Hey y’all-it may be Monday, but we’re it’s Christmas Eve Eve! And it’s almost my favorite morning of the year-Christmas Eve! It’s a tradition for me to go to a Moravian Love Feast with family friends on Christmas Eve morning. I think I actually like Christmas Eve more than Christmas Day because of this. Anyways, today I’m sharing some snapshots of one of the holiday festivities I enjoyed earlier this month- Christmas at the Angus Barn. Keep reading for more about this world-famous steakhouse in Raleigh and their amazing Christmas decorations.

Angus Barn Christmas Lights

A Local Landmark

I had heard of the Angus Barn in Raleigh for years, but had never been. For one thing, I’m not a big steak-eater, and for another it’s on the pricy side and I have a very small budget for going out to eat. I’m not much of a foodie, and I honestly have the palette of a kindergartener half the time! However, my BSF (Bible Study Fellowship) leader and good friend suggested that our BSF discussion group go there for appetizers and dessert during the Christmas season. This would enable us to see their amazing Christmas decorations, and appetizers/dessert would be more affordable than a meal. I had seen photos of the Angus Barn’s huge Christmas tree on social media in years past, so I was definitely on board to go see it in person.

In addition, the Angus Barn earned a number 15 ranking on Restaurant Business magazine’s annual list of the nation’s Top 100 independent restaurants. They are the only North Carolina restaurant to make this list! It was such a treat for me to get to experience Angus Barn a couple weeks ago. You get the most amazing complimentary homemade crackers with cheese spread at your table. I ordered the Angus Barn’s world-famous chocolate chess pie for dessert, and it didn’t disappoint. A scoop of vanilla ice cream and a cup of decaf coffee rounded out my dessert.

Angus Barn Chocolate Chess Pie

Angus Barn Christmas Decorations

If you’re only going to go to the Angus Barn once a year, I definitely recommend going at Christmastime. Angus Barn Christmas decorations are absolutely magical. Christmas lights are all over the exterior, and garland is all around the inside. However, the main attraction is the huge Christmas tree. Words don’t do it justice, so take a look at the out of this world decor:

Angus Barn Christmas Tree

This post on the Angus Barn Instagram account explains the meaning behind all the decorations on this tree, which is really interesting to read. I was in awe of the tree and all the decor, and wonder how many hours it takes them to decorate the place each year!

A New Tradition

Christmas at the Angus Barn

I would love to make dessert at the Angus Barn an annual Christmas tradition. And if you live in the Raleigh/Durham area or plan to visit in December, I highly recommend experiencing the Angus Barn Christmas decor at least once. Pro tip-make your reservations early, because they fill up quickly for the month of December. My friend made our reservation back in mid-October, and 8:45pm was the earliest we could get a table on a Monday night! This was fine since we were doing appetizers and desserts. But if you’re wanting to eat during earlier dinner hours, or anytime on a weekend night, I would make a reservation even earlier!

I hope that y’all liked seeing some snapshots of the magical Christmas decorations at the Angus Barn. Have you ever been to the Angus Barn at Christmas time? If so, what was your favorite thing about the experience? And if you’ve been to the Angus Barn at any time of year, what’s your favorite thing to order?

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-xoxo Liz

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