While most restaurants will close for Christmas Day, some plan to be open and welcome in those holiday guests looking for an alternative to cooking at home.

Fair warning, hours may vary by location so be sure to check with your local restaurant before making your holiday plans.

Denny's – Christmas has been Denny's busiest day of the year for seven consecutive years, according to the company. In 2016, it served nearly 1.5 million guests on Christmas Day alone.

IHOP – Most IHOP locations will be open on Christmas.

McDonald's – Some locations will be open, but that will vary by franchise, as will the Christmas and Christmas Eve hours.

Macaroni Grill – Enjoy an Italian feast on Christmas. Reservations strongly encouraged. According to the restaurant's website, participating locations will be open 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Christmas.

Panda Express – Some Panda Express locations will be open on Christmas Day. Be sure to call ahead to see if your local spot is open.

Starbucks – Some Starbucks locations will be open to offer up your caffeine boost to start the day.

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