2018 National Holiday Dates
- Monday, January 1: New Year’s Day
- Monday, January 15: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
- Monday, February 19: President’s Day aka Washington’s Birthday
- Monday, May 28: Memorial Day
- Wednesday, July 4: Independence Day
- Monday, September 3: Labor Day
- Monday, October 8: Indigenous Peoples’ Day aka Columbus Day
- Monday, November 12: Veteran’s Day (observed)
- Thursday, November 22: Thanksgiving Day
- Friday, November 23: Native American Heritage Day aka Black Friday
- Tuesday, December 25: Christmas Day
2019 National Holiday Dates
- Tuesday, January 1: New Year’s Day
- Monday, January 21: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
- Monday, February 18: President’s Day aka Washington’s Birthday
- Monday, May 27: Memorial Day
- Thursday, July 4: Independence Day
- Monday, September 2: Labor Day
- Monday, October 14: Columbus Day
- Monday, November 11: Veteran’s Day
- Thursday, November 28: Thanksgiving Day
- Friday, November 29: Native American Heritage Day aka Black Friday
- Wednesday, December 25: Christmas Day
What’s open and closed on Christmas Day
Closed Christmas Day
Just about everything is closed on Christmas Day. There’s really too many to list. So, the “what’s open” lists below are more useful. However, here are some “closed” details you may want to know:
Garbage and recycling pickup for most customers in the Puget Sound region will be delayed by one day. If your regular pickup day falls on Tuesday-Friday, your pickup day will be one day later (Wednesday-Saturday).
Stores and shopping malls are closed on Christmas Day and most close early on Christmas Eve. However, movie theaters at malls are typically open Christmas Day, as well as some restaurants. Of course, the day after Christmas is entirely a different story as many stores and malls have extended hours and sales.
Stores open Christmas Day
Grocery stores that are open on Christmas Day usually have shorter hours and some locations may be closed. Not all stores in the same chain will follow the same hours, but the following are expected to be mostly open, likely with shorter hours:
Other Stores that are open on Christmas Day include convenience stores and pharmacies, though some have reduced hours:
- Circle K convenience stores are mostly open.
- CVS Pharmacy stores are mostly open, though may have reduced hours, even at 24-hour locations (Everett, Lynnwood, Seattle/Queen Anne, Lakewood).
- Rite Aid stores are often open.
- 7-Eleven convenience stores are open, often with long hours, opening early and closing late.
- Walgreens stores are mostly open with reduced hours.
Restaurants open Christmas Day
Restaurants are often closed for Christmas. However, restaurants in hotels are mostly open. Many other restaurants are open, whether you need road trip refreshment or want a full meal deal. Some restaurants may have special menus or hours. Find a more detailed list here:
Bars open Christmas Day (21+ only except where noted)
This list focuses mainly on value-conscious dive bars and other modestly priced establishments, with exceptions where noted. Most have food, but menus may be limited to non-existent on Christmas Day.
Listed alphabetically by city. Seattle is listed by zip code.
- Baron’s Xi’an Kitchen & Bar, 500 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, WA 98004. 2nd Floor of Lincoln Square South. Upscale bar (so, upscale prices). The restaurant is, of course, all ages.
- Central Tavern, 124 Kirkland Ave, Kirkland, WA 98033
- The Octopus Bar, 2109 N 45th St, Seattle, WA 98103
- The Central, 207 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104
- Liberty, 517 15th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112
- Teddy’s Off Roosevelt, 1012 NE 65th St Seattle, WA 98115
- Hummingbird Saloon, 5041 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118
- Comet Tavern, 922 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122
- Hula Hula, 1501 E. Olive Way, Seattle, WA 98122
- Linda’s Tavern, 707 E Pine St, Seattle, WA 98122
- Twilight Exit, 2514 E Cherry St, Seattle, WA 98122
- Standard Brewing, 2504 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98144
Christmas Day movies
Movie theaters are open on Christmas Day and watching a flick on the big screen is a tradition for many. New and recommended movies for December 2018 include:
- Mary Poppins Returns (PG)
- Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (PG)
- Stan & Ollie (PG)
- Aquaman (PG-13)
- Bumblebee (PG-13)
- Holmes and Watson (PG-13)
- Mortal Engines (PG-13)
- On the Basis of Sex (PG-13)
- Welcome to Marwen (PG-13)
- Destroyer (R)
- Mary Queen of Scots (R)
- The Mule (R)
- Vice (R)
Public Transportation on Christmas Day
Public transportation operates on either a Sunday or holiday schedule. For specific route information, here are the links to public transit companies in the Puget Sound region:
Businesses closed on all national holidays
In addition to holiday closure, these businesses usually close on early on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.
- Banks and credit unions are closed on all holidays and often have early closure the day before
- Government offices are closed on all holidays, including city, county, and state offices, government buildings, court houses, and services such as licensing.
- Post Offices are closed and there is no mail delivery. However, access to P.O. boxes is usually open. Private mailbox centers usually follow retail store hours.
- Public libraries are closed on holidays. When holidays fall on a Sunday, they may observe a Monday closure.
- Recreation centers at public parks including indoor swimming pools are closed on holidays.
- Schools are closed.
Businesses closed on a few national holidays
- Garbage and recycling pickup: For most customers in the Puget Sound region, there is no garbage pickup on New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. However, garbage service is only delayed by one day. Therefore, if your regular pickup day falls on or after the holiday that week, adjust your pickup day to one day later. On all other holidays, garbage pickup is not adjusted.
- Grocery stores are sometimes closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas, though closures may vary widely even among chain stores. If they are open, they may have adjusted hours, opening later or closing earlier.
- Restaurants are sometimes closed on New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, except those located in hotels. Restaurants open on holidays may have special menus or hours.
- Retail stores and shopping malls are usually closed on New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.
Businesses open most holidays
- Grocery stores are open most holidays, except New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, although availability varies widely. Note that hours at chain stores can vary by location and some stores have reduced hours.
- Restaurants are open most holidays, except New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. However, restaurants in hotels are often open on all holidays. Restaurants open on holidays may have special menus or hours.
- Retail stores and shopping malls are open most holidays, except New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Many stores and malls have special sales and extended hours for most holidays, especially those on 3-day weekends.
Businesses open on all holidays
- Movie theaters are usually open on all holidays. In fact, a Thanksgiving or Christmas Day movie is a tradition for many.
- Parks and outdoor facilities such as boat ramps are open on all holidays, usually dawn to dusk. This includes city, state, and national parks. However, indoor recreation centers are not open, including swimming pools.
- Public transportation operates on either a Sunday or holiday schedule.