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When Ebenezer Scrooge awakens on Christmas morning, ready to shed his humbug ways, he realizes provisions must be made for his faithful employee's holiday dinner.

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Seattle Restaurants Open For Christmas

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When Ebenezer Scrooge awakens on Christmas morning, ready to shed his humbug ways, he realizes provisions must be made for his faithful employee's holiday dinner. "Do you know whether they've sold the prize Turkey that was hanging up there?," he calls to a boy loitering beneath his bedroom window. "Not the little prize Turkey: the big one?" Upon learning the bird's still for sale, he commands the boy to buy it and deliver it to the home of Bob Cratchit, so Mrs. Cratchit might prepare it.

Today, Scrooge could have spared Mrs. Cratchit the holiday drudgery by sending a restaurant gift certificate instead. An increasing number of kitchens now operate on Christmas Day, providing festive meals to celebrants who'd rather not bother with cooking. Here, a list of such restaurants in Seattle.

In addition to the restaurants listed here, many hotels, chain restaurants and -- if you're intent on foregoing all holiday cheer -- hospital cafeterias will be open on Christmas Day. Reservations are always recommended.

Finally, a note on price: Prix-fixe prices typically don't include beverages, taxes or service charges. Also, each restaurant defines "child" differently: If you don't want to be disappointed when your bill arrives, verify pricing policies beforehand.

ART Restaurant

Phone: (206)749-7070

Adult price: $110 ($175 with Moet & Chandon pairing)

Child price: $35

Menu structure: Four-course prix fixe

Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Barking Frog Restaurant

Phone: (425)424-2999

Adult price: n/a

Child price: n/a

Menu structure: Regular menu

Hours: 8 a.m.-2:15 p.m.; 4 p.m.-8:45 p.m.

Basil's Kitchen

Phone: (425)455-1300

Adult price: $32.95

Child price: n/a

Menu structure: Brunch buffet

Hours: 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

BluWater Bistro

Phone: (206)524-3985

Adult price: $29.95

Child price: $12.95

Menu structure: Three-course prix fixe

Hours: 4 p.m.-12 midnight

Boka Kitchen + Bar

Phone: (206)357-9000

Adult price: n/a

Child price: n/a

Menu structure: Regular menu

Hours: 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; 5 p.m.-close

Copperleaf Restaurant at Cedarbrook Lodge

Phone: (206)214-4282

Adult price: $75 ($100 with wine pairings)

Child price: n/a

Menu structure: Five-course prix fixe

Hours: 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.

Cutters Bayhouse

Phone: (206)448-4884

Adult price: n/a

Child price: n/a

Menu structure: Regular menu

Note: Each guest receives a $20 gift card for use on a future visit.

Hours: 12 noon-8 p.m.

The Hunt Club

Phone: (206)343-6156

Adult price: $69

Child price: n/a

Menu structure: Three-course prix fixe

Hours: 12 noon-8 p.m.

Palisade

Phone: (206)285-1000

Adult price: n/a

Child price: n/a

Menu structure: Regular menu

Hours: 12 noon-8 p.m.

Sazerac

Phone: (206)624-7755

Adult price: n/a

Child price: n/a

Menu structure: Regular menu

Hours: 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

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