27 Fast Food Chains And Restaurants Open On Christmas This Year

Find out what their deals are for the holiday.

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Whether your Christmas tradition is to stay in with your loved ones and make a gigantic meal, or go out to your favorite place together and eat one, it can't hurt to know what places around you are open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day this year. There's a special sort of comfort that comes from eating at your favorite chain restaurant on any regular day, so I imagine that feeling is only magnified on a day like Christmas. If you need a last-minute gift for a grab bag or gift exchange, this also means you can stop in to any of these restaurants and pick up a gift card for stocking stuffers or whoever else may be on your shopping list. No judgement if you're one of those last-minute shoppers...we've all been there at one point or another!

Save the kitchen mess and grocery shopping for your Christmas cookies because—hot take—dinner leftovers can only stay good for so long! Might as well just get some takeout from your go-to chain, then return home to eat some sweets and leave out cookies for Santa.

As always, be sure to call ahead and double check your location's hours (and if they're open for indoor dining/takeout), as they very well may vary from place to place. Still, you can depend on places like Applebee's, The Cheesecake Factory, Panda Express, and Waffle House to serve up your favorite appetizers and entrees.

Happy holidays!

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You'll have to double check with your location, but you should be able to order a bourbon steak and Oreo shake on Christmas.

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Boston Market

Not only will a bunch of Boston Market locations be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas, but in the past, they've also offered a few special menu items for those who want to eat there on Christmas Day. Hand-carved ham, anyone?

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Buca Di Beppo

Enjoy an Italian feast at your local restaurant, or order from any of the crazy catering offerings they have this holiday.

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Buffalo Wild Wings

The hours will vary, but some B-Dub locations are open on 12/25.

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Chart House Restaurant

In this past, all Chart House locations were open (Atlantic City, San Francisco, and Cincinnati were not) so check with your local location.

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The Cheesecake Factory

Most Cheesecake Factory locations are unfortunately closed but select ones, including in Hawaii and Las Vegas, have remained open in the past.

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Del Frisco’s Grille

Del Frisco's is open, but just be sure to make a reservation.

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Del Taco

Yes, you can still get yourself a taco from many locations this Christmas. Just be sure to check the hours on your next run.

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The chain has been open every Christmas for the past eight years, so you can expect 2021 won't be any different. In fact, most locations are open 24 hours on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

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Edgar’s Steakhouse

Dine like royalty this Christmas because Edgar's Steakhouse—which is located inside a literal castle—plans to be open for the holiday.

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Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

A nice steak dinner on Christmas Day sounds good to me!

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Huddle House

Get your morning breakfast made by someone else because Huddle House is OPEN!

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Though a lot of IHOP locations are normally open 24/7, many will be open with reduced hours for the holiday. Check in, then go get your pancakes.

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Legal Sea Foods

A bunch of locations have adjusted hours for the holiday, but your local Legal is most likely open on Christmas this year.

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Macaroni Grill

Macaroni Grill will likely be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Christmas.

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McCormick & Schmick's

McCormick & Schmick's is open for all of your surf and turf needs this Christmas.

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It's up to your local franchisees if their locations will be open during Christmas this year, so make a quick call before you go. If yours is, do enjoy some fries for the rest of us, pls.

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Morton's Steakhouse

Morton's offers special group dining experiences for Christmas, New Year's, and more—just be sure your local location is open for dine-in.

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Old Country Buffet/AYCE Marketplace

In the past, most restaurants were open from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Christmas for your buffet-ing pleasure, but many remain closed because of COVID-19 this year. Be sure to check with your local spot as it gets closer to Christmas.

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Panda Express

Most locations will be open on Christmas Day, but call ahead to be sure.

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Like many other places on the list, this one will vary by location, but give them a call and see! Which I suppose would have done anyway, because you are ordering a pizza after all.

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In the past, some Dunkin' locations have been open over Christmas, so just give them a call before you pop by.

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Ruth's Chris Steak House

In the past, the chain has offered a holiday surf and turf, a three-course holiday menu, and special festive cocktails come Christmas, and you're in luck because they are open again for the holiday this year!

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Your local Perkins will likely be open, so bring on the holiday pie!!

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Smith & Wollensky

You can eat at Smith & Wollensky this Christmas and should definitely keep an eye out for their holiday wine deals.

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Hours will differ at each location, but don't worry— most Starbucks will be open on Christmas if the past is any indication.

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Waffle House

If there is a restaurant on this list that would most likely be open 24/7, 365 days a year, it's Waffle House. Would you expect any different?

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