Where can you grab free fast food over the Christmas holiday?

A customer receives his food in a McDonald's drive-thru on July 28, 2021 in Houston, Texas. McDonald's corporation has said that its sales are surpassing pre-pandemic levels across the world as more of its dining rooms reopen after being shutdown during the pandemic. The company has also said that menu-price increases, larger to-go orders and its new crispy chicken sandwiches have largely contributed to boosted sales across the U.S. (Photo by Brandon Bell/Getty Images)
A customer receives his food in a McDonald's drive-thru on July 28, 2021 in Houston, Texas. McDonald's corporation has said that its sales are surpassing pre-pandemic levels across the world as more of its dining rooms reopen after being shutdown during the pandemic. The company has also said that menu-price increases, larger to-go orders and its new crispy chicken sandwiches have largely contributed to boosted sales across the U.S. (Photo by Brandon Bell/Getty Images) Photo credit Getty Images
By , WWJ Newsradio 950

When people think of Christmas, they probably think of families gathering to share a home-cooked meal and exchange presents.

However, some might be looking for a gift from fast food restaurants they frequent throughout the year -- and some of those businesses are actually stepping up with free items.

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For example, customers who order at McDonald’s can get a free item off the Mariah Carey special menu with a $1 purchase through the restaurant app. This 12-day offer ends on Christmas Eve, when customers can get free cookies. On Thursday, customers could get a free sausage biscuit.

At Wendy’s free food offers began Dec. 20 extend past Christmas to Dec 26. Customers can get a free bowl of chili with any purchase through the restaurant app or a free order of “Baconator” fries with any purchase.

Through Dec. 31, anyone who joins the “Craver Nation” loyalty club through the White Castle app will get a free Original Slider Combo, no purchase necessary. This meal includes four sliders, French fries and a small drink.

BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse, a restaurant chain with around 200 locations in the U.S., also has a free offer for those who join its Premier Rewards Plus Program. Customers who join will get a free Pizookie, a warm cookie, if they dine in the restaurant.

Free coffee will be available to the millions of people estimated to be hitting the road this holiday at Cumberland Farms, Tom Thumb, Turkey Hill, Quik Stop, Kwik Stop, Minit Mart, Certified Oil, Fastrac Café, and Loaf N Jug – EG America stores often connected to gas stations. No purchase is required for cups of coffee on Christmas Day at these locations.

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