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South Florida restaurants are rolling out the red and green carpet for Christmas. Here are some of the prix-fixe menus on offer Tuesday for Christmas Eve and Wednesday for Christmas Day.

Unless noted, prices are per person and do not include tax and tip. Check for additions and updates.

Area 31: Christmas Day buffet 1-8 p.m. Menu items include Key West pink shrimp ceviche and baked ham; $75, $35 per child. Epic Hotel, 270 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Miami; 305-424-5234.

Atrio: Three-course dinner Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Highlights include celeriac soup, roast turkey and dark chocolate Yule log; $65. Conrad Miami, 1395 Brickell Ave., Miami; 305-503-6529.

3030 Ocean: Three-course dinner Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Highlights include roasted chestnut soup, prime rib and peppermint pots-de-crème; $56. 3030 Holiday Dr., Fort Lauderdale; 954-765-3030.

Caffe Abbracci: Christmas Eve and Christmas Day menu features beef tortelloni with truffle oil, branzino and chocolate caramel flan; $40. 318 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables; 305-441-0700.

Chatham House: Three-course Christmas Eve dinner featuring shrimp cocktail, New York strip, cedar-planked salmon and cheesecake; $39.95. 4331 N. Ocean Dr., Lauderdale-by-the-Sea; 954-351-0310.

Cioppino: Four-course Christmas Eve dinner plus Christmas Day brunch with seatings at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m.; $115, $45 per child. Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, 455 Grand Bay Dr., Key Biscayne; 305-365-4286.

Devon Seafood & Steak: Three-course Christmas Eve special available 4-10 p.m. Highlights include 6-ounce filet and jumbo lump crab cakes; $37. 11715 Sherri Lane, Kendall; 305-275-0226.

Rosa Mexicano: Christmas Eve and Christmas Day menu includes Mexican canela, braised pork shank and sticky pumpkin cake; $35. 1111 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, 305-695-1005; 900 S. Miami Ave., Miami, 786-425-1001.

The Social Club: Four-course Christmas Day menu available noon-11 p.m. features crab cake, venison and local snapper; $65. The Surfcomber, 1717 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-604-1800.

Toro Toro: Family-style dinner 6-11 p.m. Christmas Day includes chopped salad, ground lamb anticucho skewers, Parmesan-crusted sea scallops and tres leches cake; $50. Intercontinental, 100 Chopin Plaza, Miami; 305-372-4710.

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Christmas to go

Icebox Cafe, 1855 Purdy Ave., Miami Beach, will be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day for the first time in 15 years, and is selling takeout holiday entrees packaged in oven-ready containers: salmon en croute ($130), torta rustica ($110) and honey-orange-glazed ham ($90), each of which serves about a dozen. A la carte appetizers, sides and desserts are available, too; 305-538-8448.

Holiday happenings

• Whole Foods Market, 12150 Biscayne Blvd., North Miami, hosts a gift-making class from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday for youngsters ages 4 to 12. Projects include hand-dipping cookies and assembling Mason jar cocoa recipes. The class is free but registration is required; 305-892-5500.

• Marky's Gourmet, 687 NE 79th St., Miami, hosts a Nicolas Feuillatte champagne tasting from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday with samples of the brand’s Palm d’Or, Brut and Brut Rosé plus European cheeses and charcuterie; 305-758-2005.

Lee & Marie's Cakery Company, 40 S. Pointe Dr., Miami Beach, invites chidren to drop in between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tuesday for free cookie-decorating instruction; 305-672-5167.

Honor roll

Feeding the Hungry Ghost: Life, Faith, and What to Eat for Dinner by Ellen Kanner, the Miami Herald’s Edgy Veggie columnist, is wreathed in accolades this holiday season: VegNews named it book of the year, the Smart Foodie blog chose it as one of the top five cookbook gifts for Christmas, and the Herbal Academy of New England honored it as one of the year’s 10 best vegan books.

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