Christmas Eve Opening Times for Starbucks, Dunkin' Donuts, Olive Garden and More

Christmas Day is nearly here and that means Christmas Eve shopping is on the horizon. Did you know that the majority of last-minute shoppers are male (according to the National Retail Federation)?

To help readers stay fueled during their mission to buy last-minute gifts, Newsweek has gathered up all the opening hours during the festive eve for some of the biggest chain restaurants in the U.S.

What restaurants are open Christmas Eve?

Applebee's: "All restaurants will be open on Christmas Eve, although hours may be reduced," a spokesperson for the company told Newsweek. "Please contact your local Applebee's for specific information on holiday hours as each restaurant is independently owned and operated and hours vary by location."

Arby's: A spokesperson for the company told Newsweek that "hours will vary per location on Christmas Eve, so we recommend checking with your local restaurant for opening and closing times."

Burger King: Drive-thrus are 24-hour, with restaurants open between 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. local time. This may vary between stores so check ahead of time before turning out.

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Chick-fil-A: Based on previous years, the restaurant will open for Christmas Eve.

Chili's Grill & Bar: According to the store locator on its website, these restaurants will be open on Christmas, operating normal hours. However, hours might vary between locations.

Dairy Queen: Stores are advertising normal operating hours for Christmas Eve, however each location is a different franchise so it's worth checking ahead of time to ensure local stores are open.

Domino's Pizza: Currently, the pizza places are remaining open for Christmas Eve, with varying hours for each franchise.

Dunkin' Donuts: "Dunkin' store hours vary by location," a company spokesperson told Newsweek. "While many Dunkin' locations will be open on Christmas Eve, we encourage our guests to check the Dunkin' Mobile App to confirm if their local store is open before visiting."

Jack in the Box: Hours vary between locations but according to the store locator, branches are remaining open for Christmas Eve.

KFC: Opening hours vary by the franchise so it's worth checking ahead of time whether local stores are open. Currently, the majority of KFC branches are open for Christmas Eve.

McDonald's: Like last year, the burger place will be open on Christmas Eve.

Olive Garden: According to the company's website, operating hours depend on the amount of business on the day before; decisions are made by the management of each branch. Please contact the restaurant directly for the scheduled closing time the day before Christmas Eve.

Panera Bread: Specific hours will vary from bakery-cafe to bakery-cafe, so check with your local branch ahead of time.

Pizza Hut: Most Huts are open 11.30 a.m. local time until late. Check local branches ahead of time.

Red Lobster: According to the website, the restaurant will be closing early on Christmas Eve at 8:00 p.m. local time

Sonic Drive-in: The restaurant will be operating regular hours on Christmas Eve.

Starbucks: Starbucks is welcoming customers to select store locations on Christmas Eve, the company told Newsweek. "Store hours vary by location, and stores may occasionally adjust their hours based on business and customer needs," says a spokesperson for Starbucks. Specific store hours can be found by visiting

Subway: While the sandwich chain might remain open on Christmas Eve, some may close early. Check ahead of time with local branches.

Taco Bell: Restaurant hours will vary on Christmas Eve, according to the website. Check with local branches ahead of time.

Wendy's: Each franchisee operates its own hours on Christmas Eve so call local branches ahead of time to check opening times. But based on my experience of the chain, they're normally open on Christmas Eve so readers could be in luck.

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