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Here's what will be open Christmas Day

A few stores and restaurants will be open on the holiday. A very few.

By Money Staff Dec 23, 2013 1:05PM

This post comes from Amanda Garcia at partner site on MSN MoneyChristmas Day is almost here, and you might be scrambling like so many other people to purchase that last-minute gift before celebrating.


Woman with Santa hat © Ingram Publishing, SuperStockIf you’re strapped for time or looking to save money with some Christmas Day sales, check out the following list of stores open on Christmas Day before heading out the door.


We’ve also included a list of restaurants open on Christmas Day, as well as stores open on Christmas Eve thanks to special extended business hours offered for customers. For last minute shoppers, be wary of any holiday scams that might come your way.


Restaurants and stores open on Christmas Day

The following list includes restaurants and stores open on Christmas Day for major nationwide chains. If you’re wondering if specific restaurants are open on Christmas Day in certain cities, online resources like OpenTable or UrbanSpoon can help you find the answer quickly.

  • 7-Eleven: All 7-Eleven stores will remain open on Christmas Day.
  • CVS: Most CVS stores will open late on Christmas Day, while a few will remain open 24 hours. CVS Pharmacy will also be open in some locations with limited hours. Be sure to contact your local CVS ahead of time for confirmation on store hours.
  • Denny’s: If you’re craving a tasty and affordable meal on Christmas Day, then head on over to Denny’s, one of the few restaurants open nationwide on Christmas Day.
  • IHOP: Some IHOP locations will be open on Christmas Day — check your local listings to confirm.
  • McDonald’s: Some fast-food McDonald’s restaurants might be open on Christmas Day, so double-check with your local McDonald’s make sure before grabbing a bite.
  • Starbucks: There are some Starbucks locations that will be open on Christmas Day, so make sure to call up your local listings before heading over.
  • Walgreens: On Christmas Day, most stores will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., while select pharmacies will be open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. 1,600 24-hour Walgreens locations will be open on Christmas Day.

What's closed on Christmas Day

Avoid these stores closed on Christmas Day this holiday season, if you’re looking to make a ridiculously last-minute gift purchase. Most of them will be open Christmas Eve, though.

  • American Apparel: Some individual stores will have extended hours for Christmas Eve, so make sure to call store locations to verify when they will open and closed that day.
  • Apple: All Apple retail stores will be closed Christmas Day, but you can still buy that last-minute laptop or iPhone in-store on Christmas Eve from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Bed Bath & Beyond: Closed Christmas Day, but stores will be open Christmas Eve from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Store hours might vary depending on location.
  • Best Buy: Although the retailer will be closed to shoppers Christmas Day, you can order items from the website 24/7. Best Buy stores will have doors open on Christmas Eve from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • BJ's Wholesale Club: Closed on Christmas Day, open on Christmas Eve from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Costco: The wholesale retailer will be open Christmas Eve from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., but closed Christmas Day.
  • Dollar General: The retail chain is closed on Christmas Day, but most regular stores are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Christmas Eve.
  • Family Dollar Store: Closed Christmas Day but open Christmas Eve, check with specific store locations for hours.
  • GAP: All department stores will be closed Christmas Day but open Christmas Eve — check your local listings to verify store hours.
  • IKEA: The furniture and home goods store will be closed Christmas Day, but open Christmas Eve from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • JC Penney: Closed Christmas Day but open with extended hours on Christmas Eve starting at 7 a.m.
  • Kmart: The discount retailer will be open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Christmas Eve.
  • Kohl's: Most store locations will have their doors open up until 6 p.m. Christmas Eve.
  • Lowe's: All Lowe’s stores are closed Christmas Day but open Christmas Eve.
  • Macy's: Nationwide department stores will be closed Christmas Day, but remain open on Christmas Eve from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Marshalls: The retail department chain is closed Christmas Day but open on Christmas Eve from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Meijer: The store and pharmacy chain is closed Christmas Day but is open on Christmas Eve, check with specific stores for hours.
  • Michaels: The creative arts and crafts store will be closed Christmas Day, but open on Christmas Eve from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Nordstrom: The retail chain will be closed Christmas Day but open on Christmas Eve; check your local stores for hours.
  • REI: Closed on Christmas Day, open on Christmas Eve; check specific stores for hours.
  • Ross: The retail stores will be closed Christmas Day but open Christmas Eve; check your local listings for specific store hours.
  • Staples: These office supply stores will be closed Christmas Day but open Christmas Eve with normal business hours.
  • Target: This popular retailer will be open to shoppers from 7 a.m. to either 9 p.m. or 10 p.m. on Christmas Eve, depending on the store location.
  • The Home Depot: Closed Christmas Day, open Christmas Eve with select hours; check with specific locations to verify.
  • TJ Maxx: The retail chain will be closed Christmas Day but open Christmas Eve; check specific locations for store hours.
  • Toys "R" Us: The toys and electronics store will be open for 87 straight hours, starting Saturday, Dec. 22 when doors open at 6 a.m. and ending on Christmas Eve at 9 p.m.
  • True Value: Closed Christmas Day; stores are open Christmas Eve, so check specific locations for hours of operation.
  • Victoria’s Secret: The department store will be closed Christmas Day but open on Christmas Eve — store hours depend on location.
  • Wal-Mart: Although all stores are closed Christmas Day, they will be open Christmas Eve. Hours might vary by location.
  • Whole Foods: This popular grocery store will be closed Christmas Day but open on Christmas Eve from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Hours might vary in some locations.)

