Christmas Day 2017: What's open and closed in Minnesota

Need more wrapping paper? Maybe dinner? Check this list before you head out.

With Christmas falling on a Monday this year, many families will opt to have their get togethers over the weekend – leaving Christmas Day plan-free.

We recommend celebrating at home with a Die Hard marathon and perfect hot toddies. But if you must go out, here's a run down of what's open – and what's closed – in Minnesota on Christmas Day 2017.


All branches of Bremer, TCF, Wells Fargo and U.S. Banks in Minnesota will be closed, including those in grocery stores.

Post offices

Closed, with no regular mail service.

If you need to ship something urgently on Christmas Day, UPS and FedEx each offer solutions – but they'll cost you a pretty penny.


Generally running in the Twin Cities, but on a limited schedule. The Metro Transit website says buses and both light rail lines will follow Sunday/holiday schedules on Christmas Day.

A few routes from the Minnesota Valley Transit Authority will be operating on a weekend schedule. Meanwhile Maple Grove Transit, Plymouth Metrolink, and SouthWest Transit will not be providing any services.

Public buildings and schools

State, local and federal offices are closed on Christmas Day. Most schools are on holiday break until January.

Stores and malls

Most malls are closed. Major retailers like Target, Best Buy, and Walmart will also be closed.

Police and emergency services

Unaffected by this – or any – holiday.

Convenience stores and gas stations

Generally open, but when in doubt, just call ahead to confirm.

Liquor stores

All Minnesota liquor stores are required to close on Christmas Day – it's the law

Restaurants, bars, and coffee shops 

The Pioneer Press has compiled a list of Twin Cities restaurants that will be open Christmas Day, including Buca di Beppo, McCormick and Schmick, Little Szechuan, and Fogo de Chao.

And then there's always Denny's, which is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Looking for a nightcap? In years past, some Twin Cities bars opened the evening of Christmas Day, but you should call ahead to confirm. 

Some coffee shops could be open, but it really depends on individual stores. Most chains, like Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts, will be closed.


Some CVS Pharmacy stores will be open. Go here to find one near you.

Walgreen's will be open. It's 24-hour locations don't change their hours on Christmas Day, while its non-24 hour stores will be open as late as midnight. Find stores here.

Movie theaters

Most movie theaters stay open on holidays. 


Most are closed.

Grocery stores

Most major supermarkets will be closed, including Hy-Vee, Whole Foods, Trader Joes, Lunds and Byerlys, Kowalski's Markets, and Cub Foods.

Costco and Sam's Club will also be closed.


Most are closed, including the YMCA, LA Fitness, and 24 Hour Fitness. Other facilities like Snap Fitness are open, but won't have staff present. 

Garbage and recycling pickup

Most follow this rule: If your garbage and recycling pickup falls on or follows a holiday, your service will be picked up one day late.

If your pickup day is before the holiday – no change, your collection service occurs as usual. 

Parking meters

The City of Minneapolis will not enforce parking meters on Christmas Day. Neither will the City of St. Paul.

Note: Not all metered spaces in Minneapolis are operated by the city. Minneapolis Parks and Recreation, the University of Minnesota, and private organizations like Fairview/University Hospital operate their own meters and their holiday schedule may vary. Always read the information posted on the meter to be certain.

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