of Wild Sea Oyster Bar & Grille

Enjoy a decadent buffet with a la carte specials at Wild Sea Oyster Bar & Grille at the Riverside Hotel for $69 per person and $35.50 for children 12 and under. The Christmas buffet will be available from noon to 9 p.m.

620 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954.467.2555; wildsealasolas.com

Tropical Acres

The family-owned steakhouse Tropical Acres will offer a special holiday menu and a la carte menu. The holiday menu features roasted young turkey, prime ribs of beef, baked Virginia ham and rack of lamb with mint jelly. Each holiday dinner includes soup, a potato side, salad, garden fresh pole beans, dessert and coffee or tea.

2500 Griffin Road, Fort Lauderdale; 954.989.2500; tropicalacres.com

Burlock Coast Seafare & Spirits 

Christmas Dinners
Photo courtesy of Burlock Coast

Located at the Ritz-Carlton, Burlock Coast will have a merry, buffet-style Christmas feast starting at noon for $105 per adult and $49 for children. You can indulge in a selection of sweet or savory dishes and items from the artisanal cheese and charcuterie display, salad station, raw bar station, carving stations and sushi and dim sum station. Desserts to complete the meal range from popcorn panna cotta to eggnog truffles and a chocolate molten lava cake station.

1 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954.302.6460; burlockcoast.com

Nick’s Italian Restaurant

In addition to the regular menu, Nick’s Italian Restaurant will offer Nick’s honey baked ham, shrimp pomodoro and snapper puttanesca. Enjoy great hits from decades past, classic American Standards and holiday classics performed by It Takes Two! at Nick’s UpStairs Supper Club from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

3496 N. Ocean Blvd, Fort Lauderdale; 954.563.6441; nicksitalianonline.com

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Christmas 2016 Events, Dinners, And Holiday Spa Specials In Broward County

Holiday season is in full swing, so there's no need to wait until Christmas to enjoy it all. 

From upcoming ugly sweater parties to Santa crawls (and jogs), there's lots to do here in Fort Lauderdale that'll put you in the holiday spirit. And for those looking to dine out on Christmas, we've rounded up a list of restaurants that'll be open for business and whipping up holiday feasts.

Here's where to meet Santa, see holiday lights, feast on seasonal eats, and more.

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Upcoming Events

Dec. 16 Tarpon Bend's Ugly AF Sweater Party

Dust off those ugly holiday sweaters, and party at Tarpon Bend with live music, 2-for-1 drinks until 10 p.m., and an ugly sweater contest with cash prizes and gift card rewards.

5 p.m.; Tarpon Bend in Fort Lauderdale

 

Dec. 16 Bad Santa Bus Loop

Put on your best Bad Santa outfit, and ride this bus loop stopping at Fort Lauderdale hot spots including Tarpon Bend, Glitch Bar, America's Backyard and more. Admission includes a complimentary drink or appetizer at each venue. Proceeds from this event will benefit local organizations such as Jack and Jill Children's Center and Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale.

6 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Check in at Tilted Kilt Pub in Fort Lauderdale; $35

 

Dec. 16-18 Garden of Lights

Be enchanted by thousands of lights and decorations as music fills the air of the Flamingo Gardens' Botanical Collection and Historic Wray Home. Holiday snacks and drinks will be available for purchase.

5 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Flamingo Gardens in Davie; $25

 

Dec. 17 Santacon Fort Lauderdale 2016

Help turn Las Olas into a river of Santa, and come dressed in your holiday best—Santa suits, elf ears, reindeer horns, and all. Prance around downtown Fort Lauderdale and spread holiday cheer with candy canes, naughty and nice gifts, and props to show off your talents. Santacon will also be collecting donations for Kids in Distress, and participating Santas can bring new toys, sports equipment, school supplies, home goods, gift cards and more. 

6 p.m.; Meet at Mangos and end at Bull Market in Fort Lauderdale; free 

 

Dec. 17 Annual Tacky Sweater Party

Break out the tacky sweater and sip on festive cocktails or enjoy live tunes. The wearer of the most outrageous holiday sweater will win a $100 gift card to Brimstone Woodfire Grill.

8 p.m. to midnight; Brimstone Woodfire Grill in Pembroke Pines; free

 

Dec. 18 Jingle Bell Jog

Jingle all the way down the street at this annual 5K. All runners who sign up will receive a Santa suit costume and jingle bells to tie on their shoe laces, ensuring that the sights and sounds of running Santas serenade Fort Lauderdale streets.

