The days around Christmas can get a little crazy. Why not head to a restaurant and enjoy some time with family and friends?

RetailMeNot compiled a list of the best restaurants open around Christmas Day in North Carolina this year, to help you plan your meal. Several restaurants are even offering special holiday promotions and holiday menus to keep you in the holiday spirit. (Note: Some of these are closed on Christmas Day itself. Check the notes below.)

Craving something quick for Christmas Eve or Christmas Day? Occasionally, we don’t feel like cooking! Below is a list of some restaurants that will be open during the holiday season in North Carolina.

  • Applebee's

    This neighborhood bar and grill will be open on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day this year. It’s a good idea to call ahead for your local restaurant’s hours.

  • Boston Market

    Holidays are Boston Market’s speciality, and this year, they’re making it even easier for you to get a great meal. While you can dine at select participating locations, Boston Market also has heat-and-serve meals pickups and meal deliveries available. Choose from their massive à la carte menu, or opt for your choice of prime rib, turkey or ham, and sides. You can pickup your pre-made dinner between Dec. 17 and Jan. 1.

  • Buffalo Wild Wings

    If you’re craving wings this holiday, you’re in luck! Some locations will have reduced holiday hours, so be sure to check with your local restaurant so you don’t miss out.

  • Cracker Barrel

    Celebrate Christmas with Cracker Barrel’s heat-and-serve meals. You can order online and pick up a day or two before Christmas Day. Note: Cracker Barrel closes at 2 p.m. on Christmas Eve, and you can enjoy their heat-and-serve holiday meals on Christmas Day; just preorder and pick it up on Dec. 24. Holiday meals come complete with ham, delicious sides and your choice of pie. Yummy!

  • Denny's

    Want breakfast for Christmas dinner this year? Denny’s is open 24/7 on both Christmas Day and Christmas Eve. Choose between “Denny’s on Demand,” a holiday to-go meal or dine-in options. You can expect holiday menu items like turkey and dressing and pies. Also, grab a $5 bonus gift card when you purchase a $25 gift card at participating locations.

  • Domino's Pizza

    If you’re craving pizza this holiday, no shade! The popular pizzeria will be open and ready for pickup or delivery, proving there’s never a bad time for pizza. Plus, we’re all about those Home Alone cheese pizza vibes!

  • Dunkin'

    No matter if you like your coffee hot or cold, you can pick it up at your local store on Dec. 24 and 25. Hours may vary, so check with your local spot. Plus, they have a delightful holiday menu with signature drinks!

  • Golden Corral

    This buffet-style family restaurant will keep their special holiday hours — Monday to Saturday after 4 p.m. and Sundays after 11 a.m. — where you can get all the “fixin’s” for a holiday feast. This includes your choice of holiday glazed ham or whole roasted turkey with mashed potatoes and gravy, a choice of homestyle sides, their famous yeast rolls and a whole pie.

  • IHOP

    Let pancakes, bacon and drip coffee give you the energy to get through the day! IHOP restaurants are open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. But hours may vary by restaurant location, so check with your local store first. They’re offering a special holiday menu which features festive treats!

  • McDonald's

    McDonald’s will be open on Christmas for your side-of-fries needs or full-meal munchies, but give them a call first to make sure you know the hours at your local store.

  • Metro Diner

    Metro Diner is open and serving heat-and-serve holiday feasts to-go, featuring fresh baked ham or roasted turkey paired with traditional sides to enjoy around your table, along with limited time seasonal specials available in the diner, for to-go and delivery. Preorders are from Dec. 7 to 23, and pickup times are from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Dec. 22 and 23, and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Plus, if you purchase a $50 in Metro Diner gift card now through Dec. 31, you’ll receive a $10 bonus card.
    Bonus deal! From now through Jan. 31, for every $25 you purchase in gift cards, you’ll get one entry into Metro Diner’s first time-ever $1,000,000 Sweepstakes! Gift cards can be purchased in-diner or online.

  • Olive Garden

    This popular chain is offering some fun specials for Christmas! Customers can order “breadsticks for Santa” on — simply choose from freshly baked breadsticks or ready-to-bake breadsticks by the dozen or half-dozen so they’re fresh for Santa. They suggest you also order the homemade dipping sauce appetizer and get your choice of sauce — marinara, Alfredo or five cheese marinara — with breadsticks starting at $3.99. You can also download a personalized special note to send to Santa, and order classic Italian dishes like their family-style lasagna bundle or the family-size Pans.

  • Panda Express

    Chinese food on Christmas = yass! Most Panda Express locations are open on Dec. 25, but not all, so you should check with your closest location.

  • Sonic

    Get those slushes, tater tots and Chili Cheese Coney hot dogs! Most Sonic locations are open for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day, but be sure to check prior to pulling up.

  • Starbucks

    Stay caffeinated on Christmas Day with a latte or Americano from your favorite coffee chain: Starbucks! The popular restaurant will be open all day long (check with your local shop to ensure). To make it even better, if you’re near one of the locations offering the wine-enhanced Starbucks Evening menu, you can cheers to the holiday!

  • Waffle House

    Not surprising from a restaurant that’s known for never closing, Waffle House will continue to be open 24/7 on Christmas Day. So stop by anytime you like for your breakfast-food fix. Don’t forget to pour on lots of syrup!

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