Celebrate the holidays, or just the end of the year, by gathering around the table. If you’re looking to avoid all the cooking that comes with these celebrations, consider ordering a fully cooked Christmas dinner to go so you can spend more time with your family than in the kitchen.
You can order Christmas dinner (a full holiday meal)-from numerous restaurants and supermarkets, either online, over the phone or in person. Some meals can be ordered hot, meaning that they’ll be warm and ready to eat when you pick them up. Others will be ordered cold, meaning the food will need to be cooked or reheated once you get home. Certain restaurants also offer individual dishes to go rather than dinner for four. No matter which option you order, you’ll save time and energy.
Please note that prices and offerings may vary by location and supplies may be limited. The lists below are a selection from each store or restaurant offering Christmas meals to go last year, and other options may be available. Also, if your meal is picked up or delivered refrigerated, you may need to allow several hours for reheating, so plan accordingly.
We will update and expand this list as more stores and restaurants announce their holiday plans. If you want to see some more options that might be closer to home, you can also check out the local Living on the Cheap network sites.
If you’re more interested in dining out, make sure to take a look at our list of restaurants that are open on Christmas Day.
Which supermarkets sell ready-made Christmas dinner?
When ordering your holiday dinner to go from a grocery store, take note of any advance notice requirements and pickup windows. Also be sure to allow time to reheat the food; this can take several hours, depending on the main dish. The list and prices below are from last year; we’ll update them as soon as new information is available.
$62.99-$67.99, with “side kit” for $29.99
Serves 6-10, depending on selection
Albertson offers various turkey and ham holiday dinners with cornbread dressing, mashed potatoes, cranberry relish, giblet gravy and rolls. All orders require 24 hours’ notice and will be accepted through Dec. 21 or while supplies last.
Harris Teeter’s $59.99 ham dinner includes a spiral sliced ham and sides, including sweet potato casserole, mashed potatoes and green bean casserole. They’re also offering a turkey dinner with dressing, gravy and cranberry relish instead of sweet potatoes for the same price.
You can order online or in-store. Allow a five-day lead time for all orders. Pickup times will be available from Dec. 11 through Dec. 24 at 4 p.m. and Dec. 27 through Jan. 1 at 6 p.m.
The Midwestern grocery chain offers a variety of holiday dinners to serve groups large and small. A few of the options include: Applewood pit ham meal ($89.99) or a prime rib party pack ($169.99) for 8 with two large sides of mashed potatoes, two large sides of your choice, 16 oz. of beef or turkey gravy and 12 dinner rolls (plus horseradish sauce for prime rib meal); a ham or turkey dinner ($59.99) for 4 with smaller amounts of the same side dishes; and a Crowd’s Choice ham and turkey dinner ($269.99) to serve 12, with Butterball turkey (10–12 lb.), Hy-Vee honey-glazed spiral ham (18–20 lb.), three large sides of mashed potatoes, four large sides of your choice, 32 ounces of beef or turkey gravy, 24 dinner rolls and two pies. See all the offerings and ordering details for each meal here.
Order a ham, turkey or prime rib dinner with traditional sides and pumpkin pie. The meals feed from 4 to 6 people or 6 to 8 people. You can also order the main dishes and side dishes separately. Meats are priced per pound, except for the boneless ham. Prices for side dishes vary.
$59.99 – $99.99
This season, Publix is offering a cooked whole turkey dinner for $59.99 featuring turkey, holiday dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, marshmallow delight, and cranberry orange relish. You need to order 48 hours in advance, and some items will require up to 90 minutes to heat, so plan accordingly.
They’re also offering a meal package with a turkey breast that also feeds 15 to 20 for $99.99, with a heating time of up to 150 minutes. Order online or call your nearest store.
Safeway’s Spiral Ham Dinner for 8 to 10 people features a fully cooked spiral ham, scalloped potatoes, spiced apples, green bean casserole, mashed sweet potatoes and Hawaiian rolls for $79.99. Or go for a homestyle turkey dinner with sides at $69.99; it serves 6 to 8 . The prime rib dinner for 5-6 is $89.99.
