Life Holidays Christmas What's Open Christmas Day
It can be a bit of an anticlimax when Christmas finally rolls around,
leaving many families wondering - 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. 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 welcomes 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.
Christmas Day 2016 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 on Christmas Day.
This year, opening Christmas Day is "Why Him?" -- a lighthearted comedy about the fireworks that erupt when a prospective father-in-law (played by Bryan Cranston) meets his future son-in-law and Silicon Valley billionaire (James Franco).
Also in theaters Christmas Week there's the newly-minted premiere of "Rogue One", another entry in the Star Wars saga -- and, for younger kids, there's "Sing" an animated tale featuring voices provided by Matthew McConaughey, Seth Rogen, Reese Witherspoon and Scarlett Johansson.
Also watch for the full big screen version of "Assassion's Creed" based on the popular video game of the same name, starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard. Last but not least is the predicted Christmas season 2016 blockbuster, "Passengers", a sci-fi thriller starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence which opens nationwide December 21, 2016.
What else to do on Christmas Day 2016
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.
Partying all night and need a good diner or a Pathmark open 24 hours? The Web's got it covered.
Meanwhile, have a wonderful Christmas. THEN... it's right to bed!
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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:
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