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Photo: The Fullerton Hotel Singapore

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year – yes, even in sunny Singapore, where many parts of the bustling metropolis are transformed into cheery festive wonderlands to celebrate the season.

These merry transformations serve as a suitably splendid backdrop amid the raucous revelry of the Christmas crowd, drawn to the heart of the city in search of equally splendid Christmas grub.

Those of us who prefer to spend the Yule in a more subdued environment – without compromising on the quantity or quality of their festive food and drink – should look to these Christmas takeaway platters and dessert hampers from these luxury hotels in Singapore.

After all, nothing says happy holidays quite like a heaving roast platter, with a weighty dessert table to match – and these are the places to get it from.

1. The Fullerton Hotel Singapore

Photo: The Fullerton Hotel Singapore

For traditional festive cheer inflected with Singaporean flavours, turn to The Fullerton Hotel Singapore. There’s a heaving centrepiece of a roast turkey marinated in aromatics typical of local favourite laksa, fittingly accompanied by an equally locavore ‘stuffing’ of nasi kunyit (coconut and turmeric rice), cranberries, pickled vegetables, peanuts, and ikan bilis crackers with spiced coconut gravy to wash it all down. Alternatively, the hotel’s Christmas offerings also feature an elevated take on the classic kong bak bao, pairing airy lotus leaf buns, pickled papaya and a soy sauce dip infused with 10 spices with slow-roasted Japanese black pork belly. 

Not to be neglected, the Christmas Wonderland Fruitcake presents a wonderful conversation piece for the entire family at the dessert table, draping the hotel’s well-loved rum fruitcake in a charming, hand-sculpted fondant tableau of the North Pole, complete with polar bear, penguin and pine trees on a pristine white snowscape. 

Available for pre-order now for pick-up or delivery until 27 December 2023. Orders must be made at least 4 days in advance. To order, head here or email fullertonshop@fullertonhotels.com

2. Raffles Hotel Singapore

Photo: Raffles Hotel, Singapore

Amid the rush of the holiday season, an ideal gift of love for the overloaded host might just be a fuss-free festive set with appetisers, mains, desserts and all the trimmings. Raffles Hotel, Singapore, covers all the bases with three bespoke takeaway sets curated for parties of every size.

The most lavish of these, the Merriment Splendour Takeaway Set, features luxurious classics like a semi bone-in gammon ham, foie gras terrine and 26-day grass-fed cote de boeuf complemented with smoked salmon, an assorted cheese platter, seasonal roasted vegetables, potato gratin and freshly baked bread. 

Sweet tidings come in the form of a quintessential chocolate log cake and panettone, along with two bottles of bubbly to usher in the festivities in style – and calm the nerves of a frazzled host who, hopefully, now has a base of wonderful Christmas grub to work with.

Available for pre-order now for pick-up or delivery from 13 to 25 December 2023. Orders must be made at least 2 days in advance. To order, head here or call +65 6412 1816.

3. Parkroyal Collection Pickering, Singapore

Photo: Parkroyal Collection Pickering, Singapore

Elevate your Christmas home celebrations with an all-in takeaway feast from Lime Restaurant at Parkroyal Collection Pickering, Singapore, offering this year a choice between a Christmas stalwart – roast turkey breast – and an all-new localised take on the salmon wellington, fortifying the rib-sticking bake with a Singapore-influenced seafood otah mousse. These sets, made to feed a party of four to six, are accompanied by other festive favourites like a honey-baked smoked ham, housemade pumpkin pie and a quartet of traditional sides to match.

Inspiration from sunny Singapore can also be found in the hotel’s Tropical Yule Log, shrouded in a vibrant mango glaze that gives way to layers of kaffir lime-scented mango mousse, pineapple and coconut cream and a light vanilla sponge. 

Available for pre-order now for pick-up or delivery until 1 January 2024. Orders must be made at least 3 days in advance. To order, head here

4. Shangri-La Singapore

Photo: Shangri-La Singapore

‘Tis the season for indulgence at Shangri-La Singapore, where a host of take-home festive roasts and delightful Christmas bakes await throughout the holiday season. The former includes the staple protein of the Yule season, a magnificent roast turkey seasoned with Italian Rustico spices like paprika, fenugreek, caraway and cardamom; a bone-in gammon ham, decadently glazed in honey, cinnamon and a touch of earthy truffle; as well as an updated version of their beef wellington, featuring Black Angus beef fillet cradled by mushroom duxelles, spinach, foie gras and flaky pastry – with a scattering of gold leaf for extra festive pizazz.

Speaking of pizazz, enchanting hand-crafted desserts present in the form of a fairytale-inspired “Once Upon a Time” festive cake, embracing the whimsical side of the many tales surrounding Christmas and the festivities while delighting with a combination of earl grey tea-infused cream, financiers and a zesty mandarin orange marmalade. Otherwise, there’s always the Mao Shan Wang Durian and Coconut Log Cake to ring in the season with some bittersweet, luscious indulgence courtesy of the king of fruits.

Available for pre-order now for pick-up or delivery until 1 January 2024. Orders must be made at least 3 days in advance. To order, head here, call +65 6213 4511, or email festive.sls@shangri-la.com

5. Conrad Centennial Singapore

Photo: Conrad Centennial Singapore

Conrad Centennial Singapore offers up novel ways to embrace the joy and merriment of the season with their Christmas pinatas and do-it-yourself Chocolate Christmas trees – just the thing to keep the kiddos occupied while the adults focus on demolishing hearty takeaway feasts centred around mouth-watering signature roasts.

Aside from the classics like an herb-scented roast turkey and pineapple-glazed ham, your guests can also look forward to carving into a hulking 300-day grain-fed Wagyu tomahawk or a White Pyrenees roast lamb rack, also grain-fed. Depending on the level of indulgence you’re going for, these roasts are complemented by equally hearty sides like DIY lobster and caviar rolls, foie gras bread stuffing, heirloom tomato burrata salad, roasted spuds and pancetta mac and cheese. 

End off the Christmas festivities on a sweet note with a traditional Marzipan stollen, panettone, homemade pecan caramel tart or even a festive log cake ,depending on which takeaway set you go for. Festive libations, including rare spirits and Champagne, can also be bundled in for a fuss-free Christmas party.

Available for pre-order now for pick-up or delivery until 6 January 2024. Orders must be made at least 3 days in advance. To order, head here or call +65 6432 7487.