Holidays Unwrapped in Southwest Florida

The holiday season can be downright exhausting long before we’re expected to host Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. We understand if you’ve had enough of entertaining, cooking and cleaning for the month of December.

So if you’re ready to relax and take a break from the kitchen, consider opting for a special meal out at any one of these great Southwest Florida restaurants.

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Chain Restaurants

Denny’s

Denny’s is inviting guests to join them for a delicious and affordable meal with family and friends on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The restaurant is open 24/7. For more information, click here. 

Starbucks

Starbucks will be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in select store locations. Store hours vary by location, and stores may occasionally adjust their hours based on business and customer needs. To contact your nearest Starbucks, click here. 

Boston Market

Boston Market is offering premade Christmas dinners that can help get your holiday dinner done right. Select restaurants will also offer an in-restaurant menu on Christmas day. See participating restaurants here. 

Waffle House

All 1,950 Waffle House restaurants are open 24/7, 365 days a year. This includes all holidays, including Christmas Eve and Christmas, according to a restaurant spokesperson. For more information, click here. 

IHOP

While most restaurants will be open on Dec. 24 and Dec. 25, it will vary by location.  The restaurant recommends calling your local IHOP to confirm.

Naples

Hilton Marco Island

Celebrate Christmas at Hilton Marco Island and you’ll enjoy a holiday buffet to remember! Call 239-394-5000 to make a reservation. For more information, click here. 

Cafe Figaro

Cafe Figaro will offer Christmas Day Lunch and Dinner Specials that include smoked prime rib and lamb chops with a mint demi-glace. Call 239-594-2000. For more information, click here.

Bonita Springs

Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa

Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa is featuring a Chef-Carved Prime Rib, Turkey & Country Ham, seafood buffet, dessert bar and live music. Call 239-390-4398 to make a reservation. For more information, click here.

Roy’s Restaurant

Celebrate Christmas with Roy’s exclusive three-course Holiday Menu featuring Slow Roasted Chateaubriand with Wild Mushroom Port Wine Pan Sauce. For more information, click here. 

Fort Myers

India Palace

India Palace will be open for on Dec. 25 for Christmas dinner from 5-9 p.m. For more information, click here. 

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Fort Myers Beach

Lani Kai Island Resort

Enjoy a fabulous Christmas Day buffet up in the top-floor of the Lani Kai Island Resort, an award-winning Island View restaurant. Reservations are required. For more information, click here.

Shucker’s at The Gulfshore and The Cottage Bar

Shucker’s at The Gulfshore and The Cottage Bar will be open on Christmas Day from 8 a.m. to midnight. Book your  dinner reservations today by calling 239-765-5440. For more information, click here.

Heidi’s Island Bistro

Heidi’s Island Bistro will be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The restaurant will offer Duck Breast with Au Jus served with Potato Pancake and Red Cabbage. For more information, click here. 

Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina

Celebrate the most wonderful time of year with family and friends gathered for a buffet feast at the resort on Dec. 25 from 12-5:30 p.m. Reservations are required. For more information, click here. 

Sanibel Island

Sundial Beach Resort

Celebrate the season with a Holiday Buffet Wednesday on Christmas Day at Sundial Beach Resort and Spa in Sanibel. Call 239-395-6013 to make a reservation. For more information, click here. 

Traditions On The Beach

Traditions On The Beach invites guests to join them on Christmas Eve, opening at 5 p.m. and Christmas Day at 4 p.m. For Christmas dinner, the restaurant will be serving their regular full menu alongside a ‘Christmas Specials’ menu. Reservations are strongly recommended. For more information, click here. 

Punta Gorda

Captain’s Table

Treat your friends and family to tradition at the Captain’s Table on Christmas Day. The annual Christmas Day Buffet will include holiday classics and fresh favorites from the chef. For more information, click here.

Cape Coral

10 twentyfive

10 twentyfive will offer a delicious Christmas Eve Brunch plus bottomless pomegranate and regular poinsettias from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, click here. 

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Katherine Viloria is Beasley Media Group's Fort Myers Digital Content Manager. She loves to write, snap photos, and watch Grey's Anatomy. Connect with her on Instagram @alittlethisalittlekat