Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Salvation Army, Longview, TX

The Salvation Army in Longview, Texas, provides warm nutritious meals and emergency shelter to those in need, every day of the year, including Christmas. The shelter opens its doors at 5:00 pm daily. Your donation to the Salvation Army can help your less fortunate brothers and sisters get back on their feet.

Salvation Army
519 East Cotton Street
Longview, TX 75602
Phone Number: (903) 753-4511

Mitsuwa Marketplace, Edgewater, NJ

Finding a store that's open on Christmas Day is a problem in many places, but in Edgewater, New Jersey, the Mitsuwa Marketplace is open for business every day, even on holidays. The marketplace has a food court that's open on Christmas, along with a supermarket with meat, dairy and produce. The grocery is across the river from New York, south of U.S. 1 Lower Level bridge.

Mitsuwa Marketplace
595 River Road
Edgewater, NJ 07020
Telephone: (201) 941-9113
Mitsuwa website

The Cottage, Laguna Beach, CA

The Cottage restaurant has home-style cooking, offering items like their homemade quiche & beefy scramble, in a family friendly environment. In fact, if you bring your dog and eat at one of their outdoor tables they'll bring Fido a bowl of water. They're open seven days a week, for breakfast, lunch and dinner, including Christmas Day.

The Cottage Restaurant
308 North Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, California 92651
Teelphone: (949) 494-3023
The Cottage website

Portabello’s, Fly Creek, NY

Portabello’s family restaurant in Fly Creek, New York, true to its name, has portabello mushrooms on the menu in dishes like their Portabello’s Homemade Meatballs and their Stuffed Portabello Mushrooms. For the kids, they also have a portabello free menu with macaroni & cheese and other stuff the little ones like. Since they're open on Christmas, you can satisfy everybody's appetite there.

6207 State Highway 28
Fly Creek, NY 13337
Telephone: (607) 547-5145
Portabello's website

Metro Manila Film Festival 2011

The Philippines' annual Metro Manila Film Festival opens on Sunday, December 25th, 2011, featuring the Filipino horror film Shake, Rattle and Roll (Part 13), starring Eugene Domingo, Kathryn Bernardo, Albie Casiño, Maricar Reyes, and Paulo Avelino.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Denny's Diner, Rapid City, SD

When everything else is closed, there's always Denny's. In Rapid City, South Dakota, there is a Denny's open on Christmas where you can get breakfast, lunch and dinner for you and the kids.

Denny's Diner
2206 North Lacrosse Street
Rapid City, SD 57701
Telephone: (605) 716-7272

If you're just looking for snacks and a chance to gas up this Christmas, there is also the Flying J in Rapid City.

Flying J Travel Plaza
4200 North Interstate 90 Service Road
Rapid City, SD 57701
Telephone: (605) 342-5450

The Columbia, Florida

The Columbia Restaurant chain, started in 1905, has seven locations throughout Florida, and five of them (listed below) are open on Christmas Day. The family owned and operated Columbia restaurants offers Cuban style casual dining with entrees, soups and salads for lunch and dinner.

Columbia Restaurant - Celebration
649 Front Street
Celebration, FL 34747
Telephone: (407) 566-1505

Columbia Restaurant - Ybor City
2117 East 7th Avenue
Tampa, Florida 33605
Telephone: (813) 248-4961

Columbia Restaurant - Clearwater
1241 Gulf Boulevard
Clearwater, FL 33767
Telephone: (727) 596-8400

Columbia Restaurant - St. Petersburg
800 2nd Avenue N.E.
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Telephone: (727) 822-8000

Columbia Restaurant - Sarasota
411 St. Armands Circle
Sarasota, FL 34236
Telephone: (941) 388-3987

The Columbia website

Cranberry Hills Golf Course, Warren, OH

Thinking about treating yourself to a golf outing this Christmas? The 9-hole, par 36 Cranberry Hills Golf Course is both open on Christmas Day and open to the public. The course offers club rentals and it has a snack bar where you can buy non-alcoholic refreshments. Sorry, no caddies are available.

Cranberry Hills Golf Course
4891 Clovercrest Drive NW
Warren, OH 44483
Telehone: (330) 847-2884
Cranberry's Facebook page

SMILE Mini Mart, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

If you're in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, you can find last minute toys and other Christmas gifts at the five SMILE Mini Mart locations throughout the city. They're open on Christmas Day and all night long on Christmas Eve. Visit their Facebook information page linked below for locations and telephone numbers.

