Going out to restaurants during the month of December is a very underrated thing to do. The reason is because of this time of year.

You have Christmas decorations that help make any venue even more beautiful with Christmas trees, holiday lights and other things that brighten your evening. You factor in potential snow, and the fact you may be out more anyway because of your holiday shopping, and it all adds up to a fantastic time to visit local restaurants.

When I was a kid, my dad and I would do last minute shopping the week of Christmas and we had our favorite restaurants to stop at during that week. Those are traditions I will never forget, and now, I do this with my fiancee.

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Some places are just great and extra special during the holidays. They might have amazing decorations; or, they have added seasonal menu items.

Other reasons might include their proximity to a shopping center like a mall, or, they are even open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. They could fit into any of that criteria.

Here are some awesome local restaurants to visit during the most wonderful time of the year!

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