Order online for in-store pickup and allow 2 to 3 hours at home for heating. Go to safeway.com and enter “holiday meals” in the search bar.
Meals start at $140
Wegman’s is offering a signature garlic-studded rib roast dinner for 10-12 for $155 plus up to 6 ready-to-heat sides, each for an additional charge (a minimum of 3 are required): potatoes gratin, whipped potatoes, cauliflower spinach gratin, roasted Brussels sprouts, buttered squash, seasoned green beans. Sorry, you can’t just order the roast alone.
You can also choose turkey dinners that serve 6, 10 or 12 starting at $140, or a signature ham that serves 10-12 for $155. A variety of side dishes are included with the ham and turkey dinners.
All orders are picked up ready to cook (for prime rib) or heat. Prime rib dinner is available through Jan. 1; other holiday dinners are available from Dec. 18 through Dec. 28, all while supplies last. Order online through Wegman’s catering page; go to wegmans.com and choose the “Meals2Go & Catering” tab at the top. Allow for 24 hours after ordering before picking up.
$74.99 – $329.99 for meals for four people and up
Whole Foods offers a large variety of meals, depending on your location, including two for special diets: a $39.99 vegan meal for two, featuring a cremini mushroom roast, and a paleo-friendly turkey dinner for $89.99. You can also opt for lamb shank for four ($99.99). beef Wellington for four ($139.99) and a prime rib meal for eight ($229.99) Or go for one of the turkey options that range in price from $74.99 to $139.99. A feast for 12 costs $329.99 and features prime rib and salmon. Sides vary with each meat, but they include green bean casserole, creamed spinach and kale, Brussel sprouts, and truffle parmesan mashed potatoes. Note: All items will be refrigerated upon receiving and will require heating, unless otherwise noted.
Orders must be placed 48 hours ahead of pickup time. Pickup dates are Dec. 18 through Dec. 31. Order online or call 844-936-2428.
Which restaurants offer fully cooked Christmas dinners to go?
If you don’t feel like going out to eat but also don’t want to cook, find a restaurant near you offering Christmas meals to go. Prices and availability may vary by location, and there may be a deadline by which to place your order, so check online or call your local restaurant.
Bob Evans’ Farmhouse Feast with Ham features spiral glazed ham, sides and dessert. You can also order a Farmhouse Feast with Turkey that serves 4 for $64.99, or larger packages of both feasts that serve 8. This year, they’ve introduced a pot roast option that serves up to 10 for $139.99. All meals are packed cold and ready to heat.
Meals are heat-and-serve and can be ordered online.
Ham $89.99 (serves 4-6); $149.99 for 12
Turkey $99 (serves 4-6); $149 for 12
Prime rib $129 (serves 4 -6); $189.99 for 12
Boston Market is rolling out the choices for your holiday meal this year. Note that the prime rib meal is sold raw, so follow the cooking instructions! Place your order online by Dec. 21 for pick-up no later than Dec. 24, and do note that prices will vary across the country.
Buca di Beppo
$109.90 – $319.00
Serves 5 – 20
Nothing says Christmas like delicious pasta with savory toppings. Buca knows how to feed a crowd. They’ve whipped up spaghetti, rigatoni, and other pasta feasts and will serve them either half pan or full pan, depending on the size of your crowd.
Order online for in-store or curbside pickup or delivery between Dec. 23-25.
Claim Jumper Restaurant & Saloon
$135 – $145
Claim Jumper’s three-course holiday platters include your choice of slow roasted turkey, smoked ham, or turkey and ham alongside garlic cheese bread, salad, stuffing, roasted vegetables, mashed potatoes, sweet mashed potatoes and your choice of apple or pumpkin pie.
You can also order a la carte sides and desserts. Pickup times vary by location, so contact your local restaurant for more information.
$99.99 – $139.99
Cracker Barrel’s Holiday Heat ‘n’ Serve Family Dinner includes ham and traditional sides. They’re also offering a larger package that serves 8-10 people for $139.99.
And they’re putting lots of attention, and rightly so, on the new prime rib meal that serves 4 – 6 for $124.99.
