Forget cooking: 17 places to eat out on Christmas Day in Charlotte

Our family’s Christmas dinner tradition has changed throughout the years. There were the themed years with homemade Irish, Italian or Mexican foods on the menu. When our boys were small, and we were exhausted, Christmas dinner featured Stouffer’s frozen lasagna. The era of Chinese take-out was an easy transition; I convinced my family that food in small containers was fancy.

It’s mid-December and I don’t have a plan for this year. A Christmas dinner at an area restaurant may be our family’s next new tradition.

Here are 17 restaurants open on Christmas Day in Charlotte:

303 S. Church St.
Christmas Breakfast: 8 – 11 a.m.
Christmas Dinner: 12 – 7 p.m.
Holiday menu.
Reservations: 704-445-2540

The Asbury at The Dunhill Hotel
235 N. Tryon St.
Two seatings at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Special prix fixe menu.
Reservations: 704-342-1193

The Blue Taj Cuisine of India
14815 Ballantyne Village Way, Suite 170.
Regular dinner menu.
Reservations: 704-369-5777

BLT Steak at the Ritz Carlton of Charlotte
201 E. Trade St.
Pre-fixe and holiday menu.
Reservations: 704-547-2244