41 Restaurants That Are Closed on Christmas

Christmas is a grand celebration every year. On every festive occasion, people love to enjoy great meals at their favorite restaurants. But unfortunately, not all restaurants keep their doors open on this holiday. So, to avoid last-minute inconveniences, here’s a list of all the restaurants that will remain closed on Christmas. 


If you are looking for a break from cooking on Christmas and are looking forward to hitting up your favorite restaurants, then it’s better to check their operational status beforehand. That’s because Christmas is a holiday when restaurants tend to give a day off to their staff and enjoy it with their families.

In the article below, you will find out all the restaurants that are closed on Christmas. But other than the list below, there are two restaurants that are open for Christmas Day. These two restaurants are Starbucks and Boston Market. So, if you can’t do without a coffee from Starbucks or delectable meat from Boston Market you can visit these restaurants on Christmas Day.

While our list covers all the restaurants that are closed on Christmas Day, you can also find out when they will reopen and other related information. So, check out the list below and plan your Christmas Day ahead.

Restaurant Chains That Are Closed On Christmas Day This Year

Between Christmas preparations and all the fun, you may want to grab a meal from your favorite restaurant. But Christmas Day can be a tough day to find many restaurants open. To avoid turning up to a closed door, you must know what restaurants will stay closed so that you can look out for other places. The list below tells you all about such restaurants.

1. Chipotle 


If Mexican cuisine sets your heart bells ringing then Chipotle is definitely one restaurant that you enjoy visiting. They undoubtedly have the best Mexican food available, with great taste and quality. However, Chipotle will remain closed on Christmas Day.

But don’t be disheartened. You can still indulge in a meal from Chipotle through the other days of the Christmas week. Chipotle will also remain open on Christmas Eve but at reduced hours. Moreover, they will reopen the next day after Christmas according to their normal timings.

2. Subway

Subway Restaurant

A sandwich can easily save your day for good. So, when sandwiches come to mind, Subway becomes the most obvious and popular choice. This chain hardly needs any introduction. 

While Subway stays open on most of the holidays, it remains closed on Christmas Day. So, if you were planning to visit Subway on Christmas, you better change your plans. Or else, you can get your favorite sub a day in advance and relish it on Christmas. 

3. Taco Bell 

Taco Bell

Taco Bell is another great place to indulge in sumptuous Mexican fare. You can get yourself a wide variety of items that include tacos, burritos, quesadillas, nachos, a value menu, sweets, sides, and drinks. 

Unfortunately, this Mexican joint will also be closed for Christmas. So, instead of Christmas Day, you can visit or order food at home from Taco Bell’s menu on any other day.

4. Chick-Fil-A

Chick-Fil-A outlet

High-five to the ones who believe that a chicken sandwich from Chick-Fil-A is incomparable! A double high-five to the ones who believe that celebrations are incomplete without a meal from Chick-Fil-A. 

But no matter how much we love a meal from Chick-Fil-A, Christmas is not the day when you can treat yourself to a delicious burger. Chick-Fil-A will remain closed on Christmas.

According to the chain’s site, “Restaurants will be closed on Christmas Day (December 25), so our restaurant teams can spend time with family and friends.” But you can come back to indulge in Chick-Fil-A Menu the next day of Christmas. 

5. Wendy’s


Christmas is a great time to savor sweet and savory treats. That’s where Wendy’s comes in, where you can enjoy both. But while this chain remains open on most holidays throughout the year, even on Thanksgiving, it stays closed on Christmas. 

Wendy’s menu is known for its hamburgers and frosties. But if you don’t want to leave out food from Wendy’s during this celebration, you can visit the nearest Wendy’s store to you on any other day.

Moreover, you have all the more reasons to do so, as Wendy’s also provides some amazing deals during the Christmas season. So, let’s not change but alter our Wendy’s plans.

6. Domino’s


A pizza from Domino’s is always a great idea. Be it for parties, get-togethers, or no-cook days. So, why should Christmas be any different? But this restaurant chain remains officially closed on Christmas. 

However, since Domino’s stores are independently owned and operated, there are chances some might open for a few hours. You can check out the status of your nearest Domino’s operational hours for Christmas. If you find the nearest store closed, you can come back and enjoy Domino’s menu offerings the next day of Christmas.

7. Panera Bread

Panera Bread

When you want to eat clean and healthy, Panera Bread is certainly the first restaurant that comes to mind. Panera Bread’s menu is not only delicious but includes many options for its guests. 

But, this restaurant, too, remains closed on Christmas Day. But you can visit Panera Bread on other days leading up to Christmas and enjoy Christmas menu items.