SMILE on Facebook

Cioppino's, San Francisco, CA

Cioppino's, next to San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf, will be open on Christmas, serving up seafood and its signature soup, which not unexpectedly is Cioppino, a combination of fish, crab, lobster , herbs and vegetables. You can sit and watch the bay on Christmas Day.

Cioppino's Restaurant
400 Jefferson Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
Telephone: (415) 775-9311
Cioppino's website

The Freedom House, Richmond, VA

The Freedom House in Richmond, Virginia will be hosting a Christmas Day Dinner to feed the homeless and working poor. The dinner will run from 9:00 am until 2:00 pm on Sunday, December 25, 2011 at the Conrad Center. Gifts bags with clothes, toys and sundries will also be distributed at the dinner. For additional information about how you can donate or help, contact Christy Ellis at (804) 233-4064 extension 209.

The Conrad Center
1400 Oliver Hill Way
Richmond, VA
Freedom House website

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Children's Toy Distribution, Bay Area Rescue Mission

The Bay Area Rescue Mission in Richmond, California will distribute toys at 123 Macdonald Avenue and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ on Christmas Day, Sunday, December 25, 2011.

Richmond, California, a suburb of San Francisco, is located in western Contra Costa County, south of San Pablo and west of El Cerrito. Nearby communities include North Richmond, Pullman, El Sobrante, Marina Bay and East Richmond Heights.

Please contact the Rescue Mission if you can help out.

Bay Area Rescue Mission
2114 Macdonald Avenue
Richmond, CA 94801
Phone: (510) 215-4555
The Mission website

The Osthoff Resort, Elkhart Lake, WI

Christmas at The Osthoff Resort in the northwestern part of Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, includes a number of activities for its guests on Sunday, December 25, 2011; including Christmas caroling, horse-drawn haywagon rides, a visit from Santa and a Christmas Day Brunch Buffet. The resort describes its upcoming Christmas Day Buffet as "sumptuous", but has not yet announced when the doors will open for brunch.

The Osthoff Resort
101 Osthoff Avenue
Elkhart Lake, WI 53020
Telephone: (800) 876-3399 (ext. 572)
The Osthoff Website

Christmas Grand Buffet, Asheville, NC

The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa in Asheville, North Carolina, is holding two Christmas Grand Buffets at their Blue Ridge Dining Room, located in the their Vanderbilt Wing on Sunday, December 25, 2011. The buffet will be open from 11:00 am through 3:00 pm, and again the same day from 5:00 pm until 9:30 pm. Shrimp, mussels, salmon, Snow Crab legs, baked brie and a variety of other fine cheeses will be among the items that diners can select from for their Christmas Day repast. Advance buffet reservations are recommended.

Asheville, located in Buncombe County, is close to Swannanoa, Weaverville, Fairview and Royal Pines.

The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa
290 Macon Avenue
Asheville, NC 28804
Telephone: (800) 438-5800
Grove Park Inn info

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Radio City Christmas Spectacular 2011

New York's Radio City Music Hall is open on Christmas Day, and it will be presenting its annual Radio City Christmas Spectacular which will be performed on Sunday, December 25 2011. This year's performances include a 3DLIVE video game adventure, a visit by the Jolly Old Elf himself (Santa Claus, duh), the Living Nativity representing the birth of Christ, and as always, the 36 spectacular Rockettes themselves. The shows will open at 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm and 7:30 pm.

New York's Radio City Music Hall
1260 Sixth Avenue (Avenue of Americas)
New York, NY 10020
Telephone: (212) 247-4777 ‎
Radio City Christmas Spectacular on Facebook

Sundy House, Delray Beach, FL

The Sundy House Restaurant at the Sundy House Inn (built in 1902) in Delray Beach, Florida, serves a brunch on Christmas Day. Surrounded by the waterfalls and ponds of Taru Gardens, the restaurant has a cuisine that is is a combination of American and Caribbean style dishes.

Both reservations and walk ins are welcome. Valet parking for the restaurant is provided for a $5.00 fee.

Sundy House Restaurant
106 South Swinton Avenue (at 1st Street)
Delray Beach, FL 33444
Telephone: (561) 272-5678

Mi Tierra Café, San Antonio, TX

For 70 years, the Mi Tierra Café Y Panaderia has been the place to go when every place else in San Antoniois closed. They're always open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, even on Christmas Day and Christmas Eve. The Tex-Mex café even has the outside lit up with Christmas lights all year around. in addition to the restaurant, Mi Tierra has a bar (Margaritas and cerveza) and bakery. They're next to the Market Square and the local Farmers Market, and just a few blocks from the Riverwalk.

