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The After-Christmas Clearance Schedules You Should Memorize for 90% Off

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Once Dec. 25 comes and goes, retailers drop after-Christmas clearance sales as a last attempt to get everything merry and bright off the shelves. Stores need to make room for Valentine’s Day merch and they’re antsy to clear the way.

Truly, the sales after Christmas are extra special because we’re dealing with more than just short-term markdowns. I mean, we’re talking after Christmas clearance. That means stores want to get rid of EVERYTHING, and they’ll do whatever it takes (like mark items down from 50% – 90% off) to clear their shelves. That’s why some things, like winter apparel and Christmas decor, are worth waiting until after Christmas to buy.

Here’s a hot tip for 2023. In the past, it was always smart to wait until January for the deepest discounts. But with many retailers starting their clearance sales early as heck — lookin’ at you, Lowe’s! — it may be smarter to shop when sales hit 75% off, regardless of how many days before or after Christmas the sale is. We think 70% – 75% off is the sweet spot if you’re looking for something specific. But if you’re just looking to grab amazingly low prices, wait until closer to January to save the most. But here’s the tricky part with waiting. As prices continue to drop, inventory starts to drop, too. You’re getting the best deal when something’s about 90% off, but you’ll also need to be flexible knowing you may not get everything you’d hoped for at such a deep discount.

graphic showing christmas clearance schedules

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1. Walmart Christmas Clearance Schedule

Walmart Christmas Clearance

We see the Walmart Christmas clearance schedule begin promptly on Dec. 26 with 30% – 50% off. With Walmart’s already low prices, we suggest you jump on any must-have deals when they’re at the 50% off mark because these deals go fast. If you wait until it’s 90% off, there’s not going to be very much left. By mid-January, most items are gone. So if you see a deal for 50% – 75% off that you’d be sad to miss, just pick it up then and there. Don’t wait for the deeper discount.

Your best bets to shop in the Walmart after-Christmas sales are going to be kids’ holiday books, artificial trees, and Christmas decor. In last year’s sale, we saw decor as low as $0.81.

Predicted Walmart After Christmas Clearance Dates

  • Dec. 26: 30% – 50% off

  • Jan. 2: 75% off

  • Jan. 8: 90% off

2. Target Christmas Clearance Schedule

Target clearance graphic

If you want to score deals on Magnolia Christmas items, you’re going to have to pounce when deals are 30% (or even full price). But, for some of the more affordable Christmas decor and supplies, you can hold out until Target slashes 90% off the original price. These clearance deals are typically in-store only and inventory will vary by location. However, you can check what’s in stock at your local Target with the Brickseek Inventory Tracker before you head to the store.

The best things to stock up on in the Target after Christmas clearance sale are wrapping paper, holiday food, candy, snacks, Dollar Spot finds, and what’s left of the seasonal decor.

We advise that you wait until early January to shop for toy deals at Target. They drop prices by 50% in the days after Christmas, but you’ll see toys for 70% off during the Target Semi-Annual Toy Clearance which we predict will happen on Jan. 9, 2024.

Predicted Target After Christmas Clearance Dates

  • Dec. 13 – 15: 30% off

  • Dec. 26: 50% off

  • Dec. 29: 70% off

  • Jan. 4: 90% off

3. Hobby Lobby Christmas Clearance Schedule

graphic of hobby lobby christmas clearance schedule

Hobby Lobby marks down Christmas decor from September to January each year. The Christmas discounts start at 50% on September 1 and hit 75% by Dec. 25.

The first week of January is actually the best time to buy Christmas items from Hobby Lobby. All the leftover decor, tableware, trees, florals, crafts, lights, and more goes for up to 90% off starting Jan. 1, 2024. The best things to shop in this clearance sale are ornaments, garland, bows and ribbon, and holiday floral.

