Whether you forgot to buy someone a gift or you don't celebrate the holiday, finding places open on Christmas can be a struggle. Many stores close early on December 24 and stay dark the next day, but there are a few exceptions.
Most pharmacies and convenience stores can usually help you out with the basics — or even last-minute gifts, like mugs from Starbucks or stocking stuffers from CVS. You're might be out of luck if you're trying to find a supermarket though.
These major chains haven't confirmed their hours for 2018 just yet, but here's what you can expect to find open or closed on Christmas based on previous years. Just make sure to double check with your local store before leaving the house, as holiday hours can vary by location. Also keep in mind that the pharmacy counters inside stores may follow different hours.
Don't forget to check out GoodHousekeeping.com's Christmas 2018 guide.
Stores Open on Christmas
- : , Albertsons stores stayed open with reduced hours on Christmas, typically from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- : In , the convenience-store chain offered free coffee and other hot beverages to all customers on Christmas morning.
- : Most CVS locations welcomed customers from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Christmas day , even though many regularly stay open 24/7.
- : These stores usually remain open on Christmas, with following an 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. schedule.
- : QuickChek stores are on most holidays, but with reduced hours.
- : remain open on Christmas, and some even operate 24/7.
- : Coffee lovers can get their fix at Starbucks on Christmas. Most of the chain's locations remain open on all holidays.
- : that regularly operate 24/7 remain open on Christmas, and most other locations should stay open with reduced hours.
- : Most Wawa locations will keep normal hours (usually 24/7) on .
- : Your go-to convenience store remains open on Christmas, and stay open all day and all night long.
- Movie theaters: Most theaters offer showings on Christmas, so you can fill up a couple hours of your day with a new blockbuster. (Find out what will be playing on Christmas day here.)
Stores Closed on Christmas
Most grocery stores, malls, and other retail stores close up shop for the holiday, including:
- Whole Foods