Mi Tierra Café Y Panaderia
218 Produce Row
San Antonio, TX 78207
Telephone: (210) 225-1262
Mi Tierra menu

Rosa Mexicano Restaurants

Rosa Mexicano is a growing chain of upscale Mexican style restaurants with locations in New York, Hackensack, the District of Columbia, National Harbor, Atlanta, Miami, Los Angeles, South Beach. There's an announcement on Facebook that the Rosa Mexicano Restaurants will have an event called Christmas Mexicano Style on Sunday, December 25, 2011, from 11:30 am through 11:00 pm. I'll post more details as they become available.

Rosa Mexicano Events on Facebook

Firekeepers Casino, Battle Creek, MI

When people think about slot machines, roulette, craps and blackjack, they usually have Las Vegas in mind; but with legalized forms of gambling becoming more widespread across the United States, casinos are becoming commonplace. In Michigan, one of the state's newest gaming projects is the Firekeepers Casino, located in Battle Creek off of Interstate 94. Firekeepers is sceduled to be open on Christmas, like most casinos. Beyond just losing wagering money, Firekeepers has its Café 24/7 just off of the casino floor, where you can get a bite to eat before going back to wrestle with Lady Luck .

Firekeepers Casino,
11177 Michigan Avenue
Battle Creek, MI 49014
Telephone: (269) 660-5755

Friday, June 24, 2011

Omega Restaurant, Niles, IL

The Omega Restaurant in Niles, Illinois, is a combination kind of place. It's a bakery, it's a restaurant, it has a alcohol bar and it has a coffee bar. It's open on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day for walk in customers. You don't need reservations; in fact, the Omega doesn't even take reservations. Bring your laptop along with your appetite and take advantage of their free Wi-Fi by posting a review of your experience in our comments section below.

The Omega Restaurant is located east of Des Plaines, west of Glenview, south of Northbrook and north of the O'Hare Airport.

Omega Restaurant
9100 West Golf Road
Niles, IL 60714
Telephone: (847) 296-7777
Omega website

Irregardless Café, Raleigh, NC

Irrespective of the practices and regardless of the schedules that other Raleigh restaurants choose to keep, the Irregardless Café is open on Christmas Day and available to cater Christmas events. The Café hours on Christmas Day are 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm, plus they're open on Christmas Eve until 9:00 at night. They serve American style cuisine, wine and microbrew beer, with vegetarian and vegan dishes also available.

Irregardless Café
901 West Morgan Street
Raleigh, NC 27603
Telephone: (919) 833-8898 (Restaurant)
Telephone: (919) 610-0872 (Catering)
Café Website

Brick House Bed & Breakfast, Westfield, NY

The five bedroom Brick House Bed & Breakfast in Westfield, New York, is open on Christmas Day. The 160 year old house has guest rooms equipped with private baths and Wi-Fi for high speed internet service. If you stay on Christmas Eve, there will be breakfast waiting for you when you get up on Christmas morning. The bed and breakfast is located conveniently to a number of local art galleries and antique shops.

Brick House B&B
7573 East Route 20
Westfield, NY 14787
Telephone toll-free: (866) 804-0347
Brick House website

The Elation Christmas Cruise

The Carnival Cruise ship the Elation sets sail on a Christmas cruise departing from New Orleans, Louisiana on 12/22/2011, and returning on 12/26/2011 after a stop in the port city of Cozumel, Mexico. The Elation and its 2000+ passengers will be at sea on Christmas, but there will be plenty of spots onboard open that day.

Activities for the youngsters include a waterslide, a sports park with mini-golf, Camp Carnival for the kids (2 through 11 years old), Circle "C" video games center for kids 12 to 14, and Club O2 for teens from ages 15 to 17. For adults there's a spa, a casino, a steakhouse, gift shops and the Jekyll & Hyde club for dancing.

You can reserve passage online at the Carnival website.

Glasshouse Restaurant Christmas Day Carvery

We've mentioned before that better hotels usually have restaurants on site that stay open during the holidays and the Alona Hotel in Motherwell is one of them. On this coming Christmas Day, December 25, 2011, they'll present a fixed price (£39.95 per person) buffet carvery with selections of turkey, ham, pork, and beef sirloin, together with a variety of seafood, soups, salads and desserts. Santa will also make an appearance in their banqueting suite to open a bag full of presents for the kids. (Who also get to eat for free, if they're under five years old.) Their Christmas dinner runs from 12.30 pm until 4:00 pm.

Alona Hotel / Glasshouse Restaurant
Strathclyde Country Park, Hamilton Rd
Motherwell, Lanarkshire ML1 3RT, United Kingdom
Telephone for reservations: 01698 333 888
Email margaretm@alonahotel.co.uk for more booking information.