Predicted Hobby Lobby After Christmas Clearance Dates

  • Sept. 1: 50% off

  • Oct. 30: 60% off

  • Dec. 11: 70% off

  • Dec. 25: 75% off

  • Jan. 1: 90% off

4. Walgreens Christmas Clearance Schedule

Walgreens Christmas Clearance

Walgreens clearance is predicted to actually hit after Christmas. We’ll likely see deals hit 50% off on Dec. 26. After that, you can expect 70% off on or around Jan. 5, 2024. Then, score up to 90% off by Jan. 11. We’ve noticed that clearance dates and discount amounts vary, so your local store might not be on this exact schedule, but we think you can expect the same discounts at most stores the same weeks in late December and into early January.

You’ll find excellent deals on wrapping paper, bows, and Christmas candy. Also, keep an eye out for small decor items and string lights.

Predicted Walgreens After Christmas Clearance Dates

  • Dec. 26: 50% off

  • Jan. 5: 70% off

  • Jan. 11: 90% off

5. Lowe’s

Lowes Christmas Clearance

Lowe’s came out guns blazing this year with a whopping 75% off on Dec. 18. These specials are expected to last through Jan. 17, 2024, but are entirely dependent on your store’s inventory. They’re going to go fast — a handful of items are already not available for pick up in some areas — so check early, often, and multiple zip codes if you want to score $1 string lights, $12 inflatables, or $7 wreaths.

We saw markdowns start at 50% on Dec. 11, 2023, and predict that we’ll see up to 90% off by Christmas day. Many items will be out-of-stock by then, but the discounts are set to run through mid-January.

Lowe’s After Christmas Clearance Dates

  • Dec. 11: 50% off

  • Dec. 18: 75% off

  • Dec. 24 – Jan. 17: 90% off

6. Rite Aid Christmas Clearance Schedule

RIte Aid Christmas Clearance

Rite Aid started slashing prices early in 2023. By Dec. 11, we saw up to 75% off select Christmas clearance in stores. Through Dec. 25, shop clearance holiday prices on decor, cards, candles, Christmas trees, lights, gifts, select toys, and more. You’ll need to head into your local store to see what they have in stock, but we’re finding $0.74 ornaments, $1.99 holiday decor, and even a Pre-Lit 6.5-foot Christmas Tree for $19.99.

We predict that by Dec. 26, markdowns will be as high as 90% off.

Rite Aid After Christmas Clearance Dates

  • Dec. 11: 75% off

  • Dec. 26: 90% off

7. Michaels Christmas Clearance Schedule

Michaels Christmas Clearance

We see the Michaels Christmas tree clearance hit the stores and website early in December at 70% – 75% off original prices. We see this sale every year and it leads into Michaels after Christmas clearance schedule. Expect 50% to 60% off select Christmas decor and floral in mid-December. We saw 60% off Ashland Christmas items from Dec. 11 – 16, which changed to 50% off on Dec. 17 – 24. After Christmas, we expect to see prices up to 70% off with 90% off deals hitting as late as February!

Predicted Michaels After Christmas Clearance Dates

  • Dec. 11: 60% off

  • Dec. 26: 80% off

  • Feb. 24: 90% off

8. Home Depot Christmas Clearance Schedule

Home Depot Christmas Clearance

Much like Target and Walmart, Home Depot clearance begins at 50% off on Dec. 26, 2023. You’ll see discounts of around 75% off in early January, but the Home Depot Christmas tree clearance deals are truly where it’s at.

On Dec. 30, Home Depot traditionally starts their Christmas tree clearance where you can shop online at to find deals marked down by hundreds of dollars. We know Christmas trees might be the last thing on your mind after Christmas, but this sale is worth planning ahead.

In 2022, we saw some insane discounts on trees. Here are some examples of what you can likely expect in late Dec. 2023 and early Jan. 2024.

