Walgreens Holiday Hours for Christmas and New Years

Shelby, NC, USA-9 August 2019:  A Walgreens Pharmacy, building and parking lot.
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Walgreens continues to be one of the most competitive retail drugstores in the United States, with over 9,000 locations in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. 78% of the U.S. population lives within five miles of a Walgreens location and many are open 24 hours, making it a convenient choice for holiday shopping.

However, Walgreens’ holiday hours are often different throughout the festive season. Make sure you know what holidays Walgreens closes on so you can get everything you need before it’s too late.

Walgreens Hours on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

Is Walgreens open on Christmas Day 2022? Yes, and many locations offer regular hours. However, hours may vary, so it’s best to confirm the operating hours of your local Walgreens store on the Walgreens website.

For non-24-hour locations, Walgreens also typically offers extended operating hours on Christmas Eve. These operating hours may differ.

  • Christmas Eve: Open with extended working hours at many locations
  • Christmas Day: Open under regular operating hours
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Walgreens Hours on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day

Is Walgreens open on New Year’s Day 2023? To make sure its customers can get what they need when they need it, Walgreens operates its stores under normal business hours on both New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Regular operating hours for Walgreens stores depend on the store location, however. While some Walgreens stores remain open 24 hours, some close earlier.

Confirm with your local Walgreens store to ensure that you have their specific operating hours. Walgreens offers a handy store locator on its website, which is a great resource for confirming the working hours of your nearest Walgreens store.

  • New Year’s Eve: Open under regular working hours at some locations; check with your local store to confirm
  • New Year’s Day: Open under regular working hours at some locations; check with your local store to confirm

Walgreens Holiday Return Policy

Because holiday gifts don’t always hit their mark, Walgreens offers its customers extended holiday return periods. Many items in the store qualify for return within 30 days as long as you have the original purchase receipt. If you don’t have the original receipt, you’ll get the lowest-advertised price returned as store credit to your W Card.

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Items that cannot be returned include Birchbox BYOB products, sexual wellness products and seasonal items.

What Other Stores Will Be Open on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day?

Walgreens stores are open throughout the holidays, making them a convenient choice for many shoppers. If you’re doing your holiday shopping at Walgreens, you can probably quickly find almost anything you need.

In rare instances, however, you may find yourself lacking a few things to complete your holiday checklist. To keep you covered, here are holiday operating hours for alternative retailers so you can stop by to pick up any missing items.

Walmart

Check with your local store for specific working hours.

  • Christmas Eve: Open 12 a.m. to 6 p.m.; confirm with your local store for any variations
  • Christmas Day: Closed
  • New Year’s Eve: Open; confirm with your local store for any variations
  • New Year’s Day: Open; confirm with your local store for any variations
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Target

Working hours may vary between stores.

  • Christmas Eve: Open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.; confirm with your local store for any variations
  • Christmas Day: Closed
  • New Year’s Eve: Open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; hours may vary
  • New Year’s Day: Open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Best Buy

Confirm with the nearest store for specific operating hours.

  • Christmas Eve: Open; confirm with your local store for details
  • Christmas Day: Closed
  • New Year’s Eve: Open; confirm with your local store for details
  • New Year’s Day: Open; confirm with your local store for details

Macy’s

  • Christmas Eve: Open; closes early 6 p.m.
  • Christmas Day: Closed
  • New Year’s Eve: Open normal operating hours
  • New Year’s Day: Open normal operating hours

CVS

Working hours may vary by location.

  • Christmas Eve: Open; confirm with your local store for extensions or variations
  • Christmas Day: Open except in select Target stores; confirm with your local store
  • New Year’s Eve: Open; confirm with your local store
  • New Year’s Day: Open; confirm with your local store

Costco

Hours may change depending on the store location.

  • Christmas Eve: Open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; confirm with your local store
  • Christmas Day: Closed
  • New Year’s Eve: Open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; confirm with your local store
  • New Year’s Day: Closed

Final Take

The festive season welcomes its fair share of unexpected shopping emergencies. Knowing Walgreens holiday hours could save Christmas, literally. Now that you know Walgreens keep its doors open on Christmas and New Year’s Day, you can head to your local store even on holidays with confidence.

Schedules are subject to change and may vary by branch. Information is accurate as of May 18, 2022.

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