8 Restaurants Open on Christmas and Christmas Eve in the Hudson Valley

Going out on Christmas doesn’t have to mean soggy Kung Pao chicken and stale rice. Here’s where to dine instead.


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Is a no-cook Christmas at the top of your wish list? Does the thought of having to turn on the oven on Christmas Eve have you shaking in your slippers? Fear not! We’re unwrapping the best Valley venues open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, just for you. So tell the family to keep their hands off the Chinese takeout menus. This December, you deserve an unforgettable holiday meal with all the trimmings and none of the stress.

P.S. Like what you see? Be sure to make a reservation if you want to eat at any of these Hudson Valley hotspots, since spaces fill up faster than Santa can slide down a chimney.


Christmas Eve

Café Amarcord

12-3 p.m., 5-10 p.m.

Though normally closed on Mondays, Café Amarcord makes an exception for Christmas Eve (and New Year’s Eve), when it serves its regular menu for lunch and dinner. To start, sample flavor-packed plates like mushroom soup with goat cheese crostini and egg yolk carpaccio. If you’re looking to build your own Feast of the Seven Fishes, mix and match between the grilled calamari, smoked trout, and Prince Edward Island mussels as an appetizer. When it comes to the main entrée, kick things off with the spaghetti guitarra with shrimp, then go big with the seared yellow fin tuna, whole branzino, and shellfish stew. P.S. Bring friends for this one!



Liberty Street Bistro

5-9 p.m.

Liberty Street Bistro brings the class to Christmas Eve with a celebratory menu that includes Liberty Street staples alongside a handful of day-of specials. Savor everything from foie gras truffles and squid ink agnolotti to octopus puttanesca and radicchio risotto. For dessert, toast a glass of champagne, then indulge on the goat cheese cheesecake, which is extra-dreamy with fig, pomegranate, pistachio, and cardamom ice cream.


Shadows on the Hudson

11:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

For a Christmas Eve dinner along the Hudson River, call in a spot at Shadows. For all the Seven Fishes devotees, the Poughkeepsie destination delivers on the seafood front with assorted shellfish platters, creole crab cakes, and buffalo calamari (seriously, try it). When it comes time for the main course, dive into sea scallops with roasted garlic mashed potatoes and crispy prosciutto to keep with the under-the-sea theme. Otherwise, sliver perfect slices of NY strip steak paired with caramelized root vegetables or submerge your fork into the creamy winter risotto, which is made more decadent with mascarpone and Grana Padano. If you have space for dessert, keep it seasonal with maple bourbon cheesecake or Hudson Valley apple pie.



Stagecoach Inn

Seatings begin at 5 p.m.

On Christmas Eve, Stagecoach Inn treats diners to a showstopper of a December dinner. Guests can choose between a three-course menu for $55 or a five-course menu, which includes shareable plates and an appetizer, for $85. Either option delights with treats like potato leek soup, prosciutto and spinach-stuffed chicken breast, and crème brulee with chocolate ganache. Pair the dishes with one of the inn’s specialty cocktails for a meal made in holiday heaven.



Dining room: 4 p.m. – midnight; Red Bistro: 11:30 a.m. – midnight

If you can’t bear the thought of whipping up something grand for Christmas Eve, head to Terrapin for a festive feast instead. The popular Rhinebeck eatery decks the halls for the holiday with twinkle lights and garlands galore. As for eats, diners can order the full menus in the dining room and at the Red Bistro or opt for the a la carte specials, which will be announced closer to the big day. Of course, if you want to jump headfirst into the holidays, book a reservation at the restaurant’s annual Holiday Beer Dinner, which runs December 20-22. For $49 per person, guests can enjoy a four-course dinner and beer pairing that spotlights seasonal flavors like farsumagru, a traditional Sicilian holiday dish made with beef flank steak, alongside select Christmas and winter ales.


Christmas Eve & Christmas Day



The Blue Hen

December 24, 4-9 p.m.; December 25, 1-6 p.m.
The Adelphi Hotel, Saratoga Springs

Open on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, The Blue Hen delivers a true Hudson Valley holiday spread. For $85 per person, diners can dig into three flavor-filled courses that run the gamut from warm Brussels sprout salad, which gets a gourmet twist with brunost cheese and crispy pork belly, to brown butter skate wing, which embraces seasonal ingredients like porcini mushrooms and swiss chard. For dessert, the Paris tea pot de crème feels like a special conclusion to an unforgettable Yuletide meal.


Mohonk Mountain House

December 24, brunch; December 25, lunch
New Paltz

At Mohonk, dining out for Christmas is such a grand event that the New Paltz destination spreads it out between two days. On Christmas Eve, diners can swing by (read: reserve a table) for the grand brunch buffet, which includes everything from breakfast classics like waffles and home fries to artisanal Virginia ham with stone-ground mustard, foraged mushrooms, and even a Hudson Valley cheese spread. On Christmas Day, a grand luncheon buffet delights with seasonal specials such as smoked salmon, lobster mac and cheese, and braised short ribs with caramelized onions. During both days, specialty holiday desserts tempt as post-meal (or mid-meal) treats.


Christmas Day



Diamond Mills Hotel and Tavern

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

When you can’t deal with the hassle of preparing a multi-course feast for December 25, do yourself a favor and bring the family to Diamond Mills. The hotel’s tavern hosts a decadent brunch buffet with the works. Running $29 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under, the menu includes homemade pastries, extravagant omelet and carving stations, and breakfast essentials like Applewood-smoked bacon, maple pork sausage, and waffles. For dessert, diners can treat themselves to panna cotta, cupcakes, chocolate mousse, and more while sipping hot coffee and tea or a complimentary brunchtime cocktail of their choosing.

Related: Enjoy These International Holiday Desserts in the Hudson Valley

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