ORANGE COUNTY, CA — If you want to eat, drink and be merry over the holidays — without the hassle of cooking — Patch has you covered.

Check out our annual, Christmas dining guide, and scroll through the images above, for some of the best restaurant dine-in and takeout specials, plus sweet treats, offered at eateries near you in Orange County.

The list has something for all tastes and budgets.

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APPLEBEE’S: Be merry with $6 Sleigh Bell Sips — the most festive cocktails of the year. Returning from the North Pole are: “Tipsy Reindeer,” holiday punch of Smirnoff Vodka, Ocean Spray Cranberry, passion fruit, premium lemon sour & topped with Santa gummy candy; and “Berry Merry Colada,” Pina Colada-inspired with Captain Morgan between layers of strawberry & melon liqueur & Santa gummy. Offered through end of year, so don’t miss out. Details. Location finder.

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BALBOA BAY RESORT: The waterfront destination offers multiple holiday dining options. Christmas Eve & Day buffet-style brunches (Dec. 24-25, $145/adults. $75/children) in Lighthouse Room with unlimited sparkling wine & mimosas. NYE dinner (Dec. 31, 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. $325) features four courses & inclusion to Ballroom Celebration. And Studio 54 New Year’s Eve Party (Dec. 31, 9 p.m. – 1 a.m.) includes performance by The Funky Hippeez, dance floor, party favors, midnight toast & late-night snacks in the Grand Ballroom. At 1221 West Coast Hwy., Newport Beach. Reservations.

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BASKIN-ROBBINS: Deck your table full-on festive with any one of the holiday ice cream cakes (Brrr the Snowman, the reindeer, Santa, wreath, elf, polar bear, winter wonderland & more) offered for 2022. Customizable by ice cream & cake flavor. See options & order info here.

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BAYSIDE RESTAURANT: A three-course, prix-fixe menu will be served Christmas Eve menu with seatings from 3:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., plus live music 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Or book a table & ring in the New Year with NYE seating beginning at 5 p.m. and music 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Reservations & more info here. At 900 Bayside Drive, Newport Beach.

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BISTANGO: Enjoy special, prix-fixe Christmas Eve menu inside or on the heated patio, both with live music. Limited a la carte menu also offered. New Year’s Eve celebration will include live music, food, libations & dancing in the lounge, or intimate dinner on patio or in dining room. Reservations & info here. At 19100 Von Karman Ave., Irvine.

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BLACK ANGUS STEAKHOUSE: Dine-in, takeout & family-style to-go meals offered for stress-free holiday dining. Among in-house specials planned through Dec. 31 are prime rib & lobster, filet mignon & lobster and deluxe feasts for two to four. To-go, at-home deals include: prime rib family meal (with potatoes or rice, broccoli, molasses bread & eight cookies); and al la carte prime rib that serves six to eight or 12-14. And through Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, kids at the restaurants will receive a Santa Cookie along with a QR code sticker to track Santa’s whereabouts. Find locations here, then click for reservations or menu for ordering details.

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BOSTON MARKET: Heat-and-serve, to-go meals available for Christmas & New Year, serving up to 12 starting at $11.99 per person. Options include turkey, honey-glazed ham or turkey breast & ham combo, plus appetizers, sides, rolls & pies for a complete holiday feast. Individual meals also available. Orders can be picked up through Jan. 1 (excluding Christmas Day). Order details here. Find locales regionwide.

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COMEDOR AT LA CASA DEL CAMINO: Chef Glen Tinsley & crew are prepping special Christmas Eve & Christmas Day menus. A “Fish of the Seven Seas” will be served Dec. 24, featuring cioppino with white wine/tomato broth, crab, lobster, shrimp, scallops, mussels, clams & assorted fish. $65 per person. Christmas Day offers five-course, prix-fixe dinner ($90 per person) with porcini-dusted Cortez scallops, roasted beets & burrata, duck-confit fried rice, rack of lamb & “Taste of Winter” dessert. At 1289 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach. Reservations here.

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DEL TACO: Seasonal, fan-favorite tamales are back through Dec. 28! Wrapped in real corn husks with shredded pork, varieties include: Red & Green smothered with zesty red & tangy green sauces, sour cream & cilantro; and Chili Cheese with beef chili, cheddar cheese & sour cream. Available for two ($5) or four pack ($10). Find locations near you.

