The Twin Cities stay open to cure cabin fever on Christmas day

This time of year is filled with reminders to spend quality time with friends and family. So whether you're heading out to meet with old pals, or plan on making new ones, the Twin Cities offer quite a few opportunities to go out and make merry on Christmas day.


Lee's Liquor Lounge celebrates the holidays with their Trailer Trash's Trashy Little Christmas Show. This year marks the 17th year in which they "revamp the classics and contribute a few originals" to their music-based Christmas extravaganza. Locals and out-of-towners who are home for the weekend are all welcome to participate in the revelry. Tickets are $12 and the show starts at 9 p.m.

Some cozy spots open include Amore Coffee at 879 Smith Avenue and 917 Grand Avenue in St. Paul. They are open every day of the year and serve soups, sandwiches, salads, and treats. Either one is a perfect spot to prepare for, or decompress from, the relentless holiday cheer. If you need to fortify with something harder, the St. Paul Grill will be serving up steak instead of fruitcake, and Russian restaurant Moscow on the Hill will be serving hearty meals -- both will happily serve strong libations on Christmas day, too.

When the urge to go bowling strikes, it's easy to give in--even on Christmas day. Park Tavern in St. Louis Park will be open for bowling, billiards, and food in case you don't find that pool table under the tree on Christmas morning.

Want to visit some animals other than the ones you're related to? Como Zoo and Conservatory is open 365 days a year, and will be welcoming visitors from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Let the animals inspire you to play in the snow and head over to Buck Hill for skiing and sledding; they're open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Little Tijuana Restaurant at 17 East 26th Street in Minneapolis is open during all holidays, serving Mexican fare from 11:30 to 3 a.m. Wednesday through Sunday. But if it's alcohol you're looking for, Cosmos in the Graves Hotel at 601 First Avenue North will most certainly have what it takes to extend your holiday cheer.