December is usually one of the busiest months for restaurants, between special event bookings, catered luncheons, packed bars, and general frolicking that typically goes on. But as the coronavirus pandemic continues to squash social gatherings, travel plans, and on-site dining in Lehigh Valley, no one needs to be told why this year is different.

Restaurants are bringing their A-game to help diners get into the holiday spirit at home. From Christmas to Hanukkah and all the cozy days in between, a range of familiar favorites and under-the-radar eateries offer takeout options for every palate and at-home party style.

Here’s a curated list of 13 places to pick up a celebratory feast in Lehigh Valley:

Apollo Grill, 85 West Broad St., Bethlehem

Order the Ultimate Christmas Eve Party Pack for four from Apollo Grill! For $139.20 ($120 + gratuity), you’ll get baked brie, asparagus appetizers, a spinach salad, a margarita pizza, and shrimp cocktail. Plus the meal comes with six cupcakes and a choice of your favorite Apollo martinis (by the quart!). Pre-order by Thursday, December 17 by calling 610.865.9600. Pickup your party pack Christmas Eve from 11 a.m.–1p.m.

Blue Grillhouse4431 Easton Ave. Bethlehem

Let Blue cook your Christmas dinner this year and pre-order your to-go holiday meal for an at-home celebration! All orders are due by Monday, December 21 at 12 p.m. and pick-up will be on Thursday, December 24 from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. The 4-serving package is $79 and $17 per additional serving. This package includes winter squash bisque, herb roasted turkey, gravy & orange cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, roasted cauliflower with bacon breadcrumbs, green beans, dinner rolls, and a classic red velvet cake with cream cheese icing for dessert! Blue is also offering to-go cocktails; all options can be viewed here. Call 610-691-8400 to place your orders!

Edge, 74 W. Broad St. Suite #220, Bethlehem

Allow Edge to do your holiday cooking this year. They have all your favorites such as butternut squash soup, asian pear salad, rosemary and garlic fingerling potatoes, roasted brussel sprouts, roasted carrots, buche de noel, and dark chocolate & dried cherry bread pudding. Call Edge at 610-814-0100 by Tuesday, December 22 with your customized selections. All orders will be available for pick up on December 24 between 4 - 6 p.m.

Grille 3501, 3501 Broadway, West End Allentown

Let the staff at Grille 3501 prepare Christmas dinner for you to enjoy at home. Pre-orders must be placed by Tuesday, December 22 at 12 p.m. Select your menu items from here, with entrees ranging from Lobster Tail to Chateaubriand or Bourbon maple glazed ham. Curbside pickup will be Wednesday, December 23 from 3 - 6 p.m. Call 610-706-0100 or email info@grille3501.com to place your order.

Limeport Inn, 1505 Limeport Pike Limeport

Pre-order your Christmas Eve dinner for two today at Limeport Inn. Their kit includes shrimp cocktail, house salad, individual beef wellingtons, asparagus, and gruyere & yukon au gratin. You can also add any dessert to make your kit extra delicious. All orders must be made by December 18 by calling 610-967-1810 and can be picked up on December 24 anytime after 4 p.m.

McCarthy's Red Stag Pub and Whiskey Bar, 534 Main St., Bethlehem

McCarthy's is making it easier to feed your loved ones while at-home this Christmas by offering a Christmas Box that feeds four people. Meals come vac packed and put into a catering box for curbside pickup; simply take home, heat, and serve. Christmas Boxes include cooked protein choice of turkey or ham or even upgrade to roast beef, corn or green beans, mashed potatoes, rolls, cranberry sauce, beef gravy, and dessert select of Irish apple cake or upgrade to a lemon cheesecake. Order your box here. Orders are accepted through Sunday, December 20 at 5 p.m. for curbside pickup Thursday, December 24. 

