If you need a break from holiday cooking, or if like Ralphie's family on "A Christmas Story" you run into some difficulty with your meal, there will be some places open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Please call ahead: Some locations may operate on different schedules.
Here's a list:
Open Christmas Eve
Cracker Barrel: Serves their regular menu and closes at 2 p.m. on Christmas Eve and is closed on Christmas Day.
Golden Corral: Open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Christmas Eve.
Open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
Buffalo Wild Wings: Most locations will be open
Denny's: Denny's will be open regular hours. And some of its seasonal menu items are very Christmas-friendly.
Eat Organico: Fresh local seafood, homemade pasta, gluten-free options. Open 5 to 10 p.m. both days, 4832 Cortez Road W. (941) 251-4177
IHOP: Most will be open regular hours, but hours may be reduced.
Starbucks: Open as usual, providing a place to stop for your caffeine fix on your way to see family. And, as usual, there are holiday beverages to choose from.
TGI Friday's: Along with current menu, will be also serving up a delicious Holiday Turkey Dinner. Open from 11 a.m- 2 a.m. on Christmas Day.
Village Inn: Hours vary, but some are open 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
If you know of a restaurant that will be open on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day that we need to add to our list, drop us a line at 10News@wtsp.com.