Put away the pots and pans, and let these restaurants do the heavy lifting on Christmas day.

Christmas is a lot of work. Between the tree, the decorations, and the shopping (oh, the shopping), the last thing you'll want to do is cook a big meal. Or maybe you had a grandiose dinner planned until the turkey dried out a la Christmas Vacation and now you need an alternative to feed a dozen hungry family members. Whatever the case, we've got you covered. Many places have their doors open on Christmas day, and if you live in Annapolis this should be particularly helpful for your dining needs. Just make sure to make a reservation, as spots can fill up quickly.

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Rams Head Tavern | 33 West Street, Annapolis, MD 21401

Since 1989, Rams Head Tavern has been offering a dependable regional menu and a wide variety of craft brews. From signature burgers to savory starters, they have something for everybody, and this Christmas, they'll be open from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. with a full menu and bar. Pub favorites like mac and cheese and shepherd's pie co-mingle with creative fare like the salmon BLT and Korean BBQ burger. Pair with a wintery beer for guaranteed satisfaction. Secure your reservation here, or call at 410-268-4545 for more information.

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Buddy's Crabs & Ribs | 100 Main Street, Annapolis, MD 21401

From 12 p.m. to 7 p.m,, they'll be hosting a Christmas day buffet! They'll be dishing up holiday staples like turkey, stuffing, leg of lamb, and honey-glazed Virginia-baked ham, along with seafood entrees like lobster corn chowder and cream of crab soup. Adults eat for $25.95, and seniors eat for $22.95. Kids between the ages of 6 to 12 eat for half price while kids under 5 eat for free! Reservations are welcome, so call them at 410-626-1100 to book your spot!

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Carrol's Creek Cafe | 410 Severn Avenue, Annapolis, MD 21403

Overlooking Spa Creek, this waterfront restaurant promises a quality atmosphere as well as cuisine. What better way to celebrate Christmas than with their Christmas day buffet? Their extensive menu includes turkey, ham, leg of lamb, and poached salmon, as well as side dishes, dessert, and a salad bar. Adults eat for $35.95, and kids under 10 eat for $18.95. They don't do reservations online, so you'll need to call them at 410-263-8102 to claim your spot.

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Chart House | 300 2nd Street, Annapolis, MD 21403

Arguably one of the most popular holiday spots, Chart House is a waterfront establishment known for its upscale dining experience. On Christmas, treat yourself and your loved ones to their signature menu, featuring prime rib, seafood, poultry, and other American favorites. Bonus -- enjoy the view of Spa Creek while you eat (is there anything more relaxing than a view of the water?). We recommend making your reservation as soon as possible, which you can do here. 

Will you be eating out on Christmas day? Do you have any favorites that we missed here? Let us know in the comments below!

Pro-Tip: When you're done having Christmas dinner out, drive through Lights on the Bay to put the perfect cap on your festivities!

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