Christmas Dinner at Rancho Mirage’s Resorts

Whether you plan on dining alone or with family and friends on Christmas Day, you might not be in the mood to cook (and clean) at home. With so many restaurants closed on December 25, it’s nice to know that all four of Rancho Mirage’s stellar resorts are open and waiting for you and your gang with open arms.

At the Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa, your first choice is the Merry Holiday Champagne Brunch from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in signature restaurant Pinzimini ($48 per adult; $18 for kids 6-12; under 5 free). Or you may choose to wait until sundown and enjoy the Prime Rib Buffet & Specialty Seafood Station in the same location from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. ($45 per adult). There’s also a traditional turkey dinner offered at $28, and live musical entertainment in the Fireside Lounge from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. www.westinmissionhills.com/tis-the-season

Over at Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa, an a la carte Christmas dinner is being served in signature restaurant bluEmber from 2:00 to 10:00 p.m. The entire menu is a cornucopia of culinary riches, with starters that include Pumpkin Apple Bisque and Holiday Greens, entrees that include Roasted Tom Turkey and 12-Hour Slow Braised Pork Osso Buco, and desserts that include a Christmas Holiday Dessert Buffet and Traditional Yule Log. Prices vary. www.rancholaspalmas.com

At Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa, the Grand Palms Buffet and The Steakhouse await. Have roast turkey at the former, or a red meat feast at the latter. And while you’re there, pick up your tickets for The Show’s New Year’s Eve “Party Like a Rock Star” event starring Joan Jett & The Blackhearts. There’ll be music, party favors, and food and beverage specials. www.hotwatercasino.com

And last but not least, The Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage is offering a Christmas Buffet Brunch in its signature restaurant State Fare Bar + Kitchen from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. The $105 price per adult includes two glasses of sparkling wine. Kids 7-12 are $35; tots under 6 are free. www.ritzcarlton.com/ranchomirage

Each of these resorts is also offering special dining for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, so be sure to check online and book early. After all, you don’t want to be caught with no room at the inn!