Which Grocery Stores Are Open on Christmas Day?

Here’s where to go when you’re in a Christmas dinner pinch.



Photo by: Bec Parsons/Getty

Bec Parsons/Getty

We’ve all been there. You have the Christmas turkey in the oven. Your friends and family are on their way to celebrate. When suddenly, mid-chop, you realize you forgot an important ingredient for dessert. Or the salad. Or maybe both.

While the majority of grocery stores, including Whole Foods, Costco, Wegmans, Target, Publix, Walmart and Trader Joe’s take the holiday off, some of our favorites don’t hang up their aprons all year long. Whether you need squash, cinnamon or just a cup of milk, a number of chains across the country will be open on Christmas to help you celebrate — and avoid any last-minute disasters. Here’s where you can go to bail yourself out:

Albertsons: No matter what you’re looking for, Albertson’s has it. Many of the large chain’s locations will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Just be sure to check with your local store before hitting the road.

Safeway: One of the largest food and drug retailers in the United States, Safeway’s Christmas Day hours vary by location. Call early to see if you can head on over for a last-minute apple pie or dinner rolls.

Giant Food Stores: While some locations will be closed, the majority of Giant Food Stores will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

H Mart: Stores are open 365 days a year. Check your location’s hours here.

Circle K: This classic convenience store offers a variety of basic groceries and is open 24/7, even on Christmas.

Cumberland Farms: Stocking essentials like milk, butter, bread and cheese, Cumberland Farms can rescue you in a tight spot. The majority of their stores open at 7 a.m. on Christmas.

CVS: Can’t find a grocery store? CVS carries some basic items like sugar, vegetable oil and even boxed stuffing. Most locations are open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Rite Aid: Like CVS, Rite Aid carries some essentials like flour and broth. Better yet, most locations are open 24/7.

Patel Brothers: The Indian marketplace chain is open year-round. For specific times, check your location here.

Walgreens: Need some last-minute cake mix or dried pasta for your macaroni and cheese? Walgreens is open 24/7, too.

Wawa: When the going gets tough, it might be time to turn to a convenience store. Wawa maintains its regular hours on Christmas Day. Plus, it’s a great place for a turkey sub.

7-Eleven: Okay, so it doesn’t have fresh vegetables. But you can grab milk or eggs in a pinch. Most locations are open all of Christmas Day.

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