In our imaginations, Christmas dinner always runs smoothly. But in real life, our kids all catch colds, milk curdles in our coffee and we forget to buy the fresh sage for the roasted sage turkey with gravy. That’s when the pajamas come off, the yoga pants go on and we run out to the store for cold medicine, fresh coffee and a handful of herbs.
Fortunately, there are stores open Christmas Day! Here are the ones you’re most likely to visit—but be sure to check your location’s hours before heading out.
- Albertsons: Most locations will be open on Christmas between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
- Giant: Most locations will be open Christmas between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
- Ralph’s: Last year, some locations were open on Christmas, so check your local store for hours.
- Safeway: Like Ralph’s, some Safeway locations will be open on Christmas, so check your local store for hours.
Gas Stations and Convenience Stores
- 7-Eleven: Most 7-Elevens continue their usual 24/7 schedule on Christmas Day.
- Cumberland Farms: Not only are most Cumby’s stores open Christmas Day (between 7 a.m. and midnight), but the locations in the Northeast and Florida like to give away hot coffee and cocoa on Christmas.
- Circle K: Most should be open 24/7 on Christmas, like every other day of the year.
- Speedway: Most Speedway locations will stay open 24/7 as per usual.
- Wawa: This is another 24/7 chain that doesn’t close for Christmas. Here’s why people are obsessed with Wawa.
- CVS: Many CVS stores are open 24/7, but on Christmas, the hours are shorter. Most will be open between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m.
- Walgreens: Most Walgreens locations are open on Christmas Day. Some will be open 24/7 as per usual, and those locations that aren’t generally open 24/7 will have limited hours (likely between 8 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.).
- Duane Reade: The sister store to Walgreens, Duane Reade follows the same holiday hours.
- Rite Aid: Most Rite Aid stores are open 24/7 and will remain open as per usual on Christmas Day.
- Starbucks: Go for a hot Vanilla Latte or the gifts like music and coffee mugs. Starbucks will be open on Christmas this year, but you’ll want to double-check your local cafe’s hours before you leave.
- Family Dollar: Even on Christmas Day, most Family Dollar stores will have normal operating hours.
You should be able to find everything your family needs for a merry Christmas! If you’re still stuck—see what restaurants are open on Christmas Day.