Life Holidays Christmas What's Open Christmas Day
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. 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.
Christmas Day 2017 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, the highly anticipated next installment in the Star Wars saga, "Star Wars: The Last Jedi", opens on December 15, 2017 nationwide.
Opening Christmas Day 2017 is "The Greastest Showman", an old-fashioned Hollywood musical starring Hugh Jackman as P.T. Barnum, who gave the world "The Greatest Show on Earth".
Also in theaters Christmas Week: the comedy satire, "Downsizing", starring Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig, joined by another entry in the Pitch Perfect musical franchise, "Pitch Perfect 3" starring Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson. Also watch for the opening of "The Six Billion Dollar Man" based on the 70's sci-fi TV hit, starring Mark Wahlberg this time around in the title role.
What else to do on Christmas Day 2017
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!
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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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