7:30 a.m. (5K start time), 8:30 a.m. (Little Elf Dash); Starts at Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort; $35

 

Dec. 18 Oceans 234 Brunch with Santa

Enjoy the ocean view at Oceans 234 in Deerfield Beach, and take complimentary family photos with Santa himself, who’ll be visiting the restaurant during brunch.

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Oceans 234 in Deerfield Beach

 

Dec. 18 Bad Santa Brunch

Bad Santa is coming to Tap 42, and he’ll be handing out shots of Jim Bean Maple! Boozy brunchers can also enjoy bottomless mimosas, bloody marys, and Funky Buddha Floridian for $15, or order hearty items like Chicago-Style Steak & Eggs with creamed spinach, hash browns, and sunny side up eggs.

11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Tap 42 in Fort Lauderdale

 

Dec. 19 Santa on the Beach

Don't miss Santa Claus' traditional candy giveaway along Fort Lauderdale Beach.

12:45 p.m.; Fort Lauderdale Beach park; free

 

Dec. 24 Fort Lauderdale MatzoBall 

What's a Jew to do on Christmas? Go out and meet other single Jews! The annual MatzoBall, the nation's leading holiday party for Jewish singles, is coming to Fort Lauderdale's Vibe Las Olas. Mix and mingle with a party hosted by Miami Heat arena host Uptown Dale and music from Y100 DJ Frankie P. (This special event is for those 30 or older only.)

9 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Vibe Las Olas in Fort Lauderdale; $30

 

Ongoing

Through Dec. 21 Water Taxi's Holiday Lights Tour

See the holiday decor of Fort Lauderdale's most spectacular waterfront homes from aboard the Water Taxi. The annual Holiday Lights Tour gives guests a festive experience complete with seasonal music and a cash bar with holiday drinks. In fact, even the Water Taxi's double-decker Island Discovery boat will be adorned with holiday decorations to get you into the spirit. Now through Dec. 21, holiday tours will depart at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. from Stop 6 at the Fort Lauderdale Hilton Marina Hotel.

Select weekdays, 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.; $25 (adult), $10 (child)

 

Through Dec. 23 Stranahan House's Victorian Christmas

Explore the Stranahan House with its Victorian Christmas decor, and enjoy a holiday lights tour down the New River. Docents will be dressed in costume as they give their tours, and there will be live music and photo opportunities throughout the night. Reserve your tour by calling 954.524.4736.

7 p.m.; Historic Stranahan House and Museum in Fort Lauderdale; $30

 

Through Dec. 30 Riverfront Cruise's Holiday Booze Cruise

See holiday lights along Millionaire's Row as you enjoy a free beverage from the bar on board. Riverfront Cruise's Holiday Lights & Booze Cruise will take passengers on a tour of the most expensive and lavishly decorated houses in Fort Lauderdale. It departs at 7 p.m. every Friday through the end of December from Las Olas Riverfront Entertainment Complex. 

Fridays, 7 p.m.; Las Olas Riverfront in Fort Lauderdale; $25 

 

Through Dec. 31 Symphony of Lights

Gulfstream Park's popular holiday tradition has returned with a symphony of holiday music synchronized to the lights of a 50-foot tree. The Symphony of Lights runs nightly with light shows on the hour and also offers appearances from Santa and Mrs. Claus, toy soldiers, jugglers and stilt walkers every Friday and Saturday through Dec. 24. Train rides will also take children on an express tour around Gulfstream Park on Dec. 16, 17, 23 and 24.

6 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach

 

Through Jan. 8 Panthers in the Park Ice Skating Rink

Huizenga Plaza in downtown Fort Lauderdale has been transformed into the largest outdoor public ice skating rink in South Florida. Locals can ice skate outdoors at the inaugural Panthers in the Park Ice Skating Rink and also enjoy a captivating holiday light display from Hoffman's Chocolates. The showcase features illuminated sculptures, a 20-foot Christmas tree, and The Sweet Ride food truck offering sweet treats for purchase. 