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DICKEY’S BARBECUE PIT: Ready your holiday orders! Choose from: Dickey’s Complete Feast for 10 to 12, with choice of ham, turkey, Cajun-fried turkey or prime rib, plus cornbread dressing, gravy, baked potato casserole, green beans with bacon & rolls; the Dinner Feast for eight to 10, with ham, turkey, Cajun-fried turkey or prime rib & dressing, gravy & rolls; or ready-to-serve Holiday Big Yellow Box, (feeds up to 12) with four pounds of turkey, large servings of potato casserole, green beans, dressing & rolls. Details. Location finder.

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DISNEYLAND RESORT: Each holiday season somehow brings out the happiest treats on earth! Check the Disneyland foodie guide for where to find the best & sweetest festive treats at the Anaheim parks for 2022. Full info here.

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DUNKIN’: Don’t let the holidays slip away without stopping by for this limited-time treat: the Peppermint Mocha Signature Latte. A new Cookie Butter Donut is also on menus. And through Dec. 24, Dunkin’ Rewards members can score one free classic donut with any drink purchase — limit one per member per member per day.

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EL TORITO: A Christmas Day all-you-can-eat brunch planned 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 25 with tri-tip, ham & taco stations, apple-jalapeno stuffing, chipotle-honey sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, made-to-order omelets, soups, salads, dessert bar & unlimited Champagne. $36/adults & $12/kids. Regular menu available 2 p.m.-8 p.m. And one dozen holiday tamales ($24), chicken, carnitas, sweet corn or mix & match in increments of six, can be ordered through Jan. 1. online or in restaurants with 24-hour notice. Website. Find locations throughout O.C.

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EUREKA!: The “Gingerbread Man Old Fashioned” is back for limited time at the scratch kitchen & craft bar. The holiday cocktail features Old Overholt Rye Whiskey, house-made Gingerbread Syrup, Douglas Fir Liqueur, chocolate bitters, herbal bitters & candied ginger. Restaurants statewide. Location finder here.

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FOGO DE CHAO: Reservations underway at the Brazilian restaurant for Christmas Eve & Day or New Year’s Eve & Day. Prix-fixe feasts offer continual service of meats carved tableside by gaucho chefs, along with salads, soup, vegetables, charcuterie & more. Children 6 & younger dine free with purchase of adult Churrasco meal. Reservation info. Location: Irvine.

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GELSON’S MARKETS: Orders are due Dec. 23 by 3:30 p.m. for Christmas dinners for Dec. 21-24 pick-up, and by Dec. 24 for Hanukkah dinners for pick-up by Dec. 26. Holiday options roasted turkey, prime rib, beef brisket, chicken and plant-based celebration & hazelnut cranberry roasts. Such festive sides as mashed potatoes, cornbread stuffing, green bean casserole, latkes, tzimmes, matzo balls, apple noodle kugel, desserts and butter flake dinner rolls also available. See ordering info here. Find stores near you.

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KENTUCKY FRIED CHICKEN: KFC is marking the holiday season with limited-time return of Famous Bowls for $5, along with 2022 special edition, “Sharing is Caring”-themed holiday bucket. Twelve-piece & 16-piece meals come with six free cookies in the decorative buckets at participating locations and while supplies last. Info.

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KHAN SAAB DESI CRAFT KITCHEN: New, elevated Asian Christmas specials are on the menu Dec. 23-25 at the Michelin-Bib Gourmand winning Desi restaurant in O.C. Among new dishes available for dine-in or takeout: General Kahn’s Cauliflower ($20), garbanzo battered-curry leaf-tangy jaggery glaze; Chicken Lo Mein ($20); Chow Mein ($20); and Sweet & Chili Tiger Shrimp ($22), garlic-chili-jaggery-battered prawns. Regular menu of 100% Halal favorites & alcohol-free mocktails also available. Info & reservations. At 229 East Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton.

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KRISPY KREME: Add sweet touch to your holidays with Santa’s Bake Shop collection, available at participating shops for limited time individually or in Christmas-themed box. New this year: Sugar Cookie Doughnut with sugar cookie icing & sprinkles; Gingerbread Cookie Crumb Doughnut with gingerbread cream cheese & topped with gingerbread cookie crumbs; Red Velvet Cake Doughnut with cream cheese icing & red velvet cake crumbles. Returning fave is Santa Belly Doughnut, decorated like the Big Guy with icing & belt buckle sugar piece. Details here.

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MACARONI GRILL: A “Premium Feast For Five” ($55) is available for takeout or delivery. Included: entree choice; pasta side; Rosa’s Signature Caesar salad; two loaves of rosemary peasant bread; & six chocolate chip cookies. Dine-in service offered, too. Website here. Find location in Tustin.