Casseroles, pies and other a la carte items are also available. Order online. Meals will be available for pickup Dec. 21 to Dec. 28. Use within 72 hours after pickup. If you schedule your holiday ham or prime rib pick up December 22 or 23, you’ll receive a free $5 bonus card (valid in January and February 2022.) 24-hour notice is required for orders.
Firebirds Wood Fired Grill
Firebirds is offering a Holiday Prime Rib Feast that features a prime rib, sides and a dessert. Order online by Dec. 18 for pick up Dec. 23 or 24.
$79.99, price and sides may vary by location
Serves 4 -6
Golden Corral’s Holiday Meals To-Go Package includes roasted turkey or holiday spiced ham, as well as mashed potatoes, gravy, cornbread stuffing, cranberry sauce, one dozen yeast rolls with honey butter, and your choice of side and pie.
Meals are ready-to-heat. Order by Dec. 19 for pickup on Christmas Eve; 72 hours’ notice is required. Call your local restaurant to order. Individual meats, and dinners for 20 or more guests priced at $9.99 – $11.99 per guest are also available.
$31.99, price may vary by location
It’s a brunch for your bunch, and it’s only available from IHOP ’N GO. Scrambled eggs, hash browns, sausage links, and, of course, pancakes complete with holiday toppings like cranberry sauce, vanilla mousse, and a special creation involving mini-marshmallows. Available at select locations.
Starting at $129.99; price may vary by location
This Christmas, Marie Callender’s is offering multiple dinner menus to serve at your table. Most come with yams, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetables, fresh cornbread and a pie.
Turkey breast feast: $129.99
Ham feast: $149.99
Ham and turkey: $179
Whole turkey: $154.99
Ham and whole turkey: $189.99
Prime rib: $224.99
Sides and meats are sold individually, too. Order the holiday meals online to schedule your own pickup date and time. All meals will require three hours reheating time.
McCormick & Schmick’s
McCormick and Schmick’s is offering a Holiday Feast To-Go that includes prime rib, a mixed greens salad, mashed potatoes, green beans, sourdough bread and butter, and au jus and horseradish sauce.
You can order online, or call ahead and place your order before Dec. 20. McCormick & Schmick’s will also be open for dine-in on Christmas Day with a prix-fixe menu.
Metro Diner’s Holiday At Home Feast features your choice of baked ham or roasted turkey and lost of choices: mashed potatoes and gravy or sweet potato mash, French-style green beans or a green bean casserole, cornbread stuffing or mac n cheese, cranberry sauce, and Hawaiian dinner rolls. Pie is sold separately
They’re also offering platters in other sizes, including an individual serving for $15.99 or a feast for 8 for $115.49. Order now through Dec. 23 for pickup the next day. Pickup times the week of Christmas are from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 22 and 23, and until 2 p.m. Dec. 24.
Morton’s The Steakhouse
Can’t get reservations for Dec. 25? You can take the same delicious chateaubriand, salad, bakled corn souffle, sour cream mashed potatoes, creamed spinach, and dessert home to eat by your own fireplace. Place your order online.
Ruth’s Chris Steak House
$195; price may vary by location
Ruth’s Chris’ Celebration Feast includes a starter, roasted beef tenderloin, sides and a cheesecake dessert. You can add seafood and wine to your dinner as well. Menu and offerings available select days. Take-home offerings must be ordered 48 hours in advance.
Order online by 5 p.m. Dec. 21 at 5 p.m. for pick up Dec. 24.
Starting at $79.99
Their Holiday Ham Feast for 4 to 6 people features hand-carved ham, mashed potatoes, green bean medley, cranberry sauce, cinnamon apples, dinner rolls and your choice of cherry or pumpkin pie. You can also order a Holiday Turkey Feast that serves 4-6 for $89.99, or an Ultimate Holiday Feast that serves 10-12 for $164.99. Shari’s will serve individual meals for $14.99 – $16.00 per person as well.
Meals are picked up cold with reheating instructions. Order online for curbside, pickup or delivery.