10 Family-Friendly Restaurants Open On Christmas Eve

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The holidays are just around the corner and it can be a very stressful time. Wrapping gifts, baking cookies, decorating the tree, running from holiday party to holiday party. Ugh, I'm already tired. It might be nice to have a low key Christmas this year. And when I say low key I mean skipping your in-law's house and taking your family to a casual dinner. Oh, wouldn't it be amazing to not have to worry about cooking? Take your kids to a family-friendly restaurant open on Christmas Eve and let someone else take care of the dishes for once.

You can keep it simple and relaxed at AppleBee's (maybe they will have their half-price appetizers special) or if you want to be a little more classy McCormick & Schmick's will be open too. There's also my personal favorite: a Chinese food buffet. I mean, what better way to celebrate the holidays than by devouring unlimited crab legs? It is up to you and your family to decide what kind of celebration you want to have. Either way, it will keep your kitchen tidy, and your family happy.

So, before you head out to the grocery store this year, check out this amazing list of family-friendly restaurants that will be open for Christmas Eve.

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1Dos Caminos

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Tacos on Christmas Eve — what sounds better than that? Not only does Dos Caminos have really delicious Mexican food, but they make guacamole right at the table. This is something the kids would love to watch.

2McCormick & Schmick's


If you're looking for a more formal Christmas Eve dinner, this is a great choice. McCormicks & Schmick's is a seafood restaurant and steakhouse. So for those Italians out there, you don't have to miss out on your feast of the seven fishes tradition.


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Not only is Applesbee's open for Christmas Eve but they always have the best deals. Like their half-priced appetizers or their two entrees for $20. Don't forget about their two-for-one drink specials as well. If you want a holiday dinner that isn't going to break the bank, this is the place to be.

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4Old Country Buffet


Who doesn't love a good buffet? Not only can you stuff your belly to your heart's content, but there are so many different options to choose from guaranteeing that everyone in your family will find something they love.

5Ruby Tuesday

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Ruby Tuesday has delicious sliders for kids and an unlimited salad bar for kids and adults.


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For some, the best Christmas present is breakfast for dinner. If this sentiment applies to your family, take the crew out for some delicious pancakes — you won't be disappointed.

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7Cracker Barrel

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You won't find a steak at a better deal than at Cracker Barrels. It has a welcoming, homey atmosphere and games that will keep your family occupied for hours.

8Ruth's Chris Steak House

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Ruth's Chris Steak House, loved for their delicious, buttery steaks, will be open from 2-9pm Christmas Eve. Make your reservation now because these tables might fill up fast.

9Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.

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Visit Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. for a fun meal. The restaurant theme is based on the classic Tom Hank's film Forest Gump, so think about queuing up the movie to watch after dinner.

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In the mood for some family style pasta? Carrabba's offers all sorts of pasta bowls that you and your family will be sure to enjoy. Don't forget about the garlic bread.

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