Christmas is supposed to be spent with family and friends, snuggled up by the tree. But more often than not, those moments are spent cooking, cleaning, and worrying about what’s next on the agenda. If you’ve found yourself tired of preparing a big fancy meal on Christmas – or you’re simply wondering where you can escape from your family for a quick coffee break, we’ve got you covered.
To make your holiday stress-free (and full of cheer), we’re gifting you a list of fast food restaurants that are open on Christmas Day in 2019. From burgers to tacos, coffee, and Chinese, there’s something for everyone. However, many of the restaurants open on Christmas Day may have limited hours that vary by location, so it’s always a good idea to check with the restaurant beforehand. Sometimes, the restaurants open on Christmas will even offer holiday discounts and deals.
So, what fast food is open on Christmas Day?
Fast Food Restaurants Open On Christmas Day in 2019
Whether you want to swing through a drive-through or have a nice, sit down meal, we’ve got a breakdown of all the major restaurants open on Christmas this year (and some that are closed).
Is it really holiday season if you haven’t guzzled at least a dozen Peppermint Mochas from Starbucks? Maybe you are into one of their other seasonal specialty drinks, like the Toasted White Chocolate Mocha, the Caramel Brulee Latte, the Chestnut Praline Latte, or the Eggnog Latte. Either way, Starbucks has been celebrating Christmas since early November when they released their holiday cup and sleeve for the season – so you bet Starbucks is open on Christmas Day.
Starbucks happens to be a franchise that opens and closes at different times, regardless of if it is Christmas or not, so be sure to check your local store’s hours of operation on the holiday. Most stores will open around 8 a.m. and close earlier than normal. You can also expect Christmas Eve hours to be cut short in the evening.
Starbucks Christmas Hours: 8 a.m. to 3.pm.
McDonald’s is open on Christmas Day and Christmas Eve, for those of you looking to celebrate with a Big Mac in one hand and a Holiday Pie in the other. Many people visit McDonald’s on Christmas Day to grab a quick breakfast after opening gifts or a McCafe drink for a little caffeine boost (sometimes family gatherings require it). Regardless of what you order on the holiday, most locations’ hours will remain the same – though some places will close early.
McDonald’s Christmas Hours: 24/7
Boston Market is one of the most popular fast food places open on Christmas because of their premade holiday meal deals. If you want to serve your family a more traditional holiday feast, simply order in advance from Boston Market’s website, where you will be able to select the meals, entrees, and desserts that you’d like on Christmas. You also have the option of picking up your order, or getting it delivered straight to your home. When you get your meal, simply be prepared to dethaw and heat it before serving.
Boston￼ Market’s holiday hours vary widely by location. Some are only open on Christmas Eve, while others are open during special hours on Christmas Day. Call ahead, and if they’re closed on Christmas Day, order your holiday meal on Christmas Eve and re-heat it on Christmas Day. Other Boston Market holiday meals include:
- Meatloaf, six large sides, and six cornbread
- Zesty BBQ ribs, six large sides, and six cornbread
- Rotisserie chicken, six large sides, and six cornbread
Boston Market Christmas Hours: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Chinese takeout is a favorite holiday feast for many, and Panda￼ Express could be your go-to for Christmas dinner. There’s no company policy in place regarding holiday hours, with the decision to remain open on Christmas left up to the general manager of each store. If you are ordering for the whole gang, try a Family Feast, which contains three large entrees and two large sides. This will feed up to five people for $30.
Panda Express Christmas Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Don’t want to change out of your holiday onesie on Christmas Day? Ordering a pizza for delivery is a solid option. Dominos is one of the pizza places open on Christmas, but hours of operation vary by location so call ahead to be sure. And if your preferred location is closed, remember that pizzas re-heat nicely in the oven. Many extra-large specialty pizza options are available for $17.99. If you’re not into pizza on Christmas, you can also grab a sandwich or wings from Dominos.
Dominos Christmas Hours: 10:30 to 12 p.m.
Coffee cravings don’t stop just because it’s Christmas. Fortunately, many Dunkin’ locations are open on December 25, but their hours may be limited during the day. If you can’t get by without your daily Caramel Mocha (why should you have to?), just check your local coffee shop’s website or give them a call.
Dunkin’ brews festive, holiday-inspired drinks for the season, too. In fact, this year, they’ve rolled out their “largest-ever holiday line-up,” including:
- Peppermint Mocha
- Gingerbread S’mores
- Winter White Chocolate
- Holiday Eggnog Signature Latte
- Merry Mocha Mint Signature Latte
- Toasted Gingerbread Signature Latte
- Frosted White Chocolate Signature Latte
Dunkin’ Christmas Hours: 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Check website or app)
It’s 2019 – you can eat whatever you want for Christmas Dinner. And if it’s Mexican fare you’re hoping for, you may be in luck. Select Del Taco￼ locations are open all day on Christmas. From greasy tacos to burritos and nachos, there is nothing on the menu that looks remotely like a holiday ham and green beans – but maybe that’s not such a bad thing.
