It can be a bit of an anti-climax when Christmas finally rolls around,
leaving many families to wonder - so, what's open today?
In big metropolitan areas, you can usually rely on major department stores in some locations to open on Christmas day - especially for those post-Christmas gift exchanges.
Many retail stores will open late on Christmas Eve, but some of the biggest like Walmart, Macy's, Target, and IKEA, close their doors at midnight and only reopen on December 26. Whole Foods and Trader Joe's will also be closed on Christmas Day.
Meanwhile, you can always count on Walgreens, Duane Reade,CVS and Rite Aid to be open. And don't forget to check out upwards of 90% savings on discounted Christmas cards, wrap, candy and decorations while you're there!
If you're not sure where to go in your area, simply find contact details, store circulars and store opening hours on the Web ahead of time.
Before you attempt to brave the stores, start the day with a big holiday tradition that has grown in popularity year after year a Christmas pancake breakfast at IHOP!
McDonald's, Burger King, Pizza Hut, and other fast food joints are also traditionally open, along with Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts which also give a warm welcome to customers on Christmas Day.
What's usually NOT open Christmas Day? Don't look for Wendy's. Arby's, KFC, Olive Garden, or Red Lobster to keep its doors open for the big day.
And, if you're looking to ship or receive a gift on Christmas Day, don't count on the post office, FedEx or USP who traditionally give employees the entire day off.
Christmas Day 2018 at the movies
Meanwhile, if you have nothing else to do in the afternoon also check nationwide movie listings in your neighborhood for epic films that traditionally premiere during the holiday season.
First up, watch for a new installment in the Spiderman franchise, "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" opening nationwide on December 14, 2018.
In a theater near you Christmas Day: "Mary Poppins Returns".
The following week, another highly anticipated sequel to a movie classic, "Mary Poppins Returns" will open on December 19, 2018. It stars Emily Blunt in the title role. with an all-star cast including Lin-Manuel Miranda and Meryl Streep in a family-friendly movie of blockbuster proportions.
More fantasy adventure awaits with the release of the "Aquaman" starring Jason Momoa, opening on December 21, 2018 -- along with the big screen comedy of "Holmes & Watson" starring Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly in the title roles.
What else to do on Christmas Day 2018
While Boston usually shuts down for the entire day due to antiquated blue laws, if you happen to be visiting New York know that "the city that never sleeps" also never closes on Christmas!
You can take in some of the best New York City restaurants open on Christmas day, the biggest Broadway shows, as well as major NYC museums and other attractions which continue to hang out the welcome sign on the biggest holiday of the year.
With your day filled with activity until dinner, return home for a festive holiday meal with friends and family or make plans to go out. Check out MapMuse where you can search for nationwide restaurants open on Christmas with more than 700 establishments listed in major cities.
Or, find your way to a Boston Market restaurant offering a Christmas turkey dinner special at most locations. Otherwise, if you find yourself in a city that pulls in the sidewalks for the holiday — there's always the local Chinese restaurant.
Meanwhile, have a wonderful Christmas. THEN... it's right to bed!
What stores are open on Christmas? - While some of the following shopping giants traditionally close on Christmas, store hours change from year to year, so you might find a surprise announcement that your favorite department store will be open for business this Christmas Day.
Just up ahead find sales circulars, store hours, contact info and locations for major department stores nationwide through the U.S. and Canada: