Christmas Day is the time to spend with family and friends, sharing food and conversation, making happy memories. But you don’t necessarily need to do that at home. We’ve compiled a list of fast food restaurants that are–or may be–open on Christmas Day. While your options are limited, keep in mind that the vast majority of fast food places are open on Christmas Eve, so with a little planning ahead, you can always get your food ahead of time and heat it up on Christmas Day, or move your family feast up to Christmas Eve.
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. Some of our favorites are:
Candy Crazy Cake: a decadent chocolate cake topped with whipped cream, chocolate swirls, and Hershey Kisses for good measure.
Ganache Poinsettia Cake: delicious cake covered with ganache (ganache is fancy for “amazing chocolate”) with crushed Oreos on top.
- Christmas Yule Log: mint chip ice cream with a chocolate cake rolled around it, frosted with vanilla frosting, and decorated with little wreaths.
Boston￼ Market restaurants’ 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. A turkey meal for six, including enough turkey for six, six sides, and six cornbread costs only $42.54. But we have some other idea if you need some:
- Meatloaf, six large sides, and six cornbread
- Zesty BBQ ribs, six large sides, and six cornbread
- Rotisserie chicken, six large sides, and six cornbread
Select Dominos￼ locations are open on Christmas Day. 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 chicken bacon ranch sandwhich’
- Some boneless buffalo wings
- A dish of Italian sausage marina
Most Dunkin’ Donuts￼ stores are open on Christmas Day, but it’s up to each individual location, so double-check, just in case. Besides donuts you can get breakfast, wraps and sandwiches. A Turkey, Cheddar & Bacon Flatbread with Hash Browns and Small Iced Tea costs only $5.99. Some more festive options include:
- Ham and cheese sandwhich
- Chicken bacon sandwhich
- Big N’ Toasted sandwhich
If it’s Mexican fare you’re hoping for on Christmas Day, you may be in luck. Select Del Taco￼ locations are open all day on Christmas.. Call ahead to be sure An Epic Grilled Chicken Avocado Burrito Meal costs only $6.99. There’s so much more to choose from, like tacos, nachos, salads, American Grill items and the Buck and under menu. We’ll admit that this probably isn’t your idea of Christmas dinner, but here are some of our recommendations anyway:
- Six grilled chicken tacos and six 1/2-lb. bean and cheese burritos
- Six regular tacos and six 1/2-lb. bean and cheese burritos
- Macho burito
While most KFC￼ locations are closed on Christmas Day, some are open, depending on the location. A 16-piece family meal with four large sides and eight biscuits costs only $36.99. But they also have plenty of other shareable options such as
- Tenders Meal (12-piece tenders, two large sides, four biscuits and six sauces)
- 12-Piece Meal with three large sides and six Biscuits
- Tenders and Wedges for 2 (six-piece tenders, large wedges and two sauces)
Participating McDonald’s￼ stores are open on Christmas Days call ahead to locations in your area. A Premium McWrap Chicken Meal costs $6.39 and includes medium fries, or salad, and a soft drink. But for something more shareable we’d recommend
- Chicken McNuggets® (40-piece)
- Mighty Wings (10-piece)
- Spicy Chicken McBites™ (Shareable Size)
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 so call ahead. A Family Feast, containing three large entrees and two large sides, feeds up to 5 people and costs only $30.00. Aside from that, there’s also:
- Shanghai Angus Steak
- Honey Walnut Shrimp
- Orange Chicken
Most Starbucks￼ locations are open from 9 to 6 on Christmas Day, but some stores may close for the day. Call ahead. Try a festive hot beverage and a sweet treat, or opt for a turkey Panini for $6.45. Our seasonal favs are:
- White chocolate mocha
- Peppermint mocha
- Or grab a vanilla chai with a turbo shot or two
Let us know in the comments where your favorite place to grab food around the holidays is!