Monday - Thursday, 4 p.m.-9 p.m.; Friday, 4 p.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m-10 p.m.; and Sunday, noon-9 p.m.; Huizenga Plaza in Fort Lauderdale; $13 for a 90-minute session

 

Dinners

Dec. 24 Shooters Waterfront

Families dining at Shooters can take photos with Santa every Saturday in December from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m, and the Intracoastal-view restaurant will offer an all-you-can-eat brunch on Christmas Eve from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Those coming to the restaurant for Christmas Eve dinner can order from the a la carte menu starting at 4 p.m. until 10 p.m. The restaurant is closed on Christmas Day.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (brunch buffet), 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. (a la carte dinner); Shooters Waterfront in Fort Lauderdale

 

Dec. 24 Feast of the Seven Fishes at Casa D’Angelo

Celebrate Christmas Eve in true Italian style with a Feast of the Seven Fishes at Casa D’Angelo. Chef Angelo Elia’s feast will feature a platter of seafood simply seasoned and marinated with fresh herbs and spices, including baccala, octopus, cuttlefish, lobster, jumbo prawns, scallops and white anchovies. The feast can be served as a single entrée or as a group platter. Prices vary per order. Call 954.564.1234 to reserve.

Casa D’Angelo in Fort Lauderdale; prices vary

 

Dec. 24 Feast of the Seven Fishes at Piccolo Ristorante

Chef Andres Avayu will present his version of the Italian "Feast of the Seven Fishes" tradition by offering seven delectable seafood dishes: tuna crudo, charred octopus, seared scallops, sauteed razor clams, Italian seafood paella, grilled swordfish, and lemon and herb baked branzino. Each dish will be offered a la carte, or the meal can be enjoyed as a seven-course feast with Italian wine pairings. Call 954.776.8066 to reserve.

5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Piccolo Ristorante in Fort Lauderdale; $8-$16 per dish

 

Dec. 25 Burlock Coast Seafare & Spirits

Head to Burlock Coast for a Christmas Day buffet fit for a king. Buffet options include a breakfast station (until 3 p.m.), salads, charcuterie, raw bar, sushi, dim sum, carving stations with turkey and ham, and entrees including braised lamb shank with cranberry beans. Children can also find mac and cheese, chicken fingers, and other favorites at the Kids Buffet. The dessert station will feature festive holiday treats like White Chocolate Cinnamon Apple Lollipops and Mini Gingerbread Sandwiches. 

Noon to 9 p.m.; Burlock Coast at The Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale; $95 (adult), $49 (child)

 

Dec. 25 3030 Ocean

Feast on a three-course, prix fixe menu of seasonal specialities—creamy chestnut soup with duck confit, slow-cooked prime rib with potato gratin and Swank Farm veggies, and white chocolate and quince bread pudding served with eggnog ice cream—or choose from 3030 Ocean's a la carte menu for Christmas dinner. Call 954.765.3129 to reserve.

3030 Ocean at Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa in Fort Lauderdale; $65 for prix fixe menu

 

Dec. 24-25 Wild Sea Oyster Bar & Grille

Whether you're looking for a special dinner on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, Wild Sea will serve you a prix fixe menu either night. Highlights of the three-course menus include cast-iron escargot in puff pastry, oyster bisque, deconstructed fish and corn chowder, smoked hazelnut-crusted halibut, gingerbread cheesecake, and white chocolate pistachio pound cake. These specials can also be ordered a la carte. Call 954.467.2555 to reserve.

Wild Sea Oyster Bar & Grille at the Riverside Hotel in Fort Lauderdale; $75 for prix fixe menu

 

Dec. 24-25 Indigo Restaurant

On both Christmas Eve and Day, Indigo will be offering a holiday prix fixe menu with choices such as wild mushroom bisque, beef wellington, lobster and rock shrimp Thermidor, gingerbread cheesecake, and holiday desserts like gingerbread cheesecake or white chocolate pistachio pound cake. Call 954.467.0671 to reserve.

5 p.m.; Indigo at the Riverside Hotel in Fort Lauderdale; $55 for prix fixe menu 

 

Holiday Spa Treatments

St. Somewhere Spa's Spaliday Package

Now through the end of December, spa guests can book a package of four special treatments for $360 (regularly valued at $432). This Spaliday Package includes:

• 50-minute St. Somewhere Swedish Massage for relaxation and pain relief

• 50-minute Vitamin C Facial for anti-aging

• 25-minute Margaritaville Manicure with OPI nail polish, plus a hand and arm massage

• 50-minute Flip Flop Pedicure to get your feet holiday ready

 

Spa Atlantic at The Atlantic Hotel

Choose from a variety of seasonally inspired spa treatments as part of Spa Atlantic's Holiday Bliss offerings, which are available through Jan. 15.

