Just in case the dog gets to the turkey, ham, or prime rib before you do – or even if you just want to skip preparing the big holiday meal – it’s good to know you have some alternatives. For whatever reason, if you want to go out on the town to eat December 25, here are restaurants that will be open on Christmas Day.
A number of chain restaurants are included, which offer moderate and low-cost options.
As always, we urge you to call ahead and confirm, as some independently-operated franchises opt to close on Christmas or limit their hours.
Going to be out of town? For a bigger list of national and regional restaurant chains open on Christmas day, visit Living on the Cheap’s list here.
Wichita Restaurants Open Christmas Day
(Note: check back on this post between now and Christmas, as new restaurants may be added as they announce their Christmas plans.)
Applebee’s: Seems as though the Wichita-area locations will be closed, but on the Applebee’s website it says the South Broadway store will be open from 11 a.m. to midnight. It would be wise to call ahead and confirm.
Note: Some Wichita breweries and bars will be open in the evening for drinks. Scroll down the list to see the ones we’ve found.
Cafe Asia: Looking for an alternative to the buffet-style options? Cafe Asia will be open for business from 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM on Christmas Day. Just keep in mind if you decide on Asian cuisine that Cafe Asia is carry-out only and does not offer dine-in.
Many Asian restaurants report they’ll be open on December 25. Tuptim Thai posted an announcement on Facebook. Regular business hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., so drop in for some pad Thai or sweet chili noodles.
Saigon Oriental Restaurant on North Broadway will also be open their regular hours.
Denny’s: Christmas is actually the diner chain’s busiest day of the year. Serves breakfast, lunch and dinner all 24-hours of Christmas Day.
Golden Corral: Some locations in the chain are open and our two Wichita locations will be among them, according to an employee who answered the phone. Their hours will be 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Harvest Kitchen Bar at the Hyatt Regency: You’ll want to make reservations for this year’s Christmas Day Brunch at the Hyatt Regency. From 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM, you can enjoy everything from made-to-order omelets to pasta, and from bacon and sausage links to pot roast and chicken breast. The carving stations will be serving up herb crusted prime rib and deep smoked country ham and you can wrap up with a wide-ranging dessert station. Prices are $32.95 for adults, $14 for children (5-12 years), and FREE for children aged 4 years or younger.
IHOP: The International House of Pancakes is open 24 hours per day, and many of their locations will remain open on Christmas Day as well. Because individual locations are primarily owned and operated by franchisees, make sure to call ahead to your nearest IHOP in case their hours are reduced.
Siena Tuscan Steakhouse: Siena Tuscan Steakhouse is offering a traditional holiday brunch bufffet from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM featuring classic dishes served with all your favorite sides. Adults can eat for $34.95, while children (5-12 years) dine for $15. Reservations are recommended for this culinary experience.
Kansas Star Casino: You won’t need luck to love the cola-glazed ham, rosemary-roasted prime rib, sautéed beets, chipotle sweet potato gratin, candied nuts, peppermint fudge, creme brûlée, and more at the Kansas Star Casino. You can visit their Christmas Day Buffet for lunch from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM, or for dinner from 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM. The price is $17.99 (plus tax), and this meal is for adults aged 21 or older only.
Village Inn: Open all day (though hours may vary by location). Be sure to get a slice of Candy Cane pie.
Augustino Brewing on N. Tyler Road will be open from 4-9 p.m. for drinks only (no food). Get a free glass growler if you fill it with a regular price beer refill (limit 1 per person).
Norton Brewing Company downtown/Old Town will celebrate Christmas Night Shenanigans at 5 p.m. on December 25. Staff members are willing to stay “til y’all decide to leave.”
Looking for a more formal dining experience? Check OpenTable. The online restaurant reservations site lists upscale restaurants (the kind that take reservations) open on Christmas Day. You can search by city.
Local food and entertainment columnist Denise Neil has published her great annual list of local restaurants open for business on Christmas here.
Where are you planning to feast this Christmas? At grandmother’s house, at one of these restaurants open on Christmas day, or at home?