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Haven’t picked up the eggnog or fruitcake yet? Need sides or the ham?

Time is not on your side as many of the nation’s grocery stores will close early Christmas Eve – with the majority before dinnertime – and will not be open on the holiday. 

Stores are expected to be crowded Tuesday as shoppers pick up the last ingredients and last-minute gifts. Even Walmart stores close at 6 p.m. local time Tuesday, four hours before Target stores close.

Drugstore chains including CVS and Walgreens will be open Tuesday and Wednesday along with convenience stores.

On-demand delivery services including Instacart and Shipt will be delivering on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day based on store availability. Here are major retailers’ Christmas Eve hours.

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Christmas Eve grocery store hours

Check with your closest location to confirm hours, as they may vary. Store names below link to retailers’ websites.

Acme Market: Hours vary.

Albertsons:  Hours vary greatly, check at 

Aldi: Varies, many open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

BI-LO: Open until 8 p.m.

BJ’s Wholesale Club: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Casey’s General Store: Stores close at 6 p.m.

Costco: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cub Foods: Stores close at 4 p.m.

CVS: Most stores open regular hours Christmas Eve and Christmas Day; pharmacy hours vary.

Dillons: Stores close at 6 p.m.

Earth Fare: Stores close at 7 p.m.

Fairway: Hours vary.

Food Lion: Open until 7 p.m.

Fresh Market: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Fresh Thyme: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Giant: Open until 6 p.m.

Giant Eagle: Close at 5 p.m.

Harris Teeter: Open until 7 p.m.

Harveys Supermarket: Varies. Florida stores close at 9 p.m. and stores in other states at 8 p.m. 

H-E-B: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Hy-Vee: Closing times vary.

Ingles: Stores close at 7 p.m.

Instacart: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. local time

Kroger: Varies. 

Lowes Foods: Closing at 6 p.m.

Lucky’s Market: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Meijer: Stores close at 7 p.m.

Publix: All stores close at 7 p.m.

Ralphs: Hours vary.

Safeway: Hours vary.

Save A Lot: Corporate stores will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

ShopRite: Hours vary.

Shipt: Delivery times are based on retailer store hours. 

Sprouts Farmer Market: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

Stop & Shop: Stores in Connecticut, New Jersey and New York close at 6 p.m. while Massachusetts and Rhode Island stores close at 7 p.m. 

Target: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Walgreens: Most stores open until midnight and open regular hours Christmas Day; pharmacy hours vary.

Walmart: All stores close at 6 p.m. and all locations will be closed Christmas Day.

Trader Joe’s: All locations close at 6 p.m.

Weis Markets: Stores close at 6 p.m.

Wegmans: All locations close at 6 p.m.

Whole Foods Market: Hours vary, but stores close early.

WinCo Foods: Stores close at 6 p.m.

Winn-Dixie: Open until 9 p.m.

Follow USA TODAY reporter Kelly Tyko on Twitter: @KellyTyko


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