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These stores are open—and closed—on Christmas Day 2021

December 24, 2021, 9:00 PM UTC

Maybe you just realized that amid the holiday insanity you forgot to get a present for Aunt Enid. Perhaps you somehow don’t have a key ingredient for Christmas dinner. Or maybe you just want to get away from the family for a bit. Whatever the reason, you’re in a bind.

Finding an open store of any variety on Christmas Day is a challenge in the best of times. In a pandemic year with labor shortages, it’s especially tough—but you do have a few options.

Here’s a list of what may be open near you. Hours may vary, and just because a chain says it’s open doesn’t mean your nearest location will be. Some municipalities also have laws prohibiting major stores from opening on Christmas. Before you head out, it’s always a good idea to check first.

Grocery stores open on Christmas

7-Eleven

Acme

Albertson’s

Big Saver Foods

Giant Food Stores

Pavilions

Safeway

Super King Markets

Vons

Wawa

Grocery stores closed on Christmas

Aldi

BJ’s Wholesale

Costco

Food Lion

The Fresh Market

HEB

Kroger

Publix

Ralphs

Stop & Shop

Trader Joe’s

Wegmans

Whole Foods

Winn-Dixie

Retailers open on Christmas

Amazon (It’s never too late for a gift certificate from the online retailer.)

Circle K

CVS

Family Dollar (Select locations)

Rite Aid

Sheetz

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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