End your year in the finest way: Christmas and New Year’s Eve special in Istanbul
Although there is no general Christmas celebration in Istanbul, people here tend to add this holiday spirit to the New Year celebration. Most of the restaurants will be open on new Year’s Eve, and some might serve a special menu. If you are looking for a feast, a party, or luxurious accommodation to celebrate the New Year, here is the list of Istanbul’s hotels and restaurants making special offers.

Luxurious hotels

Swissotel The Bosphorus

The three restaurants of Swissotel The Bosphorus offer different menus designed by chef Ali Ronay for Christmas and New Year. The signature restaurant, Sabrosa, has Christmas Eve buffet, Christmas brunch, and New Year’s Eve dinner with performance of the Avantgarde Orchestra. For those who crave a Swiss atmosphere and heart-warming fondue, the historical and cozy Chalet offers Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve special menus. At Gabbro, Christmas Eve dinner features seafood and roasted turkey; on New Year’s Eve, the feast will be accompanied by Royals Orchestra’s performance. T: 0212 326 11 00; www.swissotel.com/hotels/istanbul/

The cozy atmosphere at Swiss Chalet

Çırağan Palace Kempinski

From December 24-25, you can enjoy afternoon tea between 3-5pm at the price of 250 TL per person, and special Christmas menu at Laledan for 595 TL. On New Year’s Eve, enjoy the gala dinner at Tuğra Restaurant along the Bosphorus with live orchestra performance at the price of 1,100 TL per person; Laledan’s special Italian menu is 950 TL; Gazebo Lounge’s open buffet is 700 TL. Le Fumoir will hold after party from 7pm until the first morning of 2020. On January 1, 2020, New Year’s brunch will be served between noon-4pm (800 TL). For restaurant reservation: 0212 236 73 33; for accommodation package information: 0212 326 45 00; www.kempinski.com

Çırağan Palace Kempinski’s New Year cocktail

The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul 

On December 24, Christmas Eve dinner at Atelier Real Food is 325 TL. New Year’s Eve menu is 975 TL at Atelier Real Food, prepared by chef Selami Güleryüz and Alper Kızılbayır, and 675 TL at Bleu Lounge. The countdown party will take place at Bleu Lounge with DJ performance and will continue until 3am. On January 1, 2020, the Farm to Brunch project offers delicious food at the price of 285 TL (50% discount for guests between the ages of 7-12). For reservation: 0212 334 41 88; www.ritzcarlton.com/Istanbul‎

Holiday season at The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul

Hilton Istanbul

Hilton Istanbul Bomonti‘s signature restaurant, The Globe, will prepare Christmas menu featuring salmon caviar, smocked duck, beef cheeks, and lobster. Its New Year’s Eve menu has five specialties: buttered scallops, Jerusalem artichoke soup, salmon rillettes, roquefort ravioli, and traditional fried turkey. At Cloud 34, you can enjoy a city view with DJ performance. Its menu offers Far East cuisine such as sushi, shrimp tempura, and Vietnamese spring rolls. Rejuvenate your body at eforea Spa with the New Year package for 585 TL, including 50 minute Turkish bath and massage, plus 20 minute skin care. T: 0212 315 60 00; I: @hiltonistanbulbosphorus

Hilton Istanbul Bomonti

Hilton Istanbul Bosphorus‘s Bosphorus Terrace offers Christmas Eve open buffet and Christmas brunch with live music. On the New Year’s Eve, the gala diner will take place at the ballroom with a special menu featuring lobster, duck, goose liver terrines, sea bass fillet, and beef medallions. Bosphorus Terrace also has New Year’s Eve buffet that includes Far East and Anatolian cuisine. You can also celebrate New Year’s Eve at Veranda Terrace Bar, enjoying its a la carte menu and DJ performance. For reservation and accommodation package information call 0212 315 60 00

Hilton Istanbul Bosphorus

For the New Year dinner at Hilton Istanbul Maslak, world and Turkish cuisine will be prepared by chef Arif Kemal Doğan as a five course menu; musicians Eda and Metin Özülkü will perform for the festive celebration. The New Year’s Eve cocktail at the ballroom will be accompanied by Bahar Koçak and Özülkü Orchestra, and later DJ performance will continue until 2020.