Adobe Resort Restaurant, Yachats, OR

The Adobe Resort Restaurant & Lounge, near the coastal village of Yachats, Oregon, will be serving a Christmas dinner from 1:00 pm until 6:00 pm on Sunday, December, 25, 2011. The Christmas Day buffet facility provides diners with a view of Pacific Ocean thaqt they can enjoy in a non smoking environment. Advance reservations are recommended.

Adobe Resort Restaurant
1555 Highway 101
Yachats, OR , 97439
Telephone: (541) 547-3141
Adobe Resort website

Allure of the Seas Christmas Cruise

The Royal Caribbean cruise line's Allure of the Seas is scheduled to set sail on Christmas Day, Sunday, December 25, 2011, from Fort Lauderdale, with the ports of call in Nassau, Labadee, Saint Thomas and Saint Maarten, before returning to Fort Lauderdale on Tuesday, January 3, 2012. The Allure of the Seas is one of the largest cruise ships in the world, capable of serving 5,400 passengers with its 16 decks. The ship's Christmas cruise activities include a casino and slots for the grownups, a DreamWorks Animation entertainment center for kids (and the entire family), a replica of Central Park, 4 specialty restaurants, 9 casual dining spots and multiple stores and gift shops.

Royal Caribbean website

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Holy Lighthouse Church, New Rochelle NY

The Holy Lighthouse Church of New Rochelle, New York, will be open on Christmas Day (December 25, 2011), with a Sunday morning service beginning at 9:30 am. The church is located across the street from the New Rochelle City Hall.

Holy Lighthouse Church
528 North Avenue
New Rochelle NY 10801
Telephone: (914) 632-2878

Rosie's Restaurant, Rush, Kentucky

Rosie's Restaurant's has a rustic "greasy spoon" kind of charm that appeals to local residents and hungry travelers alike. Among its special characteristics that give it its personality are that:

• It is a converted gas station
• It allows smoking inside
• It has a jukebox
• It is open on Christmas

If you're driving on the stretch of Route 60 near Rush during the holidays, it's also one of your few dining options.

Rosie's Restaurant
8869 East U.S. Route 60
Rush, KY
Telephone: (606) 928-3547 ‎

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Legoland, Carlsbad, CA

California's Legoland theme park provides a family friendly experience complete with shops, rides, attractions and over a dozen restaurants, cafes and food stands. Like a number of other major theme parks around America, Legoland will be open to the public on Christmas Eve (10:00 am till 6:00 pm) and Christmas Day (10:00 am till 5:00 pm). Their Sea Life Aquarium will also be open at the same times on both days, although entry to the seaside aquarium facility requires a separate

The Legoland park is located at One Legoland Drive in Carlsbad, California. Telephone: (760) 918-5346.
Legoland on Facebook

Shawnee Inn, Smithfield, PA

The Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort will hold its Centennial Christmas Day Buffet on Sunday, December 25, 2011, from noon through 4:00 pm, celebrating both the Christmas holiday and the 100th year anniversary of business for their resort. Their Christmas buffet lunch will include Snow Crab Legs and a carving station where patrons can have their selections cut to order. Brunch reservations are available by calling 1-800-SHAWNEE (742-9633)

Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort
1 River Road
Smithfield, PA 18356
Telephone: (570) 424-4000
The Shawnee website

Kronprinz Rudolph, Vienna, Austria

The Restaurant Kronprinz Rudolph in Vienna's Hotel Stefanie will be holding its annual Classic Christmas Brunch on Christmas Day in 2011 (Sunday, December 25th) and again on Boxing Day (Monday, 26th) complete with special holiday menus. The Kronprinz Rudolph buffet Christmas brunches will open at 12:30 am and run through 3:00 pm.

Schick Hotel Stefanie
Taborstraße 12
1020 Wien, Österreich
Telephone.: +43 1 211 50 0

House Of Blues, New Orleans, LA

The House Of Blues in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana, will be open on Christmas Day with a special Sunday brunch featuring a live Gospel performance beginning at 10:00 am, along with a fixed price buffet and assorted beverages. Tickets for the annual holiday event have already gone on sale at the House Of Blues website.

House of Blues
225 Decatur Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
Telephone: (504) 310-4999

Michael Jackson Tribute, Las Vegas, NV

The Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour, performed by Cirque du Soleil, will appear at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada this coming December. The retrospective Christmas Day tribute performance, featuring sixty dancers and performers on stage, will open at 7:00 pm on Sunday, 12/25/2011.