Chocolate “Covered” Cranberries package ($139): 75-minute anti-aging treatment where your body is exfoliated and coated in a warm chocolate cranberry mask, followed by a full body massage with cranberry butter cream

Cranberry Cosmo Facial ($99): 50-minute treatment to purify and balance skin through the natural acids and enzymes of cranberries

Mistle “Toes” ($50): therapeutic cranberry paraffin pedicure designed to soothe dry skin and achy joints

 

SiSpa at Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa

The following holiday treatments at SiSpa in Pompano are sure to put you in the holiday spirit:

Cranberry Orange Body Scrub & Wrap: Enjoy a full-body exfoliation with a cranberry orange scrub; then a detoxifying mud masque, cocoon wrap, and face and scalp massage; finally, a rich cranberry body butter treatment hydrates skin to lock in moisture. ($99 for 50 minutes; $150 for 80 minutes including 25-minute massage)

Gingerbread Manicure & Pedicure ($89): Treat your hands to a butterscotch effervescent vitamin soak, with chicory root and sweet almond oil for ultimate skin hydration; then, exfoliate with brown sugar polish, leaving behind a fragrance of gingersnap bourbon; and get massaged with warm caramel body milk before polish is applied.

Aromatherapy enhancement ($10) with holiday scents including peppermint, eucalyptus and dwarf pine

 

(Image via Facebook/Fort Lauderdale Jingle Bell Jog)

Boca, Delray Restaurants Serving Up Christmas Dinners This Holiday Season

The holidays are all about family, twinkling lights, gift-giving and, yes, food.

If all that Thanksgiving prep wore you out too much to cook a big Christmas feast this year, worry not; there are plenty of restaurants in Boca Raton and Delray that are willing to do the work for you. We can’t promise the prime rib will tastes like mom’s, but we can guarantee it will still be delicious.

Here are some restaurants in the area serving up can’t-miss meals for everyone to enjoy. 

The Boca Resort

There are plenty of holiday events to enjoy at this resort on Dec. 25. Check out the Tuscan Christmas Buffet at modern Mediterranean restaurant Lucca (starting at $99) from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.; a la carte pricing at casual American eatery 501 East Kitchen Bar from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; or a la carte pricing at Boca Beach Club's SeaGrille from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. If you're in the mood for a decadent feast, head over to The Blue for a prix fixe dinner and holiday specials. 

501 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton

City Oyster & Sushi Bar

The following specialty items will be on the menu for Dec. 24:

- Butternut squash hummus with Sicilian olive oil, zahtar, sambal and grilled pita $13
- Conchilli bolognese baked al forno with fresh mozzarella  $28
- Grilled swordfish cioppino pan roaster with peppers, tomatoes, red wine and fennel $36

213 E. Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach

Hudson Delray

The best part of living in Florida during the winter? You can enjoy Christmas dinner on the water. Head to this Delray spot for a three-course meal ($40) along the water or inside the restaurant. Executive chef Paul Niedermann will be preparing appetizers, such as potato gnocchi and blue crab bisque, and entrees that include lemon-crusted Mahi Mahi and pan-roasted duck breast. Dessert options include creme brulee, an assortment of cookies and eggnog. The menu is available Dec. 24 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Dec. 25 from noon to 8 p.m. 

900 E. Atlantic Ave #22, Delray Beach

The Little Chalet 

Put a little Swiss charm into your holiday. Head to this new fondue spot on Dec. 24 for a four-course prix fixe dinner featuring, among other things, creamy cheese fondue, filet mignon, stuffed chicken, honey-glazed ham and salmon. Finish up with a decadent dessert fondue.

485 S. Federal Highway, Boca Raton

Tanzy Restaurant

Enjoy a four-course feast at this Boca restaurant on Dec. 25. Dinner, which runs $49 per person, features winter squash soup, salad, herb-crusted prime rib, a meyer lemon tart and a special gift from the chef. 

301 Plaza Real, Boca Raton

Waterstone Resort & Marina

Enjoy a Christmas Day breakfast ($25) on Dec. 25 from 7 a.m. to noon., or a prix fixe dinner ($65) at Boca Landing from 1 p.m. to 9 .m. Menu offerings include squid and octopus salad, roasted red beet salad, grilled pork tenderloin or roasted duck.

999 East Camino Real, Boca Raton

(Image via Facebook/Boca Resort)

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?) 

 

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.