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MARIE CALLENDER’S: Holiday family feasts & pies can be pre-ordered for pick-up Dec. 22-24. Dinners serve four to six or six to eight. Choose from prime rib, turkey breast, ham or a combo, with such sides as stuffing, cranberry sauce, yams, veggies, cornbread & mashed potatoes. Meals are pre-cooked & require two to three hours to re-heat. Orders accepted only online. Find your location here to order. Restaurants in Fountain Valley & Orange.

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MIGUEL’S JR.: Tamales, a seasonal favorite from co-founder & Chief Recipe Officer Mary Vasquez’s secret family recipe, are available through Dec. 31. Order a-la-carte or pre-order online by the dozen, while supplies last. The new, savory chicken or tried-and-true, chile rojo pork varieties can be mixed & matched. Locations in Orange County. Website with order links here.

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MIX RESTAURANT AT HILTON ANAHEIM: Winter-inspired menus will be served Christmas Eve and Day with such dishes as butternut squash soup, kale salad, rosemary-crusted rack of lamb & miso black cod. Dessert features Winter White Torte (tree-shaped white chocolate torte with cranberry-apple filling). Bookings here. At 777 W. Convention Way, Anaheim.

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MORTON’S THE STEAKHOUSE: A three-course “Chateaubriand Holiday Dinner” for two ($179) is offered through Dec. 31. Included: “Winter Green Salad” to share, with goat cheese, candied walnuts & balsamic vinaigrette; chateaubriand sliced tableside; choice of two sides; and one dessert per guest, either sticky toffee bread pudding, Morton’s Legendary Hot Chocolate Cake or bruleed cheesecake. For dine-in only. Reservations here. See locations in Anaheim, Santa Ana.

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OLIVE GARDEN: Family-style takeout meals could be the holiday way to go. Restaurants will close 8 p.m. Christmas Eve, remain closed Christmas Day & reopen Dec. 26. But before that, orders can be placed for to-go meals to serve four to six or up to 12. See meal deals here. Options include such dishes as ravioli, spaghetti, lasagna, shrimp alfredo, chicken parmigiana, with salads & breadsticks. Order info. Find locations near you.

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OUTER REEF AT LAGUNA CLIFFS MARRIOTT: On Christmas Eve, four-time James Beard-nominated Chef John Tesar’s coastal eatery will serve a special “Feast of the Seven Fishes” family-style dinner 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. $165 per person. The longstanding, holiday tradition will include oysters, hamachi tartare, prawn crudo, tri colore salad, mussels cioppino, scallops, lobster agnolotti & whole fish, plus rolls. Reservations here. At Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa, 25135 Park Lantern, Dana Point.

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RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE: Prix-fixe menus served in-house Christmas Day, Eve & New Year’s Day & Eve, with starter, entree choice of steak & shrimp or surf & turf, plus side & dessert. Or order takeout (serves four) with beef tenderloin, salad, mashed potatoes, creamed spinach & cheesecake. $195, though prices may vary. Booking & ordering details, 48-hour advance notice required for pick-up through Dec. 23. See sites in Anaheim, Irvine.

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RED LOBSTER: Make it a seafood-forward holiday with new party platters & takeout family meals. Check out catering or “Create Your Own Ultimate Feast” options — starring a new dish, “Cheddar Bay Shrimp,” a mash-up of shrimp & the chain’s popular Cheddar Bay Biscuits. Plus three, limited-time holiday drinks are on menus, including “Snowglobe Sangria,” blend of Barefoot Moscato, St Germain Elderflower liqueur, edible shimmer, white cranberry juice & topped with cranberries. Ordering info. Find sites in Brea, Garden Grove.

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SEASONS 52: Green Box to-go dinners, serving four to six, can be pre-ordered with choices for wood-grilled tenderloin or cedar plank-roasted salmon, plus lemon-parsley marble potatoes, French green beans, salad & six Mini Indulgence desserts. Available for pickup Dec. 23 -24. Pre-orders required 24 hours in advance. Order info here. Location in Costa Mesa.

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THE CAPITAL GRILLE: Chef-prepared dinners will be served with full menu & two holiday offerings —a 16-ounce bone-in filet or 10-ounce filet with lobster tail & lobster bordelaise, only available through December. Pair with more than 350 wine selections. Reservations here. Location in Costa Mesa.

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URBAN PLATES: The chain has an $89 Holiday Bundle on its takeout menu through Dec. 31. The special feeds four with: choice of protein, (grilled chicken, chicken tenders, steak or salmon. Chimichurri steak is additional $2) two sides (roasted Brussels sprouts with turkey bacon, creamed spinach, roasted rainbow carrots or golden beets); rustic bread; salad; & cookies. Family-size sides also available. See here for order links. Locales in Orange County.

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