It's almost time for another Thanksgiving in Gainesville, but there is no time like the present to plan for your Christmas in Gainesville. You need to buy presents, send out holiday cards and gifts, and, when all is said and done, you still need to figure out what you're eating for the holly, jolly holiday. If you're looking for a good meal to share with your family minus the prep and clean-up, look no further than our list of restaurants open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in Gainesville.


Denny's restaurants are usually open 24/7, and the same is true for Christmas. All of Denny's restaurants in the Gainesville area will remain open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. They'll be offering the full menu plus limited-time, seasonal items such as their Holiday Turkey Melt, pumpkin pie milkshake, Turkey and Dressing Dinner, and Pecan Pie.

Amelia's Fine Italian Cuisine

Amelia's in Gainesville will be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. It's recommended that you make reservations in advance before all of the tables and times are taken.

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Waffle House

Three location for Waffle House in Gainesville and one in Alachua will be open 24/7 on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and will be serving their regular menu items.


sticking with the usual schedule of being open 24/7, all IHOPs are open on Christmas Day. The full menu will be available plus turkey and ham holiday dinners. Also, for a limited time only, IHOP is offering Grinch Movie-themed dishes that will make your appetite grow three sizes!

Boston Market

The location on Newberry Road in Gainesville will be open on Christmas Day from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. They'll have a limited menu serving turkey, ham, chicken, sweet potatoes, macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, corn, green beans, and stuffing. 

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store

On Christmas Eve, Cracker Barrel will have its full, regular menu, including seasonal items, and will remain open until 2 p.m.

Wherever you decide to eat at for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in Gainesville, we hope you have a merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

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