Mandalay Bay Resort
3950 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, NV 89119
Box Office Telephone: (877) 632-7400

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Orient Valley Filipino Cuisine, San Diego, CA

Do you like Filipino food? Have you even tried it? You definitely should. Filipino dishes include such delicious dishes as adobo, pancit, and lumpia and lechon. Especially lechon, a whole roasted pig with yummy crunchy skin.

The Orient Valley Filipino Cuisine restaurant, located in in the Rancho Penasquitos neighborhood of San Diego, will be serving all of those dishes on Christmas. Even better, you can order up a roasted pig in advance to take home for your own Christmas Day feast, prominently displayed on your dining room table as an edible centerpiece. (Or put it on whatever table or counter you prefer.)

Orient Valley Filipino Cuisine
9951 Carmel Mountain Road (west of Freeport Road)
San Diego, CA 92129
Telephone: (858) 484-9637

To learn more about Filipino food, watch the following YouTube video:

Sakura Fresh Sushi, Australia

Did you know that there is a Beverly Hills down under, besides the one in California? In Australia, Beverly Hills is the location for a number of popular places to eat, among them the Sakura Fresh Sushi restaurant. Sakura's is open for dinner daily from 5:00 pm to midnight, including Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The restaurant, which is less than a year old, serves a combination of Korean and Japanese style sushi selections.

Sakura Fresh Sushi
540 King Georges Rd
Beverly Hills NSW 2209, Australia
Telephone: (02) 9580 3580

Sacramento Dim Sum

King's Restaurant in Sacramento, California, is the place to go for dim sum this coming Christmas Day if you're in state capitol or the University of California Davis area. You can eat in, but they also have take out if you're just looking to avoid cooking. No reservations are needed. King's Restaurant specializes in Chinese style fast food.

King's Restaurant
1500 West Capitol Avenue
West Sacramento, CA 95691
Telephone: (916) 371-8131

Monday, June 20, 2011

Columbus Square Bowling Palace, Columbus, OH

The Columbus Square Bowling Palace located in the Northland neighborhood of Columbus, Ohio, is inside the Columbus Square Shopping Center, with 64 bowling lanes, a full bar, free Wi-Fi service, and big screen TVs. Plus, they're open on Christmas Day beginning at noon and they're open on Christmas Eve until midnight. You can get in a few last minute frames before Santa gets to your house.

Columbus Square Bowling Palace
5707 Forest Hills Boulevard
Columbus, OH 43231
Telephone: (614) 895-1122
The Palace website

Legends Grill, Detroit, MI

Legends Grill in Detroit, Michigan has two locations, and the one on Mount Elliott Street (Legends Coney Island) is open on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The restaurant serves, among other things, breakfast, burgers, Coney dogs, sandwiches and melts, with hand dipped ice for dessert and a kid's menu for the under twelve year old set. A link to their menu is shown below.

Legends Coney Island
5805 Mount Elliott Street
Detroit, MI 48211
Telephone: (313) 571-4777
Legends Menu

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Hawaii Bowl, Aiea, HI

The tenth annual Sheraton Hawaii Bowl will kickoff on Christmas Eve in 2011, on Saturday, December 24th at 3 pm local time (8:00 pm in the Eastern Time Zone)in the Aloha Stadium. Prior to the football game's kickoff, the Chevron Family Fun Zone will be open in Aloha Stadium's upper Halawa parking lot, with rides, games and free family activities for kids of all ages, beginning at 11 am.. The lower Halawa Parking Gates will open at 10:00 am, five hours previous to the start of the game.

The game will be broadcast by ESPN.

Aloha Stadium
99-500 Salt Lake Boulevard
Aiea, HI 96701
Telephone: (808) 486-9300

Vairocana Zen Monastery, Garden Grove, CA

Abbot Master Miao Tsan (Jian Liao) 妙參 of the Vairocana Zen Monastery will head a seven day long Zen retreat in 2011 beginning on Christmas Day (12/25/2011) through (1/1/2012).

Yesterday is history
Tomorrow is a mystery
Today is a gift
That's why we call it the present

Vairocana Zen Monastery
13735 Yockey Street
Garden Grove, CA 92844
Telephone: (714) 894-3658

Pajama Party Cartoon Brunch, Washington, DC

The Diner, in the District of Columbia, has a Pajama Party Cartoon Brunch every Sunday for kids. Adults can eat or have a coffee while the children enjoy watching TV cartoons, coloring and having other kid-type fun. This coming Christmas Day, December 25, 2011, the doors at The Diner will open at 7:00 am for an early brunch and pajama party to get 'em started for the day.

The Diner is in the Adams Morgan neighborhood in north of Dupont Circle. Reservations won't be required for the Christmas Day party, walk-ins are welcome. And the kids can come in their pajamas!

