Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, you may be wondering which places in Philadelphia are open on Christmas Day.

Sometimes, you forget the rolls for Christmas dinner. You’re stuck. Where do you go? Nowhere will be open on Christmas, right? Wrong!

You don’t celebrate Christmas, but the kids are rowdy and bored. It’s their break from school and you need something to do. Movie theaters are open, but the kids don’t seem like they can sit for that long. Surely nowhere else is open for a fun activity, right? Wrong again!

You’re on your way to Grandma’s house for Christmas dinner. She lives a few hours away, so you have to leave around lunchtime. Shoot! You forgot to eat lunch or bring anything with you. You have to wait until you get to Grandma’s, right? You’ll show up starving and dinner won’t even be ready, right? Wrong for the third time!

There are a number of businesses that keep their doors open on Christmas Day for common issues like the ones I just described. Stop by to pick up what you need, or have some fun, and thank the people who are working on the holiday.

Here are 8 places in Philadelphia that are open on Christmas Day:

  • ACME Markets


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    Forgot the cranberries? Acme is typically open on Christmas Day, but hours may vary depending on location. In the past, the grocer has been open typically from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Check your local store to be sure.

  • Wawa


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    Wawa is always here for you, even on Christmas. In the past Wawa has been open on Christmas 24/7. Keep on the lookout for more word from Wawa, but they will likely be open for you to grab a hoagie on your travels.

  • The Adventure Aquarium

    Though Scuba Santa will have returned to the North Pole by Christmas, the aquarium’s seasonal decor — including the “World’s Tallest Underwater Christmas Tree” in Shark Realm — will still be on display throughout the animals’ homes on Christmas Day. Stop by to wish all the sea life a merry “Fishmas.” The aquarium has reduced hours on December 25th, open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • BlueCross RiverRink and Rothman Rink

    Kids full of energy? Take ’em skating. Both the Blue Cross RiverRink at Penn’s Landing and Rothman Rink at Dilworth Park are open on Christmas Day. Hours are shortened so check their websites. There’s plenty of time for afternoon skating that won’t be too crowded. Both spots have warm drinks and comfort food, too.

  • Longwood Gardens


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    Longwood Gardens is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Christmas Day. The holiday experience is already sold out at night, so while you can’t see the gardens lit up, you can still catch the festive displays and stroll the gorgeous grounds during the day. Get tickets in advance!

  • Giant


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    Live closer to a Giant? In the past, most Giant locations have been open on Christmas between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. If you need to pick up stuffing or some desserts, they got your back.

  • Dunkin'


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    Ah, no day is the same without your morning coffee. Don’t fret, because most Dunkin’ stores keep their doors open on Christmas Day. Hit up the drive-thru for a special Christmas box of donuts, or sooth your soul with a hot coffee.

  • McDonald's


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    It rocks that a fast food restaurant will be open and available for you to buy a snack on your travels. If you have hungry passengers, some nuggets and fries are sure to please.

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