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 might be out of luck if you're trying to find a supermarket though — only a few are open on Christmas. (See which ones will be open here.)
So if you can get your shopping done by Christmas Eve or earlier, we highly recommend it. Plus, you can always take advantage of perks, like free 2-hour delivery with in select areas. (PS: The last day for two-day shipping before Christmas is Saturday, December 22.)
But if you really need to pick something up on Christmas day, 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
- : Need groceries? Most Acme locations will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- : Most stores stay open with reduced hours, usually 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- : Most stores will be open from 7 a.m. to midnight, and in they offered free coffee and other hot beverages to all customers on Christmas morning.
- : Most CVS locations will be open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., even though many regularly stay open 24/7.
- : These stores usually remain open on Christmas, but operate on reduced hours.
- : QuickChek stores are on most holidays, but with reduced hours.
- : will be open on Christmas, and some even continue to 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 will be open on Christmas, and most other locations will have reduced hours, typically from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- : Most Wawa locations are open normal hours (usually 24/7) on .
- : Your go-to convenience store remains open on Christmas, and stay open all day and all night long.
- : 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:
- BJ's Wholesale
- Stop & Shop
- The Home Depot
- Whole Foods