The Diner
2453 18th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
Telephone: (202) 232-8800
Pajama Party link

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Fat Duck, Guelph, ON

The Fat Duck Gastro Pub in the city of Guelph, Ontario, is a bar and a restaurant combination (a gastronomic pub) that serves up breakfast, lunch, dinner together with pints of local and imported ale and lager. In 2011, the Fat Duck bar is scheduled to be open on Christmas morning from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. in the afternoon to provide a bit of extra holiday cheer to your day.

Fat Duck Gastro Pub
210 Kortright Road West (at the corner of Edinburgh Road South)
Guelph, Ontario N1G 4X4, Canada
Telephone: +1 519-827-0533

Friday, June 17, 2011

The Little Rock Compassion Center

The Little Rock Compassion Center, the largest homeless shelter in the State of Arkansas, will be serving a free Christmas dinner at noon to over 300 people in need this Christmas. Gifts will be distributed to the needy and a devotional service will be held for those who want to attend.

If you can help out, give them a call.

Little Rock Compassion Center
3618 West Roosevelt
Little Rock, AR 72204
Telephone: (501) 296-9114
The Compassion Center website

Wilton Court Hotel, Herefordshire, England

The Wilton Court Hotel is open on Christmas, with a three night stay of indulgence and great food. Prices for the stay begin at £500. Pricing can be found here.The stay includes English breakfasts, and four course lunch  from the restaurant, which has received several awards for it's quality. They have much more in store for Christmas, and also weddings and other events not on Christmas. Visit their website to find out more.

Telephone: +44 (0) 1989 562 569

Garden Room, Derby, UK

On Sunday, December 25, 2011, the Garden Room at the Hallmark Hotel Derby will put on a Christmas lunch from noon until 3:00 pm. The "Christmas Day Carvery" will include traditional roast turkey with all the trimmings and white chocolate cheesecake for dessert. The lunch is fixed price with children under five getting to eat for free. Santa will drop in with presents for the kids and probably a quick bite of mince pie.

Garden Room, Hallmark Hotel Derby
Midland Road
Telephone: 01332 345894
Hallmark Hotel on the Web

Red Cross Christmas Day Dinner, South Carolina

Christmas is traditionally celebrated through church, family, friends and exchanges of gifts, but it can also honored by helping the less fortunate among us. In South Carolina Bi-Lo Charities and the Coastal South Carolina Chapter of the American Red Cross raise money every year to help fund the Annual Red Cross Christmas Day Dinner, which will be open to the public again this year on Sunday, December 25, 2011. People in need will be provided with free hot meals through a number of area churches or though direct delivery to the home or hospice bound by volunteers.

For more information visit the Red Cross Christmas Day Dinner Facebook page.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

V&L Pork Store, Staten Island, NY

The V&L Pork Store in Staten Island, New York, is ready to cater your your Christmas Day or Christmas Eve party from their cooked turkey or bone-in ham dinner menus complete with plenty of trimming. The family owned and operated butcher shop is now on Facebook with information about the days thay are oen, their hours of operation and their holiday party offering. In addition to Christmas, the family owned and operated V&L Pork Store is also doing catering on Thanksgiving, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

V & L Pork Store Ltd
30 Sneden Ave Ste 30
Staten Island, NY 10312
Telephone: (718) 984-8368
The V & L Facebook page

Mizuki Restaurant, Butler, NJ

Most people know that there a quite a few Chinese restaurants open on Christmas, but you may not know that there are also a lot of Japanese restaurants open for business on December 25th. If you're in Baker, New Jersey, on Christmas Day and you're in the mood for Rainbow Roll, Tuna Tataki, Soft Shell Crab Tempura or Nabeyaki Udon, try the Mizuki Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar. It's a new restaurant that just opened for business in 2010, located on Main Street near the intersection of Main and Boonton Avenue.

Mizuki Japanese Restaurant
156 Main Street
Butler, NJ 07405
Telephone: (973) 838-0068
The Mizuki Menu

The Arkansas Queen Riverboat

The Arkansas Queen Riverboat, berthed at the Little Rock, Arkansas, North Shore Maritime Center, will be open for a paddleboat cruise on Christmas Day. The Calliope equipped and remodeled three deck riverboat can carry 358 passengers and crew, and seat 250 diners at a time for lunch or dinner. Traditional Christmas fare will be on the menu, including roast turkey, baked ham and the usual fixings. The restaurant onboard has a great name; the Salty Parrot On The River.

Make your reservations well in advance to insure you'll be able to set sail for the holidays.

