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Christmas Eve 2012 Store Hours - All December 24th Store Opening and Closing Times for Macy’s, Kmart, Best Buy, Wal-Mart and More - Where to Find Last-Minute Christmas Eve Deals

By December 24, 2012

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Which stores are open on Christmas Eve? Since December 24, 2012 falls on a Monday this year, there's really no question about whether retail stores will or won't be open on Christmas Eve. All of them will be open at some time on Christmas Eve 2012 to get their fair share of the last-minute spending surge that the National Retail Federation (NRF) has predicted.

If you are among the millions of last of the last-minute shoppers who just want a quick and complete list of Christmas Eve, December 24, 2012 store hours, click here >>

The only real question about Christmas Eve 2012 shopping is how early will stores open and how late will they stay open before closing on the day before Christmas in 2012? That information is not as easily available as it was on Black Friday, which is a retail marketing misstep.

Why a reference to Christmas Eve store hours wouldn't be prominently displayed on every retail shopping website on the Internet is a mystery. And the localized setup of websites which require you to find each individual store's details page is beyond annoying and time consuming. What kind of last-minute Christmas shopper has time for that clicky nonsense?

In reparation for this retail deficiency, here's the executive cliff notes on Christmas Eve 2012 store hours...

If there's anything sold at Macy's, Toys 'R Us, or Kmart that you can give as a gift to someone on your list, stop reading and start shopping. You can dash right now to the nearest Macy's, Toys 'R Us or Kmart store which has been continuously since last Friday.

Besides the regular 24-hour stores like Wal-Mart and Walgreens, grocery stores have the earliest Christmas Eve store opening times. Belk is the earliest department store open at 8:00 AM. Best Buy also opens at 7:00 AM. The most common Christmas Eve store opening time is 8:00 AM, shared by Target, Old Navy, Gap, Neiman Marcus, etc.

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The most common Christmas Eve store closing time is 6:00 PM. Best Buy and Costco will close earliest of all the major retail chains at 5:00 PM. You'll be able to buy toys and books as the last of your last last-minute gift purchases since Barnes & Noble and Toys 'R Us will have the latest store closings at 10:00 p.m.

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One important footnote in the Christmas Eve store hours executive summary is this... In these days of ultra-customized shopping experiences, some retail chains have completely eliminated national chain consistency. So if there are any must-shop retail stores on your to-do list to-day, you would be advised to prioritize and verify.

An alternative to the store-hopping December 24th mall marathon madness is the ship-to-store alternative. Thanks to the wonders of retail technology, you may be able to make your last-minute purchase online, enjoy a second cup of coffee with breakfast, and then hop from store to store where your purchases will be waiting for you with your name on it. This is definitely a Christmas Eve shopping experience designed by men for men.

Click here for all retail chains with ship-to-store service >>

So, what are the best deals and discounts available on Christmas Eve? Unfortunately most of the deals and discounts available on Christmas Eve at major retail chains are the same deals and discounts that have been running all weekend. Not much new to report there.

But Christmas Eve is often a day of unadvertised specials based on surplus inventory at individual stores. So if shopping with the masses is tolerable, window shopping surprises can usually be found on Christmas Eve.

One other way to score some very last of the last-minute Christmas Eve deals is to shop in the last hour before Christmas Eve store closing times. Often employees start putting up day-after-Christmas clearance sale signage and taking markdowns in that last hour. And even thought the discounts are intended for December 26th, almost all retailers will honor a discounted price the moment it is posted. So creating your own after-Christmas preview sale is just a matter of timing on Christmas Eve.

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If you just don't have the time or energy to participate in the Christmas Eve retail frenzy, you could just decide to opt out of the whole commercialized Christmas scene. But if Christmas non-participation threatens familial relationships and world peace, one of these alternatives to last-minute Christmas Eve shopping might be best:

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