  • 7.5-foot Lachlan Balsam Fir Slim Pre-Lit Color Changing Tree: $124.75 (reg. $499) — 75% off

  • 9-foot Chelsey Balsam Fir Pre-Lit Tree: $224.75 (reg. $899) — 75% off

  • 7.5-Foot Alta Flocked Pre-Lit Christmas Tree: $99.50 (reg. $199) — 50% off

Predicted Home Depot After Christmas Clearance Dates

  • Dec. 23: 30% – 50% off

  • Dec. 29: 50% off

  • Dec. 30 – Jan. 18: Up to 75% off

9. Kohl’s After-Christmas Sale Schedule

Kohls Christmas Clearance

Kohl’s starts discounting winter apparel right after Christmas to make room for spring merchandise. You’ll find deep discounts on winter apparel with sales running through January. While we love the apparel deals, at Kohl’s after-Christmas sale, you’ll get oh-so-much more.

You’ll find “Christmas” clearance in every section, allowing you to save money on everything from vacuum cleaners to air fryers. These deals can sometimes rival those you’d see during Kohl’s Black Friday sale, and they’re made even better by overlapping Kohl’s Cash promotions.

Check out our predicted schedule below. And here’s some advice. If you see an item you want on Dec. 26, it’s not worth waiting until mid-January for the bigger discount. So few items make it to that 80% off point that you’re sure to miss out on some great deals by waiting.

Some of the best deals from Kohl’s after-Christmas sales you can expect:

Predicted Kohl’s After Christmas Clearance Dates

  • Dec. 26: 30% – 70% off, plus earn Kohl’s Cash

  • Jan. 14: 80% off

10. CVS After-Christmas Sale Schedule

CVS Christmas Clearance

We’ve seen CVS offer 50% off Christmas candy, decor, and more just two days after Christmas. You’ll spot CVS deals on chocolates, gift bags, lights, cards, and more as early as Dec. 26. Last year, most CVS stores were pretty well stocked with after-Christmas items, but you can download the CVS app (iOS / Android) and sign up for an ExtraCare account to scan CVS weekly ad deals from your phone.

The discounts get even deeper in January. We predict their 75% off clearance on Christmas decor and candy to begin on Jan. 10, followed by 90% off by Jan 19, 2024.

Predicted CVS After Christmas Dates

  • Dec. 26: 50% off

  • Jan. 10: 75% off

  • Jan 19: 90% off

Other ways to save in after Christmas sales.

Sell your unwanted gift cards (and buy others at a discount) after Christmas.

A person holding a cell phone with the Raise app in front of a wall display of physical gift cards.

You can sell gift cards you don’t want on, then turn around and get a discount when you buy the gift cards you DO want.

The days after Christmas are a great time to not only sell your unwanted gift cards but find ones for stores you’ll want to shop at next year. You can expect to save 5% – 15% on gift cards to various stores and restaurants this way.

Keep saving with these other after-Christmas sales and winter clearance events.

A person's hand holding up a tag on clearance item in store at REI

Dick’s Sporting Goods Winter Coat Clearance

Traditionally you’ll find winter boots clearance plus up to 75% off outerwear, snow pants, ski gear, and more. Dick’s Sporting Goods usually runs this weekend winter sale in January.

Nordstrom Rack’s “Clear The Rack” Event

Save 50% – 75% on top clothing brands with Nordstrom Rack’s “Clear The Rack” sale. This event happens about once every two months, so look for winter clothes clearance during the February sale.

REI Winter Clearance Event

The best time to find discounts at REI is January – February, when you can shop REI’s Winter Clearance Sale for up to 50% off. We’ve snagged The North Face women’s outwear for half off their original prices!

Kohl’s Winter Boot Clearance

In January and February, Kohl’s offers a winter boot clearance with sale prices that reach 40% off — plus a promo code to get you an additional 20% off your purchase.

The Children’s Place Clearance

The Children’s Place typically runs a clearance event in February. Shop it when you see 75% off the entire site. Since inventories grow scarcer the longer you wait, plan to hop on these deals right when the sale goes live.

See more of the best winter clearance events to shop in January, February, and March.

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