What Time Do Restaurants Open and Close Christmas Eve, Christmas Day?

All December 24th and 25th Restaurant Dining Opening and Closing Times

What Time Do Restaurants Open and Close Christmas Eve and Day 2014?
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Big family gatherings and cooking Christmas Day feasts is not the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day tradition for every family. A growing number of Americans prefer the no-muss-no-fuss tradition of dining in restaurants on December 24th and 25th instead.

Since the largest U.S. restaurant chains often have late opening and early closing times on holidays, it's smart for consumers to ask about the open and close times for Christmas Eve and Christmas day.

 The answer to the question isn't simple, so that's why it's important for diners planning to eat out on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day to do their restaurant hours research beforehand.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are not the highest revenue producing holidays for the restaurant industry as a whole, according to the National Restaurant Association. But that tends to be a self-fulfilling prophecy since a significant number of restaurants choose to be closed or operate with shorter hours on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day or both.

According to a survey by Nation's Restaurant News, only about 10% of Americans eat out on Christmas Eve, and that number drops even further to 6% on Christmas Day. Compare that to the 44% who generally eat and drink in a restaurant on New Year's Eve, and the 28% who depend on restaurants to feed their hangovers on New Year's Day each year.  It's easy to see why Christmas Day restaurant openings don't seem like such a savvy retail marketing idea.

But again, that may be a self-fulfilling prophecy because when restaurant chains like Olive Garden, Pizza Hut, and even McDonald's are generally closed by 8:00 PM, that only leaves 24/7 restaurant chains like Denny's, IHOP, and Waffle House as the Christmas Eve dining out options, as far as convenient national restaurant chains go.

 There's nothing wrong with eating a Christmas Eve meal at any of these restaurants.  It's just that the limited choices is part of the motivation for dinners to stay home and raid their own refrigerator on December 24th.

So what is the motivation behind the growing number of restaurant stores and chains that are opening doors and dining rooms on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day? Doing the math, even the small percentage of consumers who will be eating out on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, according to diner surveys by Nation's Restaurant News works out to be about 50 million people actively looking for some restaurant somewhere to fix and serve them at least one meal on December 24th and 25th.

Here's a roundup list of the restaurants where Christmas Eve and Christmas Day diners will most likely be eating out, and the times when that restaurant dining will be happening on December 24th and December 25th...

Christmas Eve Restaurant Opening and Closing Times

24/7 – Denny’s

24/7 – IHOP

24/7 – Waffle House

6:00 AM – 2:00 PM – Cracker Barrel

7:00 AM – 6:00 PM – Bob Evans Restaurants

11:00 AM - 6:00 PM - Bonanza Steakhouse

11:00 AM - Buca di Beppo Italian Restaurants

11:00 AM - 7:00 PM - Pizza Hut  (hours vary by location)

11:00 AM – 8:00 PM – TGI Friday’s (hours vary by location)

3:30 PM closing - Country Buffet

3:30 PM closing - Fire Mountain 

3:30 PM closing - HomeTown Buffet

4:00 PM – 8:00 PM – The Melting Pot

6:00 PM closing - Baker's Square

7:00 PM closing – Steak ‘n Shake

8:00 PM closing - Chompie's

8:00 PM closing - Del Taco

9:00 PM closing - Dickey's Barbecue Pit

Early Closing Hours Vary - Corner Bakery

Hours vary - Applebee's

Hours Vary - Capriotti's

Hours Vary - Hooters

Hours Vary - Hurricane Grill & Wings

Hours Vary - McDonald's

Hours Vary - Starbucks

Regular Hours - Bonefish Grill

Regular Hours - Carrabba's Italian Grill

Regular Hours - Fleming's Prime Steakhouse

Regular Hours - Jack in the Box

Regular Hours – Olive Garden

 

Christmas Eve Restaurant Opening and Closing Times

24/7 – Denny’s

24/7 – IHOP

24/7 – Waffle House

6:00 AM – 2:00 PM – Cracker Barrel

7:00 AM – 6:00 PM – Bob Evans Restaurants

11:00 AM - 6:00 PM - Bonanza Steakhouse

11:00 AM - Buca di Beppo Italian Restaurants

11:00 AM - 7:00 PM - Pizza Hut  (hours vary by location)

11:00 AM – 8:00 PM – TGI Friday’s (hours vary by location)

3:30 PM closing - Country Buffet

3:30 PM closing - Fire Mountain

3:30 PM closing - HomeTown Buffet

4:00 PM – 8:00 PM – The Melting Pot

6:00 PM closing - Baker's Square

7:00 PM closing – Steak ‘n Shake

8:00 PM closing - Chompie's

8:00 PM closing - Del Taco

9:00 PM closing - Dickey's Barbecue Pit

Early Closing Hours Vary - Corner Bakery

Hours vary - Applebee's

Hours Vary - Capriotti's

Hours Vary - Hooters

Hours Vary - Hurricane Grill & Wings

Hours Vary - McDonald's

Hours Vary - Starbucks

Regular Hours - Bonefish Grill

Regular Hours - Carrabba's Italian Grill

Regular Hours - Fleming's Prime Steakhouse

Regular Hours - Jack in the Box

Regular Hours – Olive Garden