Arkansas Queen Riverboat
100 Riverfront Drive
Little Rock, AR 72202
Telephone: (501) 372-5777

Empress Diner, Fair Lawn, NJ

The Empress Diner in Fair Lawn, New Jersey will be open on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day for breakfast, lunch and dinner. If you get up late, don't worry about it. Breakfast at the Empress Diner is available all day long. Lunch has plenty of comfort foods and sandwiches on the menu, such as Philly Cheese Steaks and Triple Decker Sandwiches.

They've just put up a website for their diner, but it's still under construction as of this post. Check it out when Christmas gets near to see what's on their menus and wheteh they've got any specials going for the holiday season.

Empress Diner
13-50 River Road
Fair Lawn, NJ 07410
Telephone: (201) 791-2895
Fax: (201) 791-9654
Empress website

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Django Unchained

Django Unchained, a new Spaghetti Western written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, will reportedly star Samuel L. Jackson along with Leonardo DiCaprio playing the part of Calvin Candie, an evil slavemaster and plantation owner. The film is slated to open on Christmas Day in 2012. The Christmas release date was announced by the Weinstein Company, the independent film studio responsible for the movie's distribution. The Weinstein Company (TWC) is best known for its films The King's Speech and Inglourious Basterds.

Almost all movie theaters and motion picture chains are open on Christmas Day in the United States, and they are usually close by places to eat that will also be open today. And you can always fill up on Gummy Bears, movie popcorn and Zagnut candy bars from the theater concession stand if there aren't any restaurants nearby.

Acqua Restaurant, Miami, FL

The Acqua Restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel in Miami, Florida, is open on Christmas, just like many other hotel restaurants are. The Aqua stands out because it traditionally prepares a special seasonal menu for the holidays that includes items to enhance your Christmas dining experience. You'll definitely need to call ahead for reservations to insure seating for your party.

During the rest of the year the Acqua serves a variety of contemporary dishes with an emphasis on seafood, with a fusion cuisine influenced by Latin American and Asian elements. You'll find the restaurant on 7th floor of the hotel, just off of the lobby.

Acqua, Four Seasons Hotel
1435 Brickell Avenue
Miami, FL 33131
Telephone: (305) 381-3190

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Hunan Chinese Restaurant, Rapid City, SD

The Hunan Chinese Restaurant in Rapid City, South Dakota, offers Hunan, Mandarin and Szechwan style Chinese cuisines and a variety of other American and Vietnamese dishes either from their lunch and dinner menus or off of their buffet line. Copies of the restaurant's menus are posted on the restaurant website. Along with the local Flying J Travel Center, it is one of the few places on to eat that is open on Christmas in the Black Hills area.

Hunan Chinese Restaurant
1720 Mount Rushmore Road
Rapid City, SD 57701
Telephone: (605) 341-3888 ‎
Hunan website

Angus Barn, Raleigh, NC

The Angus Barn restaurant in Raleigh, North Carolina, is NOT open on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day for dine-in customers, but it does have its Christmas Dinner at Home service, so that you can order a Christmas dinner for six people prepared ahead of time and then pick it up to serve the next day. The dinners include your choice of Black Angus beef tenderloin with bordelaise sauce or bone-in prime rib with horseradish sauce, along with heating instructions for the next day use. Once December finally rolls around, just call your dinner order in a few days before Christmas at telephone number (919) 787-3505, then pick it up early on Christmas Eve. The Angus Barn is located on Glenwood Avenue just off of Highway 70 at the Aviation Parkway.

Angus Barn
9401 Glenwood Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27617
Telephone: (919) 781-2444
You can Follow Angus Barn on Twitter

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Dakotah Steakhouse, Rapid City, SD

The Dakotah Steakhouse is the newest restaurant in Rapid City South Dakota, located across the parking lot of the Comfort Suites Hotel, just off of Highway 90. The entrance is right next to the lifesize Bison sculture.

The Dakotah is an upscale establishment, serving a variety of steaks, prime rib and seafood dishes. Its asparagus wrapped in bacon is something you'll want to try, as well as their novel breaded macaroni and cheese side dish. Their staff is quick and attentive to details. One of their unique touched is the small box of toothpicks they give you at the end of your meal.

While the Comfort Suites Hotel is open on Christmas, the Dakotah Steakhouse will only be serving lunch (and possibly dinner) on Christmas Eve 2011 according to the hostess I spoke to today. They haven't started advertising yet as of this post, so if you visit during their soft opening you'll be able to get seated extra quickly at the table of your choice.

