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Many businesses are closed on Christmas Day, but some are staying open, if only for limited hours, to accommodate anyone who needs to buy last-minute groceries or want to eat out for the holiday.

Many major stores such as Costco, Walmart, Best Buy, Lowe’s, Home Depot and Target were open for last-minute shopping on Christmas Eve, but are closed for the holiday.

Options are limited for those needing to pick up some last-minute ingredients for Christmas dinner, although some grocery chains will have some stores open.

  • ACME:Some of the 161 Acme stores in the Northeast will be open, but customers are encouraged to call their local Acme before heading out.
  • Background, boothsSome Vons and Pavilions stores will be open until 3 p.m., but customers are also encouraged to check local hours.
  • RalphsSome Ralphs locations will stay open until 5 p.m
  • SafewaySome Safeway stores will be open until 7 p.m

Walmart stores are closed on Christmas Day. (iStock / iStock)

Safeway logo

Safeway grocery store company logo above store entrance. ((Photo by Don & Melinda Crawford/Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images) / Getty Images)

Pharmacies that will remain open at least to some extent include:

  • WalgreensMost Walgreens stores will have reduced hours, but the 24-hour Walgreens will remain open, according to USA Today.
  • CVS:Many stores will have reduced Christmas hours depending on location.
  • RiteAidRiteAid stores are open normally, but hours will vary by location.
Walgreens Boston

Most Walgreens stores will have reduced hours, but the 24-hour Walgreens will remain open. (Lane Turner/The Boston Globe via Getty Images/Getty Images)

For anyone looking to grab a cup of Christmas coffee, many Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts locations will be open, but hours may vary.


Some restaurants will also be open. Chain restaurants that will be serving patrons for the holiday include Applebee’s, Waffle House, Domino’s, IHOP, Red Lobster, Golden Corral and Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse.

Applebee's Times Square exterior

A general view of the Times Square branch of Applebee’s in New York on October 30, 2020. (John Nacion/Cover Images/Reuters Photos)


Most McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Taco Bell and Pollo Camperos will also be open, but hours will vary.


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