14 Places That Are Open for Business on Christmas Day

Merry Christmas!

While some people prefer to stay home with their loved ones on the holidays, others just need to get out of the house. If you fall into the latter camp, you’ve probably already noticed that your options are severely limited. Many businesses close for the holidays, which can make it challenging to make a quick escape. Luckily, some businesses remain open even on Christmas Day!

Below, we’ll list some establishments that may be open. Since these establishments are chains, note that only select locations may actually be open and hours may be limited, so we recommend you call ahead to check. Additionally, sit-down restaurants may require a reservation.

Sit-Down Restaurants

Boston Market

Select restaurants are set to be open Christmas Day and feature a special menu. Plus, you can also pick-up a meal if you don’t want to eat in.

Buca di Beppo

Buca di Beppo opens at 11 a.m. on Christmas Day. Check online to see if reservations are available near you!


Denny’s is set to be open Christmas Day, and its menu includes some special holiday items, like Turkey & Dressing Dinner and Apple Bourbon Pancake Breakfast.

Fogo de Chão

If you’re looking for an indulgent buffet, check to see if reservations are still available at a Fogo de Chão near you.

Hard Rock Cafe

While holiday happenings may vary, select Hard Rock Cafe locations are set to be open and feature food and beverage promotions to celebrate the holiday.


Not only are select IHOP locations open on Christmas Day, but the menu currently features adorable Elf on the Shelf pancakes for a festive feast.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Ruth’s Chris Steak House is set to be open for dine-in and sides to go. Since seating is limited, we recommend trying to snag a reservation.

Waffle House

Waffle House restaurants are open 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, so you can chow down on Christmas Day.

Fast Food Restaurants

Dunkin’ Donuts

Don’t expect all Dunkin’ locations to be open, but some are, so it might be worth checking with your nearest location.

Sonic Drive-In

While this will vary, many Sonic Drive-In locations are open on Christmas Day.


Like so many establishments, only select locations will be open, but that’s enough to inspire hope coffee aficionados.

Retail Stores


While it varies by location, many Albertsons will be open on Christmas Day. Note that hours may be limited.


CVS is set to be open (albeit with limited hours) on Christmas Day. Check with your local store for more details.


Walgreens stores are traditionally open Christmas Day, though hours (especially pharmacy hours) may vary.

Looking for other places to go Christmas Day? A lot of convenience stores are open for last-minute purchases, and most movie theaters are open!

Whether you’re looking for a little break or need a last-minute Christmas gift, a business that is open on Christmas Day can seem like an oasis when so many businesses are closed. As always, you may want to call ahead rather than assuming a business will be open, but this list can help steer you in the right direction. If you’re up for an adventure, driving around to see what businesses appear to be open is another surprisingly enjoyable Christmas Day activity.

This list isn’t exhaustive, and there are other businesses open that we haven’t mentioned. If you feel like going to your favorite business, it might be worth giving them a ring to see if they’re open.

Do you leave the house on Christmas Day? If so, where do you go? Share your family’s traditions in the comments section below!

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