Restaurants Open in Vancouver on Christmas Day
In 2015, I was contacted recently by CKNW to talk about what do on Christmas Day in Vancouver on December 24, 2015 at 3:30 pm and as I decided to have a staycation in downtown Vancouver (I live in Richmond), I had already started a list of restaurants open in Vancouver on Christmas Day, shops, activities and more. Here’s the podcast https://t.co/E0EepW7MQ8. So each year, I’ll be updating my list of restaurants open in Vancouver on Christmas Day. So here’s my 2018 list.
Okay first things first, for you bad boys that haven’t done your shopping, have no fear the Chinese are here… Abderdeen Mall is open on Christmas Day from 11am -7pm as they are literally open every single day of the year.
Not wild about turkey? Start a new tradition with pig’s feet with egg tarts from T&T. All the T&T’s are open on Christmas Day because Asians consider their biggest holiday of the year as Chinese New Year and not the “White Christmas” (if you send me hate emails, I’m simply going to delete them). Check the website or call the nearest T&T to you to find out the exact hours..
What is a Christmas party without plenty of wine and eggnog? Well, if you run out, I found quite a few liquor stores that are open on Christmas Day. This list is from 2016 but I’d be surprised if any of the liquor stores below are closed on Christmas Day as it it is the season to be merry.
Coal Harbour Liquor Store is open from 12pm-7pm on Christmas Day and on Boxing Day 10am-11pm
Darby’s Liquor Store is open from 9am-11pm
Crosstown Liquor Store: Open 10am-11pm every day and I was told by an employee that they are open Christmas Day. There have three locations: Gastown, Burrard and West End
Denman Beer Wine Spirits: 9am-11pm
Firefly Fine Wines and Ales on Cambie Street is open with regular hours on Christmas day from 10am to 11pm
Jak’s: all locations – 9am-11pm
Legacy Liquor is open from 11am-7pm
Liquor Depot: 11am-6pm
If you type your address or postal code on the Shoppers Drug Mart’s Locator Page, the result will show the store closer to you with the holiday hours. Two years ago on Christmas Day, I shopped at the one on Davie Street which is close to St. Paul’s hospital leading me to suspect that the ones located close to hospitals would be open. I know the Shoppers at Richmond Mall and 1295 Seymour Street are open, but it’s best to check the Locator Page to see the exact hours. There’s also select Rexall Stores open on Christmas Day. Just type your address on the store locator page to find out if the location nearest you is open: Rexall Locator Page
Okay, let’s talk about dinner at restaurants open in Vancouver on Christmas Day. For those of you who want a fabulous Christmas dinner and screw the price, well, there’s Christmas brunches and dinners at the hotels such as the Hyatt, Four Seasons, Wedgewood, Fairmont Hotels and Sutton Hotel where Christmas Day brunch averages around $85 and dinner at $125 or more. Incidentally, my favorite hotel restaurant would Baachus at the Wedgewood Hotel as every meal I have ever eaten there has been nothing short of spectacular.
The best way to find out what restaurants are open in Vancouver on Christmas Day is to go to Open Table website and then ask it to search for availability on December 25. You’ll find that most of the restaurants will be those inside hotels, which usually doesn’t offer budget friendly meals. Or you could simply take the Canada Line to Richmond as you won’t have an issue finding oodles and poodles of Asian restaurants open on Christmas Day.
The following are the budget-friendly menus I found for restaurants open in Vancouver on Christmas Day:
AQUA RESTAURANT & BAR at Executive Suites Hotel Metro Vancouver : December 25 Dinner Buffet
$48 per person (excluding tax/gratuity)
Featuring Roast Turkey, Salmon, Striploin, Pork Loin, Desserts, Salads and more
CARVER’S STEAKHOUSE: (Richmond) 3 courses for $39 (excluding tax/gratuity) Reserve Now 604.207.7107 or email@example.com. Choice of entree includes turkey, surf & turf, top sirloin
CAVU KITCHEN & BAR (Richmond)
Holiday 3 course lunch: $36 per person
1 course – Terra Nova Salad or Caesar
2nd course – Vegetable Pakora Naa’wish or Roast Turkey Club or Lamb Kofta Pasta or Chicken Tikka Curry or Seared Pacific Rockfish
Dessert – Sticky Toffee Pudding or Feature Pot De Creme
Dec. 24th – Christmas Eve Dinner Buffet – 2 Seatings: 4:30 pm, 7:30 pm
Price: $44.95/Adult, $22.95/children (5-12) (excludes tax/gratuity)
Dec 25 – Christmas Brunch Buffet – 2 Seatings: 11am & 1pm
Price: $43.95/Adult, $24.95/children (5-12) (excludes tax/gratuity)
CHEWIE’S BISCUIT CO: We will be OPEN on Christmas Day from 11-1pm. If you are alone, come to the shop for a hug and biscuits & jam. You don’t have to buy anything, we are family!
COPPER CHIMNEY Christmas Day Dinner – 5pm-10pm:
3 Course Turkey Dinner – $49 for adults / $26 for children 10 years and under
Wild Mushroom Velouté / Turkey Roulade / Pear & Ginger Sticky Pudding
For the third year in a row, for breakfast or brunch on Christmas Day or New Years Day, Cora Breakfast and Lunch in Vancouver, Richmond and Burnaby will be open!
