Probably the biggest question we hear from folks around Christmas time is what is still open on Christmas Day. Well here is the official list of what we KNOW will be open that day. Most restaurants are open on Christmas Eve however most are closing their doors for the holiday around 4-6pm that evening. But there are a few standouts that are keeping their doors open. But do be advised…if the restaurant is not busy do may close earlier than expected. We will be delivering on Christmas day but also may close for a few hours for a family brunch also. We do charge a little more for Christmas day delivery. We are also available if needing to get a last minute gift to someone in or around town. Last year we did a special Christmas day delivery out to a very old gent in York who was alone for the holiday. We know it meant a lot to him and his family that he got to see a smiling face that day.
If you like Chinese food, China Wall way out there by the Walmart at 85th & Hwy 2 will be open during the day, night hours are up in the air at this point. And the Sakura China Buffet will also be open all day on Christmas and Christmas Eve also. China House at 40th & Old Cheney will also be serving a full menu. There are probably a few other Chinese places open as they do tend to leverage this day for business.
The busiest restaurant in town on Christmas again this year will fall to each years champion, IHOP. They will be open around the clock as usual, 24 hours a day. Village Inn will also be open from 7AM until around 4PM.
Big Red Restaurant & Sports Bar will be opening at 5pm on Christmas Day. This is the home of some awesome eats. From huge burgers to soups & salads. There is definitely something on their menu for just about everyone. They serve food til 10pm. Their bar is open til normal close time of 2am. Also The Garage at 48th & Hwy 2 will be open after 5pm with full menu available.
Grata’s will be open for business at both locations from 9pm to 2am. Not sure if they will have food available or not. Vega in the Lincoln Haymarket is open. El Charro Mexican, Gourmet Grill & Ali Baba Gyro’s will also be open in the downtown area. Also Randy’s Grill & Chill at 48th & Holdrege is open this evening also.
The Wendy’s at 48th & Vine will be open in the even on Christmas. They will be open from 4pm to 10pm. This is the only Wendy’s that will be open in Lincoln.
Big Sals Pizza is open, Many of the McDonalds, Pat’s BBQ & Ramos Pizza. One or two of the D’leon’s Mexican Restaurants may be open also but others will be closed. Staff at the West O Street D’leons said they would be open all night but did say most of the locations would be closed in the evening. The Sonic Drive In on North 27th near Superior will be open normal hours on Christmas.
So there are still some options for that special day of the year to get some food delivered to your door. If you know of others that are open that day…please post it on our Facebook page. If you need something besides food, the Walgreens at 17th & South Street, 14th & Superior, and 70th & O Street are always open on Christmas. They also have some basic groceries there also if you need a gallon of milk or something like that. And many of the CVS locations will also be open on Christmas Day. Just for your information, All the Walmart locations will be closed at 6pm on Christmas Eve. I know that one is a shocker for some folks.
And if you happen to be looking for something to do on Christmas Day, Marcus Theatres will be open and showing all their current movies. So go catch a flick with the whole family or maybe just a good friend that needs a companion on Christmas. Remember that many do not have family here in Lincoln to spend Christmas with. So if you do know someone that may not be spending Christmas with family that may be in a different state or country, Maybe invite them to a movie with your family and help them feel included and loved on this special holiday.
Please note that we will keep this updated as we find more places open. But this is usually about the extent of it…most places do pull the plug for this family day.