As one of the holiest days on the Christian calendar, Christmas Day is a time to spend with loved ones — eating, drinking, and just enjoying each other’s company.
Whether you spend the day opening gifts, eating a big holiday meal, or just binge-watching Christmas movies on Netflix, it’s a day to come together with your family and friends.
For the last two years or so now, many may decide to not leave the house on Christmas at all, especially with the still-raging Coronavirus pandemic. However, not everyone celebrates the holiday, and some might need to stock up on a few last-minute items on the day of.
If you need to run out of the house but don’t know what stores are open on Christmas Day, don’t worry — we’ve got you covered.
So, what stores are actually open on Christmas Day?
A lot of businesses decide to close on Christmas Day, but there are a few that will still be open during specific hours.
However, it's important to note that many franchises are individually owned, so hours of operation will differ at each location. Therefore, it is always best to double check with your local store before making the trip.
Don't worry, you may still be able to enjoy a Peppermint Mocha on Christmas Day. Be sure to check with your local Starbucks as operating hours vary by location.
Need to grab a quick household item? CVS will be open on Christmas Day, but with reduced hours. Be sure to call your local store to check their hours of operation.
If you’re looking to go out to breakfast or want a quick meal, Denny’s will be open 24 hrs. And, they're even offering a festive holiday menu. Unlike other businesses, Denny's has made it well-known that they want patrons to come in and enjoy their delectable confections on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Want to make a quick stop at the convenience store? Well, most 7-Eleven locations will be open on the holiday for regular store hours, many of which still operate 24 hours a day.
Don’t fret if you have to run to the drugstore to pick up a quick household item. Walgreens will remain open on Christmas, and pharmacies that previously offered 24-hour pickup will likely still offer it on the holiday.
Dreaming of visiting the golden arches on Christmas Day? Well, you might need to do a little more research. Per Country Living, a McDonald's representative confirmed: "Ninety-five percent of McDonald's restaurants are independently owned and operated, so the holiday business hours will vary by location." So, it's best to call ahead to see if your location is open.
Looking to enjoy a few pancakes before heading your Christmas Day dinner? Most IHOP locations will be open; however, hours may vary based on where they're at, so it's best to call and see.
Are major gym chains across America open on Christmas Day?
No holidays off ...
Some people love to get a good workout in before feasting on a big meal. Here are the details regarding openings and closures at America's biggest gym chains.
In 2020, LA Fitness was closed on Christmas Day, so it's safe to assume that the chain will be closed in 2021 on the same day as well. Don't worry, though, they'll be open bright and early the following morning.
According to numerous websites, Planet Fitness is closed on Christmas Day. In previous years, they have operated on Christmas Day on a reduced schedule, but this year the company has seemingly opted to shut its doors on the holiday itself, opening early the next morning.
As seems to be the general rule for gyms on Christmas, the YMCA will also close all of its locations on Christmas Day. Facility operations nationwide will resume the following day.
What stores are closed on Christmas?
Though there are a few big-name chains that decide to stay open on Christmas Day, most places understandably decide to close their doors to let people enjoy spending time with their family and friends.
A few name-brand stores that will *not* be open on Christmas include Target, Walmart, Macy’s, Trader Joe’s, and Whole Foods Market. Regional grocery stores such as Publix, Aldi, and Safeway are also going to be closed on the big day.