What stores and restaurants are open on Christmas Day?

What stores and restaurants are open on Christmas Day?
What stores and restaurants are open on Christmas Day?

Desperately hunting for last-minute stocking stuffers or a can of cranberry sauce? Your options will be limited.

Christmas is the one day that Walmart, the nation’s largest retailer, shutters its locations and several regional and national stores follow suit.

But never fear, drug stores including CVS and Walgreens will be open as will several convenience stores including 7-Eleven and Cumberland Farms.

If you need to grab a snack or a meal on Christmas Day, most national restaurant chains like Bob Evans, Chipotle 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.

Why so many shuttered eateries? Christmas is historically a slow day for the industry, according to small business software provider Womply. In 2019, only 20% of restaurants were open on the holiday. The national surge in coronavirus cases is not helping. Womply found 28% of restaurants were closed nationwide as of Dec. 1.

What stores are open Christmas Day?
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.



Circle K

Cumberland Farms


Love’s Travel Stops

Pilot Flying J.





TravelCenters of America



Additional stores, gas stations and convenience stores also are expected to be open. Check websites before heading out.

What restaurant chains are open Christmas Day?

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.


Boston Market

Buca di Beppo

Burger King

Del Taco




Jack in the Box


Morton’s The Steakhouse

Perkins Restaurant & Bakery


Ruth Chris’ Steak House


Sonic Drive-In


TGI Fridays

Waffle House

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