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Is CVS Open on Christmas 2023? We've Got the Deets

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As the holiday shopping season closes in, things can quickly get crazy. Between early Black Friday sales, Cyber Monday deals, and holiday shipping cutoff dates, there’s a lot to juggle. And Prime shipping can’t always save you. That’s why I’m sharing the deets about CVS being one of the stores actually open on Christmas Day. in case a last-minute CVS run for AA batteries is in the cards for you this Christmas Eve, they’re also open the night before the big day.

Here are the details on this year’s CVS Christmas hours, based on what we saw from CVS in 2022.

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Is CVS open on Christmas? Yes — and some stores may have extended hours.

People walking by a CVS with miniature Christmas trees on display in the windows.

Yes, we expect CVS to be open on Christmas Day, which is rare among retailers these days.

Last year, CVS offered extended hours in the days leading up to Christmas, too, with some stores staying open until midnight (or even 24 hours) until Christmas Eve, when they closed early. CVS Christmas Eve hours can vary depending on your location.


Is CVS Pharmacy open on Christmas? Pretty much only if it’s a 24-hour location.

Even though CVS retail stores were open on Christmas last year, you were hard-pressed to find their pharmacy locations open on Christmas Day.

However, 24-hour CVS locations had both their store and pharmacy open during the holidays. If you need prescriptions refilled at a store with shorter operating hours, your best option is to refill your prescription ahead of time.


Is CVS MinuteClinic open on holidays? Nope.

Two people walking past a desk at a CVS Minute Clinic health hub.

Although you can visit a CVS MinuteClinic in person seven days a week, in 2022 they were closed on Christmas Day. This even applied to MinuteClinics inside 24-hour CVS locations.

TIP: Licensed healthcare providers are still available 24/7, even on holidays, through MinuteClinic Virtual Care online.


CVS Pickup Hours can vary on Christmas.

hand holding CVS Pharmacy store bag in front of storefront

Want to place an online order for CVS Pickup on Christmas? Typically, CVS offers pickup from about an hour after the store opens until 8 p.m. However, last year, CVS pickup on Christmas varied or was sometimes not available at all. You’ll need to check with your individual store to see their availability.

Related: Check out the growing list of stores that offer curbside pickup.



Can I get CVS Same-Day Delivery on Christmas? You bet.

A person holding a CVS bag.

CVS offers same-day delivery through Instacart — even on Christmas Day (as we saw in 2022). So if you need something from CVS but can’t pick it up, we expect them to offer delivery again this year. The hours for Instacart same-day delivery will match those of your local CVS store.


Last-Minute Gift Ideas From CVS

A person's hand holding a Netflix and a Panera gift card next to a CVS shopping cart with more gift cards in the basket, parked in front of the gift card display inside CVS.

Struggling to find a gift for someone on your Christmas list? CVS is a great store to grab cheap stocking stuffers like toys and gift cards. CVS often runs promotions like “buy $50 worth of select gift cards and earn $10 in CVS ExtraBucks.” Look for this deal to return around the holidays again this year.

They carry gift cards for retailers and restaurants, in addition to Visa and American Express gift cards.


Check Walgreens and Rite-Aid if your local CVS is closed on Christmas Day.

If your local CVS store is closed on Christmas, you still have options. We expect both Walgreens and Rite-Aid will be open on Christmas Day this year.


Is CVS open New Year’s Day? Yep.

Yes, CVS stores were open on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day in 2022. So, we predict the same will be true this year.


CVS Pharmacy New Year’s Eve Hours

If your CVS Pharmacy store is open on New Year’s Eve, expect their hours to be limited, similar to how they operate on Christmas Eve. During New Year’s Eve last year, pharmacy counters closed early.

If your local CVS is a 24-hour location, your pharmacy will most likely stay open on New Year’s Eve.


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