Festive Flavors: Local Options for Christmas 2023

The stockings are hung and now it’s time to finalize your Christmas dining plans! This holiday season, various local eateries and bakeries are dishing out delicious ways to celebrate the season.

Whether you want to dine out or order holiday ham and fixings to enjoy at home, our local food community is ready to deliver seasonal cheer! We’re highlighting the Bloomington-Normal area restaurants open on Christmas Day, plus we’re showcasing spots offering special holiday menus, take-and-bake meals, freshly baked pies and desserts, and other festive foods.

Check back often as this list will be updated.

Open on Christmas Day

Bloom Bawarchi

Open on Christmas

China Star

Open 10 am to 8 pm

Country Pride

Open 11 am to 8 pm

First Wok

Open 10 am to 8 pm

Hot Wok

Open 10 am to 9 pm

Imperial Buffet

Open 11 am to 9:30 pm

Kicks Bar and Grill (Towanda)

Bar hours: 2 pm to 11 pm; Kitchen hours: 4 pm to 8 pm

Kobe Hibachi Steakhouse

Open regular hours (12:00 pm – 8:30 pm)

Puran Indian

Open 11 am to 9 pm. $11.99 lunch buffet served 11 am to 2 pm.

Sao’s Late Night Eatery

Open 2 pm to 8 pm – Send them a message to order Christmas platters – more details coming soon

Sichuan Chinese Restaurant

Open 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Taqueria El Porton

Open 9 am to 9 pm

The Spotted Dog

Bar Hours: 7 am to 1 am; Kitchen Hours: 4 pm to 8 pm

Wesley’s Grill

Open 12 pm to 12 am. Carryout, delivery, and dine-in will be available. Reservations available.

Western Tap

Open 3 pm to 11 pm (Kitchen hours 3 pm to 9 pm)

Take and Bake Pre-Order Meals

Annie’s Eats Carry Out and Catering

Holiday Starters

  • Ranch Cheese Spread – $13 qt
  • Spinach Artichoke Dip – $13 qt


  • Smoked Prime Rib (served with Au jus~tiger sauce~whipped horseradish) – $27.99 per pound
  • Smoked Turkey
    • Hen (13-15# avg.)…….$60
    • Tom (22# avg.)……….$85
    • Sliced by the pound…..$17.90
  • Smoked Ham
    • Half ham (serves 8-10)…..$50
    • Cliced by the pound……….$17.99

Homemade Sides

  • Sweet Potato Casserole
  • Mashed Potatoes (w/Beef or Turkey Gravy)
  • Twice Baked Potato Casserole
  • Cheesy Potatoes
  • Macaroni & Cheese
  • Glazed Carrots
  • Green Beans with Bacon, Onion & Potatoes

Holiday Sides

  • Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus Bundles…$8
  • Whole Garlic Mushrooms….$12

Pop Up Chicken Shop

Christmas Ham Preorders

“Pop Up Christmas Feast” – $170 (includes: 8 -9 lb. Maple Brown Sugar Ham, Benton’s Bacon Green Bean Casserole, Whipped Garlic Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, 1 pack Martin’s Sweet Dinner Rolls). All items also available a la carte!

Only 100 available on a first come, first served basis. All orders must be placed in person at the restaurant and paid in full. No emails or phone calls, Your time slot will be designated when you purchase. Pickup date is Christmas Eve between 11 am-1 pm.

Sao’s Late Night Eatery

Limited quantities available! Last order date 12/20/23; Pickup date 12/23 and 12/24.

Meat Options:

  • Fried Turkey (Whole or Breast)
  • Fried Duck (Regular or Cajun)
  • Roasted Honey Ham
  • Roasted Turkey
  • Roasted Cornish Hen

Side Options:

(Available as 1/2 pan or full pan; some side options can be adapted to vegan)

  • Cornbread Stuffing (w/pork sausage)
  • Southern Yams (w/marshmallow topping)
  • Garlic Mash
  • Seafood Salad
  • Broccoli Casserole
  • Fried Deviled Eggs
  • Collard Greens
  • Honey Ginger Cornbread
  • Sweet Potato Cornbread

Under the Ground BloNo

Holiday Pre-Order Pick-up and Delivery available Saturday, 12/23. Order deadline Sunday, December 17th at midnight – only taking a limited amount of orders.

The Full Monty includes:

  • Tofurky vegan ham style roast
  • shells n cheez
  • green bean casserole
  • sweet potato casserole
  • mashed potatoes and gravy
  • stuffing
  • choice of a full pecan pie or full apple cake

Serves 6-8 people. All items are also available a la carte or as individual portions.

