Restaurants for Christmas dinner in Calgary

This is the most wonderful gastronomical time of the year. With tidings of comfort and joy come heaping portions of juicy roast turkey and pillowy mashed potatoes. If you’re unable or uninterested in preparing these seasonal dishes yourself, several restaurants offer sit-down and take-home dinners for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Here are the places to go for the most decadent hassle-free, 2016 holiday dinners.

Hotel Fairmont Palliser

1
133 9th Avenue SW, CALGARY, AB T2P 2M3

The annual Fairmont Palliser Christmas buffet is the ultimate gourmet holiday spread. Orbiting around the turkey and traditional root-veg fixin’s is a selection of salads, sides and sweets. A four-course Christmas Eve dinner is served in The Rimrock from 4:30 pm to 9:30 pm with tickets $75 per person. The four-course Christmas Day dinner is served in the Crystal Ballroom from 4:30 pm to 9:30 pm, $120 per person. On Boxing Day at The Rimrock the buffet is scheduled to start at 5:30 pm with tickets set at $50 per person. With limited availability, call to make a reservation.

River Cafe

2
25 Prince's Island Pk, Calgary, AB T2P 0R1

Enjoy Christmas dinner courtesy of River Café – the restaurant is once again taking orders for its annual take-home meal. The menu features oven-ready, honey-brined, free-range turkey with shiitake mushroom and delicata squash stuffing. Side dishes include smoked-butter mashed potatoes, Brussels sprout leaves, Wild Rose ale-glazed beck farm carrots and wood-grilled endive and poached pear. For dessert: Broxburn Farms sugar pumpkin sticky toffee pudding. Dinner for eight to 10 guests is priced at $450 while dinner for 12 to 14 guests is priced at $550. Limited quantities are available, so those interested should place orders soon. Orders will be ready for pickup on Dec. 24 between 9 and 10 a.m.

Sheraton Suites Calgary Eau Claire

Located in Sheraton Suites Calgary Eau Claire, Barclay’s is a contemporary-upscale restaurant and lounge serving Christmas Day dinner buffet. Start with sushi or German-style potato salad, followed by bacon-wrapped beef sirloin and chorizo meatballs with cilantro avocado dip. Turkey will be served, of course, roasted with apple cranberry stuffing. For dessert, enjoy Barclay's selection of sweets, cakes, squares and slices. The event is scheduled to run from 4 to 10 p.m. on Dec. 25, with adult tickets priced at $79, seniors at $51, children from six to 13 $21 and kids under five complimentary, plus GST. Call to make a reservation.

Glenmore Inn & Convention Centre

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2720 Glenmore Trail SE, Calgary, AB T2C 2E6

Head over to The Glenmore Inn & Convention Centre’s Garden Court on Christmas Day for a gut-busting holiday dinner buffet. The carving station features prime rib in red wine au jus, and turkey served with pan gravy, as well as fine herbs and cream. Vegetarian lasagna is also available. Side dishes include seafood pasta salad, garlic mashed potatoes and a Christmas vegetable medley. For dessert: Christmas pudding with warm caramel custard, chocolate fondue with fruit and more. Adults, $49.95; seniors, $44.95; kids six to 12, $25. Seatings available at 5 pm or 6 pm. Call to make a reservation.

The Westin Calgary

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320 4th Avenue SW, Calgary, AB T2P 2S6

Westin Calgary offers a takeaway turkey dinner for those who want to savour a homemade Christmas meal with minimal prep and cleanup. The meal includes a free-range whole turkey with gravy, cranberry sauce, locally grown whipped potatoes, traditional sage stuffing with sautéed Okanagan apples, celery and yellow onion. For dessert: pumpkin pie and sticky toffee pudding. Dinner for 12 to 15 people, $375; 20 to 22 people, $575. Add-ons, such as gluten-free dishes, are available.

Sunterra Market

5
200 12 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0Z7

This boutique grocer offers the ultimate stress-free, take-home Christmas meal – just heat and eat. It includes roasted pumpkin soup and pear and quinoa salad. For the main entree, choose between one of two options: herb-roasted turkey with buttermilk mashed potatoes, traditional stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce and vegetables or pomegranate and brandy-glazed Sunterra Farms spiral ham with buttermilk mashed potatoes and vegetables. For dessert: gingerbread cake with cinnamon roasted apples and caramel sauce. Meals are available for delivery or pick up on Dec. 23 and 24 and cost $25.99 per person.

Horizons Bistro

6
1316 33 St NE, Calgary, AB T2A 6B6

In the Coast Plaza Hotel, Horizons Bistro hosts a Christmas Day buffet from 4 to 8 p.m. The carving station will include Christmas spiced ham with raisin sauce and a cold apple purée, as well as sage slow oven-roasted turkey with house-made cranberry sauce and pan gravy. Side dishes include butternut squash ravioli and Swiss potato lasagna. Save room for dessert, including triple chocolate cake, chocolate and banana bread pudding and cheesecake. Adults, $39.95; seniors, $34.95, children four to 10, $19.95. Call for reservations.

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