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 2022 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 Peking House, 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. 863-688-9022

Lake Wales Restaurants

  • 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.

Attractions Open on Christmas Day

Bonnet Springs Park

Spread some holiday cheer in the outdoors at Central Florida’s newest attraction, Bonnet Springs Park. They will be open 6 a.m.-5 p.m. on Christmas Eve and 12 p.m. -6 p.m. on Christmas Day.

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

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