8. Pizza Hut

Pizza Hut

Pizza Hut always gears up in the festive season. Over the years, we have seen some new Christmas items on the Pizza Hut menu with Christmas packaging. While you can enjoy all this, this year, too, Pizza Hut on Christmas Day will remain closed.

This means that if you really are looking to avoid the typical Christmas dinner, you will have to get it early on December 24 or come back on December 26. 

9. Sonic

Sonic Drive-In Outlet

When your hunger is at its peak, and you can’t wait to grab a quick meal, Sonic turns out to be the best option. This restaurant chain ensures quick service in the most unique way. 

But if you plan to hit up Sonic for Christmas, then you better change plans. Sonic remains closed on Christmas Day. However, Sonic’s incredible menu can be devoured on other days, and that too with some special menu items for the Christmas season.

 11. KFC

KFC outlet

KFC is always a delicious option when in doubt. And when the Christmas season arrives, this restaurant chain always has surprises for its guests with a special Christmas menu. 

While you can enjoy all the KFC menu staples and more throughout the Christmas month, this restaurant will keep its operation shut on Christmas Day. For anyone who can’t get enough of fried chicken, biscuits, and sides, it is best to order an extra meal on Christmas Eve and save some for the next day.

12. Arby’s

Arby's Restaurant

If you are looking for a meat-filled meal for Christmas this year, then Arby’s must be on your mind. There is no doubt that Arby’s menu is by far the best to snag some sandwiches, wraps, fries, and sweet items. 

However, you will have to shift your plans of visiting Arby’s on Christmas Day to a day prior or after, as it will remain closed on December 25. 

13. Little Caesars

Little Caesars

Little Caesar’s pizzas are a pure delight. They come with amazing toppings and crust options. Moreover, Little Caesars’ menu also includes delicious chicken wings and stuffed bread. 

If you prefer a pizza from Little Caesars’ to any other place, then you will have to hold your pizza appetite for a day on December 25. This is because Little Caesars remains closed on Christmas Day. 

14. Dairy Queen

Dairy Queen

Dairy Queen is one stop where all your sweet and savory cravings come to an end. Moreover, it is an experience to cherish. So, if Dairy Queen makes your heart happy, you should definitely visit it and indulge in the great menu items it offers. However, Christmas Day is not the day when you will be able to do so.

Dairy Queen remains open on most of the holidays except Thanksgiving and Christmas. So, to enjoy Dairy Queen’s menu, you can visit it on any other day during their usual operating hours.

15. Jack in the Box

Jack in the Box

The holiday season is always joyful, and it becomes even more special with food from your favorite restaurants. But if you are planning on stopping by your local Jack in the Box this Christmas Day, you may want to rethink that. Like most other restaurants, Jack in the Box will also remain closed on Christmas day while open on Christmas Eve.

However, your favorite restaurant makes sure to keep you happy through the days leading up to Christmas. Over the years, Jack in the Box has introduced Christmas special deals for its customers. So, you never know they might come up with something special for this year too. Come back to us to know more about such deals.

16. Panda Express

Panda Express

Looking for a Chinese food fix? Panda Express is your answer. Panda Express menu features delicious food options like orange chicken, honey walnut shrimp, honey sesame chicken breast, and more. So, all your Chinese food cravings are surely sorted here. 

But if you are planning to order or visit Panda Express for Christmas, your plans will need to be altered. Panda Express keeps its stores shut for Christmas and opens at reduced hours for Christmas Eve. So, keep this information in mind and plan your meals accordingly.

17. Popeyes


If you love Louisiana flavors then Popeyes is the place you are looking for. Popeyes’ menu features delicious food options, including seafood. But this restaurant chain remains closed for Christmas. So, you will have to come back on the next day of Christmas to savor a meal from Popeyes or have it before Christmas.

18. Papa John’s

Papa John's franchise

At Papa John’s, meals are always a celebration. I mean, how can anyone get enough delicious pizzas and sides? But if you are planning to skip cooking a Christmas dinner, find out other restaurants that are open on Christmas Day, as Papa John’s will remain closed.

Papa John’s believes in giving its employees a day off on holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas. Thus, you will have to find some other option to get your Christmas dinner.

19. Whataburger


Whataburger has one of the juiciest burgers and delicious sides and salads to offer its guests. It is also one of those joints whose most of the outlets stay open 24/7 to serve customers. But after working so hard throughout the year, Whataburger remains closed on Christmas Day. So, to enjoy a meal from Whataburger, you can plan a meal in advance and enjoy it at the restaurant or order it at home.

20. Jimmy John’s

Jimmy John's Outlet

Jimmy John’s is the mecca of delicious sandwiches. They rightly “make The Sandwich of Sandwiches” with the freshest ingredients. If you haven’t tried this sandwich place till now, then you have been missing out on some of the most delicious sandwiches. But if you are planning to visit it for Christmas, then friends, you have gotta change plans. Jimmy John’s will remain closed for Christmas.   

