Whats open Christmas Day 2021? CVS, Starbucks, McDonalds and 7-Eleven, but Walmart, Costco closed – USA TODAY

Whether you forget an ingredient for the Christmas meal, need a last-minute gift or want to go out to eat, your options will be limited Saturday.

Most stores will close earlier than usual for Christmas Eve Friday and many will stay closed for Christmas Day.

While all hope isn’t lost, mileage may vary on how far you’ll have to travel for any forgotten items. Most Walgreens and CVS locations will be open along with several convenience stores including 7-Eleven, Wawa, Sheetz and Cumberland Farms.

If you are looking to grab a snack or a meal on Christmas Day, most national restaurant chains like Bob Evans, Chili’s, Taco Bell and Chick-fil-A are closed, but many Starbucks, McDonald’s and Dunkin’ locations will be open along with IHOP, Denny’s and Waffle House.

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For restaurants accepting holiday reservations, like Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse and Texas de Brazil, check OpenTable.

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Is Walmart open on Christmas 2021?

No, all Walmart stores are closed for Christmas, a long-running tradition. But since the pandemic, it’s no longer the only day of the year stores are closed. Stores closed on Thanksgiving for the second year in a row after being open on the holiday since the late 1980s.

Stores will reopen normal hours – 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. – Sunday, Dec. 26.

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Is Target closed on Christmas?

Yes, Target is closed this Christmas and stores will be closed every Thanksgiving moving forward, a decision announced in November.

Costco closed Christmas 2021

Costco traditionally stays closed on major holidays including Thanksgiving, Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day. Clubs will also be closed on New Year’s Day.

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Stores open Christmas Day 2021

Hours can vary and not all locations will be open. In some cases, store websites have not been updated to reflect holiday hours, so call your closest location or check your apps before heading out.


Albertsons: Some locations will be closed all day, while others will close between 5 and 9 p.m.

Circle K


EG America (includes Cumberland FarmsKwikShopQuikStop and Turkey Hill)

Giant Food: Hours vary.

Instacart: Delivery will be available “matching most local retailer hours in the majority of markets where Instacart operates,” the company told USA TODAY.

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Pilot Flying J

QuickChek: Stores open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. but most locations with fuel are open 24 hours.

Save A Lot: Varies, most locations closed on Christmas.


Rite Aid

Safeway: Some locations will be closed, while others will close between 5 and 9 p.m.



TravelCenters of America

Vons: Most stores open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.



More businesses open: Additional stores, gas stations and convenience stores also are expected to be open.

After Christmas sales to start Sunday

Although there has been less holiday merchandise available this year because of supply chain constraints, expect to find after-Christmas sales starting Sunday with markdowns while supplies last. Bath & Body Works also will begin its semi-annual sale with up to 75% off select items.

Prepare for long return lines Sunday and the days after as some look to exchange or return unwanted gifts.

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7-Eleven is open Christmas Day.

Restaurants open Christmas Day 2021

The following restaurant chains have select locations open in some capacity. Some dining rooms may be closed, and many may be offering a more limited menu or only takeout and delivery. 

Check with your closest location before heading out as not all locations are open. Some restaurant websites do not have updated holiday hours so call ahead or check apps for more information.

Applebee’s: Select restaurants nationwide will be open on Christmas Day but hours may be reduced.

Bar Louie: Open from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.



Buffalo Wild Wings: A few select sports bars will be open on the holiday and hours will vary by location.


Firehouse Subs

Golden Corral


Huddle House


Papa John’s: Select locations will be open.

Perkins Restaurant & Bakery

Pizza Hut: The majority of locations are closed but a few restaurants open late afternoon on Christmas, the company told USA TODAY.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House


TGI Fridays: Varies, but some locations open from 3 to 11 p.m.

Waffle House

More restaurants: Some locally-owned and regional chains will be open Christmas and restaurants located in hotels often are open on holidays.

Fast food open on Christmas: McDonald’s, Burger King and more

Not all locations will be open. Fast-food chain apps allow you to order ahead, get discounts and check hours.


Burger King


Pollo Campero


Sonic Drive-In

Subway: Restaurants are individually owned and operated, so hours can vary by location.

Wendy’s: Varies, but the fast-food chain told USA TODAY most locations operate with their normal hours.

Starbucks, Dunkin’ open Christmas Day

In the mood for a caffeine fix? Many Dunkin’ and Starbucks locations will be open for the holiday but expect hours to be limited.

This story will be updated. Restaurants with 50 or more U.S. locations that are open Saturday can submit information here and stores with 50-plus locations can submit information here

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