Holiday Dinner didn’t turn out the way you expected? It’s happened to all of us at some point or another, maybe the oven breaks or the dog gets into the turkey. Or perhaps you just don’t want to cook this year. Well you’re in luck I have compiled a list of restaurants open on Christmas.
Tokyo Steak House http://tokyojapanesesteakhouse.org/
- Experience the excitement of Teppanyaki tableside grilling if you have never been you’re in for a real treat.
Tavern on the Square https://www.mcmenamins.com/anderson-school/tavern-on-the-square
- Seasonal offerings, fresh local fares and kid friendly.
Ruth Chris Steakhouse https://www.ruthschris.com/
- Super formal and a great tradition to start, just make sure that you have a reservation.
McCormick & Schmick’s https://www.mccormickandschmicks.com/
- Great for seafood and steaks, this is another upscale place to spend the day, but you’ll probably want a reservation.
Fogo de Chao
- One of my personal favorites, a fun fine dining experience and all you can eat. My kids love going.
- Absolutely perfect for Christmas morning pancakes after the presents have been opened!
- Christmas Day is one of the busiest days of the year for Denny’s.
Buca Di Beppo
- Such a fun family tradition! Be sure to make a reservation and bring the kids for this family-style Italian dinner!
Buffalo Wild Wings
- Select locations will be open, but operating with reduced hours. Check their website before heading out.
Scott’s Bar and Grill in Edmonds https://scottsbarandgrill.com/
- A favorite of the locals Scott’s is the perfect place to gather for a family dinner. Try the pea salad!
- Who doesn’t need coffee? Select locations will be open.
- Not all locations will be open.
Panda Express https://www.pandaexpress.com/
- Asian food is a tradition for many on Christmas Day. It’s cheeky, fun, and nearly all Chinese locations will be open.
Five Guys Burgers and Fries http://www.fiveguys.com/
- Because hey – the New Year’s diet doesn’t start for another week, right?
- Not all locations will be open. But some will!
- You’ll find a couple classic Sonic drive-ins in the area. And good news- they’re slated to be open.
Another situation? You partied too hard on NYE and there is no way you’re cooking on New Year’s Day. If that happens, here’s a look at what’s open in addition to the list above which are open both Christmas and New Year’s Day.
- Burger King
- Olive Garden
- Papa Johns
- Pizza Hut
You’ll find that most retail places are open on New Year’s Day as well.
Looking for family-friendly Halloween fun around the Eastside? I’ve got you covered. Halloween costumes are pricey, and you should absolutely get the most bang for your buck by giving the kids as many opportunities to wear them as possible.
There are plenty of exciting events happening all over the greater Seattle area this year, but here are my picks for closest to the Eastside.
Boo For the Big Kids
This one isn’t for the faint of heart. The haunted experience at Beaver Lake in Sammamish has created a Family Scare event this year. Now, that doesn’t mean that I’d take a two or three-year-old to this event. But older kids? The ones who are too cool for trick-or-treating… but still too young for real haunted houses? This is the perfect event for them. Running weekends only throughout October, the Family Scare event runs from 7-7:45 pm, with the full scare kicking off at 8 pm. Family scare prices are $8 a person cheaper, too.
Also in Sammamish, kick off beggar’s night with a little pre-party at City Hall! Kids are allowed to trek through City Hall from 3 – 4:30 pm on October 31st. The event is free and offers safe trick-or-treating for all ages, but is generally best for small children.
Factor This In
Head to Factoria Marketplace in south Bellevue before beggar’s night for their 9th annual Halloween Bash. Held on October 31, the party is held indoors, which is great for little kids and offers trick-or-treating at merchants as well as other fun activities. The event runs from 4:30pm- 6:30pm.
Kick it Off in Kirkland
Finally, one more event to jump-start your October 31st beggar’s night festivities. The Downtown Kirkland Association always plans experiences that are good family fun and well thought out. I love their Summerfest, and it’s no surprise that their take on Halloween is equally exciting. I love this event so much, that I had to include it, even though the details weren’t out yet when I wrote this post. Check out their webpage for more details as they become available.
For more fun- click here (link) to check out my rundown of best pumpkin patches around the Eastside. These places almost always have something a little special going on for the kiddos around Halloween. And if I’ve missed your favorite family-friendly Halloween event, be sure to share it with me on my social media. I’m always up for a new adventure