Dear Santa, for Christmas this year I would like to feast on mouth-watering food, sip endless French fizz and do zero washing up. Help?

If your Yuletide wish list includes a heart-felt/desperate note to Mr Claus to spare you playing host to a slew of freeloading relatives for Christmas Day then your wish is our command. Instead of spending December 25 overwhelmed by turkey-roasting duties and underwhelmed by the crushing number of champagne flutes you have to clean, this year mean it when you say happy Christmas by outsourcing your Yule lunch to the experts. Book a festive table at one of these five show stopping Sydney (and surrounds) eateries for your merriest Christmas Day yet. No washing up required.

5 knockout Sydney places to spend Christmas Day lunch