Most of us eagerly anticipate spending Christmas Day unwrapping gifts and enjoying time with family. But certain overlooked items always require a last-minute visit to a store. That’s when knowing which spots are open becomes beneficial.

Why certain places opt to remain open on Christmas?

It might strike some as unusual that certain places opt to remain open on Christmas. However, not everyone observes the holiday. Some individuals may even prefer working during this time, anticipating more generous tips. The thing about Christmas is that ads and commercials usually depict it as the ultimate day of the year for everyone. Yet, for those who are missing loved ones or simply prefer to overlook Christmas entirely, it might not be the “most wonderful time of the year” for them. The places that choose to stay open on Christmas may have valid reasons for doing so.

Several restaurants and stores typically close early on Christmas Eve and remain closed on Christmas Day, but this doesn’t apply universally. Some chains keep various locations open during the holiday season. If you’re curious about your local spots, either make a call or check online to confirm their hours.

For those in the mood for a steak, options like Outback can cater to such preferences, while coffee enthusiasts can rely on chains like Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts to stay caffeinated during the holiday rush. Some restaurants offer dining-in options with reservations, while others, such as Cracker Barrel and Boston Market, provide à la carte holiday menus to accommodate a range of preferences.

Whether your Christmas tradition involves a home-cooked meal, dining out at a favorite spot, or a quick store run for forgotten items, knowing the operating hours of nearby stores and restaurants on Christmas Day can be useful. To save time and prevent the inconvenience of visiting closed stores, we’ve compiled a list of some places open during this festive period. Additionally, for those not participating in Christmas celebrations or preferring takeout, there are dining alternatives available.

  • CVS

    While many CVS stores operate 24/7, it’s important to note that their hours are shorter on Christmas. Typically, running from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., CVS remains one of the few stores open on holidays to accommodate those needing to pick up medications.

  • Walgreens

    Most Walgreens locations are open on Christmas Day, with some maintaining their usual 24/7 schedule. Meanwhile, others, which are not typically open around the clock, may have limited hours from 8 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. This is convenient for those requiring prescription fills or over-the-counter medications.

  • Denny's

    Denny’s has your back on Christmas Day, as their locations are open. Their Facebook post assures, “Denny’s is open 24/7, and that means Christmas too! Come on in and feel the cheer; we’ll be waiting for you.” However, some locations are corporate stores, and others are franchises, and not all franchises may honor these hours, so check in advance before making the trip.

  • IHOP

    If you’re craving pancakes on Christmas Day, IHOP is an option. However, be sure to check your local IHOP’s hours, as they can vary. Some locations operate 24 hours, most maintain regular hours from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Others may open with reduced holiday hours (around 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

  • Starbucks

    Enjoy a holiday drink or grab last-minute gifts like coffee mugs at select Starbucks locations open on Christmas Day. Verify your local cafe’s hours using the Starbucks app as a recommended way to find a store, check hours, and order ahead. “This holiday season, Starbucks store hours vary by location and stores may occasionally adjust their hours based on business and customer needs,” said the coffee shop website.

  • Dunkin'

    Dunkin’ locations will generally be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, but you should check to confirm your local store’s specific hours. Dunkin’ spots within grocery stores and gas stations will follow the host store’s schedule. For instance, if it’s a location within a Walmart that’s closed, that Dunkin’ store will be closed.

  • McDonald's

    McDonald’s typically stays open on Christmas, but it’s best to check with your local franchise, as each operates independently. Given that 93% of McDonald’s restaurants are run by independent owners, hours can vary. It’s not a guarantee that your local branch will be open.

  • Wendy's

    Craving a 10-piece nugget combo or a Baconator on Christmas? Wendy’s has you covered, as the fast-food chain is open on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Check with your local store to confirm their hours. Wendy’s suggests using their location finder, whether you plan to walk in, drive-thru, or opt for delivery.

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