In our imaginations, Christmas dinner always runs smoothly, without a hitch. But in real life, our kids all catch colds, milk curdles in our coffee, and we have to buy a last minute Christmas gift for Aunt Betty who is now unexpectedly coming over for dinner. That’s when the pajamas come off, the yoga pants go on, and we run to the store for cold medicine, creamer, and one of these gift ideas. Fortunately, there are stores open on Christmas Day—this list is different than the stores open on Christmas Eve. Here are the ones you’re most likely to visit—but be sure to check with your local location for their holiday hours before heading out.
Grocery stores open on Christmas Day
Acme: Most locations will be open on Christmas, though hours vary depending on location.
Albertsons: Most locations will be open on Christmas between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Cumberland Farms: Most locations will be open on Christmas from 7 a.m. to midnight.
Giant Food Stores: Most locations will be open Christmas Day between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Safeway: Some Safeway locations will be open on Christmas, so check your local store for hours.
You’ll be able to pick up all the ingredients at these places for these delicious Christmas appetizers.
Gas stations and convenience stores open on Christmas Day
7-Eleven: Most 7-Elevens continue their usual 24/7 schedule on Christmas Day.
Cumberland Farms: Not only are most Cumby’s stores open on Christmas (between 7 a.m. and midnight), but the locations in the Northeast and Florida usually give away coffee and hot cocoa on Christmas.
Circle K: Most should be open 24 hours on Christmas, like every other day of the year.
Dollar Tree: Some will be open for shortened hours. Check with your local store for its hours.
QuickChek: Most locations will be open from 8:30 a.m. until midnight on Christmas Day.
Sheetz: They’re open 24/7 daily, including on Christmas.
Speedway: Most Speedway locations will stay open all day, as per usual.
Wawa: This is another 24/7 chain that doesn’t close for Christmas.
Drugstores open on Christmas Day
CVS: Many CVS stores are open 24/7, but on Christmas, the hours are shorter. Most will be open between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m.
Walgreens: Most Walgreens locations are open on Christmas Day. Some will be open all day as per usual, and those locations that aren’t will have limited hours (likely between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.).
Duane Reade: The sister store to Walgreens, Duane Reade follows the same holiday hours.
Rite Aid: Rite Aid stores are open 24/7 and will remain open as per usual on Christmas.
These drugstores will do the trick if you need a few last minute stocking stuffers for the kids.
Coffee shops open on Christmas Day
Starbucks: Starbucks will be open on Christmas this year, but you’ll want to double-check your local cafe’s hours before you leave, as hours vary by location.
Dunkin’ Donuts: There’s no storewide policy, so check with your favorite location before you make your Dunkin’ run.
Restaurants open on Christmas Day
Boston Market: Most locations will be open. There will also be fully-prepared holiday meals available for pickup or delivery.
Buca di Beppo: Have a Christmas feast full of pasta and garlic bread at your local Italian chain. Make sure to call ahead though because hours vary by location.
Casey’s: They’ll be open at 10 a.m. on Christmas.
Chinese food restaurants: This is their big day. Head to your local Chinatown, where nearly every restaurant is open regular hours.
Denny’s: Stop in 24/7 for a meal on Christmas Day at Denny’s.
IHOP: Hours will vary by location, but nearly all IHOPs plan to be open.
Old Country Buffet: Stop in from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Christmas for all-you-can-eat at most remaining locations.
McDonald’s: These are independently owned and operated, so some will be open.
Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse: Yes, you can have a full steak dinner on Christmas. They also have holiday special meals served.
Perkins Restaurant & Bakery: This varies by location, but most will be open with a special holiday menu.
Waffle House: This breakfast-all-day restaurant plans to be open 24/7.
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Stores closed on Christmas Day
Stop & Shop
The Home Depot
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