Are you looking to have yourself a merry little Christmas this year by skipping the shopping, cooking and kitchen cleaning that’s part of preparing a traditional holiday meal?
Kansas City on the Cheap has you covered with our list of restaurants in Kansas City are open on Christmas Day 2019. Some are serving a special menu, while others will offer their standard fare.
Reservations are always a good idea, especially if you’re splurging on a nice place. Speaking of nice places, you’ll notice some of our listings don’t exactly fit in with our usual cheap theme. Since it’s a special occasion and lots of places won’t be open, we’re trying to offer up as many options as possible.
We’ve also got a section for restaurants offering holiday meal to-go options you can pick up and reheat at home. Who says you can’t put all the food in your fancy serving dishes and make everyone think you sweated it out for hours in the kitchen?
We’re still adding to the list, so make sure you check back frequently. Also, if you know of any we’ve missed drop us a note at email@example.com.
With all this free time on your hand, check out our posts of fun, free and cheap holiday fun happening in Kansas City:
Kansas City Restaurants Open on Christmas Day 2019
Boston Market: Put something delicious on the table this holiday season with options from Boston Market. Select Boston Market restaurants are open on Christmas Day for a traditional, delicious, hot plated dinner. Look at their Christmas Day menu. See our Christmas Dinner To go option below for ways to bring Boston Market to your home.
Buca di Beppo: Buca on the Country Club Plaza opens at 11 a.m. on Christmas Day and has delicious Italian dishes ready to serve you and your guests family style. Reservations recommended.
The Buffet at Ameristar Casino Hotel: Enjoy carved prime rib, maple apple pork loin, shrimp ravioli and more on Christmas Day from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Price is $28.99 per adult. Kids eat for half that price and those 4 and under are FREE.
Charlie Hooper’s: Head over to Brookside where you can eat and drink at Charlie Hooper’s on Dec. 24 and Dec. 25. Hours are 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. on Christmas Eve and 3 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Christmas Day.
Denny’s: Christmas Day has been Denny’s busiest day of the year most of the last eight years as it takes away the hands-on hassle of preparing meals on Christmas Day. You can choose from breakfast standards like the Super Slam or go for the seasonal options on the Festive Flavors line-up. These include turkey and dressing, pumpkin spice pancakes, holiday turkey melts, pecan pie and more.
Dunkin’ Donuts: Who wouldn’t love coffee and donuts on Christmas morning? We’re happy to report that many Dunkin’ Donuts locations will be open Dec. 25, 2019. Before you get too excited, reach out to your favorite location because hours will vary. Dunkin’ has special seasonal donuts you can choose from including a Frosted Sugar Cookie Donut, Gingerbread Cookie Donut and a Snowflake Sprinkle Donut.
Epic Buffet at Hollywood Casino: Epic Buffet is open with endless selections on Dec. 24 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Dec. 25 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Fogo de Chao: The Country Club Plaza is filled with the Christmas spirit and you can enjoy Christmas dinner since the Kansas City location is open Dec. 24 and Dec. 25 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on either day. Reservations are highly recommended.
Green Lady Lounge: Silent nights are not in order at the Green Lady Lounge for the holidays. Jazz is flowing on Christmas day from 6 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. If you have friends and family arriving on Dec. 24, bring them out anywhere between 6 p.m. and 2:30 a.m. Ho, ho, ho!
IHOP: The International House of Pancakes is open 24 hours every day of the week. Many locations will remain open on Christmas Day. Because individual locations are primarily owned and operated by franchisees, make sure to call ahead to your nearest IHOP in case they have special hours for the day.
Lew’s Grill & Bar: You can eat and drink at Lew’s in Waldo on Christmas Eve from 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. (who knows, Santa might stop by for a night cap?) and on Christmas Day from 3 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Limitless Brewing: The brewery is hosting a community meal at 2 p.m. on Christmas Day. Ham and potatoes are provided. Anyone is welcome and asked to consider bringing a side dish or dessert.
McDonald’s: Some participating locations are open. Call ahead to confirm.
Providence New American Kitchen: A three course holiday dinner will be available Christmas Day from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. for $39 per person.
