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30+ Popular Restaurant Chains Open on Christmas Day 2023

Make it an easy holiday with take out

While the traditional approach to Christmas involves a home-cooked meal, an increasing number of families are choosing to celebrate the holiday in restaurant dining rooms. After a morning filled with unwrapping presents, entertaining guests, decorating the Christmas tree, and preparing an elaborate breakfast, summoning the energy to put together a four-course Christmas dinner for ten becomes nearly impossible. While plenty of grocery stores are open on Christmas, many restaurants also welcome diners on this special day, providing a convenient and stress-free option for a holiday meal. Even Starbucks remains open on Christmas, offering a caffeine boost before the excitement of opening presents and indulging in Christmas movie marathons.

From upscale dining experiences to comforting home-style fare, a variety of restaurants open their doors on December 25th. Some establishments feature special menu items exclusively for the occasion. Take a break from the kitchen and treat yourself, your family, and your friends to a meal at one of these establishments. Additionally, some of these restaurants offer a carry-out option, allowing you to order your meal, bring it home, and savor it in the cozy ambiance of your Christmas-decorated living space.

Fast-food chain restaurants are particularly likely to operate under normal hours or with adjusted holiday hours, providing options for appetizers, brunch, or dinner. While it's advisable to check with local restaurants for any potential special hours, as far as our information goes, these locations are expected to be open.

With these dining spots available on Christmas Day, there's no need to embark on the elaborate task of preparing a holiday feast at home.

All the Restaurant Chains Open on Christmas Day

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  • Applebee's 
  • Benihana
  • Boston Market
  • Buca di Beppo 
  • Buffalo Wild Wings 
  • Carrabba's Italian Grill
  • Chart House 
  • Chevys Fresh Mex 
  • Chili's 
  • Cracker Barrel
  • Del Frisco's Grill 
  • Del Taco 
  • Denny's
  • Domino's Pizza 
  • Dunkin' 
  • Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar 
  • Fogo de Chao 
  • Hooter's 
  • Huddle House 
  • IHOP 
  • Joe's Crab Shack
  • Kona Grill
  • Legal Sea Foods 
  • Luby's
  • Macaroni Grill 
  • Marie Callender's
  • McCormick & Schmick's 
  • McDonald's
  • Morton's Steakhouse 
  • Olive Garden 
  • Outback Steakhouse
  • Panda Express
  • Perkins Restaurant and Bakery
  • Romano's Macaroni Grill
  • Ruth's Chris Steak House
  • Shoney's 
  • Sonic 
  • Starbucks
  • Village Inn
  • Waffle House
  • Wendy's

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