Life will slow down a notch this week as everyone settles in for the holidays, but a few restaurants will still be open.
Many people will be staying home for the next couple of days, eating lavish holiday meals with family and celebrating Christmas and Christmas Eve. Still, the break-neck pace of life in the U.S. cannot grind to a complete halt, and there are businesses willing to keep the lights on.
Naturally, there are many who do not celebrate this week's holidays. Hannukah came to an end earlier this month, and Kwanzaa does not start until Wednesday. In addition, restaurants — especially fast food restaurants — may want to cater to those on the road this week, making the long drive to visit relatives.
For those in a pinch, there are plenty of options. Here are nine restaurants that will be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas day.
Surprisingly, McDonald's makes no grand promises to be open on Christmas day. The burger chain's website notes that "only a handful of McDonald's restaurants open on Christmas Day." Still, with nearly 1,500 locations in North America, that could mean quite a few burgers being flipped this week.
If there is one thing that people can't go without on the holidays, it's their usual dose of caffeine. Between cleaning up wrapping paper and assembling toys, customers can stop by most Starbucks locations for their dose of coffee, tea or whatever else they need to get through the day.
If you want to go out but you want to stick to the homebody spirit of Christmas, Sonic may be the answer. The drive-in restaurant will allow you to stay in your car while you eat, so that no one has to know you're still wearing pajamas. Most locations will be open on Christmas, but call ahead to make sure.
Some IHOP locations will be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas day, with hours varying from place to place.
Select locations of Boston Market will be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas. The restaurant is perfect for those looking to host without preparing an ambitious meal themselves. Boston Market offers fully-prepared holiday meals for pick up or delivery.
Christmas does not need to be a formal affair, and sometimes the familiar is the best bet. All Denny's locations will be open on Monday and Tuesday, allowing families to drop in on their favorite diner before or after gathering around the tree.
As always, Waffle House is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. This is the perfect place to grab a filling breakfast on the way to a gift giving marathon with friends and family.
Buffalo Wild Wings
Many Buffalo Wild Wings locations will be open for those looking to spice up their Christmas meal on Tuesday. For groups of families or friends, the bar and restaurant offers a low-maintenance experience with plenty of mess and minimal dishes to be cleaned afterward.
Legal Sea Foods
Finally, Legal Sea Foods will open its doors on Christmas Eve and Christmas. The restaurant will have a selection of holiday specials as well as its usual menu.