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Dec 23, 2013 8:19PM
For a third of my life I served in the U.S. Army, proudly, and they always tried to let as many people go home for Christmas depending on the situation at hand. As a single NCO I stayed on base to allow some young, soldier go home many times and I was not the only NCO that did this for our troops. I missed a lot of birthdays and holidays as do a ton of active duty military and their families every year. So, I say thank you to those far away from home serving in our military and to those families who won't be  with their loved one this Christmas.
Dec 23, 2013 11:31PM
If you are alone or do not celebrate Christmas, it's nice to be able to have a place to get a bite to eat or just be around another human being.
Dec 23, 2013 5:45PM
I was raised in a small town. I can remember when everything shut down on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas, and New Year's Day. Absolutely nothing was open. Not even gas stations. The ER staffed only a few medical personnel on those days.
Dec 23, 2013 3:23PM
The only reason why any retailer (especially Wal-Mart, Sears or Kmart) is closed on Christmas Day is because they don't want to take back RETURNS.  If it was a day to make money going out the door instead of people bringing unwanted gifts back they would be open.  As has been proven by other holidays(Thanksgiving, etc.) these retailers don't give a rat's **** about families & how it will disrupt their holiday.  All they see is $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
Dec 23, 2013 2:22PM
Didn't everyone get their panties in a wad over stores being open Thanksgiving Day? Where are they now?
Dec 23, 2013 4:41PM
I just hope the people who work Christmas Day get compensated well with double time, once for working, the other for the holiday.  Since I am Jewish, when I worked at a hospital back in the 1990s, I'd volunteer to work Christmas Day so my Christian coworkers could have the holiday off. Interestingly, this changed when I ended up with two Jehovah's Witnesses as colleagues. Since JW's don't celebrate Christmas either, they offered to work the day for me.
Dec 23, 2013 8:32PM

My eternal gratitude to all the men and women in our armed forces and all others serving in a national security position protecting our country so I can have this day with family  and friends in safety.  God bless America, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Nothing but gas stations and hospitals should be open on holidays.
Dec 23, 2013 2:53PM

I'm just going to sit on the edge of my bed and stare at the floor.

Dec 24, 2013 12:41AM
I remember while a active duty NCO spending many a Christmas and Thanksgiving pulling duty so the soldiers could be home with their families.  Merry Christmas to all those serving in harms way.
Dec 23, 2013 5:41PM
My Jewish friends all taught me:  A movie and Chinese, wonderful together!  I am divorced, and I have always had Christmas Eve exclusively, so the other grands and family could fight over Christmas Day.
Dec 24, 2013 3:41PM
I'll be happy when the holidays are over.
Dec 23, 2013 5:50PM
It depends of the country.  In France, on Christmas mornings flowershops are open, markets selling seafood like oysters also are open, even bakeries so people can have fresh bread on Christmas Day.  Newspapers stores also, I remember having my daily newspaper on Christmas and of course gas stations are open.
Dec 24, 2013 9:22AM
They forgot to mention that ALL Chinese restaurants will be open.  Hasn't the author ever seen "A Christmas Story?"   Not to mention....but all Asian grocery stores and many other businesses that don't have a Christian-based clientele will likely be open.

Dec 24, 2013 1:59AM

Cool!  I'm buying all of my Christmas gifts this year at 7-11 and CVS on the way to the party.  I hope they offer gift wrapping service.  If not I'll finally have a reason to purchase an actual paper news paper.

Dec 24, 2013 1:11AM
The "open" list missed one major addition: Movie Theaters.  Most movie theaters will be open Christmas Day.  While the employees might not agreed with it, a family trip to the movie on Christmas Day would be a bit more enjoyable since you would expect crowds to be smaller. 
Dec 24, 2013 1:17PM
I pity anyone who has to work in retail , thankless job, terrible hours and sucky pay. I worked in a restaurant through college, the pay was not so hot , but at least we always had something to eat for free and didn't have to deal with the ugly public that much.
Dec 24, 2013 1:22PM
In my house, not much will be opened for Christmas. I live in the new AmeriKa.......AKA, obamaville.  The little $ that the government doesn't take goes to buy basic necessities that keep rising in price every time I turn around (due to inflation caused by obama printing $ like it was play money in a game of Monopoly)  
Dec 23, 2013 2:19PM
Denny's, IHOP, Mac's and Starbucks............boy, I can't wait to run out to either of these slop houses and stuff my face on Christmas morning.
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