Christmas Day Hours: Walmart, Target, Costco, Safeway, Kmart – Open, Closed?

December 24, 2015 8:38 pm Last Updated: December 25, 2015 11:46 am

Christmas Day is Friday, Dec. 25, and many want to know what is open.

Walmart, Target, Safeway, Kmart, and Costco are CLOSED on Christmas. 

Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Publix, Kroger, and Starbucks are also closed.

Stores that are OPEN include Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid, 7 Eleven, Albertsons (limited hours), Family Dollar, and Circle K.

According to Savingadvice.com, “CVS stores are open on Christmas Day from 10 am to 8 pm” and added that “Walgreens is another drugstore with most remaining open on Christmas Day from 10 am to 8 pm, with the 24 hour store remaining open without closing. Much like CVS, Walgreens will offer a greater variety of gifts to choose from than the typical convenience store.”

It added: “Rite-Aid rounds out the big three drugstores in the US, but not all their stores are open — only selected stores remain open. You’ll need to contact your local Rite Aid to confirm whether or not it will be open on December 25. Those that are open usually are from 9 am to 5 pm. Like the other drugstores, it will offer a wider selection of possible gifts than convenience stores.”

A blue moon rises behind the torch of the Statue of Liberty seen from Liberty State Park in Jersey City, N.J., Friday, July 31, 2015. A blue moon happens when the moon rises in its full stage twice during the same month. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
A blue moon rises behind the torch of the Statue of Liberty seen from Liberty State Park in Jersey City, N.J., Friday, July 31, 2015. A blue moon happens when the moon rises in its full stage twice during the same month. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

 Meanwhile, NASA says that there’s going to be a full moon on Christmas for the first time in nearly 40 years.

“The moon cycles every 29.5 days, meaning every 29.5 days, there will be a full moon. … So, on average, every 29.5 years, a full moon will land on December 25,” CNN meteorologist Chad Myers said

“It just makes Santa’s job easier, and Rudolf can stay home,” Myers says.

 
NASA said, “Not since 1977 has a full moon dawned in the skies on Christmas. But this year, a bright full moon will be an added gift for the holidays.”
 
“December’s full moon, the last of the year, is called the Full Cold Moon because it occurs during the beginning of winter. The moon’s peak this year will occur at 6:11 a.m. EST.”

 
“This rare event won’t happen again until 2034. That’s a long time to wait, so make sure to look up to the skies on Christmas Day.”

“As we look at the moon on such an occasion, it’s worth remembering that the moon is more than just a celestial neighbor,” said John Keller, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. “The geologic history of the moon and Earth are intimately tied together such that the Earth would be a dramatically different planet without the moon.”

Meanwhile, Queen Elizabeth II will use her Christmas broadcast to emphasize that light can triumph over darkness after a difficult year.

The queen will note there have been “moments of darkness” in the last year, which has been marked by extremist attacks and a migrant crisis that has overwhelmed Europe, but cites the Bible as offering solace.

“The Gospel of John contains a verse of great hope, often read at Christmas carol services: ‘The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it,'” the queen plans to say, according to excerpts released by Buckingham Palace. 

The prerecorded speech will be broadcast on radio and television in Britain at 3 p.m. (1500 GMT, 10 a.m. EST) and in many parts of the British Commonwealth on Christmas Day. It will also be posted on the royal YouTube channel.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.