Even though many stores will remain open for last-minute shoppers on Christmas Eve, several will be closed on Christmas Day. It used to be assumed that businesses were all closed on December 25, but this is not always the case. Stores open on Christmas can be a life-saver for some, particularly those that may need last-minute items.
It can be challenging during the holidays to know which retailers are open and closed, regardless if it is a religious or federal day of observance. If you’re unsure whether or not you’re favorite chain will be open this weekend, this article is for you. Below are a list of stores open on Christmas Day 2016.
Stores Open on Christmas
7-Eleven. Most locations are open 24-7, even on Christmas. While you may only think of them as a place to get beverages and snacks, they do surprisingly offer some great options for gifts. Christmas is its busiest sales day of the year, according to Business Wire. Gift cards, handheld video games, tins of chocolates, lottery tickets and more could all make a last-minute gift. Even if you need an ingredient thought you had but don’t for December 25, 7-11 may be just the place to help you out.
Most Convenience Stores. Actually, many convenience stores similar to 7-11 will remain open on Christmas Day. In fact, if you live near a Sheetz, the chain offers free coffee on Christmas each year. How nice for a little pick-me-up and to spread the holiday cheer.
CVS Pharmacy. Thousands of CVS Pharmacy chains across the nation will be open Sunday. In addition to healthcare items, CVS carries gift items and is bigger than 7-Eleven. Gifts are more common for children, but beauty products, chocolates and gift cards are also available for purchase. Plus, many won’t look like they were bought with little time to spare.
Walgreens. Walgreens is another drugstore chain remaining open on Christmas Day. Like CVS, many are open 24 hours per day, but some may have limited holiday hours. You will want to check your local store to see what their hours will be. You’ll find a wider variety of gifts at stores like Walgreens than you would at a convenience store.
Rite Aid. Open on most holidays, Rite Aid is another business that opens it doors for consumers on Christmas Day. Providing similar merchandise as Walgreens and CVS, you’ll not only be able to pick up some ibuprofen in preparation for the holiday hangover but also a nice gift card or two for the relatives who you are unsure what to get.
Family Dollar. Many Family Dollar stores opt to stay open on Christmas Day. Depending on the location, limited hours may need to be expected for the day of festivities; however, this discount retailer will be able to help you with quite a few of those last-minute items, from stocking stuffers to cookware to wrapping paper. Not to mention, they will come at a lower cost.
Although many of the larger retailers will be closed, like Walmart, Costco and Target, you can still find some quick and convenient items at these locations. Make sure to call ahead to see what else might be open and to double check the holiday hours of these chains in your area.
Do you think you will be needing to stop at any stores on Christmas Day?