Restaurants Open on Christmas Lancaster PA

December 6, 2022

Visiting Lancaster PA for Christmas is a terrific plan.  If you’re worried there won’t be anywhere for you to eat on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, never fear, we’re here for you!  We’ve put together a list of great options for you to consider.  Here’s some additional advice for eating out for Christmas Dinner in Lancaster:

  • Make a Reservation: Dining out on Christmas Day is not a time to ‘wing it’, unless you’re heading to one of the great local diners.  Be sure to make a reservation as far ahead as possible and show up on time!!
  • Be Patient: Christmas will probably be a busy night and the restaurant you choose might be short staffed.  Relax & enjoy the atmosphere and quality time with your family!
  • Tip Like You Won the Lottery! The people serving you aren’t at home with their families so that you can enjoy a special night out with yours.  Show them your appreciation! 

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Lancaster Restaurants Open BOTH Christmas Eve & Christmas Day

Chinese / Asian Restaurants!!

Whether you don’t celebrate Christmas, or you DO celebrate Christmas & just want to eat out, there’s a great tradition of going out for Chinese food for Christmas dinner.  Why?  Because there was a time where those were the ONLY restaurants that would have been open, especially Christmas day itself.  Times have changed, but it feels only right that we should lead with some fantastic Chinese / Asian restaurants in Lancaster, since they’ve had our back on Christmas for so long.  Here are our favorites for dine-in.  Some are ‘snazzy’, some are cozy-authentic… ALL are delicious, so pick your vibe and enjoy:

  • Mojo Asian Cuisine & Sushi Bar | 245 Bloomfield Dr #107, Lititz | Website
  • Hong Kong Garden | Wheatland Shopping Center, 1807 Columbia Ave, Lancaster | Website
  • Shogun Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi | 680 Park City Center, Lancaster | Website
  • Ginza | 565 Greenfield Rd, Lancaster | Website
  • Yangs | 1232 Lititz Pike, Lancaster | Facebook
  • Yuzu Asian Cuisine | 12 McGovern Ave, Lancaster | Website
  • Wasabi | 2600 Willow Street Pike, Willow Street | Website
  • Oka Asian Fusion | 721 Harrisburg Ave, Lancaster | Website
  • Blue Pacific | 1500 Oregon Pike, Lancaster | Website
  • Hibachi Ichiban Japanese Steakhouse | 1870 Fruitville Pike, Lancaster | Website


Restaurants Connected to Hotels:

If you’re looking for a more traditional Christmas Dinner, one of the best pro-tips when trying to find a restaurant open on ANY holiday is to look at restaurants connected to hotels.  The hotels have a built-in collection of guests who need a place to eat during their stay.  Plus, they’re usually VERY happy to have outside guests as well (if you have to work on a holiday, being busy is better!).  Here’s the list of hotel-restaurants serving on Christmas Eve and Christmas day:

  • Arthur’s Terrace at the Eden Resort | 222 Eden Rd, Lancaster | Website
  • Huckleberry’s at the Fulton Steamboat | 1 Hartman Bridge Rd, Lancaster | Website
  • Plough at the Penn Square Marriott | 25 S Queen St, Lancaster | Website
  • Loxley’s at the Heritage Hotel | 500 Centerville Rd, Lancaster | Website
  • Smokehouse BBQ & Brews at the Amish View Inn | 3121 Old Philadelphia Pike, Bird in Hand | Website
  • Olde Mill Restaurant at the Best Western Plus | 9 Queen Rd, Intercourse | Website
  • Per Diem at Rock Lititz | 50 Rock Lititz Blvd, Lititz | Website
  • Fireside Tavern | 1500 Historic Dr, Strasburg | Website
  • Lititz Spring Inn Restaurant | 14 E Main St, Lititz | Website
  • Cork & Cap | 480 New Holland Ave #3000, Lancaster | Website
  • Café 24 Hundred | 2400 Willow Street Pike, Lancaster| Website
  • Hotel Hershey | 100 Hotel Rd, Hershey | Website


Local Diners:

There’s just something about the vibe in local diners that makes it feel like you’re with family!  Lancaster has some terrific Diners open for Christmas, here are our top picks for comfort food, cozy atmosphere & great service:

  • Lyndon Diner | 1370 Manheim Pike, Lancaster | Website
  • Knight & Day | 3140 Lititz Pike, Lititz | Website
  • Park City Diner | 884 Plaza Blvd, Lancaster | Website
  • Gus’ Keystone Diner | 3687 Rothsville Rd, Ephrata | Website
  • Centerville Diner | 100 S Centerville Rd, Lancaster | Website

Plus These Too:

  • Harvest Seasonal Grill | 1573 Fruitville Pike, Lancaster | Website
  • Bird in Hand Family Restaurant & Smorgasbord | 2760 Old Philadelphia Pike, Bird in Hand | Website
  • Mountville Family Restaurant | 50 Highland Dr #150, Mountville | No Website


Open Christmas Eve, Closed Christmas Day

There are definitely more options for a great dinner on Christmas Eve than Christmas Day itself.  If you’re looking for a special dinner before Santa & Baby Jesus’ grand arrivals, here are our top picks:

  • Gibraltar | 488 Royer Dr #101, Lancaster | Website
  • Greenfield Restaurant | 595 Greenfield Rd, Lancaster | Website
  • Luca | 436 W James St #101, Lancaster | Website
  • Bistro Barberet | 26 E King St, Lancaster | Website
  • The Belvedere Inn | 402 N Queen St, Lancaster | Website
  • Josephine’s | 50 W Grant St, Lancaster | Website
  • Horse Inn | 540 E Fulton St, Lancaster | Website
  • Iron Hill Brewery | 781 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster | Website
  • The Press Room | 26 W King St, Lancaster | Website
  • Gracie’s on Main (8 am – 2 pm) | 264 W Main St, Leola | Website
  • Commonwealth Kitchen & Buffet (brunch) | 420 Pearl St, Lancaster | Website
  • Reflections Restaurant | 1390 E Oregon Rd, Leola | Website
  • Olde Lincoln House Tavern | 1398 W Main St, Ephrata | Website
  • Shady Maple | 29 Toddy Dr, East Earl | Website
  • Decades (open until 8 pm) | 438 N Queen St, Lancaster | Website
  • Stubby's | 701 Olde Hickory Rd, Lancaster | Website


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We would love to host you at our cozy bed and breakfast for the holidays!  Every one of our guest rooms has a fireplace, private bathroom, luxurious amenities and cozy atmosphere.  Plus, we’ll serve you a delicious, home-cooked breakfast every morning that will knock your socks off!!  No matter what time of year you visit the area, we can help you find terrific things to see & do while you’re here.  We love Lancaster County and we hope you’ll leave here feeling the same way we do!

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