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.
4 (Nearly) Free Ways to Keep Kids Busy This Summer in the Seattle Area
Living in the Seattle-area is rich. Life is good here. It’s also expensive. But that doesn’t mean that your summer has to be a constant battle between boredom and broke. There are so many exciting, fun things for kids to do around town that are either free or darn close to it. Here are four of my favorite ways to enjoy the green of summer- without blowing all the green in my wallet doing it.
1. Splish Splash
Splash pads have got to be one of my favorite ways to cool off all summer. There is so much good about them! First of all, they’re free. Who doesn’t love free? Also, since there is no standing water, you don’t have to worry about swimming competency or if a lifeguard is on duty. Just show up, get soaked, go home. Kiddos who don’t enjoy water activities can even play on nearby fields or playground equipment, making this a real win-win for the entire family. One last perk? Packing a picnic lunch is super-fun for kids. That saves more money and makes mom look cool. Ready to get your splash on? Where we live on the Eastside there is Crossroads in Bellevue, Grasslawn Park in Redmond, the Redmond Town Center, and the Sammamish Commons spray park. Feeling more adventurous? Here’s a look at all area splash parks.
2. Summer Movie Days
Even a perfect Seattle summer can get overwhelming. When it’s too hot to play outside, or if we get a rainy day, take the fun indoors with Regal Cinemas. The Bella Bottega theatre in Redmond offers the summer Movie Express every year. Offered on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10 am, movie tickets are just $1 each. Yes, you read that right, $1. You can choose between two family favorites every week, check out the lineup for this summer, here.
3. Take a Hike, Be a Princess
St. Edwards State Park is located at the very northern tip of Lake Washington. If you haven’t been there yet, I have to ask you, “WHY NOT?” The park is breathtaking. There are several hikes that vary in difficulty from simple to simply heart stopping. It’s hard to believe that such a challenging trek could be so close to the big city! Apart from the trails, which lead you right down to the lake for a picturesque cooling dip, you’ll also find a beautiful old seminary here. It’s now the base for Bastyr College.
But here’s the best part. At the top of the park, you’ll find a sprawling playground designed to look like a royal castle. It’s seriously epic. While visiting the park is free, plan to pay $10 for parking. It’s forgivable though, as all the parking fees go to the state parks and help keep gems like this open.
4. Discover a new Beach
Back to the water play! We love local beaches like Houghton and Juanita in Kirkland (and if you’ve never checked out Vasa Park, you’re really missing something special), but this summer, why not try something new? This one requires you to get out of town just a bit, but I promise it’s worth it. From July 5th through September 3rd you can catch a FREE foot ferry (that means no cars) out to Jetty Island.
This tiny sandbar is located in Puget Sound and offers 2 miles of sand, mud flats, sun, and shallow warm swimming water! The line to catch the free ferry can get pretty long, so here’s a tip. Get a party of 8 or more people together in advance and you can make a ferry reservation!
Do YOU have a favorite free (or nearly free) thing to do with the kids? I’d love to hear about it! Let me know in the comments and who knows? Maybe I’ll see you out and about this summer, too!