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‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

If you’re not falling asleep in front of the fireplace waiting for St. Nick on Dec. 24, many DC restaurants are serving up scrumptious holiday meals. Read on for five of our Christmas Eve favorites.

Bibiana Osteria-Enoteca

Bibiana Osteria-Enoteca
Executive Chef Nicholas Stefanelli will serve the traditional Feast of the Seven Fishes—with his own culinary spin—on Christmas Eve. Look for grilled eel with onion compote and red wine vinaigrette; black spaghetti with Catalina Island sea urchin and aglio olio d peperoncin; and seared cod with tomatoes, olives, raisins, capers and pine nuts. $65 per person, 100 New York Ave. NW, 202.216.9550,

The Mansion on O Street
DC’s coolest mansion is opening its doors on Dec. 24 with a buffet of decadent holiday desserts. Pull double-duty and do some last minute Christmas shopping. All of the delightfully quirky art, accessories and more are for sale. $30 per person, 2020 O St. NW, 202.496.2020, reservations required at

Celebrate day or night at Firefly. A brunch from 9am-2pm features $3 mimosas and bountiful breakfast foods like lemon-ricotta pancakes. Or, make a reservation for Christmas Eve dinner. The meal comes with a complimentary glass of champers and servers wearing ugly Christmas sweaters. 1310 New Hampshire Ave. NW, 202.861.1310,

Bistro Vivant
Add a French twist to your Christmas Eve at Bistro Vivant in Mclean. Newly appointed Executive Chef Katie Busch is preparing a three-course prix fixe menu for lunch and dinner, including enticing options such as Almond-crusted lemon sole with haricot vert and parsnip purée; prime filet mignon with roasted heirloom baby carrots, pommes macaire and sauce aux poivre; and, of course, Buche de Noel with maple mascarpone, ginger, coconut and mango for dessert. Joyeux Noël! $59 per person, 1394 Chain Bridge Road, Mclean, Va., 703.356.1700,