Del Taco Christmas Hours: 6 a.m. to 2 a.m.
While most of the world shuts down on December 25, Denny’s gears up for its busiest day of the year. In a press release, Denny’s Chief Marketing Officer, John Dillon said “Christmas, whether spent traveling or staying at home, can be a hectic time for the entire family so we keep our doors open to ease some of the holiday hassle for our guests. As with any holiday tradition, our team members look forward to seeing new and returning guests each year and serving up some holiday cheer.”
Christmas or not, a plate of bacon and eggs is always a gift.
Denny’s Christmas Hours: 24/7
Buca Di Beppo is open on Christmas Day, too, in many locations. This quaint Italian restaurant serves their meals family-style (or in shareable portions), making it the perfect place to round up the whole gang. It is also a bit more upscale than McDonald’s, making it a legitimate option for many families who want a nice meal but do not want to have to cook on Christmas. You can also order from their catering menu if you’d rather pass around a giant bowl of alfredo in the comfort of your own home.
Note: The restaurant encourages guests to make a reservation in advance for Christmas Day to ensure you are seated.
Buca Di Beppo Christmas Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Ruby Tuesday is typically closed on Christmas Day and open on Christmas Eve, but they have surprised us in years past. In fact, in 2018, they opened up their most popular location on Christmas Day in New York City’s Times Square. It hasn’t been announced yet whether or not they plan to continue that tradition in other areas of the country, but it’s worth calling your local restaurant to ask. Plus, you can always order from RubyTueGo and enjoy your carryout Christmas dinner under dim Christmas tree lights.
Ruby Tuesday Christmas Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
IHOP has a reputation for being open on Christmas Day. And while the diner loves to throw a curveball at us every now and then (queue the International House of Burgers fiasco), we don’t see this year’s holiday being any different. To make your day as cheery as possible, IHOP remains open 24 hours and serves Christmas-inspired dishes from their new Elf on the Self Holiday Menu. Enjoy the Oh What Funnel Cakes, Jolly Cakes, Holiday Ham & Sausage Omelette, Merry Marshmallow Hot Chocolate, or the Little Elves Combo, as well as any of the regular menu items.
IHOP Christmas Hours: 24/7
Eating at Buffalo Wild Wings for Christmas dinner is really no different than eating at home: you’ve got TVs blaring, people shouting, and beers flowing. What more could you want for the holiday? Select Buffalo Wild Wings locations are open on Christmas, but closing hours may be different than you’re used to, so double check with your nearest location.
Buffalo Wild Wings Christmas Hours: 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.
For a classy dining experience on Christmas Day, Benihana Sushi & Japenese Steakhouse is an excellent choice. Select Benihana restaurants are open on Christmas, but tables tend to fill up quickly at this hotspot, so call ahead or visit their website to make a reservation for lunch or dinner.
Benihana Christmas Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Fast Food Restaurants Closed on Christmas Day 2019
It’s just as important to note which restaurants are not open on Christmas Day to avoid wasting time on your holiday. Many fast food and fast casual sit-down restaurants are closed on Christmas to give their employees time off.
Hold your Chalupa cravings for 24 hours because Taco Bell is closed on Christmas Day. They will be open on Christmas Eve, however.
Sadly, Whataburger is not open on Christmas Day. Most locations close down on the evening of Christmas Eve and open back up on December 26.
While most KFC￼ locations are closed on Christmas Day, some are open, depending on the location.
Even though Cracker Barrel is closed on Christmas Day, that doesn’t mean you can’t have a delicious meal from Cracker Barrel on Christmas. Prior to December 25, they offer their to-go Heat N’ Serve Holiday Family Meal. This pre-made Christmas dinner for 10 contains turkey breast, gravy, cornbread, cranberry relish, rolls, and two pies – pumpkin and pecan. To order your holiday meal, simply visit their website.
You can also order indiviudal homemade pies from Cracker Barrel for the holiday, including Pecan, Pumpkin, Chocolate Pecan, Apple Pecan Streusel, and All-American Apple. Most Cracker Barrel locations close at 2 p.m. on Christmas Eve, so plan accordingly if you are going to order from their holiday selections.
It’s a no-brainer that Chick-Fil-A would be closed on Christmas, but you never know with Popeyes. Unfortunately, Popeyes will be closed on Christmas Day this year.
Baskin Robbins￼ is closed on Christmas Day, but you can pre-order an ice cream cake or festive Yule Log Roll Cake and keep it in the freezer until it’s time for dessert.
Bonefish Grill will be closed on Christmas, as well.
You may be one of the lucky ones to have an Outback Steakhouse open on Christmas in your area, but the majority of them are closed for the day and reopen on December 26.
Let us know in the comments where your favorite place to grab food around the holidays is!