Cora Breakfast and Lunch is a beloved all-Canadian restaurant chain famous for its amazing and deliciously Canadian breakfasts. In BC, these Cora locations are open 9 AM to 3 PM on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1:
Vancouver – 1368 Robson Street, (604) 688-2672
Richmond – Ironwood/Coppersmith Plaza, 11380 Steveston Hwy, (604)-270-2672
Burnaby – Highgate Mall, 7155 Kingsway (604) 553-3222
FortyOne Catering by Chef Menajem – Dec 25: 6:30pm – 8:pm
All You Can Eat Style Buffet. Please note that this event will start punctually at 6:30pm. A Few of the Dishes you will be able to try at our Dinner. $45 per person Purchase tickets here
-Empandas (Beef, Chicken and Veggies Argentinian Turnover)
-Beef Chorizo Pomodoro (House Made Beef sausage served in a rustic tomatoes sauce)
-Bife Ancho (Ribeye-Cap on)
-Beef and Chicken Schnitzel
-Whole Roasted Stuffed Chicken
-Asado (Beef Short Ribs)
-Spinach Ravioli with Tomatoes Sauce
-Costilla (Beef Ribs)
-Entrana (Skirt Steak)
-Skewed Lamb (Lamb cooked with Onions, Garlic and Veggies)
-Pescado del Dia (Catch of the day Fried Fish)
-Cornalitos (Dip Fried Whole Silverside Fish)
-Papas finas al romero (French Fries Rosmary and Chopped parsley)
-Pure de Papas con Ajo Asado (Mashed Potatoes with Roasted Garlic)
-Ensalada Rusa (Potatoes Salad, Carrots, Sweet Peas-Garlic Alioli)
-Ensalada de Remolacha (Beet Salad-Avocado-Organic Eggs-Vinaigrette)
-Tabla de Fiambres (House Made Could cuts )
-Verduras Asadas (Charcoal Roasted Vegetables)
-Tomates Rellenos (Plum Stuffed Tomatoes with Tuna and Anchovies)
-Ensalada Criolla (Lettuces, Tomatoes, onions and Peppers with a light Vinaigrette)
-Hearts of Palm Salad (Red and Green Peppers, Lettuce, Heart of Palm, Green Apples, Celery and a Creamy Dressing)
-Tarta de Manzanas (Apple Tart)
-Tarta de Membrillo (Quince Tart)
-Tarta de Chocolate (Chocolate Cake)
Can’t make it to the dinner, please order from the online one time take out menu. Orders need to be placed 48 hours before the event and need to be pick up from our kitchen.
GYU-KAKU Open Christmas day – Check the website to make reservations
Christmas Dinner: Dec 21-26
3 course dinner: $49 per person
Roasted Maple Butternut Bisque OR Lettuce Salad
Sage Brined Turkey Medallions OR Prime Rib OR Spinach Ricotta
Sticky Toffee Pudding OR Eggnog Cheesecake
RIVER ROCK CASINO (Richmond):
Christmas Brunch Dec 23-25 – 11:30-am-3pm
Adult $45.95 / Senior $39.95 / Child $22.95
Christmas Dinner: Dec 24-Dec 25 – 4:30pm-10pm
Adult $48.95 / Senior $43.95 / Child $24.95
Downtown Asian Restaurants
Not thrilled about turkey? Here are some downtown Asian restaurants open for Christmas:
Although I can’t find information about the Christmas hours of all locations of Dinesty, they were open on Christmas Day last year and I’m assuming they will be open again this year.
Guu Garden (M101 – 888 Nelson Street) and Guu Otokomae (#105-375 Water Street) seem to be the only Guu restaurants open for Christmas Day. Make reservations on Open Table
Don’t want to go out for Christmas dinner? Then how about lunch? Of worthy mention is White Spot in Richmond Centre and Knight Street who for the 17th year are open for lunch from 11am-3pm where staff donates their time and tips to local charities. …
7-11 is usually open, and I know a lot of the chain restaurants which are located in downtown Vancouver are open, such as A&W, Tim Horton’s, but I’m not sure if they are open in other cities.
According to Denny’s Canada Website, they are open on Christmas and they have a turkey and pumpkin inspired festive menu.
Free Xmas Activities
The Robson Square Ice Rink is open on Christmas Day: noon to 5pm for those who want some physical activity.
And if you’re downtown on Christmas Day, the following free Christmas displays are open:
Woodward’s Windows at Canada Place open from 8am-11pm
Christmas trees at the Four Seasons Hotel
Gingerbread lane at the Hyatt Hotel,
Lights of Hope at St. Paul’s Hospital
Or if you have a car, The Vancouver Sun has a list of houses with spectacular Christmas light displays or just drive around Shaughnessy as there doesn’t seem to be a lack of mansions with big Christmas light displays.
For family fun, it’s movie time as Cineplex Theatres are open and you can buy movie tickets online as certain movies such as the Star Wars – The Last Jedi are bound to be sell out shows.
Grouse Mountain in North Vancouver is open for skiing from 9am-10pm and there’s a shuttle bus from downtown Vancouver to take you there.
Want to be a Canadian Idol pop star? Sing your heart out at Millinieum Karoake in Richmond who is open from 2pm-2am. They were open last Christmas Day so I’m assuming they are open this year too. Call them at 604.273.0005.
Come Lounge with Me
And after Christmas dinner, it’s time to get together with old friends at cozy lounges at any of the hotels in downtown Vancouver whose restaurants and lounges are open to accommodate hotel guests. My favorites: Notch8 at the Fairmont Vancouver where the big plush armchairs are so comfortable that I could stay forever or the fabulous Gerard Lounge at the Sutton Hotel where you might spot a celebrity or two and where I almost ran over Mini Me in his miniature wheel chair at the front of the hotel – true story!