Whether you forget an ingredient for the Christmas meal, a gift or want to go out to eat, your options will be limited Wednesday.
Christmas is the one day of year that the nation’s largest retailer, Walmart, closes all of its locations and several regional and national stores also follow suit.
According to Womply, a small business software provider, 92% of local retailers are closed on the holiday and four out of five restaurants are closed.
But all hope isn’t lost.
Your mileage may vary on how far you’ll have to drive for any forgotten items but drug stores including CVS and Walgreens will be open on the holiday. So will several convenience stores including 7-Eleven, Wawa and Cumberland Farms.
Many major restaurant chains also will be closed Wednesday but many Starbucks, McDonald’s and Dunkin’ locations will be open, along with IHOP, Denny’s and Waffle House.
Delivery services including Postmates, Grubhub, UberEats and DoorDash will be delivering food orders Christmas for participating local and national restaurants. Check the apps or websites Wednesday to find available options.
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 calling your closest location is advised.
7-Eleven: Most locations open 24 hours
Acme: Hours vary.
Albertsons: Hours vary.
Casey’s General Store: Stores open at 10 a.m.
Circle K: Hours vary, some open 24 hours.
Cumberland Farms: Hours vary, some open 24 hours.
CVS: Most open regular hours though many pharmacies will be closed.
Duane Reade: Hours vary.
Family Dollar: Some locations are open special hours Wednesday. Call your closest location as this information is not online.
Giant Food: Some stores are open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, while other locations are closed.
goPuff: The digital on-demand convenience retailer is open Christmas in its 150-plus markets.
Love’s Travel Stops: Open 24 hours.
Pilot Flying J: Most open 24 hours or regular hours.
RaceTrac: Hours vary.
Rite-Aid: Most locations open but hours vary.
Safeway: Hours vary but many are open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sheetz: Open 24 hours.
Speedway: Hours vary.
Walgreens: Most open regular hours though many pharmacies will be closed.
Wawa: Most open 24 hours or regular hours.
More businesses open: Additional stores, gas stations and convenience stores also are expected to be open. Check before heading out.
What restaurants are open Christmas?
Check with your closest location before heading out. Some restaurant websites do not have updated holiday hours so calling is suggested.
Applebee’s: Not all locations will be open as the decision is made by franchisees.
Baker’s Square: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Boston Market: Nearly all locations are open Wednesday but menu selections and hours may vary by location.
Buca di Beppo: Most open regular hours.
Burger King: Select locations will be open on Christmas Day.
Chart House: Most locations open and hours and menus vary.
Checker’s: Most open regular hours.
Chinese restaurants: It’s a tradition for Chinese restaurants to be open Christmas. Check with your favorite for hours.
Dave & Buster’s: Check your closest location’s hours online.
Denny’s: Open 24 hours.
Dunkin’: Hours vary and not all locations will be open. Check the Dunkin’ mobile app to confirm whether your local store is open.
Fleming’s Steakhouse: Select locations open Christmas.
Fogo de Chão: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Hard Rock Cafe: Varies.
Hooters: Many locations open at 4 p.m., but hours can vary.
Huddle House: Hours vary.
IHOP: Most locations will be open regular hours Wednesday. IHOP has a limited-time Elf on the Shelf menu and kids eat free promotion through Jan. 1.
Luby’s: Special menu available.
Macaroni Grill: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
McCormick’s & Schmick’s: The restaurant recommends making reservations.
McDonald’s: Participating locations are open Wednesday, hours vary.
Morton’s The Steakhouse: 2 to 9 p.m.
Panda Express: Hours vary.
Paris Baguette: All locations will be open Wednesday but hours vary.
Perkins Restaurant & Bakery: Some locations will have special hours Wednesday.
Pokeworks: Corporate locations will be open along with participating franchised locations.
Ruth Chris’ Steak House: Reservations are recommended and can be made online.
Shari’s: Hours vary and listed at www.sharis.com.
Shoney’s: Locations open at 11 a.m.
Steak ‘n Shake: Most will be open, call for your closest location’s hours.
TGI Fridays: Some locations will be open special hours, which vary.
Tony Roma’s: Hours vary.
Veggie Grill: Select locations open Christmas.
Village Inn: Hours vary but many close at 4 p.m. Christmas.
More restaurants: Some locally-owned and regional chains restaurants also will be open Christmas and restaurants located in hotels often are open on holidays. Find additional restaurants by searching social media and looking on OpenTable, an online reservation service.
SOURCE: USA Today, Kelly Tyko