Hilton Istanbul Maslak

Four Seasons Hotels Istanbul

Four Seasons Hotels Istanbul at the Bosphorus celebrates the holiday season with Winter City event, starting from December 1 and including Christmas market from December 21-29. The special menus are Sunday Festival Brunch on December 22, Christmas Eve dinner, and Christmas lunch at Aqua Restaurant. For New Year’s Eve, the gala diner at Aqua Restaurant will be accompanied by performance of Özge Erdeniz and his orchestra; at the Ballroom, you can enjoy a different menu with the performance of Danna Leese and Purple Hand Band. For reservation: 0212 381 42 40.

Four Seasons Hotel Sultanahmet also offers Christmas Eve dinner, Christmas brunch, and New Year’s Eve dinner with Mine and Orchestra, the Cello Vox Group, and DJ performances. For reservation: 0552 402 31 00 

Winter Garden at Four Seasons Hotels Istanbul at the Bosphorus

Raffels Istanbul

Located in Zorlu Center, Raffles Istanbul offers different kinds of New Year’s Eve specials. You can choose between the six course menu at Rocca Rastaurant accompanied by Hülya Uysal’s saxophone performance, or Far East contemporary cuisine at Isokyo. After party will take place at Long Bar with DJ Fatih Mutlu’s performance. There is also a New Year brunch served between 11am-4pm, spa service, and accommodation packages. Raffles Istanbul also pay attention to your kids. There will be special activities, playgrounds, cinema room, dinner buffet designed for the little ones. While enjoying the holidays, parents can keep an eye on their children through a special application. T: 0212 924 02 00; www.raffles.com/istanbul

Raffels Istanbul

InterContinental Istanbul

The New Year menu at InterContinental Istanbul includes cannelloni, lamb loin, lemon and basil granita, bergamot sabayon, and petit four. For those looking for something special, Safran Restaurant features live Ottoman classical music fasıl. With a panoramic Istanbul view, City Lights Restaurant will have DJ performance that continues until 2020. On the first day of 2020, breakfast at The Brasserie accompanied by live jazz music will continue until 12:30pm. 

InterContinental Istanbul

Grandma’s Wonderland

For those who want to have a short escape out of town, Grandma’s Wonderland in Silivri is a good choice. The hotel’s special New Year campaign starts from December 31 with delicious snack, tea and coffee, as well as hot wine from Grandma’s Wonderland’s vineyard. The dinner will take place at Barn restaurant with a special menu created by chief Bülent Akkızoğlu. Later, the after party will be held in outdoor and indoor spaces, where you can enjoy işkembe çorbası and sucuk. Have a late brunch on the first day of 2020. For reservation: 0542 253 50 80; www.grandmaswonderland.com

Grandma’s Wonderland

Richmond Nua Wellness-Spa

Richmond Nua Wellness-Spa is a another good option for those who wants to stay away from the hectic city life. In addition to the New Year’s Eve gala dinner the next day’s brunch, guests can also enjoy special spa services with a price starting from 600 TL. 

Richmond Nua Wellness-Spa

Hyatt Regency Istanbul Ataköy

You can enjoy a six course set menu with live music by Beste Yoltay & Orkestra Acun starting from the price of 590 TL, or join the New Year’s Eve party at VUE Bar with DJ performance for 140 TL, including a free drink. For more information and reservation call 0212 463 13 30

Hyatt Regency Istanbul Ataköy

Wyndham Grand İstanbul Kalamış Marina Hotel

The hotels will hold three concerts to celebrate New Year’s Eve with menus prepared by the new chef Uğur Alparslan. At Kalamış Ballroom, you can enjoy Mehmet Erdem’s music at the price of 175 TL; at Ouzo Roof Restaurant, the dinner will be accompanied by Greek music performed by Yorgo at the price of 500 TL; you can also enjoy food and Turkish and foreign pop songs covered by İlhan Güryalçın at Beykoz Ballroom for 750 TL. T: 0216 400 00 57

Cozy restaurants 

Divan Restaurants

Divan Pub Erenköy and Divan Bebek Brasserie offer New Year’s menu at the price of 200 TL per person and 275 TL with matched wines. You can enjoy the same menu at Divan Kalamış Brasserie with DJ performance. The New Year’s dinner at Divan Beyoğlu Brasserie will be accompanied by live jazz music, with the price of 250 TL per person and 325 TL with matched wines. The menu’s highlights include duck pâté and saffron risotto with mushrooms. You can also order a whole or half turkey at the price of 650 TL and 425 TL.

Sunset Grill & Bar

The restaurant is popular for its Bosphorus view form a height. The good location and New Year’s special menu created by chef Fabrice Canelle will offer you an elegant and romantic New Year’s Eve. 

Sunset Grill & Bar

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