Eating Out in Huntsville, Alabama, on Christmas Day

What's open on Christmas Day?

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There are many reasons why you might want to go out to a restaurant for your Christmas Day meal. You might hate to cook, or maybe your family hates it when you cook. Maybe you are going to be alone, you have too many guests coming for Christmas Day and can't fit them in your house, you like restaurant food, you hate to clean up or you are too busy to plan a feast.

Whatever your reason, finding a restaurant that is open on Christmas Day can be a hard task.

That is the one day of the year that nearly every restaurant and store is closed.

Here are a few restaurants in Huntsville, Alabama, that are typically open on Christmas Day. Make sure confirm and check before you head out, though; even though these places typically serve Christmas dinner, things may change from year to year.​

Hopper's Bar and Grill

This restaurant is ideal for travelers because it's conveniently located inside the Holiday Inn Research Park, 5903 University Drive. It usually stays open on Christmas Day and caters to the guests here, although it's also open to anyone else in the area looking for a bite to eat.  

Hopper's typically serves a special Christmas champagne brunch that may include the likes of carved roast beef, roast pork, baked ham, Caribbean baked catfish, chicken marsala, turkey and dressing, chicken and dumplings, fried chicken, sweet potatoes, fresh vegetables, rice pilaf, whipped potatoes, fresh greens, broccoli casserole and a lot more.

Look for the champagne brunch between 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., with the last reservation at 1:30 p.m. It's not cheap for adults, although the meal is typically cheaper for seniors and children, and kids 5 and younger eat for free. Reservations suggested.

Ruth's Chris Steakhouse

This Huntsville steakhouse is typically open on Christmas Day, serving up its regular menu.

Ruth's Chris Steak House is located in the Twickenham Square development, serving (you guessed it) steaks (rib eye's to strips to moist and tasty filets), but also Maine lobster and another fine cuisine worth celebrating over the holidays. You can also find vegetarian options at this restaurant. Check out the full menu here.

Humphrey's Bar and Grill

Humphrey's, located at 103 Washington St. NW, is typically open on Christmas Day. This bar and grill's regular hours are 4 p.m. until midnight. It usually serves up bar food (chips, "squeaky cheese," loaded cheese fries), smoked chicken wings, salads, sandwiches, pizzas and more.

City Cafe Diner

Craving diner food? Head to City Cafe, 2003 Drake Ave. SW, which is open all day, from 6 a.m. until midnight, and typically on Christmas Day. City Cafe boasts some of the largest servings in town, so come hungry. Breakfast served all day, but there's also dinner food if you don't want French toast. Celebrate with a huge selection of desserts.

Other Holiday Happenings in Huntsville

Looking for other ways to celebrate the winter holidays in Huntsville? Check out our listing of the top New Year's Eve parties.

Also, learn more about Christmas in Huntsville in our Christmas Index.