Christmas Day can be the worst: You feel stuffed from too much holiday ham, or groggy from a eggnog-fueled hangover, or your family won’t stop annoying you. You need to get out of the house, but you’re pretty sure everything’s closed on December 25.
But just because it’s Christmas doesn’t mean you can’t have a four-star dining experience or go to the movies. Here’s our guide for the places to eat, drink, and entertain yourself this Christmas.
If you’re hungry…
Most restaurants are closed on the holidays, but you can use Open Table to find places that are open even on the 25th. Just type in your location and then choose the number of people in your party. The site matches you with upscale restaurants in your area that have reservations available, like Palme d’Or in Miami or Michael Jordan’s Steakhouse in Chicago.
Or, if you don’t care about eating at a chain restaurant, here is what’s open on Christmas Day:
- Burger King
- Dunkin’ Donuts
- Jack in the Box
- Panda Express (and almost any Chinese food restaurant, according to a Jewish Debt.com editor)
- Pizza Hut
- Taco Bell
- Waffle House
If you’re dying to spend your Christmas cash (or all those gift cards)…
Like restaurants, most big retailers and malls are closed on Christmas Day. But there’s a few stores that boast open hours, including these:
- Charlotte Russe
- Rite Aid
Call before you go to find out what the hours are at your location, as they vary.
If you’re bored…
With past years’ successes of Christmas Day releases like Django Unchained and The Wolf of Wall Street, more big-name films are set to debut on December 25. Some theaters will even be showing the film Sony originally cancelled after threats from hackers, The Interview.
Here are the biggest ones this year:
- American Sniper
- Big Eyes
- The Gambler
- The Imitation Game
- Into the Woods
Business Insider has a list of which ones to see and which ones to skip, and there’s always Rotten Tomatoes. But if you’d rather chill in your own home movie theater, there’s plenty of Christmas on TV, with many channels hosting all-day marathons of popular shows…
- A&E: Duck Dynasty
- ABC Family: Christmas movie marathon
- BBC America: Doctor Who marathon
- FXX: A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas marathon
- Syfy: “Snow monster movie marathon” (includes movies like Rage of the Yeti, Abominable Snowman, and Snowmageddon)
- TBS/TNT: A Christmas Story marathon
Whatever you do, don’t waste the day off. Merry Christmas!