21. Hardee’s

Hardee's restaurant

When big hunger strikes, Hardee’s never disappoints. Hardee’s menu includes categories like chicken & more, charbroiled burgers, breakfast sweets & sides, breakfast platters, red burritos, biscuits & other favorites, sides & desserts, beverages, $5 meal deals, StarPals kids meals, and more. 

However, while Hardee’s remains open for most holidays, it remains closed on Christmas Day. So, you will have to come back on some other day before or after Christmas to savor a meal from Hardee’s.

22. Zaxby’s


The holiday season at Zaxby’s is always a special experience as the restaurant launches a holiday-themed menu for its guests. But this restaurant chain remains closed on Christmas Day. However, you can get your favorite Zaxby’s menu items a day prior to Christmas. Zaxby’s will remain open on Christmas Eve. 

23. Five Guys

Five Guys Restaurant

Five Guys is famous for its burgers and fries. While they are open for many holidays, they will be closed on Christmas. But the silver lining is that they will be open for a pre-holiday burger feast. So, you can visit Five Guys and enjoy its menu on Christmas Eve before Santa arrives at your doorstep.

24. Culver’s

Culver's Restaurant

Culver’s believes in making celebrations special for its guests throughout the year. Culver’s menu features items like butter burgers, chicken sandwiches, fish meals, salads, sides, kids’ meals, desserts, and more. Unfortunately, this restaurant also doesn’t open on Christmas Day. But you don’t frown just yet. Culver’s, on the days leading up to Christmas, offers many special items that are not typically found on the menu. It launches its lineup of Christmas feasts. Check out our website for more information about Culver’s Christmas feast.

25. Carl’s Jr

Carl's Jr. Restaurant

One of the most popular fast food restaurant chains serving charbroiled burgers on the west coast of the United States, Carl’s Jr. menu also features a wide range of other delectable items that makes their customers keep coming back for more.

But if you are making plans to visit Carl’s Jr. on Christmas, you will have to look out for some other option. Carl’s Jr. will remain closed on Christmas.

26. Bojangles


Bojangles’ menu is such an amazing treat that it feels like a celebration throughout the year. To keep its customers happy, Bojangles also makes sure to keep its doors open through most of the holidays. However, Christmas Day is one special occasion when this restaurant remains closed.

So, to enjoy a meal from Bojangles, you can visit the nearest Bojangles outlet on Christmas Eve or the day after Christmas. But do keep in mind that while Bojangles opens on Christmas Eve, it will close a little early. 

27. Wingstop


If Wingstop solves all your chicken needs, then you must be their regular guest. But if you are looking for a chicken dinner on Christmas, then you will have to alter your plans. Wingstop will remain closed on Christmas Day. However, you can indulge in Wingstop’s menu on Christmas Eve or the next day of Christmas. 

28. Raising Cane’s

Raising Cane's Restaurant

Since Wingstop is closed, you might have thought of trying your luck at Raising Cane’s. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but Raising Cane’s also remains closed on Christmas. 

Raising Cane’s menu features a great variety of food options using high-quality ingredients. Moreover, no fillers or processed chicken products are used at this restaurant chain, and orders are freshly prepared. To enjoy their sumptuous spread, you can visit Raising Cane’s on Christmas eve on any other day.

29. Steak ‘n Shake

Steak 'n Shake

If you love shakes, then Steak’ n Shake is undoubtedly the best place to put your shake cravings to an end. But if you plan to visit Steak n Shake on Christmas Day, then plans need to be changed.

Steak ‘n Shake will be closed on Christmas Day. So, you can visit Steak’ n Shake on any other and enjoy its menu items. Moreover, during the Christmas season, this restaurant chain introduces a special Christmas menu about which you can find out more on our website.

30. In N Out Burger

In-N-Out Burger

Burgers, fries, and milkshakes are the best combination to savor, especially from In N Out Burger. But if you are planning to visit In n Out Burger for Christmas, then head to the restaurant the day before Christmas Day. Check out the In N Out Burger menu for everything that you can feast on. 

31. El Pollo Loco

El Pollo Loco Restaurant

El Pollo Loco’s menu has some delicious offerings for its customers that are pretty hard to resist. This restaurant takes pride in preparing freshly cooked orders with high-quality ingredients. No doubt that the rush at El Pollo Loco speaks volumes about the food it serves.

But if you are thinking of celebrating Christmas with a meal from El Pollo Loco, then you will have to do so one day in advance or after Christmas. That’s because El Pollo Loco stays closed on Christmas day. But this restaurant does offer some exciting Christmas deals that you will find out on our website.

