Whether you’ve been naughty or nice, diners can cross a stress-free meal off their holiday wish list. A number of restaurant chains will be open for business on Christmas Day 2020, including low-cost and moderately priced options. As always, we urge you to call ahead and confirm, as some independently operated franchises opt to close on Christmas or limit their hours. We’ll continue to update the list with regional or national restaurant chains open on December 25.
For Christmas 2020, consider the safety of dining in vs. ordering a meal to go. Please follow your region and restaurant’s guidelines to have a happy and healthy holiday.
Restaurants open on Christmas Day 2020
Boston Market: Select locations are open for dine-in and take-out. If you’re bringing food home, you can choose individual Christmas Meals (choice of hand-carved ham, roasted turkey breast or half signature roasted chicken) with two sides, dinner roll and a slice of apple pie for $13.99. The Market Feast for 3 (ham, turkey or chicken with three large sides, three dinner rolls and a whole apple or pumpkin pie) is $39.99. Hours are typically 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., but call your nearest restaurant for specific opening times.
Buca di Beppo: Open at 11 a.m. for dine-in or to-go.
Denny’s: Christmas is actually the diner chain’s busiest day of the year. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner all 24 hours of Christmas Day. They’ll have all their usual dishes, as well as a turkey and dressing plate for $10.49.
Huddle House: Often their busiest day of the year. Opens at 6 a.m. on Christmas Day.
IHOP: Open all day (24-hours restaurants will keep to schedule, hours may vary at other locations). Call your local restaurant for details.
Luby’s: Most locations open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Christmas Day Special includes your choice of entrée with two sides and bread: Prime Rib for $15.99 or Blackened Chicken Breast with Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp for $13.99. Dessert and drinks are extra.
McDonald’s: Some participating locations are open. Call ahead to confirm.
Panda Express: Open Christmas Day. They aren’t doing dine-in, but will be offering take-out and delivery.
Perkins Restaurant & Bakery: Not all locations will be open on Christmas Day. Call your city’s restaurant location to see if they will be open, and if they have special holiday hours.
Shari’s: Open all day for dine-in or take-out. They’ll feature holiday menu items with traditional favorites.
Shoney’s: Most locations are open December 25. Contact your nearest location to verify.
Starbucks: Most free-standing locations are open.
Village Inn: Some locations will be open all day (though hours may vary by location), but check with your local franchise. Be sure to get a slice of Candy Cane pie.
Waffle House: Open all day.
Not in the mood for standard fare such as turkey or ham? Look to your neighborhood ethnic restaurants. Many Chinese, Middle Eastern and Indian spots are open on Christmas for lunch and/or dinner.
Looking for a more formal dining experience? Check OpenTable. The online restaurant reservations site lists upscale restaurants (the kind that take reservations) open on Christmas Day. You can search by city.