Whether you’re traveling for business or visiting for the holidays, Chandler has a host of wonderful options for where to eat on Christmas Day, along with some must-see holiday activities. Here’s a list of restaurants open in Chandler AZ on Christmas Day (don’t forget to make reservations in advance), as well as holiday-inspired dishes and drinks, and holiday events you won’t want to miss!

Chandler Restaurants Open on Christmas Day 2023


Celebrate Christmas with a touch of Japanese flair at Benihana, located next to Chandler Fashion Center. Elevate your holiday gathering with an exhibition-style culinary experience that features masterful chefs demonstrating their skills as you share a joyful meal with family and friends.

Map: 3025 W Chandler Blvd, Chandler, AZ 85226 or (480) 812-4701

Buca di Beppo

If a grand Italian feast is on the menu this year, make your way to Buca di Beppo for Christmas Dinner in Chandler AZ, nestled in the high-end Shoppes at Casa Paloma. Famous for its family-style meals, the restaurant opens at 11 a.m. on Christmas Day and will offer its full menu of wonderful Italian dishes for a festive meal.

Map: 7111 W Ray Rd, Chandler, AZ 85226 or (480) 785-7272

Chompie's Christmukka

Chompie's Restaurant, Deli and Bakery

Offering two different holiday menus, Chompie’s is keeping the “Christmukkah” spirit alive this season. The Chanukah menu features a family meal (enough for 8 people) that includes matzo ball soup; your choice of beef brisket, roasted chicken, or turkey; sides and dessert. The Christmas menu offers a full turkey dinner with all the fixings. Preorder your feast to serve at home or dine in and enjoy Chompie’s signature menu items

Map: 3481 W Frye Rd, Chandler, AZ 85226 or (480) 398-3008

Galeto Brazilian Steakhouse

Located near Interstate 10 and Ray Road, Galeto Brazilian Steakhouse features more than 17 premium meats, including steak, chicken, Brazilian sausage, pork loin, and pork ribs. Carved tableside, sample your favorites at this all-you-can-eat steakhouse. Also enjoy a gourmet bar filled with hot and cold dishes, assorted cheeses, and Brazilian dishes.

Map: 825 N. 54th Street, Chandler AZ 85226 or (480) 744-0130

Honey + Vine at Santan Mountain

Indulge in the spirit of the season at Honey + Vine, located inside Gila River Resorts & Casinos Santan Mountain. The Christmas menu features holiday fare including lobster bisque with eggnog and bourbon cream, rotisserie prime rib, and chocolate peppermint ice cream cake.

Map: 7101 S. Gilbert Road, Chandler AZ 85249 or (520) 418-4220

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SanTan Brewing Company

After all the gifts have been opened and the Christmas morning festivities have settled, treat yourself to a craft beer at SanTan Brewing Company. The Downtown Chandler brewpub opens at 4 p.m., offering some of Arizona’s best ales and scratch-made pub grub, including wings, pretzels, nachos, and cheese curds.

Map: 8 S. San Marcos Place, Chandler 85225 or (480) 917-8700

Singing Pandas Asian Restaurant & Bar

If eating Chinese food over the holidays is one of your favorite holiday traditions, you’re in luck. Singing Pandas Asian Restaurant & Bar, located east of Downtown Chandler, is open on Christmas Day, ready to serve you a delicious Chinese feast. But wait; there’s more. You’ll also be treated to live entertainment by some of the Valley’s top musical acts. Now that’s what we call dinner and a show!

Map: 757 E Chandler Blvd, Chandler, AZ 85225 or (480) 777-5050

Holiday-Inspired Dishes and Drinks in Chandler

Bottle & Bean Coffee House & Wine Shop

Quench your holiday thirst with Bottle & Bean’s holiday beverage menu. Standouts include the peppermint mocha (espresso, chocolate sauce, peppermint syrup, crushed candy cane), eggnog chai (Tiger spice chai, eggnog), and the gingerbread latte (espresso, white chocolate sauce, caramel sauce, Tiger spice chai, nutmeg, cinnamon, milk). All drinks start at $5 for a 16-ounce size.

