Between shopping, wrapping gifts and baking that 15th loaf of cranberry bread, the last thing you want to think about is preparing a dinner menu for ravenous family members. Ditch the apron and pick up the phone. Dining out for Christmas Eve does not have to mean throwing in the towel on tradition, you may just start a new one by dining at your favorite spot…or try one of these places and marvel as they put their spin on Christmas tradition.

Bring the FamilyA La Lucia - Across the Potomac in Alexandria, VA, this home-style, Italian restaurant offers a spacious dining rooms, kids menu and a decent wine list. Open regular hours on Christmas Eve, call for their menu. You can make reservations over the phone, online or on OpenTable.

Out-of-Town Guests -  701 Restaurant – Celebrating with friends has never been easier at 701. Located in Penn Quarter and offering accomodations for intimate gatherings or more formal functions. This farm-to-table establishment offers one of the best set-ups to show your guests what D.C. is about, with live music offered most nights. 3-course, fixed Christmas Eve menu. Make your reservations through OpenTable or by calling the restaurant directly 202.393.0701

Just the Two of UsBlue Duck Tavern– Located near the Park Hyatt, D.C. This tavern has perfected an ambiance that is rustic yet intimate and the menu offerings show the attention to detail that Executive Chef Brian McBride is so well-known for. Order à la carte and browse the wine menu for one of the best meals you will have on Christmas Eve. For reservations, visit their website or call 202.419.6755

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