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What's open, closed on Christmas Eve, Day 2013? Banks, mail, post office, stores

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Christmas Eve 2013 has arrived at last this year, with Christmas Day, Dec. 25, right around the corner. Amid all the hustle and bustle, people across the nation are left wondering what’s open and what’s closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, including holiday hours for banks, the post office and mail service, and both stores and restaurants. Fortunately, there’s answers to save shoppers and errand runners time and money. The IB Times reveals this Monday, Dec. 23, 2013, an excellent list of which stores and restaurants are open and closed (as well as time frames for each), while AreBanksOpen tells of holiday hours for U.S. banks, post offices, and mail delivery services.

For those who wish to know what banks are open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, there won’t be many. Most major banking sources, including the Bank of America, Fifth Third, JP Morgan Chase, and Northern Trust, are all closed on both holidays, Dec. 24 and Dec. 25 this 2013. However, a majority of banks are scheduled to open again starting Thursday, Dec. 26, and set to carry over their normal hours of business at that time until New Year’s. Future bank closures and specific bank information can also be viewed here at the source site.

At this time of year, people are also frequently asking what time the post office closes on Christmas Eve, and whether this 2013 there will be mail delivery on Christmas Day. Not to worry.

If Christmas gift givers are hoping to still send something before the special holiday starts via USPS, they unfortunately missed the deadline, as those wanting to ship gifts to make it in time for Christmas is already over. All packages and letters mailed starting this Tuesday, Christmas Eve, will be delivered at the very earliest on Thursday, after the Wednesday Christmas holiday this year. Mail delivery is not scheduled at all on Christmas Day because as cited by USPS, it is a federal holiday.

According to the press release, people aiming to pick up last minute gifts or send mail that will be reached after the holiday aren’t out of luck yet, however. Most post offices are still open until noon on Tuesday, Christmas Eve, this 2013. These USPS branches will provide mail delivery as normal to local homes and/or businesses throughout Christmas Eve, then close on Christmas Day, and finally return to usual scheduling hours on Thursday, Dec. 26, following the end of the holiday.

In terms of stores and restaurants, provided here is a list of what will be open and closed on Christmas Day and Christmas Eve this 2013. Please be aware that some of these times may change and vary by store location or restaurant site.

CHRISTMAS EVE, DEC. 24, 2013
Apple: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. in most stores on Christmas Eve.
Bed Bath & Beyond: Store hours may vary, depending on location -- but many will be open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve.
Best Buy: Christmas Eve hours will be 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
BJ’s Wholesale Club: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve.
Costco: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Christmas Eve.
Dollar General: Most stores open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Christmas Eve.
Gap: Many stores will have regular hours on Christmas Eve.
JC Penney: Christmas Eve extended hours beginning at 7 a.m.
Kmart: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Dec. 24.
Kohl’s: 6 a.m. Dec. 20 through 6 p.m. Christmas Eve.
Lowe’s: All Lowe’s stores are closed Christmas Day but open Christmas Eve.
Macy’s: Many Macy's stores are beginning extended hours this week, opening from 7 a.m. to midnight through Thursday. Opening times remain the same Friday through Monday, Dec. 23, but stores will remain open longer, closing at 2 a.m. (Check your store at macys.com.)
Marshalls: Christmas Eve hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Michaels: The creative arts and crafts store will be closed Christmas Day, but open on Christmas Eve from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Nordstrom: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Staples: Normal business hours on Christmas Eve.
Target: 7 a.m. to either 9 p.m. or 10 p.m. on Christmas Eve, depending on the location.
The Home Depot: Closed Christmas Day, open Christmas Eve with select hours; check with specific locations to verify.
TJ Maxx: The retail chain will be closed Christmas Day but open Christmas Eve; check specific locations for store hours.
Toys R Us: Open 24 hours, until 9 p.m.
Walmart: Walmart hours vary by location, but most stores will be open Christmas Eve.
Whole Foods: Christmas Eve hours will be 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., though it may vary in some locations.
*All of the stores listed above will be closed on Christmas Day.

CHRISTMAS DAY, DEC. 25, 2013

7-Eleven: Most stores are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and will remain open on Christmas.
CVS: Many locations will open on Christmas Day, some of which are 24 hours.
Denny’s: Denny's will be open nationwide on Christmas Day.
IHOP: Many locations will open on Christmas Day.
McDonald’s: Many locations will open on Christmas Day.
Starbucks: Many locations will open on Christmas Day.
Walgreens: On Christmas Day, most stores will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and pharmacies will be open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

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