The winter holiday season is a hectic time. Even though many people have the day off for Christmas, that doesn’t mean they intend to spend it resting. Plus, you may need a last minute item to make your holiday great. However, figuring out which stores are open can be a challenge. While Walmart is a massive chain, it doesn’t mean Walmart is open on Christmas.
Is Walmart Open on Christmas?
No, Walmart is not open on Christmas. In fact, Christmas is the only holiday during the year where every Walmart closes for the entire day.
Some people are surprised that Walmart closes for Christmas, especially since they are open for at least some of the day on other major winter holidays, like Thanksgiving.
Is Walmart Open on Christmas Eve?
Yes, Walmart is open on Christmas Eve.
If you need something at the last minute, heading to Walmart on Christmas Eve might be a good choice. However, some stores may close early in preparation for Christmas. For example, many stores close to the public at 6:00 pm on Christmas Eve, giving all Walmart employees a chance to make it home so that they can spend time with their friends and family.
Before you head to Walmart on Christmas Eve, you should check your local store’s hours. You can use Walmart’s online store finder to locate stores in your area. Then check out the location’s details for information about hours. Otherwise, use the customer service phone number to find out what your area store is open.
Walmart Christmas Week Hours
Aside from being closed on Christmas Day and closing early on Christmas Eve, all Walmart locations use their regular operating schedule during the week of Christmas. Here is an overview:
- Sunday, December 23, 2018: Regular hours
- Monday, December 24, 2018: Closes at 6:00 pm
- Tuesday, December 25, 2018: Closed
- Wednesday, December 26, 2018: Regular hours
- Thursday, December 27, 2018: Regular hours
- Friday, December 28, 2018: Regular hours
- Saturday, December 29, 2018: Regular hours
Can I Shop at Walmart.com on Christmas Day?
Yes, you can shop at Walmart.com or through the app at any time on any day, 24/7/365. However, you won’t receive the item on Christmas, even if it is available at your local store. Since Walmart closes on December 25, no one is available to retrieve the item from the shelf or to provide it to you. At the earliest, you would be able to pick it up in store on December 26, though some items may not be available until later.
Additionally, there are certain service limitations for in-store pickup and deliveries on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
For example, in-store pickup will not be available after 6:00 pm on December 24, as the store closes early on Christmas Eve. Similarly, you can’t pick anything up at any time on December 25. If you need to pick up an item in the store before Christmas, you’ll need to check and see if it can be available on time.
Walmart has not issued official guidance regarding guarantees for Christmas Eve delivery or in-store pickup. Instead, the cut-off date varies by item and your location.
However, the following dates are reasonable estimates based on their traditional policies and shipping times if you want the items sent to your home:
- Standard Shipping: December 17, 2018
- Two-Day Shipping: December 20, 2018
- Expedited Shipping: December 21, 2018
If you must have something by Christmas, it’s best to order it as soon as possible. USPS, UPS, and FedEx all see increases in the number of packages they receive during this time of year, and severe weather – like snow storms – can delay shipments.
The same goes for in-store pickup. If you want the item sent to your store, order it as quickly as you can. Even if Walmart offers compensation for late deliveries, which has at times happened, that might not make up for you not having the item when you needed it.
Other Stores Open on Christmas Day 2018
There are a handful of stores open on Christmas Day. However, they are few and far between.
If you absolutely need something on Christmas, here are a few stores that may be open, though on holiday schedules:
- Rite Aid
Before you head to the store, you may want to contact your local one or check their hours online. As mentioned above, the locations may use special holiday hours instead of their usual schedule, and some may close entirely even if other stores in the chain are open.
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