Christmas Day is on Friday, Dec. 25. If you plan to head out, it is best to know what will be open and closed on the holiday. We have compiled a list of important establishments that you might want to visit during the holidays. Remember to always double check if your chosen establishment is open just to avoid the hassle.
Here’s a look at what’s open and closed on Christmas Day:
There will be no garbage collection, no recycling and no street cleaning. Trash collection for households with normal Friday pickup will be rescheduled on Monday. Recyclables will be picked up the following week.
Major Consumer Retail Stores
The big retail stores are closed. Majority of the retailers will be closed on Christmas. This includes the big stores such as Walmart, Target, Costco, Macy’s, etc. A whole bunch of them are open on Christmas Eve but will close earlier than the usual.
Buses and trains on special holiday schedule
Drug Store Chains
Drug stores are open. Some drug stores are closed but 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 Day, and most of the major grocery store chains will remain closed on December 25.
Most 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.
Commodities and Stock Markets
The commodities and stock markets are closed. Both major US stock markets (the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ) are closed on Christmas Day.
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 be closed. Some restaurants will be open, while others will be closed.
Gas and Service Stations
Most gas stations will be open. There will be some gas stations which close but it shouldn’t be difficult to find a least one if you’re in need of filling up your car. Gas Stations along major travel routes and highways should be open for travelers as well, for those choosing to drive due to low gas prices. The service area of gas stations will most likely be closed. So be careful when your car breaks down. Make sure it’s in good condition while travelling.
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.
All public, parochial, and private schools will be closed on Christmas day. Many schools are on winter holiday and won’t be in resume until the New Year. Colleges will be closed as well.
State Department of Motor Vehicles
Department of Motor Vehicles is a state-mandated service. However, it will be closed on Christmas day.
Federal Government Offices
Government offices are closed. City, State and Federal 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 carry on, and be open in case they’re necessary.
Local & State Government Offices
Local and State government offices are closed. Along with federal government offices, local and state non-essential government offices will be closed on Christmas Day. Those departments needed for safety (police, fire) will remain open.
Banks, Credit Unions & Financial Markets
Credit unions, Banks and Financial Markets are closed. Credit unions, banks and similar financial institutions will be closed 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.
If there is a specific office or store you are wondering about, be sure to call them and make sure of their Christmas hours.