Where to Eat on Christmas Day in Champaign-Urbana 2012

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.

Christmas Day, restaurants open, Champaign-Urbana

Dropped the turkey? Head out for a meal this Christmas Day in Champaign-Urbana. Morguefile photo

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!


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  1. China King is open! They don’t do delivery those days, but they do carry out and eat in!

  2. I was just wondering who would be open on Christmas Eve. Thanks, Chambana Moms!