Dakotah Steakhouse
1325 North Elk Vale Road
Rapid City, SD 57703
Telephone: (605) 791-1800

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Acropolis Restaurant, Baltimore, MD

If you're looking for a place to have lunch or dinner that's open on Christmas in Baltimore, Maryland, consider trying the Acropolis Restaurant. If you like Greek food (especially lamb dishes), the Acropolis has Lamb Giouvetsi, Roast Leg of Lamb, Lamb Kapama, Braised Lamb and Roast Breast of Lamb. Yummy.

They take reservations and walk-ins. On the down side, parking for the restaurant is on the street.

The Acropolis Restaurant is located at the corner of Eastern Avenue and Oldham Street.

Acropolis Restaurant
4718 Eastern Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21224
Telephone: (410) 675-3384

Acropolis Website

Friday, June 3, 2011

Carolina's Diner

Nothin' could be finer than to be at Carolina's Diner Christmas morning! Sounds like the lyrics to a song, doesn't it? Carolina's Diner in the Piedmont - Triad area of North Carolina actually has four restaurants open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, located in High Point, Greensboro and Archdale. All of the Carolina's Diners specialize in home-style meals and comfort foods like burgers, fries, meat loaf, biscuits and mashed potatoes. And they've got a special menu to keep the kids happy.

Carolina's Diner
201 Eastchester Drive
High Point, NC 27262
Telephone: (336) 869-0660

Carolina's Diner
5605-E West Friendly Avenue
Greensboro, NC 27410
Telephone: (336) 297-9363

Carolina's Diner
506 South Regional Road
Greensboro, NC 27409
Telephone: (336) 931-0811

Carolina's Diner
10102-W South Main Street
Archdale, NC 27263
Telephone: (336) 434-4915

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Green Valley Grill, Greensboro, NC

Open on both Thanksgiving and Christmas Day, the Green Valley Grill provides its with diners elegant European-style dining, featuring such dinner entrees as Grilled Duck Breast, Oak-Fired Angus Filet Mignon, and Wood Fired Rotisserie Chicken. While the restaurant is normally open for lunch and dinner, at Christmas it is limited to dinner time only. Reservations are recommended for the holidays, but walk-ins are accepted. Dress nice.

Green Valley Grill
622 Green Valley Road
Greensboro, NC 27408
Telephone: (336) 854-2015

Archie McPhee, Seattle, WA

Archie McPhee, for those of you who haven't heard of it yet, is possibly the greatest novelty shop in the world. Dealing in the strange and eclectic, Archie McPhee sells mountains of wind up walking toys, fake plastic dog poop and ten thousand other oddities out of its retail store and through its website. While the website is always open, the brick and mortar side of the business is closed on Christmas Day, but the retail store is open on Christmas Eve for some last minute shopping.

Lately, the operation seems to be on a bacon kick, carrying Bacon Mints, Bacon Candy, Bacon Bandages, Bacon Air Freshener, Bacon Flavored Toothpicks, Bacon Lip Balm, Bacon Floss, Bacon Soap, and Bacon Tooth for sale. Imagine a stocking stuffed with those! You can find their "spiffy" red store at the corner of North 45th Street and Stone Way in the Wallingford neighborhood of Seattle, Washington.

Archie McPhee
1300 North 45th Street
Seattle, WA 98103
Telephone: (206) 297-0240
The McPhee website

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Coral Cafe, Burbank, CA

The Coral Cafe, in the heart of Burbank, California, is a popular place to grab a coffee or to get a bite to eat 24 hours a day, even on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The restaurant is open seven days a week serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and soups. Their current soup specials include clam chowder, chicken and dumplings, chicken tortilla and lentil soups. Beer and wine is also served.

Coral Cafe
3321 West Burbank Boulevard (corner of North Lima Street)
Burbank, CA 91505
Telephone: (818) 566-9725
They're now on Facebook

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Pagoda Restaurant, Santa Claus Lane, North Pole

The award winning Pagoda Restaurant (featured on the Food Channel) in North Pole, Alaska offers its diners Mandarin, Szechuan, and Cantonese dishes, seven days a week, all year long. Instead of roast turkey and baked ham, picture yourself feasting on Alaska King Crab legs fresh from the wok, seasoned with cilantro, white wine, ginger, oyster sauce, scallions and cilantro. That's just one of the family style dinners and lunches served at the Pagoda Restaurant, along with soups, appetizers and a variety of beverages. Like several other North Pole businesses, the Pagoda Restaurant is open on Christmas Day and Christmas Eve. Call ahead for hours and reservations.

Pagoda Restaurant
431 Santa Claus Lane
North Pole, AL 99705
Telephone: (907) 488-3338
Pagoda website