While the vast majority of businesses shut their doors for Christmas, there are things that are open on Christmas Day. Whether you’re looking for a grocery store, pharmacy, restaurant, convenience store, or even bowling alley, you’ve got options to celebrate — or pick something up for your last-minute holiday needs.
Before you pack up the fam and head out, understand that a lot of these national chains are franchises, so each location will set their own hours. And in other cases, stores that are open will have limited holiday hours. Regardless, you’re going to want to call the location(s) near you before you make any plans.
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Grocery Stores Open on Christmas Day
Your local grocery may be open for those last-minute needs. Expect the store to have limited holiday hours. A few major grocery stores like Giant and Foodtown will be open on Christmas Day. However, hours will vary, so contact your nearby location before heading out. If you find your store closed, try a convenience store. Most grocery stores are open on Christmas Eve, but expect them to be crowded and close early.
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Restaurants Open on Christmas Day
Prefer eating out on Christmas Day? You might have some luck finding a few restaurants, like Applebee’s, Denny’s, and Waffle House, open near you. However, calling ahead or searching local eateries via OpenTable.com or Yelp.com can show which are open — along with their hours and any reservation requirements.
Fast Food Open on Christmas
What about fast food? If you’re a fan of places like Burger King and McDonald’s, you’ll be happy to know some fast food restaurants are open on Christmas. Since these are franchises, your local fast food place may have limited hours or may not be open on Christmas at all.
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Pizza Places Open on Christmas Day
If you love pizza, you know even a holiday sounds like a great time for a slice of pie! While most pizza joints will be closed, there are some chains like Pizza Hut and Papa John’s that are serving up some Christmas pie.
Check out our list of local pizza places open on Christmas.
Pharmacies Open on Christmas Day
Most national chain pharmacies open on Christmas Day. However, they will likely have limited hours. Check with your nearby store for specific holiday hours.
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Gas Stations Open on Christmas
Planning on a holiday road trip? You may need a gas station along the way. Or maybe you just ran out of gas and need a little fuel. Whatever the reason, you’ll be happy to know that not all gas stations are closed on Christmas. In fact, many of them are open 24 hours and have a convenience store or restaurant for any hunger pangs.
Check out our list of gas stations open on Christmas Day.
Fun Places Open on Christmas Day
Of course, if you and your family become bored silly after opening Christmas gifts and eating dinner, you might find some local fun places like bowling alleys, movie theaters, and even skating rinks open on Christmas.
- Curry Village Ice Rink, Yosemite, California, will be open on Christmas Day 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
- Rockefeller Center, New York City, New York, will be open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Christmas Day
- Siskiyou Ice Rink, Mount Shasta, California, will be open from 8 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. on Christmas Day
- Skating by the Sea Coronado, California, will be open on Christmas from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
- The Ice Rink at the Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas, Nevada, will be open Christmas from noon to midnight
- The UPMC Rink at PPG Place, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, will be open from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. on Christmas Day