Getting the kids to sleep on Christmas Eve is an absolute nightmare. All they want to do is stay up and catch Santa sneaking down the chimney to drop off their presents.
But if you’re looking for a way to send them straight to bed, why not try heading out for a Christmas Eve dinner?
With plenty of buffets on offer, the kids’ will be stuffed and fall straight asleep once you get home (provided you keep them away from the sugary desserts!).
Or, if you’re just looking for a more casual way to celebrate Christmas before the big day, there’s plenty of places that won’t be too full.
Read on for our guide to all the Christmas Eve brunches in Bahrain in 2019.
Le Meridien City Centre Bahrain is putting on a festive buffet for Christmas Eve. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, this is your best bet, as the restaurant is known for its amazing brunch desserts.
BHD28 (soft drinks), BHD36 (house beverages), BHD14 (children aged six to 12). Tue Dec 24 6.30pm-11pm. Le Meridien City Centre Bahrain (1717 1441).
Bahrain Bay Kitchen
We always end up eating far too much food on Christmas Day, and Bahrain Bay Kitchen’s Christmas Eve buffet sounds like the perfect way to get ready for the onslaught of meats. You’ll be able to enjoy dishes like roast Turkey, New Zealand lamb leg confit and orange glazed Barbary duck, plus oysters and other seafood. There’ll also be sweet treats including the traditional Christmas pudding and fruit cake and a vanilla chocolate Yule log. Smooth Mood Project DUO will be performing live.
BHD30 (soft drinks), BHD43 (house beverages), BHD15 (children aged six to 12). Tue Dec 24 7pm-midnight. Four Seasons Bahrain Bay (1711 5500).
You’ll be able to get everything from oysters and lobster to beef wellington and tagliolini at this Christmas Eve dinner. You’ll also get to indulge your sweet tooth with homemade pecan pie and gingerbread cookies too.
BHD36 (soft drinks), BHD48 (house beverages). Tue Dec 24 7.30pm onwards. Jumeirah Royal Saray, Seef (6672 0026).
Don’t want to spoil your Christmas Day dinner by eating all the traditional foods a day early? Head to Italian restaurant Fiamma where you’ll enjoy an international buffet. Don’t worry, there’s traditional dishes too.
BHD30 (soft drinks, plus one house beverage). Tue Dec 24 7pm-11pm. Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea and Spa (3888 5789).
While the Japanese traditionally get KFC on Christmas Day, Christmas Eve is all about the romance. You’ll get to enjoy a six-course dinner served in a Kaiseki styled set and see how another culture celebrates at Imari this year.
BHD17+++ (soft drinks), BHD25+++ (house beverages), BHD10+++ (children aged five to 12). Tue Dec 24 7pm-midnight. The Domain Bahrain (1600 0333).
Three of the dining venues at InterContinental Bahrain – Selections, Medzo and Legendz – will be jointly hosting a Christmas Eve brunch. Expect steak from Legendz, Italian cuisine from Medzo and everything in between from Selections.
BHD22 (soft drinks), BHD32 (house beverages). Tue Dec 24 7pm-10.30pm. InterContinental Bahrain, Manama (1722 7777).
You can enjoy a Christmas Eve dinner with a side of sea views at La Mer. There’s a five-course set menu, so you won’t ruin your appetite for the big day.
BHD45 (five-course set menu with wine pairing). Tue Dec 24 7pm-11pm. Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea and Spa (3888 5789).
It’s traditional to eat seafood on Christmas Eve, and you’ll be able to do just that at La Mosaique’s festive feast. There’s a buffet and you can also order fish prepared to your liking at live cooking stations.
BHD20 (soft drinks), BHD28 (house beverages). Tue Dec 24 7pm onwards. Crowne Plaza Bahrain, Diplomatic Area (1753 1122).
There’ll be a festive set menu for you to enjoy at Neyran restaurant that comes with two house beverages this year.
BHD16 (set menu and two house beverages). Tue Dec 24 7pm-10.30pm. Mercure Grand Hotel Seef (1758 4400).
There are special festive menus on at La Med, Nirvana, La Table Krug by Y, Cantina Kahlo, Primavera and Plums from December 1 to December 31.
À la carte. Tue Dec 24 7pm-11.30pm. The Ritz-Carlton, Seef (1758 6499).
Avoid stuffing your face by heading to Silk’s restaurant this Christmas Eve as it will be offering up a four-course festive menu. You’ll get all the classic Christmas dishes and beverages like mixed drinks and mulled grape.
BHD34 (house beverages). Tue Dec 24 7pm-11pm. Mövenpick Hotel, Muharraq (1746 0017).
Teatro is offering up a five-course set menu at its Christmas Eve dinner. There’ll be live entertainment too.
BHD19 (soft drinks), BHD31 (house beverages). Tue Dec 24 6pm-11pm. Downtown Rotana, Manama (1311 9999).
Unsurprisingly, Waves specialises in seafood so you can get all your favourite fish dishes fresh from off the coast of Bahrain right here.
BHD18 (soft drinks), BHD26 (house beverages). Tue Dec 24 7pm onwards. Crowne Plaza Bahrain, Diplomatic Area (1753 1122).