There are some people out there who are great at preparing for the Christmas season. They get their gift shopping done early, they get everything wrapped in advance, and they organize a schedule to follow. When Christmas Eve and Christmas Day roll around, they don't have much to worry about except getting ready to go out or to host a gathering. But there are just as many people, if not more, who aren't quite so good at planning, and who leave a lot of things to the last minute. This includes grocery shopping, cleaning, and even picking out the perfect present for a loved one (or a few). These people might be relieved to hear that most of their favorite stores will be open on Christmas Eve, whether it's for gift shopping or grabbing some last minute items.
It's also good to know that most restaurants, chains included, are open on Christmas Eve as well. This means that if you don't want to make dinner or if you have no plans to go anywhere, you can take a break and have someone else make and serve your meal for you. In fact, as a former waitress, I can tell you that Christmas Eve is actually an extremely busy night for most restaurants - so you might want to make reservations if you plan on going out!
All in all, whether you need to shop or grab food, there are lots of options on Christmas Eve. Here are a bunch of places that are going to stay open: