We all have different traditions when it comes to eating on Christmas. Will you make a goose? A turkey? A ham? Some of us prefer to make … reservations. So we present the 2012 guide on where to eat on Christmas Day in Champaign-Urbana.
Traditionally, eating in a restaurant on Christmas was limited to a Chinese joint, which still rings true, as many on this list are Chinese – but certainly not all. We have confirmed the following restaurants to be open (we have not included fast food).
Bucca di Beppo, Champaign: Open at 11 a.m. on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Chinatown Buffet, Champaign: Open regular hours Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Christmas Eve and 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Christmas Day.
Denny’s, Champaign: Open 24/7. Kids eat free on Tuesdays from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.!
Jupiter’s at the Crossing, Champaign: Open 5 p.m. Christmas Day; full bar, limited menu.
Oishi, Champaign: Open regular hours Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Peking Garden, Champaign: Open regular hours Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Merry Ann’s Diner, Champaign: Neil St. location closes at 1 p.m. on Christmas Eve and opens at 5 a.m. on Christmas Day.
Milo’s, Urbana: From 11 to 8 p.m. Christmas Day. Reservations recommended.
Perkins, Urbana: Open until 8 p.m. Christmas Eve; Christmas Day, open 6 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Rainbow Garden, Champaign: Open starting at 4 p.m. for dinner Christmas Day, Champaign location ONLY.
Shanghai 1938, Champaign: Open Christmas Eve 5 – 9 p.m.; open noon to 9 p.m. Christmas Day.
Tang Dynasty, Urbana: Regular hours open, 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
If you know of other Champaign-Urbana restaurants open Christmas or Christmas Eve, leave them in the comments below!