7 Chain Restaurants That Are Open On Christmas — In Case Of Dining Emergency

Despite all the potential stress and travel delays leading up to them, the holidays still end up being one of our favorite times of year. While Christmas definitely doesn't mean the same thing for everyone who celebrates, as far as traditions are concerned, one thing's certain: A celebration that only comes around once every 365 days just wouldn't be complete without a hearty meal shared among loved ones.

However, if disaster strikes last-minute, there are still options. Even if it turns out your holiday host has come down with a terrible cold or that red-eye flight home you booked gets cancelled, you can still find a backup spot for your holiday meal.

Thankfully, several restaurants plan to stay open for service on Christmas, taking away the hassle of whipping up a full-course spread by your lonesome or spending the day stuck at an airport. From chains such as Boston Market and IHOP to sit-downs including McCormick & Schmick’s and Romano's Macaroni Grill, rest assured that there is always a plan B. Ahead, find seven nationwide picks that will work to keep your holiday spirit alive.

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Boston Market

Only a select few Boston Market locations will be open on Christmas Day. If your store didn't make this year's list, don't worry — you still have time to pre-order a fully cooked meal or have one catered instead.
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Cracker Barrel

Similar to what was offered on Thanksgiving, guests are welcome to purchase Cracker Barrel's signature, Heat n' Serve Holiday Family Meal To-Go. Each online order includes items such as spiral-sliced ham, cornbread dressing, gravy, cranberry relish, your choice of three sides, sweet yeast rolls, a gallon of iced tea, apple pecan streusel pie, and pecan pie.
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IHOP

According to Offers.com, most of IHOP's 24-hour locations will stay open on Christmas. For those stopping by, consider indulging in a stack of the chain's "Fluffy The Snowman" pancakes or its new cheesecake stuffed French toast.
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McCormick & Schmick’s

Have your pick — McCormick & Schmick's invites guests to dine in on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve, and New Year's Day during normal hours.
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Romano's Macaroni Grill

Romano's Macaroni Grill will be serving up traditional Italian dishes between the hours of 12:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M. on Christmas Day. Reservations are highly suggested.
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Ruth's Chris Steakhouse

Ruth's Chris Steakhouse will be serving up a full spread on Christmas Day. Menu items may vary; however, so make sure to contact your local restaurant for details and pricing.
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Ryan's

Ryan's as well as its sister brands Old Country Buffet and Home Town Buffet will also have shorted hours, staying open on Christmas Day from 11:00 A.M. until 6:00 P.M.