Restaurants Open on Christmas Day

By: Peyten Palo

A delicious, stress-free meal is what vacationing is all about. Not on vacation, and live in (or near) Lakeland, Winter Haven, Lake Wales or Haines City? We’ve got you covered too. Check out what restaurants are open on Christmas day in Central Florida!

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Restaurants Open on Christmas Day in Lakeland, Lake Wales and More!

Here’s how you can eat, drink, and be merry without having to slave over a hot stove or wash a sink full of pots and pans!

Lakeland Restaurants

  • The Terrace Grille, 863-603-5420
  • The Peking House, 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. 863-688-9022

Lake Wales Restaurants

  • Blue Palmetto Café at Bok Tower Gardens, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Sizzling Grill, 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (last seating) 863-676-4898

Chain Restaurants Throughout Polk County

  • Starbucks, various locations.
  • IHOP, regular hours.
  • Village Inn, open until 3:00 p.m.
  • Waffle House, regular hours.
  • Boston Market, regular hours.
  • Buffalo Wild Wings, regular hours.
  • Perkins, regular hours.
  • Cracker Barrel, closed. Contrary to popular belief, all Cracker Barrel stores close at 2:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve and remain closed through Christmas Day.

Bok Tower Gardens Open on Christmas Day

Yes, local movie theaters will be open on Christmas Day but did you know Bok Tower Gardens is open too? Yes! One of our favorite Central Florida attractions is open on Christmas Day from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Looking for more holiday activities while in Central Florida? Check out our Holiday Happenings blog or follow us on Instagram!

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