32. Qdoba


When Mexican cravings take over, Qdoba is definitely the place to go. Qdoba’s menu has all that you can ask for in Mexican fare. Moreover, you can also indulge in keto, low-carb, and vegan-friendly options on its menu. But Christmas is different than the day when you will be able to order from Qdoba.

Qdoba stays closed on Christmas Day. Check out Qdoba’s Christmas plans here.

33. Del Taco

Del Taco

Del Taco is another Mexican food heaven that offers delectable options. If you have yet to try out this Tex-Mex restaurant chain, then you should check out Del Taco’s menu. But Del Taco restaurants are open all holidays except for Easter Sunday and Christmas Day. 

Check out Del Taco’s Christmas plans to find out its operational hours on other days. 

34. Checkers


Checkers is a restaurant chain that stays open on most of the holidays. However, it does not open on Christmas day. Check out Checkers’ Christmas week timings and delivery options here to enjoy Checker’s food during the holidays. 

35. Firehouse Subs

Firehouse Subs Restaurant

Subs are always a great option to have at any time of the day. Moreover, when they are from Firehouse Subs, your meal becomes even more special. So, the Firehouse Subs menu is surely something that you will enjoy. But doing so on Christmas won’t be possible as Firehouse Subs will be closed on this day. 

Find out more about Firehouse Subs Christmas Eve plans and other information here.

36. Tim Hortons

Tim Hortons

Visiting Canadian coffee and donuts brand Tim Hortons is always a treat. You can not only look forward to a delicious spread of sweet items but also savory items on Tim Hortons’ menu. However, if you plan to celebrate Christmas Day at Tim Hortons, you will have to shift plans a day ahead. 

Tim Hortons remains closed on Christmas Day. But, during the Christmas season, you can indulge in some Christmas special treats from Tim Hortons. 

37. Moe’s

Moe’s Southwest Grill

Moe’s Southwest Grill is another Mexican restaurant where you can enjoy a wide selection of food items. Moe’s Southwest Grill menu includes burritos, tacos, quesadillas, nachos, salads, sides, salsas, drinks, kids’ menus, and much more! 

But on Christmas Day, Moe’s Southwest Grill will be closed. To enjoy this restaurant’s food, you can visit it on other days, including Christmas Eve. Check out Moe’s Southwest Grill Christmas eve timings here. 

38. Baskin Robbins

Baskin Robbins

 No celebration is complete without something sweet. That’s why ice cream from Baskin Robbins is something you should definitely have on your list. But remember to stock up on ice cream from Baskin Robbins ahead of Christmas Day, as no outlet will be open on December 25. 

Before heading to this sweet heaven, check out the Baskin Robbins menu to ease your ice cream shopping experience.

39. White Castle

White Castle 1

White Castle is a restaurant that has a legacy of serving great food. That’s because White Castle’s menu includes a wide variety of food that includes delicious sides, drinks, desserts, combos, sliders, and more. Unfortunately, White Castle will not be open on Christmas. 

But you can savor a great meal at White Castle on other days. Check out White Castle Christmas plans here.

40. Krispy Kreme

Krispy Kreme

Krispy Kreme is known for its holiday special offerings. So, like every year, you should look forward to the Christmas special food menu at Krispy Kreme. But make sure to collect your donuts and other food items the day before Christmas, as Krispy Kreme will remain closed on Christmas. 

41. Checkers


No, Checkers will not be open on Christmas Day. This is their typical practice for major holidays like Christmas and Thanksgiving. They prioritize giving their employees time to celebrate with their families.

However, there’s good news: Checkers will be open on Christmas Eve, Check Checkers Menu for your favorite food. They will likely operate with their regular hours, although it’s always a good idea to double-check with your local store just in case.


Heading out to feast on festive holidays is the plan for most people, especially on holidays like Christmas that involve a whole lot of work. However, Christmas is such a special occasion that not all restaurants keep their doors open to serve their customers. 

So, it’s better to plan your Christmas day to avoid inconveniences on that day. While the above list is already here to help you figure out the places you can skip going, you can plan to order food from these restaurants the day before. Additionally, you can also buy some food items from these restaurants the day before and store them for Christmas.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Will all the restaurant chains mentioned above be closed on Christmas Day this year?

Yes, all the restaurant chains mentioned above will be closed on Christmas Day, December 25, 2023.

Will the restaurants mentioned above open one day before Christmas Day?

Yes, all the above-mentioned restaurants will remain open one day before Christmas Day, i.e., Christmas Eve. However, not all of them will carry out services as per their usual timings.

When will these restaurants be open?

All the restaurants mentioned above will reopen the next day of Christmas. You will be able to dine in during their usual hours or opt for home delivery.

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