Melt2880 Center Valley Pkwy, Suite 624 Center Valley

Celebrate the Holiday at home with to-go meals made by Melt! Pre-order your dinner package by Monday, December 21 at 12 p.m. and pick-up will be available on Christmas Eve from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Packages will be $79 for a 4-person serving and $17 for any additional servings. Meals will include winter squash bisque, brown sugar honey glazed ham, gravy & cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, roasted cauliflower, green beans, dinner rolls, and classic red velvet cake for dessert. To place your order, please call Melt at 610-798-9000.

Nonna Sulina's Sicilian Kitchen & Grill, 5000 Bath Pike, Bethlehem

You don’t have to be Italian or Sicilian to enjoy a traditional Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve. Preparing seven courses of seafood can be a daunting task, even for the advanced home cook, so let the professionals at Nonna Sulina’s handle it. Choose from many options on their family style menu of appetizers, pastas, and fish entrees. There’s everything from stuffed calamari, crab cakes, and clams casino to linguini in white clam sauce, gnocchi with shrimp, to traditional Sicilian cod and Bronzino. All trays serve 4–6 people and when you order seven trays, enjoy a 10% discount. You’ll need to pre-order by December 17 by calling 610-419-1051 (ask for Beth or Victoria) or you can order via email nonnasulinas@gmail.com. Pickup times will be scheduled until 6:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

Prime Steak House, 325 Stoke Rd., Bethlehem

Pre-order your Christmas Eve family style to-go and celebrate safely at home. Dinner includes house salad and four baked potatoes with butter and sour cream. Choose the main entree from a seafood medley, New York strip, filet medallions, chicken breasts, or salmon. Desserts and cocktails can be added to any order. Orders can be pre-ordered and picked up through Wednesday, December 23 at 4 p.m. Email orders to info@primestkhouse.com.

Roasted22 West Fourth St. Bethlehem

Allow Roasted to cook your Christmas dinners this year! Choose from beef short rib, apple stuffed pork tenderloin, or tofurkey roulade for your first course. Then choose three sides from butternut squash gratin, kale and walnut risotto, roasted red brussels sprouts, sauteed haricot vert with pine nuts, or roasted carrots and parsnips. Lastly, for dessert choose from chocolate cupcake with marshmallow icing or vanilla cupcake with salted caramel icing. Roasted will also be selling family style ½ trays of mac and cheese or vegan mac and cheese and 9” pot pies - chicken or vegan veggie. All orders must be placed by Monday, December 21. While placing your order online, please make sure you choose December 24 for the date and you can choose to have it delivered or for pickup. Orders over $75 qualify for free delivery.

Vault 634, 634 Hamilton St., Allentown

This year Vault 634 invites you for an unforgettable dining experience, right from the comfort of your own home. Indulge in one of the special holiday bundles or build your own perfect holiday feast. Orders come with detailed cooking/reheating instructions to make this one of the most delicious and effortless holiday preparations you have ever experienced. Orders must be placed by midnight on Thursday, December 17. Please fill out this form to select which culinary dishes you would like to enjoy. You will then also select the time you wish to pick-up your order on Wednesday, December 23, at the 7th Street entrance of Vault 634.

The View at Morgan Hill, 100 Clubhouse Dr., Easton

Let The View take care of your Christmas where you get to custom select your menu, how many servings, and pickup time, tailored just for you. Place your order ahead here and pick it up on Christmas Eve. 

ZEST Bar+Grille, 306 South New St., South Side Bethlehem

Let the staff at ZEST prepare Christmas dinner for you to enjoy at home. Pre-orders must be placed by Tuesday, December 22 at noon. Select your menu items from here, with entrees ranging from Lobster Tail to Chateaubriand or Bourbon maple glazed ham. Curbside pickup will be Wednesday, December 23 from 3 - 6 p.m. Call 610-419-4320 or email info@zestbethlehem.com to place your order.

Are you open on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day and want to be added to our list? Simply email social@DiscoverLehighValley.com and let us know the details.