Matthew Mead
22CDETUR.jpg FILE- This Oct. 13, 2011 file photo shows a citrus turkey surrounded by side dishes in Concord. N.H. No need for a salt shaker on the Thanksgiving table: Unless you really cooked from scratch, there’s lots of sodium already hidden in all the turkey and trimmings. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead, FIle)

I f your happy holiday does not include a domestic side with homemade goodies, don’t fret.

Some of Boulder’s local hot spots are staying open on Christmas to help out those less skilled in the kitchen.

Treat your visiting family and friends to a quiet Boulder experience by taking them downtown to dine. Short wait times and no cleanup are just a couple of the benefits of letting someone else wait on you this holiday season.

Check out these five catering to your Christmas needs.

1 Trattoria on Pearl

1430 Pearl St., Boulder

Get dressed up and head to Trattoria on Pearl for an Italian Christmas with options like Braised Colorado lamb shank, Alaskan King Salmon, Pork scaloppine or Filet Mignon. The holiday special is $20 per person.

Have some wine to celebrate the holidays while enjoying an immaculate Italian feast.

Trattoria will be open for dinner from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Info:, 303-544-0008

2 Pearl Street Pub

1108 Pearl St., Boulder

Let neon lights and beer taps don your holiday at Pearl Street Pub.

Wind down from the holiday fun with a burger and some pool this Christmas in the relaxed atmosphere on Pearl Street.

Whether you’re looking to forget or relish your Christmas memories, Pearl Street Pub will be there for you.

The downtown pub will be open from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. and will be serving their regular menu.

Info:, 303-939-9900

3 Moongate Bistro

1628 Pearl St., Boulder

Picture “A Christmas Story” only without the bad singing and minus the waiter chopping off the duck’s head at your table.

Okay, so it’s not like that but it is yummy Asian food on Christmas.

Tofu, tempura, Tonkatsu, oh, my.

Moongate Bistro will be serving their regular menu from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Christmas.

Info:, 720-406-8888

4 L’Atelier

1739 Pearl St., Boulder

It’s Christmas, splurge a little.

Break down and buy that bottle of wine you’re usually too cheap to try and celebrate the holidays. Pair it with lobster or duck (don’t worry, you’ll never have to see the head).

L’Atelier is serving their regular menu from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Info:, 303-442-7233

5 Crepes a la Carte

2018 Broadway, Boulder

Joyeux Noël.

Get into the French holiday spirit and make time for some delicious crepes this Christmas.

Try a ham and mushroom crepe for lunch or treat yourself to a banana, Nutella crepe topped with some powdered sugar.

If you can’t spoil yourself a little on Christmas… well just do it.

Crepes a la Carte will be serving their regular menu 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. this Christmas.

Info:, 303-444-4191

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