Open on Christmas & New Year’s Day- Where to Eat

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

  • Experience the excitement of Teppanyaki tableside grilling if you have never been you’re in for a real treat.


Tavern on the Square

  • Seasonal offerings, fresh local fares and kid friendly.

Ruth Chris Steakhouse

  • Super formal and a great tradition to start, just make sure that you have a reservation.


McCormick & Schmick’s

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Applebees
  • Burger King
  • KFC
  • Olive Garden
  • Papa Johns
  • Pizza Hut

You’ll find that most retail places are open on New Year’s Day as well.

Posted on December 19, 2018 at 10:00 am
Denise Perkins | Category: Denise Perkins, Eastside, Holidays, Kids, North Kirkland, Redmond, Resaurants, Things to Do, Uncategorized, Woodinville | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Family Friendly Holiday Events on the Eastside & Seattle

The Eastside does family fun with flair! There are so many fun family events around town that it’s easy to feel overwhelmed! The good news is that most of these events are free, or at least low cost, so you can try them all out and see which ones are the best fit for your family. Here’s a rundown of the events that make creating family traditions fun!


Redmond Lights

Starts at City Hall

15670 NE 85th St. Redmond, WA 98052

Act fast! This is a weekend event special, happening on December 1-2. It’s a free event held in downtown Redmond. The progressive event starts at City Hall with a tree lighting ceremony and fireworks show. From there, stroll down a lighted pathway dotted with carolers and performers. Your trail ends in Redmond Town Center where you’ll find more entertainers, shops, treats, and family fun.










Argosy Christmas Ship

Assorted Docks

This event is the priciest on my list. But it does offer a fun experience that the kids will love. You board an Argosy ship at one of many docks around Lake Washington or in Seattle and set sail! Along the way, you’ll be serenaded by choirs and subject to beautiful views. Many local yacht and boat owners follow the parade of boats and have their vessels decorated as well. If you have kids, try to snag a ticket on the lead boat, since Santa is on board and there is a dedicated kid space for coloring and crafts. There are adult beverages available for purchase as well. The event will almost always sell out, so book tickets well in advance! If the ship isn’t for you, plan to take the family to designated beaches to view the parade of boats from land!



Snowflake Lane

Bellevue Square

828 Bellevue Way NE Bellevue, WA 98004

Another annual family tradition for many Eastside families, there just aren’t enough words to describe how magical this event is. Marching drummers, dancing snow fairies, and even ice queens. You’ll also experience “snow” falling every night. (It’s really a foam machine, but the kids won’t care. It’s still magical!) The event features a parade, music, dancing, and free candy handed out by the character cast. It’s a popular event, though, so be sure to get there early. The event is free and kicks off nightly at 7 pm.


Studio East, ‘Twas the Night

11730 118TH Ave. NE Kirkland, WA 98034

This annual play features local child actors. It’s a tradition for many families and offers a glimpse into theatre life for children. Recommended for ages 4 and up, the show is only offered on weekends. Tickets are $20 per person for all ages.


Evergreen Lights

3429 240th St. SE Bothell, WA 98021

An outdoor lights display, this one is just north of the Eastside. Put on by Bothell’s Evergreen Church, this is a free event. Take advantage of free cookies and cider while you’re there, too.

 Finally, let’s talk outside of the Eastside. One of the benefits to living here is the close proximity to Seattle. If you feel like making the trip across the bridge to the big city, here are my favorite holiday events in the city.


Enchant Christmas

Safeco Field

1250 1st Ave. Seattle, WA 98134

New to the city this year, this is a traveling display of lights that features the world’s largest Christmas light maze. You’ll find an ice skating trail, as opposed to a rink, which winds you by live entertainment and right to your visit with Mr. and Mrs. Claus. You need to pre-book your time in the event. Here’s a Groupon for tickets to help save you some cash!


Gingerbread Village

The Sheraton Seattle

1400 6th Ave. Seattle, WA 98101

Now in its 26th year, this is an impressive display of gingerbread houses.  Many have moving parts and most are taller than your child! It’s simply magical. Every year they have a different theme — this year is Dr. Seuss.  Always a must see!!









Seattle Center

Fisher Pavilion & International Fountain

305 Harrison St. Seattle, WA 98109

There are so many activities here! From the Winter Train Village to an ice skating rink and carousel to live ice sculpting demonstrations and live performances all season long. Be sure to check the website before heading down as the schedule changes daily.

These are all amazing activities in our very own backyard.  Many of which I have started as traditions in my family!!  What are your favorite traditions during this magical time of year!?


Posted on November 30, 2018 at 3:28 pm
Denise Perkins | Category: Eastside, Kids, North Kirkland, Redmond, Things to Do, Uncategorized, Woodinville | Tagged , , , ,