Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, starts on the evening of December 24 and ends on January 1, 2017. Thankfully, most of the stores and banks will be open for this eight-day Jewish festival as long as you steer clear of the stores on December 25 and January 1. Then again, emergencies do happen. If you must get out on December 25 or January 1, we’ve got a few pointers for where to go.
Are Banks Open On Hanukkah This Year?
On December 24, 2016, many banks will close as early as 2:00 P.M., and remain closed for the day of December 25, as well as the day of January 1. But you can still access your accounts securely online or on mobile.
What Stores Are Open On Hanukkah This Year?
Again, don’t go out shopping on December 25th, because even your faves like J.C. Penny and Kohl’s will be closed on Christmas Day. However, get a good night’s sleep and get up early for Boxing Day sales. J.C. Penny will reopen as early as 6AM on December 26.
Restaurants open on December 25, 2016:
- Buca di Beppo
- Waffle House
- Dunkin Donuts
- Starbucks: varies by location
- Panda Express : varies by location
Stores open on December 25, 2016:
In terms of groceries, while most major chains will be closed, these will probably be open for your last minute milk-and-egg-needs:
- Rite Aid
Stores open on New Year’s Day
- Toys “R” Us : varies by location
- Best Buy
- Bed Bath and Beyond
Restaurants open on New Year’s Day
Hours of operation will vary by location. So definitely give your local McDee a ring before heading out.