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Now that you’re just about done with Christmas shopping, it’s time to start thinking about Christmas dinner! This year, take the stress out and let one of Monterey County’s fine restaurants plan an appetizing holiday menu just for you. Many eateries throughout the area will make your holiday bright when they serve you the best seasonal and comfort foods around. For a full list of Christmas dinners in Monterey County click here. Celebrate the holiday overlooking the Pacific Ocean at Rocky Point Restaurant. On Christmas Day, the cliffside restaurant offers a delectable 6-course dinner menu featuring prime rib as the main course. Regular menu items will also be available. $49 per person, 1pm-8pm. Call 831-624-2933 to reserve. For a truly indulgent meal dine at Aubergine at L'Auberge Carmel. The award-winning restaurant offers a 4-course dinner menu available with and without wine pairings. Choose from dishes like Dungeness crab, foie gras, Wagyu beef, lobster and caramelized brioche for dessert. 5pm-9pm, $89 per person and $75 extra with wine pairing. Call 831-624-8578 to reserve. Everyone gets what they want at the Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa’s buffet-style dinner on Cannery Row. Diners will have their pick of an assortment of appetizers, main dishes and desserts including crispy crab cakes, roasted prime rib, sausage sage stuffing, pumpkin pie, bread pudding and much more. $55 for adults and $23 for children ages 6-16. Call 800-334-3999 for reservations. For a dressed-down, kicked-back Christmas meal, head to Kula Ranch in Marina. Enjoy items from the Christmas prix-fixe menu or dishes from their standard menu. Guests can choose from comfort foods like tender slow-roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, candied yams, house-made stuffing, and blue lake green beans. 2pm-8pm, $26.95 for adults, $9.95 for 11 and under. Call 831-883-9479 to reserve. Pacific Grove favorite, Fandango, serves tasty selections from their standard menu on Christmas Day. Special Christmas choices will also be available like Roast Tom Turkey and Duckling a l ‘Orange. Dinner will be served from 3pm-8pm. Call 831-372-3456 to reserve.