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Christmas at the Crowne!

Crowne Plaza Christchurch is hosting their Christmas Lunch and Dinner Buffet at Market Place Restaurant! All the joy of Christmas feasting but without the preparation – what could be better?




Promising a day of decadent relaxation, Market Place will be wrapped in decorations with plenty of Christmas cheer and ambience, as resident pianist Peter Lewis performs live throughout the day.

The menu is filled with traditional classics; including sage and onion stuffed turkey, whole-baked Akaroa Salmon, and roasted leg of Canterbury lamb – plus all the salads and vegetables you could wish for. And, if you’ve still got room at the end, you can top it off with your pick of seven stunning dessert offerings.

For $149 per adult (including a complimentary glass of bubbles), and $49 per child (aged 6-16 years, while children under 5 dine free) – the whole family will be rolling out of Market Place very satisfied.

From the beginning of December, Crowne Plaza Christchurch will also showcase their annual gingerbread house.

Executive Chef Hamish Watt enjoys bringing the European tradition to Market Place Restaurant for Christmas. “I was at the German Christmas Markets when I saw all their gingerbread houses on display, and the amazing smell of ginger and mace has stayed with me ever since.”

Hamish and his team dedicate a whole week to creating and decorating the iconic 60kg gingerbread house. To book Christmas Day at Crowne Plaza Christchurch, visit or contact




On with the show: Crowne Plaza’s Market Place Restaurant

No matter how magnificent the show, the evening isn’t complete without perfect pre-theatre dining. The divine Market Place Restaurant at Crowne Plaza is just a five-minute walk from three of Christchurch’s premier performance venues: Isaac Theatre Royal, Christchurch Town Hall, and The Piano.



Market Place’s popular pre-theatre menu is available between 5:30 and 7:30pm, and is amazing value at $49 per person for entrée and main, or main and dessert, with a drink included! Showcasing Canterbury, the seasonal menu, created by Executive Chef Hamish Watt, features suppliers such as Akaroa Salmon, Wakanui Beef, Mountain River Venison, and Robinsons Bay Olive Oil.

As well as being a supporter of the flourishing future of our city, Market Place Restaurant takes its name from the city’s pioneer era and the first commercial centre of Christchurch, the Market Place, which was located across the road where picturesque Victoria Square now sits. Here, town and country met to exchange fresh produce, livestock and manufactured goods in a central location. Local historians have also pointed out that one of city’s first hospitality establishments, the ‘Golden Fleece’, once occupied the same site as the Crowne Plaza.

If you’re not in search of a comprehensive dinner, Crowne Plaza also proudly presents the modern Social Wine Bar on the ground floor. It’s the perfect spot for a drink or light meal to start your evening, and offers an impressive range of cocktails. With their new dessert wine and cheese board special available, a visit after the show is also a must. You never know who else you’ll see at Social!