As the old song goes, Christmas is coming and the goose is getting fat. But that doesn't mean you have to be the one to cook the goose, ham, turkey or whatever dish is the centerpiece of your holiday meal. Let local chefs help take off some of the pressure of preparing Christmas dinner, they are the pros after all. 

Grab and Go

Plan ahead by placing a catering order from one of these local spots. Earn your spot on the nice list by ordering the assorted deviled eggs and a few sides from Spotted Salamander. With their local ingredients, those dishes are sure to be the star of the dinner table. For dishes that accommodate  everyone from your gluten-free uncle and vegan cousins to your traditional-food-loving grandpa check out Honey River Catering. Prep for every meal of the day with the help of smallSUGAR. They've got you covered from breakfast casserole and almond croissant (seriously, don't skimp on the pastries) in the morning to prime rib and a fresh garden salad for dinner.  For your Christmas bird, The War Mouth is smoking turkeys that will be the perfect centerpiece to your table. While you're ordering your turkey, go ahead an ask for one of their bourbon cream pies. You won't regret it. 

Dine In

Christmas Eve

No one likes to clean dishes on Christmas Eve. Instead make a reservation at one of these local restaurants.

Cola's is bringing back their popular Christmas Eve Dinner down in the Vista. Enjoy their casual fine dining before taking a drive through downtown to see the Christmas lights. 

Make a new holiday tradition up in the Northeast at the newly opened Ratio. With Peruvian flavors and tapas style bites, this is a tradition you'll definitely want to come back to next year. 

A little French, a little local, Hampton Street Vineyard is perfect for a special evening. The outdoor seating and recently reimagined menu are at the top of our Christmas wishlist. 

Lizard's Thicket locations across the Midlands will be open for breakfast on Christmas Eve until noon, giving you just the fuel you need to do any last minute holiday preparations.

Christmas Day

Sneak out before the rest of the family wakes up to enjoy a cup of coffee and pick up a last minute gift from Curiosity Coffee. Their friendly staff are sure to bring the cheer (and the much needed caffeine to deal with any in-laws back at home). 

Do you know of other local restaurants that will be open on Christmas? Drop a comment below and we'll add them to the list!