Starbucks: Select Starbucks locations will be open to give you that caffeine boost you may need on Christmas morning. Those that are open may have limited hours so confirm before you head out for your brew.
Stock Hill: All the steakhouse favorites will be offered, as well as a special menu on Christmas Day from 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Reservations are required for dinner.
Taps on Main: The taps are flowing and food is being served at Taps On Main until 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve and again from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Christmas Day.
Terrace Buffet at the Argosy Casino: Dining options are available at Terrace Buffet on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. A lunch buffet is available Dec. 24 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for $15.99 per person. Dinner is available from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. for $19.99 per person. On Christmas Day, a breakfast buffet begins at 7 a.m. for $12.99 and dinner is served from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. for $28.99. As the name implies, everything is a buffet so you can feast like kings!
Trofi Restaurant at the Doubletree: A Christmas Day brunch buffet will be served at Trofi Restaurant in Overland Park. Adults are $39.95 each and comes with one FREE mimosa. Kids ages 6-12 are $16.95 and those 5 and under eat for FREE. Reservations are required. You’re in luck if you have a large group that wants to splurge because groups of 12+ receive 20% off their total food bill.
Village Inn: Village Inn restaurants will be open. Hours may vary by individual location so we recommend you give them a call for specifics. Start thinking about what kind of pie you want to have Christmas Day.
The Well: The Well in Waldo boasts being open every day of the year. You can belly up at the bar or order off the menu from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve Dec. 24 or from 4 p.m. to midnight on Christmas Day Dec. 25.
Christmas Dinner 2019 To-Go Options in Kansas City
Boston Market: You can get the whole spread or just your favorite main dishes, sides or desserts from Boston Market. Pick up can be done from Dec. 17 to Jan. 1 which is helpful if you’re scheduling a get together before or after Christmas Day. Turkey and ham meals for four to six people start at $89.99. They even have a home delivery option where a frozen meal is delivered to your door.
Cracker Barrel: Their Heat n’ Serve Holiday Family Meal To-Go can be picked up beginning on Saturday, Dec. 21 through Tuesday, Dec. 24 (until 1 p.m.), stored in your refrigerator and warmed up in your own oven in two hours or less. For $124.99, the meal serves up to 10 people and includes a spiral ham, cornbread dressing, gravy, cranberry relish, a choice of three sides, sweet yeast rolls, apple pecan streusel pie and a pecan pie for dessert. Guests are encouraged to order online at least 24 hours in advance of pickup. For those craving something sweet for the family, Cracker Barrel will offer fresh baked pies including Pecan, Chocolate Pecan, Apple Pecan Streusel, and All-American Apple Pie (no sugar added) from Oct. 28 through Dec. 24 while supplies last. Whole pumpkin pies will also be available Oct. 28 through Dec. 1. Prices start at $9.99. Prices and availability may vary by location.
Hen House: This locally owned grocery store makes Christmas dinner easier with pre-ordered Tippin’s pies, breads and rolls. They also have full heat-and-eat holiday dinners that start at $49 for two people. Meat options include turkey, ham and prime rib if you feel like going all out for your guests.
HyVee: Whether you want help with individual sides and desserts or the full spread, HyVee has a way to lend a hand. Traditional turkey or ham dinners serving 8 people start at $89.99. Options go up from there and you can always spring for smoked meats or prime rib. The most economical option is one of the pasta party pack dinners starting at $64.99 for six people.
Price Chopper: Price Chopper grocery stores in Kansas City are offering a variety of fully cooked holiday meals you reheat at home. Holiday meals should be ordered at least 48 hours in advance. Dinners for two start at $29.99 and include choice of spiral ham or turkey; mashed potatoes and gravy; one side dish (corn or green beans); dinner rolls and choice of dessert (various flavors of cake or pie). Options and prices go up from there all the way to a family buffet that feeds 14-18 people for $199.99.
Whole Foods Market: Whole Foods stores in Kansas City, MO; Olathe and Overland Park, KS have full holiday dinners to go. A turkey breast dinner for four starts at $69.99 and options go up from there. There is an organic turkey dinner option for four priced at $99.99. They also have a vegan dinner for two for $39.99. Pick-up can be done Dec. 19-31 Orders must be made at least 48 hours prior to pick-up time.