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Christmas Eve 2021: What’s open, what’s closed on Friday? Banks, UPS, mail delivery, restaurants, stock marke - NJ.com

Christmas Eve 2021 is Friday, Dec. 24.

It’s a day of remembrance around the birth of Jesus, with some people attending a midnight mass at church to observe the day.

Unofficial Christmas Eve traditions began during World War I fighting, coined as “the Christmas truce” in 1914 and 1915. German soldiers lit candles and sung Christmas carols, while British troops responded by singing English carols. Small gifts were also sometimes exchanged.

Here is everything you need to know about what’s open and what’s closed on Christmas Eve 2021.

Is Christmas Eve a federal holiday?

Although Christmas Eve is not a federal holiday this year, many businesses and federal offices will recognize it as a day off because Christmas Day (Dec. 25) falls on a Saturday this year.

The federal government recognizes 11 holidays, including Christmas Day, but not Christmas Eve.

On federal holidays, nonessential government offices close and federal workers are entitled to paid time off for the day. When a federal holiday falls on a weekend, full-time employees are granted a different day off for the holiday to be observed.

Since Dec. 25, 2021 is a Saturday this year, the federal holiday for Christmas Day will be observed on Christmas Eve, Friday, Dec. 24, 2021.

Christmas Eve is still not considered one of the 12 observed state holidays in New Jersey, although many workers opt to take the day off and some services could be limited. Christmas Day is the final state holiday of the year.

Will there be mail delivery on Christmas Eve 2021? Will the mail run on Christmas Eve?

The United States Postal Service (USPS) says on its website that mail will be delivered on a regular schedule despite the observed federal holiday.

FedEx also will be making deliveries, but some services may have modified hours. The only two FedEx services that will be closed are FedEx SmartPost and FedEx Freight. UPS will have normal delivery operations.

Is the post office open on Christmas Eve 2021?

United States Postal Service offices will be open, and some locations may even have extended hours due to the holiday. However, the USPS website says post offices may close early on Christmas Eve and recommends checking hours locally.

Are banks open on Christmas Eve 2021?

Most major bank branches should be open. The following banks are scheduled to be open for Christmas Eve:

Are the stock markets open on Christmas Eve 2021?

No. The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), Nasdaq, and bond markets will all be closed to observe the Christmas Day holiday because Christmas falls on a Saturday.

Are grocery stores open on Christmas Eve 2021?

Many supermarkets will be open with reduced hours. Shoppers should ultimately check with their local supermarket for specific information.

The following grocery stores will be open with reduced hours:

  • Acme (7 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
  • Aldi (9 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
  • BJ’s Wholesale Club (9 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
  • Costco (9 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
  • Foodtown (varies by store)
  • Lidl (8 a.m. - 8 p.m.)
  • Sam’s Club (closes at 6 p.m.)
  • ShopRite (varies by store)
  • Stop Shop (closes at 6 p.m.)
  • Target (7 a.m. - 8 p.m.)
  • Trader Joe’s (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
  • Walmart (7 a.m. - 8 p.m.)
  • Wegmans (6 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
  • Whole Foods (7 a.m. – 7 p.m.)

What stores are open on Christmas Eve 2021?

Many stores will be open on Christmas Eve but with reduced hours.

Shoppers should ultimately check with their local store in the event hours vary by location, but below is a roundup of some of the big retailers’ hours.

  • Apple (9 a.m. - 6 p.m.; varies by store)
  • Barnes and Noble (10 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
  • Bass Pro Shops (10 a.m. - 8 p.m.)
  • Bath Body Works (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
  • Bed Bath Beyond (8 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
  • Best Buy (7 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
  • Big Lots (7 a.m. - 10 p.m.)
  • BJ’s Wholesale Club (9 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
  • Boscov’s (8 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
  • Burlington (7 a.m. - 9 p.m.)
  • Costco (9 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
  • CVS (8 a.m. - 9 p.m.; varies by store)
  • Dick’s Sporting Goods (7 a.m - 6 p.m.)
  • Dollar Tree (8 a.m. - 7 p.m.)
  • Gamestop (8 a.m. - 8 p.m.)
  • Hobby Lobby (9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.)
  • Home Depot (6 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
  • Ikea (10 a.m. - 9 p.m.)
  • JCPenney (7 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
  • Kohl’s (8 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
  • Lowe’s (6 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
  • Macy’s (6 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
  • Marshalls (7 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
  • Nordstrom (8 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
  • Nordstrom Rack (8 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
  • Old Navy (7 a.m. - 7 p.m.; varies by store)
  • Petco (9 a.m. - 7 p.m.)
  • PetSmart (9 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
  • Rite Aid (varies by store)
  • REI (10 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
  • Sam’s Club (10 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
  • ShopRite (7 a.m. 5 p.m.; varies by store)
  • Starbucks (varies by store)
  • Target (7 a.m. - 8 p.m.)
  • T.J. Maxx (7 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
  • Trader Joe’s (8 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
  • Ulta (7 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
  • Victoria’s Secret (9 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
  • Walgreens (varies by store)
  • Walmart (6 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
  • Wegmans (6 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
  • Whole Foods Market (7 a.m. - 7 p.m.)

Are there Christmas Eve 2021 deals?

We scoured the internet and found that the following retailers are offering deals during Christmas Eve:

Are restaurants open on Christmas Eve 2021?

Many local and chain restaurants should be open on Christmas Eve if you want to grab some takeout for holiday dinner.

ThePioneerWoman.com has also compiled a list of 30 restaurants that are open on Christmas Eve, with some varying by location.

Are malls open on Christmas Eve 2021?

All malls in New Jersey will be open, along with most major shopping centers throughout the state if you need to get in some last-minute holiday shopping.

Are New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) locations open on Christmas Eve 2021?

All MVC locations will be closed in observance of the Christmas Day holiday the following Saturday. Additionally, all New Jersey state offices and courts will be closed.

Does NJ Transit, PATH and SEPTA operate on a normal schedule?

NJ Transit will run, but it will be observing the Christmas Day holiday on Christmas Eve. PATH will operate on a Saturday schedule while SEPTA will operate on a modified weekday schedule. For NJ Transit, riders should use NJ Transit’s online trip planner to double-check arrival and departure times.

When is the next federal holiday?

The next federal holiday is Christmas Day on Friday, Dec. 25.

For more information about the history of Christmas Eve, check out the video below:

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