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Don't feel like cooking? These restaurants are open on Christmas

Not only will some restaurants stay open, but many will offer special holiday meals, drinks and to-go packages.
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Christmas Day can be a time to pull out all the stops with a traditional home-cooked dish or a multi-course dinner, or it could be a chance to just take a break and hit up one of the restaurants that will stay open on the holiday. While traditionally, most restaurants are closed on Christmas there are actually plenty that stay open for business, ready to serve those who perhaps don't celebrate the holiday or are just looking to focus on family instead of cooking.

Since we've all had our fair share of chopping, dicing, peeling and prepping, there's no shame in ordering your Christmas dinner (or breakfast or lunch) at one of these national eateries. Just be sure to call ahead for reservations.


You can be eatin' good in the neighborhood at select Applebee's locations this Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Check with your local restaurant as hours may vary.


If hibachi sounds like a fun alternative to the traditional Christmas dinner, you're in luck! Contact the location nearest you for reservations.

Boston Market

Many locations will be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day so leave the carved ham and turkey to the pros and sit back and enjoy!

Chart House

Stop in to select locations for a meal on Christmas Day or order your holiday meal to-go.

Del Frisco's

The restaurant will be open for a special holiday meal or bring home a full three-course meal, put it in your own dishes and call it Christmas!

Del Taco

Mexican food for Christmas? Why not! Check your local eatery for hours if there's one close to you.


Most locations stay open 24 hours on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.


If you're jonesing for pizza on Christmas check your local Domino's to see if they are open — most are independently owned so hours may vary.


Nothing says the holidays like a Peppermint Mocha Signature Latte and hopefully you can grab one on Christmas this year. Customers should check the app to make sure their location is open.

Huddle House

If breakfast cooked by somebody else on Christmas morning sounds appealing, head on over to Huddle House for a Topped Waffle.


If a stack of pancakes is what you're craving on Christmas morning, you're in luck! Check your local IHOP for hours. Not ready to venture out? Take home their Family Feasts.

Macaroni Grill

Romano's Macaroni Grill is encouraging you to celebrate Christmas without cooking! They'll also be open Christmas Eve 11am - 10pm and from 11am-8pm on Christmas Day.


Some McDonald's will be open on Christmas Day but check their website to see if your location is one of them.


Morton's The Steakhouse will be open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, serving up a three-course menu featuring chateaubriand and a full a la carte menu. Reservations are recommended.

Ruth's Chris

Ruth's Chris Steak House is offering a special Christmas Eve and Christmas Day celebration. Enjoy a Celebration Feast for four on Christmas Day and all season long that includes choice of a starter, roasted beef tenderloin, garlic mashed potatoes, creamed spinach and four personal-sized cheesecakes for dessert.


Starbucks will be open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at select locations. The Caramel Brulée Latte makes Xmas even sweeter, served in a holiday cup, natch!

Waffle House

Why not start Christmas morning with Waffle House? Most locations are open 365 days a year, 24/7 and that includes Christmas and New Year's Day. Plus, Waffle House employees and customers are known to be some of the friendliest around so you'll definitely feel the Christmas spirit!