What’s Open on Christmas?
For the part, you can expect some stores, drug stores, and gas stations open on Christmas Day. However, you might find others in your area. Make sure you call ahead to be sure before you head out.
Major Consumer Retail Stores
Large retail stores are closed on Christmas. Most retailers will be closed on Christmas. This includes the big stores such as Walmart, Target, Costco, Macy’s, etc. However, some stores will be open on Christmas.
Drug Store Chains
Drug stores are open. Many drug stores will be open. Both CVS and Walgreens stores will be open December 25, and Rite Aid will have select stores open. (You’ll need to call to confirm if your local Rite Aid will be open.)
Most grocery stores are closed on Christmas. Grocery stores are typically closed for Christmas Day, and most of the major grocery store chains will remain closed on December 25.
Some major chain convenience stores are open while others are closed. Both 7-11 and Circle K are open on Christmas, but some smaller convenience stores may be closed for the day.
Some restaurants will be open, while others will be closed. Some national chain restaurants will be open on Christmas December 25, but it varies by the chain. It’s best to call ahead to confirm if you plan to go out to eat on Christmas. The vast majority of independently owned restaurants will not be open.
Gas and Service Stations
Most gas stations should be open. There will be some gas stations which close, especially those located in primarily residential areas, but it shouldn’t be difficult to find at least one if you need to fill up your car. Gas stations along major travel routes and highways should be open for travelers as well, for those choosing to drive. The service area of gas stations will be closed, so you’ll be able to fill your car, but not get work done on it.
U.S. Stock Markets
The stock markets are closed on Christmas. Both major US stock markets (the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ) are closed on Christmas Day.
Libraries are closed. Public libraries won’t be open on Christmas Day. You will want to check with your local library, but many libraries also close the day after Christmas.
Schools are closed. Both private and public schools will be closed on Christmas. Many schools are out for winter holiday and won’t be in session until the New Year.
Garbage service will be rescheduled. For those who typically have their garbage picked up on a Sunday or Monday will have their service rescheduled for another day. You can contact your local garbage company to find out their holiday schedule.
Federal Government Offices
Government offices are closed. All government offices which aren’t essential will be closed on Christmas, as it’s an official federal holiday. Essential government services like air traffic controllers, police and fire departments will still function, and be open in case they’re needed.
Local & State Government Offices
Both local and state government offices are closed. Much like federal government offices, local and state non-essential government offices will close on Christmas Day. Those departments needed for safety (police, fire) will remain open.
Credit Unions & Banks
Credit unions and banks are closed. Credit unions, banks, and similar financial institutions will not be open on Christmas Day. ATMs, websites, and apps where limited banking services can be done will be available.
Post offices are closed. As a federal holiday, post offices will close on Christmas Day, and there will be no mail delivery. The post office will be open during regular business hours the day after Christmas.
(Photo courtesy of Jackie)