7 Chain Restaurants Open on Christmas Day

You know, just in case you need a backup plan

If there's one thing we've learned over the past few years of hosting Christmas, it's that there's no such thing as too many backup plans—even if they're in the form of a drive-thru hamburger. So whether that ambitious brunch project didn't quite turn out well or your feast from the night before did a number on your kitchen, these seven chain and fast-food restaurants are happy to welcome you into their vinyl booths and festive corporate decor.

Who knows—maybe that stack of IHOP pancakes could become your new annual tradition.

McDonald's

That beacon of hope in the sky? It's two golden arches, ready to hand over a bag of emergency Big Macs, no questions asked.

Boston Market

Listen, you're the only one who has to know the rotisserie chicken you're about to put on the table didn't actually come from your oven.

IHOP

Nobody likes flipping pancakes for a houseful of extended family members, which is why we believe it's a Christmas activity best left to the flapjack pros.

Starbucks

As long as the sun rises in the east, rest assured there will be a dedicated, green-aproned barista ready to brew you a morning latte.

Panda Express

If Chinese food has always been a part of your holiday traditions, you'll be glad to know that Panda Express will happily pack you a container of orange chicken and egg rolls after you've returned from the movie theater.

Denny's

Fun fact: Christmas Day is this diner's busiest day of the year, meaning those other million and a half people can't also have the wrong idea of tucking into a Grand Slam on the 25. 

Domino's Pizza

When worse comes to worst, we'll never say no to a plan B that doesn't even require us to leave the house.