With Thanksgiving in the past, the holidays have officially begun. Between hosting holiday parties, baking cookies for exchanges and buying gifts, it can be hard to find time to cook Christmas dinner. Whether you are a family that celebrates on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, the city of Pasadena has a variety of restaurants that are open to help you enjoy the holiday, without lifting a finger. Check out some of the places that are open on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day and skip at least some of the stress of the holidays:
Golden China has been a South Pasadena institution for decades and is conveniently open on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The large menu also gives you the option to do takeout, so that you can focus on presents and family rather than the exact moment to take the ham out of the oven. Favorites include anything crispy (like the duck) or fried (including pork chops and sweet and sour chicken).
For a modern gastropub experience on Christmas Eve, Edwin Mills is open. Note that the restaurant is closed on Christmas Day and that Christmas Eve might be crowded, so even if you’re not the type to make a reservation, you might want to check in to see about availability—especially if you’re doing a family dinner with a crowd.
For a casual Christmas, head over to Barney’s Beanery. Open every day of the year, it’s perfect whether you are celebrating with friends, family, kids, etc. Or it makes a welcome place to recover after too much family time.
If you want to celebrate a little early, Maple in the Descanso Gardens is hosting Dinner with Santa on select dates in December. Book soon because some dates are already sold out.
And some of Pasadena’s most elegant and traditional favorites are always perfect picks for the holidays—which require reservations. Check out the specially crafted menus at The Raymond 1886 for Christmas Eve, or Maison Akira’s Christmas Eve. The restaurants at The Langham also have special Christmas menus for both Eve and Day.
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