Map: 2577 W. Queen Creek Road, Chandler AZ 85248 or (480) 265-9996

Pedal Haus Brewery

Nothing warms you up better than your favorite comfort foods this winter season. If you’re looking to treat yourself to a comforting dish, head to Pedal Haus Brewery. The favorite local spot is now offering a smoked short rib with apple cider glaze served with whipped mashed potatoes and crispy fried onion strings, and a beef short rib French Dip sandwich with beer cheese.

Map: 95 W. Boston St., Chandler AZ 85225 or (480) 656-1639

Pita Jungle - Baklava Box

Pita Jungle

You’ll be the hit of the holiday party with a Baklava Box from Pita Jungle. Treat your guests to this classic Mediterranean dessert featuring crunchy layers of phyllo dough topped with honey and pistachios. You can order the box online or pick one up at either of the two Chandler Pita Jungle locations (Pita Jungle at Anderson Springs and Pita Jungle at The Steelyard)

Map: 1949 W. Ray Road, Chandler AZ 85224 or (480) 855-3232
Map: 5025 S. Gilbert Road, Chandler AZ 85249 or (480) 219-0747

The Sicilian Baker - Holiday Cannoli

The Sicilian Baker

Make your holidays sweeter with a decadent dessert from The Sicilian Baker. The family-owned bakery is offering three new cannoli flavors for December—pecan pie, Rocky Road, and Andes Mint—as well as Struffoli, a Neapolitan dish made of deep-fried balls of sweet dough. The bakery is also offering full-size holiday cakes in such flavors as tiramisu, Napoleon, Italian rum, and New York cheesecake (minimum 72 hours advance notice).

Map: 3151 W. Frye Road, Chandler AZ 85226 or (480) 573-8750

U.S. Egg

Keeping the spirits bright this holiday season is U.S. Egg. The favorite breakfast and lunch spot is offering a holiday-themed mimosa flight featuring three festive flavors: apple cinnamon, peppermint cranberry, and peppermint bark champagne. For the perfect pairing, order a stack of eggnog pancakes and waffles, available now through New Year’s Day.

Map: 5840 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler AZ 85226 or (480) 705-0868

Must See Holiday Sights and Events

Tumbleweed Tree 2022Chandler Tumbleweed Tree

Recognized by Travel & Leisure as having the best Christmas light display in Arizona, the iconic Chandler Tumbleweed Tree is dusted with 65 pounds of glitter and adorned with 1,200 lights. Located in Downtown Chandler, the tree is available for viewing through January 7, 2024. Be sure to grab a family photo of this iconic tree while visiting Chandler for the holidays.

Map: 3 S. Arizona Avenue, Chandler AZ 85225

Las Noches de las Luminarias at Desert Botanical Garden

Las Noches de las Luminarias

Although it’s not open on Christmas Day, you can still experience the Desert Botanical Garden’s signature holiday event now through December 30. Enjoy a leisurely stroll through the garden adorned with 8,000 hand-lit luminaria bags and thousands of twinkling white lights. Live music and entertainment and festive food and drinks cap off this quintessential Southwest tradition. For tickets and more information, visit the Desert Botanical Garden website.

Map: 1201 N Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix, AZ 85008 or (480) 941-1225

ZooLights at the Phoenix Zoo

ZooLights at the Phoenix Zoo

Find adventure at the Phoenix Zoo through January 14, 2024, from 5:30 - 10:30 p.m. One of the Valley’s favorite holiday traditions, ZooLights at the Phoenix Zoo is a magical evening event featuring nearly four million lights, hundreds of dazzling displays, wildlife lanterns, and the tallest floating tree in North America. To purchase tickets and for more information, visit the ZooLights website.

Map: 455 N Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix, AZ 85008 or (602) 286-3800