Planning for Christmas

What's open, what's closed, and changes to note for the holiday

A nice dinner out after a hectic holiday can be a welcome reprieve from the stressors of the season

However, there’s really no time to waste when it comes to making Christmas Day reservations, as space fills up quickly at the few restaurants open for the holiday. 

But how do you know where to go? That’s where we come in.

We made some calls and did some research, to bring you this handy list of what’s open, closed, and where operating hours and services will be altered because of the holiday.  

Did we miss something? Let us know at We’ll be updating this list right up until Dec. 24. Happy holidays!



Palisade (2601 W. Marina Pl.): Open from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Reservations can be made online at or by phone at 206-285-1000. 

Grappa (2 Boston St.): Open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Christmas Eve — with guitarist Enrique Henao performing at 5 p.m. for a reservation-only event (seating first-come first-serve) — and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Christmas Day. Reservations can be made online at or by phone at 206-466-1027. 

Skycity Restaurant at the Space Needle (400 Broad St.): Open from 1 to 8 p.m. on Christmas Day. Dinner will include several Pacific Northwest inspired holiday entrees. Reservations can be made via email at or by phone at 206-905-2100. 

Hula Hula (106 1st Ave. N.): This Christmas presents one final opportunity for festive karaoke before the bar closes (at least at its current location) to make way for a mixed-use development. 

Eden Hill (2209 Queen Anne Ave. N.): Open Christmas Eve, closed on Christmas Day. 


Community resources and services:

Seattle Parks and Recreation: The Queen Anne Community Center (1901 1st Ave. W.) and Magnolia Community Center (2550 34th Ave. W.) will be close at 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve, and remain closed on Christmas Day, and Dec. 26. All indoor swimming pools, including Pop Mounger Pool, will close at 3 p.m. on Christmas Eve, and will be closed on Christmas Day and Dec. 26 

Seattle Public Library: Both the Queen Anne branch (400 W. Garfield St.) and Magnolia branch (2801 34th Ave. W.) will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day as part of a system-wide closure.

Seattle Public Utilities: There will be no garbage, food and yard waste, or recycling pickup on Christmas Day. Collections will be delayed by one day for the rest of the week. 

King County Metro: Buses will operate on a normal Sunday schedule on Christmas Day, and again on Dec. 26. The Sunday schedule includes no service from between Magnolia and Downtown Seattle via the Route 19, or to the University District via the Route 31. There will also be fewer trips on the Route 24 (Magnolia to Downtown). In Queen Anne, there will be no trips on the Route 29 (Ballard-SPU-Queen Anne-Downtown), and fewer trips than a typical Monday between Queen Anne and Downtown Seattle via Routes 2, 3, 4, and 13.

U.S. Postal Service: There will be no mail delivery on Monday, and all post offices will be closed. Both FedEx and UPS will also not make deliveries on Christmas Day or Dec. 26. 

Banks and Credit Unions: Dec. 26 will be observed as a bank holiday by the Federal Reserve System. 

Public Parking in Seattle: Both Christmas Day and Dec. 26 (since the holiday falls on a Sunday) are free parking days in the city of Seattle.