Which Restaurant Chains Are Open Christmas Day If You Don't Feel Like Cooking?

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dennysIt's Christmas Day, and many families are gathering for special, home-cooked meals. But not everyone celebrates Christmas. And even some people who do, prefer to eat out. Not to mention, I think we all remember what befell the turkey in the movie, A Christmas Story. The dogs ran off with it and the family ate out at a Chinese restaurant!

Whatever your reasons for eating out, you have a few options. There are a handful of chain restaurants open on Christmas day.

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The following restaurants will be open at all or most of their locations:

  • Denny's
  • IHOP
  • Jack in the Box
  • Starbucks
  • Waffle House

The following restaurants may be open in select locations:

  • Baskin-Robbins
  • Boston Market
  • Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Burger King
  • Domino's
  • Dunkin' Donuts
  • McDonald's
  • Panda Express
  • Pizza Hut
  • Sonic
  • Subway
  • Taco Bell
  • TGI Friday's

Do you ever eat out on major holidays like Christmas day?


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Rhond... RhondaVeggie

I think I'm going to Boston Market for dinner. I'm the only one staying home and the only one in the family that likes it so it sounds like a plan.

nonmember avatar Carly

I work at burger king and all the ones in my district are closed today. Too bad I work the rest of the week!

Lady_... Lady_Pyralis

Furr's Hometown Buffet is open today as well. I've been there for their Thanksgiving and Christmas meals; both were really good.

Char_... Char_gal4

I hope you all realize some places, like McDonald's, are not paying holiday wages to their workers today.  So in order to serve up your family feasts, workers are away from their own families.  All it really does is encourage businesses to encroach on holidays to make more money.  Their employees?  Often minimum wage (Federal is $7.70 an hour, $2.13 an hour for tipped employees), no benefits, and must decide between employment or spending rare time with their families.

After all, Right to Work states allow employers to fire anyone for any reason, except for protected reasons like gender (unless you're too hot, like in Iowa), religion, sexual identity, race, etc.  Fast food is growing rapidly, but the ones sharing the profits are CEOs and shareholders, not the ones doing the grunt work.

nonmember avatar Rich

Char_gal4, not everyone celebrates Christmas. And not everyone gets to take off on the holiday of their faith because it's not recognized by the state. So please, spare us your self-righteous bs. Your argument is only valid for Christians, and your argument is weakened by the fact it is only valid for Christians.

Samfan97 Samfan97

I agree with Char_gal. Yes, I'm a Christian but apart from that, I feel that everyone should have downtime and time with their families. Therefore, we try at avoid going out on holidays, although there have been times when we have been traveling and needed food. Hopefully those who are working are doing so by choice and earning extra money for their time, too.

KayRay KayRay

Minimum wage is $7.25. I know because I am a manager at McDonald's where that is the average wage of our employees. We are open today.  A letter was send out that all managers are required to today and also Thanksgiving. Another letter was sent out to employees saying if they did not show up to work they would be suspend for two weeks without pay. And while they didn't get holiday pay or gift cards we all got an orniment for our tree. Yayyy

bubba258 bubba258

I wonder what Mary & Joseph ate Christmas Day....

Char_... Char_gal4

*Correction, minimum wage IS $7.25.  Thanks KayRay!  I dunno why I put Ohio's minimum up. I live in Ohio, but usually I'm better at remembering things like that.

jalaz77 jalaz77

Well ladies who go on and on about businesses opening for holidays may want to remember hospitals don't close so I worked Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with no real holiday meal. Got Wendy's and it took me 20 mins to get through the drive through for crappy food but was very appreciative.

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