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Where to order special holiday dinners for takeout

Whether you are celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa this year, you may be looking to avoid all the cooking that comes with end-of-year celebrations. Consider ordering a fully cooked holiday dinner to-go, so you can spend more time with your family instead of in the kitchen. 

You can order a full holiday meal from numerous restaurants and supermarkets, either online, over the phone or in person. Some meals can be ordered hot, meaning that they’ll be warm and ready to eat when you pick them up. Others will be ordered cold, meaning the food will need to be cooked or reheated once you get home. Certain restaurants also offer individual dishes to go rather than dinner for four. No matter which option you order, you’ll save time and energy.

Please note that prices and offerings may vary by location and supplies may be limited. The lists below are a selection from each store or restaurant, and other options may be available. Also, if your meal is picked up or delivered refrigerated, you may need to allow several hours for reheating, so plan accordingly.


Which markets sell ready-made holiday dinners?

When ordering your holiday dinner to go from a grocery store, take note of any advance notice requirements and pickup windows. Also be sure to allow time to reheat the food; this can take several hours, depending on the main dish.


$39.99-$69.99 for 2-10 guests

This season, Publix is offering cooked dinners for 2-3 people for $39.99 or $69.99 for 7-10 guests, featuring turkey or ham, with a selection of sides. You need to order 48 hours in advance, and some items may require an hour or more to heat, so plan accordingly.

Order online or call your nearest store.


$89.99 for 10 people or $129.99 for 15 servings

Holiday menu includes roasted pork shoulder with rice with beans, accompanied with yuca or sweet plantains. Order in-store with 24 hours advance notice. There are 15 locations in South Florida. Click HERE to find one near you.

The Fresh Market

Holiday Lasagna, serves 4 for $30

Enjoy fresh-baked lasagna with our Lasagna Little Big Meal. Choose from savory Meat, Vegetable, or Vegan Lasagna. Add fresh veggies, gourmet focaccia, and ice cream sandwiches, and you’ve got a filling Italian meal the whole family will love.

Little Big Meal includes:

  • CHOOSE ONE: Meat or Vegetable Lasagna (48 oz) or Vegan Sunday Supper Sausage or Three Cheese Lasagna (40 oz)
  • GET ONE: Asparagus with Red Peppers and Sea Salt Butter Steamer Bag (16 oz)
  • GET ONE: Gourmet Focaccia (9.6 oz, choose from all varieties)
  • CHOOSE ONE: Tillamook Ice Cream Sandwiches (4 ct, choose from all varieties) Located in the freezer aisle

Available Dec. 14-24 with 48 hours notice; heats in 1 hour 15 minutes to 2 hours 5 minutes.

Note: Prices may vary based on your pickup location.

Whole Foods

$89.99 – $199.99 for meals for up to four people.

Holiday meals include roasted chicken for four for $89.99; honey-lemon salmon meal for four for $99.99; surf and turf for four for $199.99; or braised brisket for 8 for $199.99. Plus, there are “Just-the-Sides” packages featuring classic, organic, Southern, and vegan specials.

Orders must be placed 48 hours ahead of pickup time. Pickup dates are Dec. 17 through Dec. 24. Order online or call 844-936-2428.

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Which restaurants offer fully cooked holiday dinners to-go?

If you don’t feel like going out to eat but also don’t want to cook, these restaurants offer the best of both worlds. Prices and availability may vary by location, and there may be a deadline by which to place your order, so check online or call your local restaurant.

Boston Market

$99.99 serves 4-6 guests

Get a complete holiday banquet to heat and serve, with turkey or ham with spinach artichoke dip and crackers, mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetable stuffing, cranberry walnut relish, dinner rolls, and an apple or pumpkin pie.

Meals are heat-and-serve, and can be picked up the week of before the holiday. Delivery options may also available. There are dozens of locations serving South Florida. See the complete menu at

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Cracker Barrel

$114.99 – $129.99, serves 4-6

Cracker Barrel’s Holiday Heat ‘n’ Serve Family Dinners can include either ham or prime rib with traditional sides. 

Casseroles, pies and other a la carte items are also available. Order online. Use within 72 hours after pickup. See

Golden Corral

$60-$95, price and sides may vary by location for 6-8 servings

Meals come with an option of your main course, and that determines the price of the meal package.

  • Whole Roasted Turkey — $95
  • Honey Glazed Ham meal package — $100
  • Fried Chicken (12 or 24 Pieces) — $60-$75

There are also holiday side dishes available a la carte. And you can order individual meals of ham or turkey, starting at just $8.79. Pre-holiday pickup requires 72 hours notice.

Locations in South Florida include Boynton Beach, Royal Palm Beach, Florida City, Port St. Lucie, Ft. Pierce, and Okeechobee.

See the complete Holiday Feast To Go menu at


$26.99-$28.99 serves 4, price may vary by location

It’s a brunch for your bunch, and it’s only available from IHOP ’N GO. Scrambled eggs, hash browns, sausage links, and, of course, pancakes complete with holiday toppings like cranberry sauce, vanilla mousse, and a special creation involving mini-marshmallows. Available at select locations. 

Information from our parent site, Living On The Cheap, was used to supplement this article. Used here with permission. 

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Mary Lou Cruz

About Mary Lou Cruz

I worked at the South Florida Sun Sentinel for 21 years, as an Advertising Special Sections Writer; Editorial Systems Editor in Technology; and Editorial Assistant in the Newsroom. Before my newspaper career, I worked in the airline and travel industry and I have lived in Brazil, Puerto Rico and vacationed in more than 25 countries. Originally, I'm from Maryland. I moved to Florida in 1984 and raised my daughter in Miami. Email:

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