Westside Smoke (inside BloNo Pizza Co.)

Full Brisket Rubbed Smoked Prime Ribs are available for the entire month of December! These are Creekstone Farms 13-16 pound choice cuts. $350 gets you the full smoked roast prepared Medium to Medium Rare. Serving every day except Christmas Day with limited hours on Christmas Eve.

To order: Email Kyle@BloNoPizzaCo.com. Please give 48-hours notice. 

Holiday Pies and Baked Goods

Denny’s Doughnuts and Bakery

Christmas/Seasonal Items

  • Decorated Cookies: 1 dozen round or 6 jumbo shapes – $16
  • Dozen Decorated Doughnuts – $16
  • Cakes Starting at $10
  • 12″ Doughnut – $16

Link to order

Front Street Creamery (El Paso)

Christmas Orders Due by 12/15/2023

Homemade ice cream pies on graham cracker or chocolate cookie crusts. These are 9-10″ pies made with fresh Front Street Creamery frozen custard and topped with delicious ingredients. Choose from:

  • Pumpkin Cream (Graham Crust)
  • Cookies ‘n’ Cream (Graham Crust, Vanilla, & Oreos)
  • Strawberry Cheesecake Pie (Graham Crust)
  • Peppermint Swirl (Graham Crust)
  • Bourbon Butter Pecan (Graham Crust & Pecan Topping)
  • Peanut Butter Passion (Chocolate Crust, Reese’s Topping)

Link to order

Great Harvest Bread

Great Harvest Bread Holiday Flavors:

  • Red Velvet – This rich and moist festive flavor is available in pound cakes, bars and cupcakes
  • Ginger – Create new holiday memories with their  cookies and pound cakes 
  • Cracked Pepper Parmesan – Packed into a round loaf – serve warm with one of their savory butters or use it for a delicious toasted sandwich
  • Cardamon – Taste it in their Finnish Pulla Bread – a perfect coffee table treat!
  • And don’t forget their Harvest Butter Rolls – a perfect addition to any festive feast!

Check out their gift baskets – perfect for anyone on your list!

Link to order

Grove Street Bakery

December Cookie Kits Choose from Christmas, Winter or Ugly Sweater-themed cookies. Each kit comes with undecorated sugar cookies paired with frostings and sprinkles so you can design your own creations! Cookie kits must be pre-ordered and can only be picked up on Thursdays.

Christmas Eve Special Menu – Christmas Eve orders can be picked up from 6:30am to 1:00pm on Saturday, December 23rd. They will have a selection of your favorite items available on a first-come, first-served basis. Reserve yours now to make sure you get your favorites!

Janet’s Cakes and Catering

Janet’s Christmas Menu:

  • Decorating Kits (Gingerbread House or Cookie Tree)
  • Sweets (Fruitcake, Peanut Brittle, Peppermint Bark, Fudge)
  • 6″ Specialty Cakes
    • Chocolate cake with candy cane filling and peppermint frosting
    • Red Velvet with cream cheese frosting decorated with frosting Christmas trees
  • Tea Cookies (Thumbprints, Pecan Sandies, Shortbreades, Carrot, Maple, Lemon, Coconut, Mocha, Snickerdoodle, Pumpkin, Meringues, PB Kisses
  • Decorated Sugar Cookies (various holiday/Winter shapes)
  • 9″ & 5″ Pies (Frozen or Baked)
  • And other holiday treats!

Parkview Inn

All pie orders are due by Friday, December 15, 2023 at 9:00 PM. Pies will be available for pickup on Wednesday, December 20th (unless specified otherwise).

Single-Crust Pies: Pumpkin, Pecan, Lemon Meringue, Peanut Butter, Peanut Butter Chocolate, Sweet Potato

Double-Crust Pies: Cherry, Mixed Berry, Rhubarb, Strawberry Rhubarb, Peach, Blueberry, Apple

Cream Pies: Coconut, Chocolate, Banana, Butterscotch

Specialty Pies: Banana Split, Chocolate Pecan, Lemon Blueberry, Strawberry Cream Cheese, Caramel Apple (Pumpkin Bars also available)

*This list will be updated. Restaurant owners, is your information missing? Email us your info, and we’ll add it to the list!

We strive to provide accurate information for all information and events listed. However, please note that event details may change without notice. For the most up-to-date information and to verify details, please visit the organization’s website or social media page directly.

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