Seasonal Cocktails To Sip On Around Palm Beach County During The Holiday Season

South Florida won’t see snowfall or temperatures drop drastically, but that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate winter’s arrival. Get in the holiday spirit with a festive, seasonal drink at one of your local Palm Beach County restaurants. Whether you’re looking for traditional holiday flavors, such as gingerbread and eggnog, or twists on year-round favorites, we have you covered with our holiday cocktail list.

Salted Caramel Martini

Photo courtesy of BRIO Tuscan Grille

BRAVO Cucina Italiana and BRIO Tuscan Grille have a delicious twist on the martini. RumChata combines perfectly with the Arabica coffee flavor of Kahlua and the rich velvety vanilla flavor of Absolut Vanilla. With cinnamon, sugar, a caramel swirl and a salted rim, it’s the ultimate sweet and salty martini.

149 Soundings Ave., Jupiter; 561.747.4445; bravoItalian.com

5050 Town Center Circle, Boca Raton; 561.392.3777; brioitalian.com

550 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach; 561.835.1511; brioitalian.com

3101 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens; 561.622.0491; brioitalian.com

Bulleit Nog-Chata

Another BRAVO Cucina Italiana and BRIO Tuscan Grille seasonal drink is a bold and cinnamony twist on the traditional holiday eggnog. The twiggy, nutty taste of Bulleit Rye with the smooth elegance of RumChata makes for an eggnog of unparalleled excellence. Crème anglaise, simple syrup, nutmeg and a cinnamon sugar rim are added for even more holiday cheer.

149 Soundings Ave., Jupiter; 561.747.4445; bravoItalian.com

5050 Town Center Circle, Boca Raton; 561.392.3777; brioitalian.com

550 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach; 561.835.1511; brioitalian.com

3101 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens; 561.622.0491; brioitalian.com

Spicy Gingerbread

Photo courtesy of 50 Ocean

50 Ocean’s Spicy Gingerbread is the cocktail that reflects the season with a shaken combination of Stoli Vanil, Frangelico and butterscotch schnapps. In a highball glass with ice, topped with ginger beer and garnished with a cinnamon stick, this drink is warm and soothing.                                                                

50 S. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach; 561.278.3364; 50ocean.com

Woodford Frost

Photo courtesy of 50 Ocean

In the tradition of classic cream drinks, 50 Ocean is serving up Woodford Frost, containing Woodford Reserve, the official bourbon of the Kentucky Derby. Godiva white chocolate liqueur, cream and peppermint schnapps are shaken with the bourbon, then strained into a martini glass and garnished with a pirouette cookie and shaved dark chocolate. It’s rich and satisfying, and provides better protection against the cold than wearing a sweater.

50 S. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach; 561.278.3364; 50ocean.com

Holiday Mojito

Photo courtesy of 50 Ocean

50 Ocean puts a twist on a tropical favorite with the Holiday Mojito. The classic cocktail mixes rum, mint leaves, simple syrup, lime juice and soda for a refreshing and invigorating palate pleaser. The Holiday Mojito adds muddled cranberries for visual appeal and a balancing edge of tart winter fruit.

50 S. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach; 561.278.3364; 50ocean.com

Christmopolitan

Photo courtesy of Miracle

Death or Glory is South Florida’s location of the Christmas pop-up bar Miracle, which is offering seasonally themed cocktails. A festive take on the Cosmopolitan, the Christmopolitan combines vodka, elderflower, dry vermouth, lime and absinthe mist. Spiced cranberry sauce and a rosemary garnish give it the color and look that’s perfect for the season.

116 NE Sixth Ave., Delray Beach; 561.808.8814; deathorglorybar.com

Bad Santa

Photo courtesy of Miracle

Another one of Death or Glory’s seasonal drinks, Bad Santa blends mulled red wine, tawny port, orange liqueur, golden raisins and spices. Served hot and in a Santa mug, this cocktail warms you right up.

116 NE Sixth Ave., Delray Beach; 561.808.8814; deathorglorybar.com

Jingle Ball Nog

Photo courtesy of Miracle

Death or Glory is also serving up its take on eggnog with Jingle Ball Nog. It is made from almond milk, pandan, cream, nougat syrup, egg and nutmeg. Cognac, amontillado sherry and peanut butter add even more flavor to the holiday drink.

116 NE Sixth Ave., Delray Beach; 561.808.8814; deathorglorybar.com