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Here’s What Stores Are Open—and Closed—on Christmas Day 2019

December 24, 2019, 9:00 PM UTC
In the immediate foreground, two strands of string lights. In the background, a Christmas-themed carousel in the middle of an open-air mall.
06 December 2019, Lower Saxony, Hanover: People walk through the city centre during Advent. Photo: Sina Schuldt/dpa (Photo by Sina Schuldt/picture alliance via Getty Images)
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Decking the halls is all well and good, but sometimes you just need to get away from your loved ones on Christmas Day. And your options can be limited.

Whether you find you’re short one ingredient for your holiday dinner, need to grab a last minute gift on the way to someone’s house, or just need a break, there are a few options to choose from.

Hours may vary and some municipalities have laws prohibiting major stores from opening on Christmas. And not every location follows the company’s suggested hours. It’s always a good idea to call before making the trek.

Grocery stores open on Christmas

  • 7-Eleven
  • Acme
  • Albertsons
  • Giant Food Stores
  • Pavilions
  • Super King Markets
  • Vons
  • Wawa

Grocery stores closed on Christmas

  • Aldi
  • BJ’s 
  • Costco
  • Food Lion
  • The Fresh Market
  • H-E-B
  • Kroger
  • Publix
  • Ralphs
  • Stop & Shop
  • Trader Joe’s
  • Wegmans
  • Whole Foods
  • Winn-Dixie

Retailers open on Christmas

Amazon (Brick and mortar stores will be closed, but the website will be up and running)


Dollar Tree (Select locations)

Family Dollar (Select locations)

Rite Aid Starbucks Walgreens

Most major movie theater chains

Retailers closed on Christmas

Pretty much everyone else, including most Walmart and Target stores, but many will be open early on Dec. 26 for year-end clearance sales.

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