The holiday season is stressful enough without keeping a mental calendar of operating hours at your favorite stores. For many people, Christmas Eve is shopping crunch time — either for last minute gifts, or to stock up on necessities before the holiday closings begin.
Here's a guide to the places you can stop by today and when they're open.
Most retailers tend to open early on Christmas Eve and close early, assuming that by the end of the day most people will be settling down for some family time. If you need to pick anything up, it's best to get out there early, as your favorite store will likely close by dinner time. Of course, there are some exceptions.
Burlington Coat Factory, Kmart, Ross, Target and Toys R Us will all be open on a normal schedule today — although this can vary by location, so to be absolutely certain, give them a call before you brave the traffic out there.
Pharmacies and convenience stores will also have a pretty standard day, like CVS Pharmacy, Dollar General, Rite Aid and Walgreens. Get out there and pick up any medications you'll need before going into homebody mode. It might be a good idea to pick up some Aspirin too, depending on how your family makes egg nog.
Finally, plenty of grocery stores are staying open all day to facilitate the brave souls hosting a holiday meal. Double check your list and make your grocery runs as soon as you can, because there's no telling what those lines might look like.
A survey by the National Retail Federation conducted this month says that about 16-percent of Americans were out finishing up their gift shopping yesterday, while six percent still have presents to pick up today. Some are procrastinators and some are proud bargain-hunters, but either way, the malls will be crowded.
Check this list for the operation hours at popular chains, and remember to call your local store first before you make a long drive for no reason.
Apple: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Barnes & Noble: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Bass Pro Shops: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Bealls Florida: 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Bed Bath & Beyond: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Belk: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Best Buy: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Big Lots: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
BJ's Wholesale Club: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Bon-Ton: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Burlington: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Costco: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
CVS: Most stores open regular hours Christmas Eve and Christmas Day; pharmacy hours vary.
Dick's Sporting Goods: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Dillard's: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Dollar General: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
DSW: 9 to 6 p.m.
Five Below: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
GameStop: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Home Depot: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
HomeGoods: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
J.C. Penney: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Kohl’s: 12 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Stores have been open 24 hours a day since 7 a.m. Thursday.)
Kmart: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Lowe's: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Macy’s: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Marshalls: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Michaels: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Microsoft: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Neiman Marcus: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Nordstrom: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Office Depot: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Old Navy: Hours vary greatly by location. Search for hours at www.oldnavy.com.
Petco: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
PetSmart: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Ross: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Saks Fifth Avenue: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sam's Club: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sears: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Staples: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Stein Mart: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Target: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
TJ Maxx: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Toys R Us: 12 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Stores have been open around the clock since 6 a.m. Friday.)
Ulta: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Walgreens: Most stores open until midnight and open regular hours Christmas Day; pharmacy hours vary.
Walmart: Most stores close at 6 p.m.
Albertsons: Open until 9 pm.
Aldi: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
BI-LO: Open until 9 p.m.
Food Lion: Open until 7 p.m.
Fresh Market: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Giant: Open until 7 p.m.
Harris Teeter: Open until 7 p.m.
Harvey’s Supermarket: Open until 9 p.m.
H-E-B: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Ingles: Open until 7 p.m.
Kroger: Open until 7 p.m.
Lowes Foods: Open until 6 p.m.
Meijer: Open until 7 p.m.
Publix: Open until 7 p.m.
Safeway: Most stores open until 8 p.m.
Sprouts: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Trader Joe’s: Open until 6 p.m.
Whole Foods Market: Hours vary, but most stores open until 6 p.m.
Winn-Dixie: Open until 9 p.m.